Talk Louisiana

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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.

Former Louisiana Congressman Henson Moore, who also served as President George H.W. Bush’s deputy chief of staff, comments on the tenor of politics in the Age of Trump and assesses the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Mary Ann Sternberg, author of “River Road Rambler Returns,” extols the virtues of Louisiana’s historic byway.

Louisiana Democratic Party Staff Attorney Marjorie Esman and Libertarian Attorney Mike Wolf weigh on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. University of South Florida Professor Raymond Arsenault comments on the rich legacy of the late tennis great Arthur Ashe. Denise Botcher of the Louisiana AARP on efforts to help seniors in the area.

Beltway based investigative reporter Dan Moldea, the writer who broke stories to change the political futures of Louisiana politicos Bob Livingston and David Vitter, speculates on the mystery surrounding the anonymous op-ed piece about President Trump from a high-ranking member of his administration. Amputee bicyclist Niki Rellon comments on her trip from San Francisco to Key West with a stop in Baton Rouge.

Veteran LSU Professor Kevin Cope on the controversy at the state’s flagship university over changing admission standards. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on admission standards and the politics of funding LSU at the expense of other state institutions. Author Linda Kay Klein on her book: “Pure, Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free.”

Times Picayune reporter Julia O’Donaghue on the pattern of sexual misconduct from former high ranking state official Johnny Anderson. Anderson has been contacted but has not responded…one of his alleged victims Juanita Washington joins the conversation. Former Advocate columnist and NPR commentator Ed Cullen on his latest work with the Farmer’s Almanac and the state of journalism in America.

Jason Berry, the New Orleans based investigative reporter who broke the story of widespread sexual abuse by priests in his 1992 book “Lead Us Not into Temptation,” comments on the reaction of Pope Francis to recent revelations of abuse. Author Christina Dalcher on her latest work, “Vox,” and Kehl Waltman, who's helping put on a fundraiser for the Cajun Navy in honor of Sadie Thibodeaux, who was found by the Cajun Navy in New Orleans.

Jeff Holeman, former public relations specialist for Entergy, recalls Hurricane Gustav as we approach the tenth anniversary of the worst hurricane to hit Baton Rouge. The September 1, 2008 storm packed wind gusts exceeding 90 miles per hour in the Capital region. Documentary maker Glen Dunzweiler examines the challenges of large homeless populations in American cities. Dunzweiler says rage against homeless people is the last acceptable prejudice. Author Cyndi Suarez discusses her book, “The Power Manual, How to Master Complex Power Dynamics.” Suarez examines how power is deployed and transformed in society.

Baseball great Denny McLain recalls his HOF Manager Ted Williams, a great player, a lousy manager and a complex person. The 100th anniversary of the birth of Ted Williams is Thursday. Fred Hickman, anchorman for Channel 33 in Baton Rouge for the past three years and a legendary sportscaster, is leaving the Louisiana Capital for a post in the Washington D.C. area. Mark Ballard joins to discuss the impacts of banning anti-gun banks on interest rates for Louisiana infrastructure construction. 

Quin Hillyer and Roy Fletcher discuss the legacy of the late Sen. John McCain. Ian MacDougall of ProPublica disscusess alleged law enforcement civil rights violations in Ville Platte. 

Greg Bowser, President of the Louisiana Chemical Association and former LSU football star, reviews the state of his industry and previews LSU’s football season opener Sunday at Dallas against Miami of Florida. Stephanie Grace, columnist for the Advocate, comments on the feud and possible race for governor between Governor John Bel Edwards and Senator John Kennedy.