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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
  • Cofounder and president of B1Bank Jude Melville gives insight to the banking world's response to the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank. Rev. Chris Andrews discusses Donald Trump and the lack of sensitivity to other political points of view. Author Nancy Regan talks her latest work "From Showing Off to Showing Out".
  • Guest host Julie Baxter-Payer begins the show with former senator Dan Claitor and Cammie Powell to talk Down Syndrome awareness and the upcoming Buddy Walk. For more information, visit https://dsagbr.org/buddy-walk/. Darin Mann and Melinda Deslatte speak on the upcoming Gridiron Show. For tickets and more information, visit https://bontempstix.com/events/gridiron-show-2023-3-24-2023. Dr. David Walters and Param Singh speak on the upcoming performance "Sounds of Science". For tickets and more information, visit https://ebrpl.libguides.com/c.php?g=1277485&p=9382866.
  • Editor and publisher of LaPolitics Weekly and The Tracker Jeremy Alford remembers Louisiana political writer and his mentor John Maginnis on what would be his 75th birthday and also talks the open primary and upcoming governors race. Political consultant Roy Fletcher discusses the upcoming governors race and its candidates.
  • Former WBRZ chief forecaster Pat Shingleton gives insight to the upcoming St. Patrick's Day parade. The Advocate's Mark Ballard discusses several political topics including the upcoming governors race and its candidates.
  • The Advocate's Will Sentell discusses the upcoming governors election and its effect on education throughout the city. Chief healthcare economist Mike Bertaut speaks on upcoming BCBC changes as well as the recent changes with Medicaid. Author and journalist Sam Irwin talks his latest work, "Hidden History of Louisiana’s Jazz Age".
  • Reporter for The Advocate/The Times-Picayune Tyler Bridges discusses Louisiana politics including the upcoming primary and governors election. Attorney and governor candidate Hunter Lundy speaks on his candidacy for governor. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Kate Zernike talks her latest work, "The Exceptions".
  • Teach for America South Louisiana's executive director Laura Vinsant speaks on her start with the organization as well as education throughout the community. For more information, visit https://www.teachforamerica.org/south-louisiana. Entrepreneur and civic leader Dr. Faye Williams discusses how politics has changed over the years and also her thoughts on Shawn Wilson in the upcoming governors race. Managing artistic director for Theatre Baton Rouge Jenny Ballard talks the latest project, "Rock of Ages". For more information, visit https://theatrebr.org/tickets.
  • Civil rights activist and member of the democratic party Gary Chambers discusses last years senate race as well as the upcoming governors election and it's candidates. Political consultant James Carville comments on Louisiana politics, specifically the upcoming governors election.
  • Political analyst and Southeastern Louisiana University professor Dayne Sherman speaks on the ongoing Wi-Fi failure issue throughout the campus. The Advocate's Mark Ballard discusses several topics including the Fox lawsuit and the upcoming governors election.
  • Bestselling eco-theologian Rev. Michael Dowd speaks on his stance on the world today and also talks his book "Thank God for Evolution". Louisiana commissioner of agriculture and forestry Mike Strain talks the agricultural world for farmers and his running for re-election. Political consultant Mary-Patricia Wray discusses the upcoming statewide elections including the upcoming governors race.