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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.

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Call during the program's morning broadcast: 877-217-5757
Email any time: talk@talklouisiana.org

Latest Episodes
  • The show begins with an encore presentation of an interview done with Dick Cheney twenty years ago. BRASS and Circa 1857 owner Luke Lognion talks what's new on Government St. and several upcoming events. Physician and author Michael Stein talks recent book "Me vs. Us: A Health Divided". Children's writer Deborah Wiles talks her latest work "Bobby: A Story of Robert F. Kennedy".
  • Louisiana Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne talks Louisiana politics and his upcoming LPB documentary "Why Louisiana Ain't Mississippi". The Advocate's Mark Ballard talks what's going on in Washington.
  • LSU professor Kevin Cope talks what's going on at the university and also comments on the renaming committee and President Tate. The Bayou Brief's Lamar White talks several political topics including the same-sex marriage bill and Nick Fuentes.
  • Political consultant Michael Beychok talks several political topics including the upcoming Georgia election and the results of the recent midterm elections. Jazz musician Brian Shaw talks his upcoming show back in Baton Rouge, "Cool Winter Nights and Hot Jazz", tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. at the Manship Theatre Baton Rouge. For tickets and more information, visit https://www.manshiptheatre.org/show/brian-shaws-cool-winter-nights-and-hot-jazz-2022.
  • Executive director of the Ports Association of Louisiana Jennifer Marusak talks current developments with the association. Actor and country music singer John Schneider talks his intro into politic s as well as his recent film, "To Die For". Author E.M. Tran speaks on her recent work, "Daughters of the New Year".
  • Jim had a live show on Thanksgiving Day and started the hour by talking with author Ruth Laney about her book "Cherie Quarters, the place and the people that inspired Ernest J. Gaines." Advocate and nola.com reporter Mark Ballard came on for his regular Thursday hit and discussed Senator John Kennedy's big decision on whether he'll run for U.S. Senate. Jim and Mark also discussed inflation and next year's governor's race. The final guest on the show was Robynne Chutkan to discuss her book "The Anti-Viral Gut."
  • Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser talks several political topics including his potential candidacy for governor. Republican and former member of the Louisiana State Senate Elbert Guillory talks his potential candidacy for lieutenant governor and comments on the upcoming governors election and other political topics.
  • Attorney Lewis Unglesby talks what's going on in the legal world and also comments on the new NIL world and the 1986 assassination his former client, Barry Seal. Film historian, biographer, screenwriter, author and educator Joseph McBride talks John F. Kennedy on the 59th anniversary of his assassination. Artistic director of BR Ballet Theatre Molly Buchmann talks several upcoming events. For more information, visit https://batonrougeballet.org/.
  • Republican political consultant Scott Wilfong is joined by Southeastern professor and political authority Dayne Sherman to discuss Louisiana politics, including the governor election and potential candidates. American radio show host, author, political commentator, and film critic Michael Medved talks American politics and comments on the 1963 assassination of John Kennedy.
  • LSU Manship School professor and longtime politico Robert Mann talks what's going on at LSU and also his upcoming book on Huey Long. Longtime Advocate columnist Smiley Anders comments on his column, LSU, and his upcoming 85th birthday. Hollywood acting coach, business trainer and life coach Bernard Hiller speaks on his life and start into the acting coach world.