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Talk Louisiana connects listeners with Louisiana newsmakers through live interviews and original feature reporting. Hosted by award-winning journalist and broadcast veteran, Jim Engster, Talk Louisiana brings listener insight into the conversation by phone and email. In addition to the weekday morning broadcast, hear Talk Louisiana at and the WRKF App.

Jeff Guinn on Jim Jones

Apr 14, 2017

Jeff Guinn, author of "The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple," talks about the legacy of Jim Jones 38 years after the massacre at Jonestown.

Dr. Richard Friedman, a psychiatrist from the Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, responds to a proposal from a California Congressman to have a psychiatrist on staff at the White  House.

Retired Tulane University dean Richard Marsbury opposes removal of four Confederate era monuments in New Orleans.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu is ready to have the statues removed and has the support of the City Council as well as from Malcolm Suber of the group Take Em Down Nola. Suber also joins us. He is recommending the removal of the statue of Andrew Jackson in the French Quarter, as well.

Patrick Mulhearn, Executive Director of Celtic Studios, talks with us about the state of the film industry in Louisiana amid a host of budget cuts.

Sue Lincoln

Director Paul Catalanotto of Hammond is a graduate of the University of New Orleans. He discusses his film, "When the Rivers Rise." The film takes a look at 2016's historic flooding in our state. Catalanotto's film will show next week at the Louisiana International Film Festival in Baton Rouge.

Elbert Gillory

Former State Senator Elbert Guillory (R-Opelousas) and Faye Williams (D-Alexandria), President of National Congress of Black Women, discuss efforts by the Louisiana GOP to attract more Republicans. There are 22,000 black Republicans out of three million registered total voters in the state.

Also on today's program: Patrick Mulhearn on Louisiana's film industry, here.

Dr. Paul Offitt, author of “Pandora’s Lab,” argues that science is a process of learning from one’s failures. He notes seven historical examples of significant missteps by science.

Dr. Rebekah Gee, Louisiana's Secretary of Health, talks with us about the uncertain future of the Affordable Care Act, the state’s reliance on the federal Medicaid provision, the dangers of additional budget cuts to the state's largest agency.

Mary Durusau is the Director of Museums at the Old State Capitol. She gives us an update on the latest at Huey Long's old haunt, including a new exhibit, "The Power of Children."

This exhibit, which opened last week, shares the stories of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White. These three children's lives teach us about overcoming obstacles to make a positive difference in the world.

Madhu Beriwal is the CEO of IEM, a global consulting firm focused on emergency management and homeland security. Beriwal is one of Louisiana’s pioneer female CEO's. She is here to talk about equal pay and her role in the disaster management industry for the past three decades.