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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
  • The Advocate's Mark Ballard gives his take on various political topics including Speaker of the House Mike Johnson and also this presidential election year. Reporter for the Advocate/The Times-Picayune Tyler Bridges talks Jeff Landry and the ending of the special crime session.
  • General manager of Nola Gold Rugby Ryan Fitzgerald speaks on his work with the team and also this upcoming season. Community organizer and educator Maggie Conarro talks her advocacy work and her work within politics. Singer Quiana Lynell gives insight into her new ventures. WTIX owner and morning show host Mike Costello remembers "The Beatles".
  • Libertarian lawyer Mike Wolf is joined by former state lawmaker Troy Hebert to discuss various local and national political topics including the ongoing crime session and the upcoming November presidential election. Author Steve Berry talks his latest work, The Atlas Maneuver".
  • Attorney and Louisiana State Representative Vanessa Caston LaFleur talks the ongoing crime session, Impact District 101 and "The Promise Lab". For more information, visit Political consultants Scott Wilfong and Susan Nelson discuss the first month of Jeff Landry as governor and also this presidential election year.
  • Journalist Peter Kovacs gives his take on journalism in America as well as remembers Times-Picayune columnist James Gill amid his recent passing. Tulane professor Blake Gilpin talks his upcoming lecture at the Louisiana Old State Capitol regarding Black suffrage, "The Dawn of Black Suffrage". For more information, visit
  • Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser gives an assessment of Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion Restoration Plan and the CPRA's recent meeting. Louisiana governor Jeff Landry gives an update on the ongoing special crime session. Filmmaker Betsy West talks her upcoming panel discussion at LSU Law Center regarding the ‘My Name is Pauli Murray’ documentary.
  • The Advocate's Mark Ballard talks various local and national political topics including the border bill and aid to Ukraine as well as the Baton Rouge crime session.
  • Volunteer leader with the Louisiana chapter of "Moms Demand Action" Angelle Bradford is joined by her twin sister and community organizer for the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice Kaitlyn Joshua to discuss the recent special session on crime. Project analyst and marketing director from the 2024 The Shades of Success calendar Cecily Holland speaks on the importance of this calendar and honoring Louisiana connected women of color. Designer and design educator Lesley- Ann Noel talks her latest work, "Design Social Change".
  • Cyclist Mark Martin talks the importance of bicycle safety and also Baton Rouge as a recreational city. Associate professor of political science at Louisiana State University in Shreveport Jeff Sadow speaks on the opening of the special session and also the presidential candidates for this election year.
  • Secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services David Matlock gives insight into the new regime. Co-founder of The Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) Marylee Orr talks what's going on in environmental legislation. Political reporter for WRKF Molly Ryan speaks on the upcoming crime session.