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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
  • Nancy Roberts and Christi Cheremie from the Louisiana Parole Project gives insight into the organization and the importance of second chances. For more information, visit LSU Manship School professor Bob Mann speaks on his upcoming "Last Lecture" event and various local and nation political topics. For more information on the event, visit
  • LSU Shreveport professor Jeff Sadow gives his thoughts on Jeff Landry and also Donald Trump amid his ongoing trail. Jewish activist Jackie Stern speaks on the importance of the organization, "Jews Against Gassing". Attorney John McLindon talks the legality of the ongoing Donald Trump trial. Talk Louisiana host Jim Engster remembers legendary baseball player Fritz Peterson.
  • Director of Transportation and Drainage for EBR Parish Fred Raiford gives insight into the infrastructure initiative and roads throughout the Capital region. Director of the Capital Area Groundwater Conservation Gary Beard talks ground water conservation, legislative bills, and also water in our community.
  • Longtime politico James Carville talks various political topics including Donald Trump's upcoming trial and also the upcoming November election. Washington Post reporter Kim Bellware gives insight into OJ Simpson's life and times amid his recent passing.
  • Former Mayor of Gretna Ronnie Harris reflects on his life and times and also talks LSU's Book Bazaar. For more information, visit Attorney and Director of Community Impact for Promise of Justice Hardell Ward gives insight into a major Louisiana issue. The Advocate's Mark Ballard talks various political topics including Speaker of the House Mike Johnson.
  • Veteran Louisiana politico Jim Brown talks latest news at the State Capitol including Jeff Landry and also upcoming elections.
  • On a Tuesday edition of Talk Louisiana, Host Jim Engster were joined by political analyst Bernie Pinsonat and Southern University Political Science Professor Albert Samuels. They discussed federal politics, the upcoming Congressional elections and Governor Jeff Landry's first 100 days in office. The final 20 minutes of the show featured regular guest Melissa Flournoy. Melissa is a former state representative and now chair person for 10,000 Louisiana Women. Jim and Melissa discussed a bill regarding access to bathrooms for transgender people. Melissa described the legislative action at the state capitol this week as a cultural war.
  • Musician and founder of the rock band "Dash Rip Rock" Bill Davis speaks on his life and times throughout the years and also the upcoming "Everybody Solo! 420 Fest". For more information, visit, Cofounder of Unlocking Autism Shelley McLaughlin autism talks in Louisiana and the importance of being educated on the matter. WRKF's Molly Ryan gives the latest on news at the State Capitol and Jeff Landry. Executive director of the Knock Knock Museum Christina Melton talks what's going at the museum.
  • Republican Political consultant Scott Wilfong is joined by Southeastern professor and Democratic blogger Dayne Sherman to discuss Capitol news including Jeff Landy's thoughts on the National Anthem and also the Ten Commandments. Owner of Lipsey's Richard Lipsey gives insight into his life and times and his induction into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame.
  • Councilman Cleve Dunn is joined by Christopher Johnson to discuss the upcoming celerity boxing match, "The Red Stick Rivalry". The Advocate's Mark Ballard talks various local and national political topics including Donald Trump and Bill Cassidy and also Jeff Landry's comments on the LSU National Anthem controversy.