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Talk Louisiana
Weekdays at 9am and 9pm

Talk Louisiana connects listeners with Louisiana newsmakers through live interviews. Hosted by award-winning journalist and broadcast veteran Jim Engster, Talk Louisiana brings listener insight into the conversation. In addition to the weekday morning broadcast and evening rebroadcast, hear Talk Louisiana at wrkf.org, on the WRKF App, and on your smart speaker.

To make yourself a part of the conversation
Call during the program's morning broadcast: 877-217-5757
Email any time: talk@talklouisiana.org

Latest Episodes
  • CBS Chief Washington Correspondent and author Major Garrett is joined by National Election Expert and author David Becker to discuss the repercussions of the 2020 election by referring to their recent book, "The Big Truth: Upholding Democracy in the Age of “The Big Lie”. Founder of WRKF Eric Deweese talks the legacy of the network. To support WRKF, visit www.wrkf.org.
  • Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser talks how tourism is being effected in Louisiana as well as the devastating effects of Hurricane Ian. Paul Arrigo speaks on his 20+ years as President and CEO of Visit BR and his plans post retirement.
  • Author, producer, and long-time friend and attorney of Johnny Carson, Henry Buskin reflects on the life and legacy of Johnny Carson. The Advocate's Mark Ballard talks what's going on in Washington as well as national and local politics.
  • Investigative reporter for The Advocate Andrea Gallo discusses her work regarding child welfare and the current DCFS staffing shortage. American journalist, writer, and political commentator Steven V. Roberts speaks on the political environment, his late wife, Cokie Roberts, and the unsolved 1972 plane crash that took the life of Cokie Robert's father, Hale Boggs. Steven Roberts will be speaking at the Founders Luncheon at the Crowne Plaza Executive Center Baton Rouge this Friday. For more information, visit wrkf.org. Author, broadcaster, and journalist Hayley Campbell talks her recent book "All the Living and the Dead". Executive director for BREADA Darlene Rowland talks the organization, the Red Stick Farmers Market and the upcoming fundraiser, Farm Fete Fundraiser held on this Thursday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the River Center Library.
  • Financial advisor Fred Dent talks the bare market and its affect on financial conditions as well as the upcoming midterm elections. Journalist and author Casey Parks speaks on her recent book "Diary of a Misfit". BRCC's Chancellor Dr. Willie Smith is joined by new athletic director Brock Kantrow to talk recent BRCC enrollment and athletics.
  • Chair of the Board of Louisiana Progress and co-founder of 1000 Women Louisiana Melissa Flournoy is joined by American conservative newspaper columnist and writer Quin Hillyer to discuss what's going on in politics today. Managing artistic director of LSU' School of Theatre Vastine Stabler is joined by director Hannah Wolf and air guitar champion and actor Matt Burns to talk the upcoming production "Airness". Showings start September 29th and go till October 9th. For tickets and more information, visit https://www.visitbatonrouge.com/event/airness/226400/. Talk Louisiana host Jim Engster reflects on the life and career of Jack LaLanne.
  • The Advocate Reporter George Morris talks the completion of his 40 years at The Advocate and also comments on WWII and LSU Sports. American actor, comedian, and impressionist Jim Meskimen talks his career over the years and some upcoming projects. South African singer-songwriter and guitarist Jonathan Butler speaks on the inspiration behind his music and also what is to come. Butler's upcoming performance presented by "Warring Women" is today at 6:30 p.m. at the Hemingbough Greek amphitheater in St. Francisville. For more information, visit eventbrite.com.
  • President of the Baton Rouge Youth Movement Ashley Rankin speaks on the organization and its goal to educate young people on the importance of registering and going out to vote. For more information, call 225-407-0850. Co-owner of The Shed BBQ in Baton Rouge and employer of murder victim Allison Rice, Chez Ciccone, speaks on Rice and the senseless murder. The Advocate's Mark Ballard speaks on his transition to Washington DC and several political topics including the crime rate and Donald Trump.
  • American best-selling author and investigative journalist Dan Moldea talks politics surrounding Donald Trump and others and comments on the tragic death of Las Vegas reporter Jeff German. Television actress Loretta Swit talks her many years on the hit 70's TV show M*A*S*H.
  • Editorial Director and columnist at The Times-Picayune and The Advocate Nola Stephanie Grace talks about several political topics including the upcoming elections and their candidates. Author, US Army Combat Veteran and cult survivor Daniella Mestyanek Young speaks on her recent book "Uncultured: A Memoir".