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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
  • City-Parish's former chief administrative officer for Mayor Broome Darryl Gissel speaks on various topics including his experience as chief of staff and also his thoughts on the search for a police chief. The Advocate's Mark Ballard talks local and national political topics including the recent passing of Henry Kissinger and the upcoming presidential election year.
  • Columnist Louis Avallone speaks on the results of the recent Shreveport election for sheriff. Political consultant Mary Patricia Wray is joined by reporter Greg Hilburn to talk various local and national political topics.
  • Republican political consultant Scott Wilfong is joined by Democratic blogger and Southeastern professor Dayne Sherman to discuss various local and national political topics. Writer Joseph McBride gives his thoughts on the latest developments with the JFK assassination.
  • Former secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Charles Melançon Charles Melançon gives his thoughts on local and national political topics including the new governor Jeff Landry and his administration as well as Mike Johnson and the upcoming 2024 Presidential Election. Talk Louisiana host Jim Engster speaks on LSU QB Jayden Daniels and the Heisman by referencing Tiger Rag graphic designer Jake McMains' comments from the Tiger Rag podcast.
  • Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser made his regular appearance on the show. Jim and the Lt. Governor spent most of their time together talking about the crime problem in New Orleans and potential solutions. Numerous callers also expressed their thoughts. The Advocate's Washington D.C. correspondent Mark Ballard was also on for his weekly spot. They continued the New Orleans crime problem discussion, but also discussed the 2024 presidential election, abortion rights and the legalization of recreational marijuana.
  • NPR National Correspondent Debbie Elliott discusses American and regional political topics as well as the upcoming Founders Luncheon. For more information, visit Jim Engster remembers JFK on the 60th anniversary of his assassination by referencing an appearance from Richard Lipsey and Vincent Bugliosi on The Jim Engster Show ten years ago.
  • Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell speaks on carbon capture in Louisiana and also the state of the Democratic party amid the recent elections. CNO of Cane River Pecan Jady Regard talks his journey to this point and the company as a whole.
  • Law professor at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center Tom Galligan speaks on his career to this point and also various other topics. Board-certified ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist Dr. Henry Barham talks his cutting edge research regarding COVID. Columnist for The Advocate Smiley Anders reflects on his life and times on his 86th birthday.
  • Democratic candidate for State Treasurer Dustin Granger talks his campaign and candidacy for the upcoming November 18th runoff election. Columnist Quin Hillyer comments on various local and national political topics including Sen. Markwayne Mullin.
  • Political consultant Roy Fletcher speaks on various local political topics including the upcoming November 18th election. The Advocate's Mark Ballard gives an update on what's new in Washington and also congressional redistricting in Louisiana.