Talk Louisiana

Weekdays at 9am

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.

Louisiana Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson updates his quest to improve state roads and bridges. Colonel Rob Maness, Republican, and talk show host Tony Brown talk about the legacy of John McCain and the fate of President Trump.

Rannah Gray, author of “Familiar Evil,” on the sordid legacy of Baton Rouge television Scott Rogers, personality and deputy sheriff, who died four years ago in a murder-suicide. Filmmaker Jeff Springer details his documentary, “Rodents of Unusual Size.” Fairleigh Jackson of Preserve Louisiana announces this year’s award winners. Anaite Alvarado talks about her false imprisonment in Guatemala City.

Peter Olson of the Knock Knock Children’s Museum on the one-year anniversary of the facility near City Park. Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, comments on the friction between the Bond Commission and Gov. John Bel Edwards. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges on his latest book: “America, the Farewell Tour.” Investigative journalist Craig Unger analyzes links between the Russian mafia, Vladimir Putin and the Trump Organization. Unger says 59 Russians have been long-term business associates of the President Trump.

LSU Professor of Communication Studies at LSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences Renee Edwards on a collaboration with the Manship School and LSU’s Sea Grant program to improve communications of emergency managers to citizens. Hall of Fame Political Consultant Raymond Strother on sex scandals which plagued his former clients, Bill Clinton and Gary Hart and why personal failings may not matter in the Age of Trump. Strother will also assess the guilty verdict of former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort.

Louisiana Pollster Bernie Pinsonat and Faye Williams, Alexandria native, on the power of President Trump in the state and the reluctance of state officials to criticize the president. Pinsonat is the state’s senior pollster. Williams is head of the National Congress of Urban Women and former Congressional candidate in Louisiana.Former President Obama’s senior adviser Dan Pffeifer on his tenure working with the 44th U.S. president and comparison between Presidents Obama and Trump.


Healthcare Economist for BlueCross BlueShield Mike Bertaut talks Obamacare, Association Health Plans, rate decreases, and more on healthcare in Louisiana.

Loyola University Law Professor Andrea Armstrong looks at 25 deaths in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison in a five year period between 2012 and 2016.


Attorneys Mike Wolf and Bill Grimley comment on the validity of non-disclosure agreements in the White House, the removal of the security clearance for former CIA Director John Brennan and the trial of former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort.

New Orleans singer Phillip Manuel reflects on the rich musical legacy of Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul died Thursday in Detroit at age 76. 



Louisiana Education Superintendent John White on his evaluation by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the state of education in our state.

Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, comments on the GOP search for a challenger to Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Dr. Karen Dantin (pictured) of Baton Rouge discusses the keys to managing stress.

African-American activists Darrell Glasper and Collis Temple discuss President Trump's statements directed at Black Americans. Glasper and Temple were college basketball stars at Southern and LSU, respectively. Glasper, a Republican, is a former baton Rouge Metro Councilman. Temple, a Democrat, is a prominent businessman and integrated the LSU basketball program in 1970.

Ron Fein, Legal Director for Free Speech for People, analyzes the prospect of impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

Musician Leesa Gentz of the Hussy Hicks on the Australian group's performance in Baton Rouge. 

Mike McClanahan, president of the Louisiana NAACP, on his call for the Baton Rouge Metro Council to include only members from inside the city limits. This was the case prior to 1983.

Crime writer Chuck Hustmyre of Baton Rouge on the latest of his seven books becoming a film, “Never Forgive.”


Journalist Becky Aikman tells the backstory of the making of the iconic film, “Thelma and Louise.” The 1991 classic is the subject of her book, “Off the Cliff.”