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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 and evening rebroadcast, hear Talk Louisiana at wrkf.org, on the WRKF App, and on your smart speaker when you ask it to play NPR or WRKF.

Latest Episodes
  • Peabody Award winner John Camp speaks on battling alcoholism and getting sober, and how it got him involved in helping at the O'Brien House. Theo Meyer discusses his conversation with Dr. Anthony Faucci and the possibility of a government shutdown amidst a pandemic. Erica Payne talks her book "Tax the Rich."
  • Dr. Kip Corbin talks being a U.S. Olympic Team Doctor during the 1988 Olympic Trials and the 1992 Olympics, and working with the LSU Women's Track team. He also gives tips in strength training and flexibility and how to maintain it as you get older. Dr. Wendy Suzuki discusses her book, "Good Anxiety: Harnessing the Power of the Most Misunderstood Emotion," and what to do when you feel anxious. Nancy Colier continues the dsicussion on anxiety, and her book "Can't Stop Thinking: How to Let Go of Anxiety and Free Yourself from Obsessive Rumination." Paul Hawken speaks on climate change, what we can do as a whole to help slow it down and his book, "Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation."
  • ACLU of Louisiana's Legal Director Nora Ahmed discusses Texas's abortion law and how it will affect Louisiana and women around the country. Mark Ballard talks an unusual interruption during the PSC meeting and raising the debt ceiling.
  • Greg Meriwether speaks on his long career at WAFB and Baton Rouge serial killer Derrick Todd Lee. Author Stephen Maitland-Lewis talks about his love for Louis Armstrong and the city of New Orleans and his new book, "Mr. Simpson and Other Short Stories."
  • Kyle Ardoin gives an update on postponed state elections. Phillip Manuel discusses the struggles of being a musician during a pandemic, and talks his musical influences. Rudy Macklin speaks on Dale Brown's impact as a coach and how the school plans to honor his legacy.
  • Hypolite Landry recalls breaking the world flight record in 1969, being a coroner. David Fahrenthold discusses Donald Trump's finances. Tyler Bridges talks sports betting in Louisiana, Vincent Bruno, and his new book, "The Flight: A Father's War, a Son's Search."Darlene Adams Rowland talks the Red Stick Farmer's Market, and their upcoming auction.
  • Political commentator and author George Will reflects on his career as a writer, how America has changed over the years, and his new book "American Happiness and Discontents: The Unruly Torrent, 2008-2020." LSU assistant professor and researcher Joshua Darr talks the effects of local newspapers dropping national opinion columns, new book "Home Style Opinion: How Local Newspapers Can Slow Polarization." Major Bobbie Ragsdale remembers his friend Vincent Bruno.
  • Dr. Michael Castine has an informative conversation about prostate cancer and encourages men to get regular screenings. Mark Ballard discusses vaccinations and the Louisiana State Police.
  • Bob Mann talks COVID and vaccine restrictions at LSU and his new book, "Backrooms and Bayous: My Life in Louisiana Politics." Dr. Juko Holiday discusses her experience losing her home in the California wildfires and the recall election in California. Oscar Shoenfelt refelcts on his career as a sports agent and talks his book, "Sports Agent: Up the Mountain and Down."
  • Mary Patricia Wray and Colonel Rob Maness come on to talk the impact Hurricae Ida had on their respective areas. They also discuss their differing views on vaccine mandates, and the January 6th inserruction at the Capitol.