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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
  • Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser discusses plans to clean up the city of New Orleans and help lower crime rates in order to bring more visitors and comments on the possibility of a gubernatorial run. John Wirt talks James Bonds films and the new one in the series "No Time to Die." Laura Galloway talks her 6 years in the Arctic and her new book, "Dalvi."
  • Fred Raiford and Kelvin Hill speak on solutions to the drainage and flooding issues in Baton Rouge and the clean up process after Hurricane Ida. Mark Ballard discusses the friction between former Governor Edwin Edwards's children and wife Trina Edwards following her decision to cremate him. He also discusses Steve Scalise's comments on the 2020 election. Robin Wigglesworth explains the benefits of index funds and how they were started.
  • Author John Barry has a discussion about the COVID-19 Pandemic and how it compares and differs from the 1918 Influenza Pandemic.
  • Trina Edwards remembers her late husband, Governor Edwin Edwards.
  • Jennifer Richardson discusses starting "Keep Tiger Town Beautiful" in an effort to clean up litter in Baton Rouge. Author Kristin Henning talks her book, "The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth," and racial disparities. Emily Jackson from the Companion Animal Alliance discusses what exactly the shelter does and solutions to the lack of homes for all of the animals. Historian Dr. Kyle Harper speaks on past plagues and pandemics, preparing for future pandemics, and the response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • Jennifer Harding speaks on the hardships the education system has been facing throughout the pandemic and the lack of educators in Louisiana. Mark Ballard discusses vaccines being a partisan issue and the vote on the infrastructure bill.
  • Bobby and Cheryl Love talk their book, "The Redemption of Bobby Love," and Bobby discusses his childhood and how it shaped him. Sashika Baunchand and Dana Winbush discuss the Baton Rouge Community Street Team and what exactly they do to help prevent crime in the community. Anita Hill speaks on her experience with gender violence and her new book, "Believing: Our Thirty Year Journey to End Gender Violence."
  • Jenee Slocum, Director of the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, speaks on diversifying college campuses and the Reilly Center's upcoming forum on October 13th. Andy Anderson and Fred Dent discuss differing investment philosophies, changes in the stock market.
  • Mary Olive Pierson discusses representing City Court Judge Johnell Matthews, and how Hurricane Ida effected her and what can be done to help river parishes. Lacie Lemoine speaks on how the pandemic has effected children in school, what it's like to be an educator during this time, and new policies.
  • Angelle Bradford speaks on flooding and drainage issues in Baton Rouge and ways that the issues can be improved. Steve Miley discusses being the LSU marching band's videographer and never missing an LSU home game since moving to Baton Rouge. George Morris talks the afternoon newspaper and what caused its demise.