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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, on the WRKF App, and on your smart speaker.

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Latest Episodes
  • ACLU of Louisiana Legal Director Nora Ahmed joined Jim to talk about legislation nearing final legislative passage that would prohibit public school teachers from discussing sexual or gender identity with students during a classroom setting. Political consultant Mary-Patricia Wray came on the show to give her thoughts on Congress approving the debt ceiling deal. Wray also gave her thoughts on the looming statewide elections, including the possibility of another Democrat entering the governor's race.
  • Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul discusses crime throughout the city over the past month. Former member of the Louisiana State Senate and candidate for Louisiana lieutenant governor Elbert Guillory talks his candidacy and also how film effects tourism in the state. The Advocate's Mark Ballard speaks on Louisiana's upcoming governor's election as well as the debt ceiling.
  • Retired lieutenant general and founder of the GreenARMY General Russel Honore discusses news regarding Russia and Ukraine as well as his role in the GreenARMY. Music and film critic John Wirt remembers Joe Namath and also the film "Live and Let Die" on its 50th anniversary. Musician James Linden Hogg talks his upcoming performance at the Louisiana Peach Festival and gives a sample of his latest album. For more information, visit and
  • Senior political strategist and partner at Ourso Beychok Trey Ourso is joined by former Louisiana state representative and politician Troy Hebert to discuss several political topics including the upcoming governor's race and its candidates as well as the debt ceiling. Scientist from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center Dr. Claire Berryman gives insight into Pennington's research regarding altitudes effect on health.
  • Lt. Gov. of Louisiana Billy Nungesser discusses the value of the film industry and its funding throughout the state. The Advocate's Mark Ballard speaks on news at the Capitol and comments on LSU's Lady Tigers. Former US Representative Henson Moore is joined by Les Nicholson from the USS KIDD to discuss the USS KIDD and comment on the debt ceiling.
  • Former EBR Parish city council member and founder of The W Consulting Group and Community Builders, Inc. Tara Wicker gives her perspective on abortion rights. TV news anchor and journalist Andre Moreau reflects on forty years in journalism and the last six as an LPB anchor and also what's in store for him post retirement.
  • Lawyer and personal legal adviser, fixer, confidant, and close friend to Johnny Carson, Henry Bushkin, reflects on the life and times of Carson. Reporter for The Advocate/The Times-Picayune Tyler Bridges speaks on several political topics including the legislative session and debt issues.
  • Associate professor of political science at Louisiana State University Shreveport Dr. Jeff Sadow discusses several local and national political topics including the upcoming governor's election as well as the current debt ceiling.
  • Newspaper columnist Quin Hillyer gives his take on several political topics including the debt ceiling and the status of the republican party. President and CEO of Louisiana Restaurant Association Stan Harris gives insight into the restaurant industry's comeback since Covid. Psychologist, researcher, speaker, and author Dr. Ellen Braaten talks her latest work, "Bright Kids Who Couldn't Care Less".
  • Louisiana Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne comments on the state budget, legislative topics, and also the upcoming governor's election. Candidate for the Louisiana governor's race Hunter Lundy talks his book, "Let us Prey" as well as his campaign and candidacy.