John Wirt

Jim looks at the state of the Presidential Race and the chances of college football beginning on time. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings discusses where the country is in the post George Floyd world. Baton Rouge Area Chamber CEO Adam Knapp on BRAC’s statement on Connie Bernard. John Wirt on Tom Hank’s Greyhound.

Chris D’Elia, dean of the LSU College of the Coast and Environment,  opines about Louisiana’s alarming rate of lost land due to coast erosion. Music critic John Wirt remembers the late, great New Orleans musician Dr. John, who died yesterday at 77. Investigative Reporter Katherine Eban reflects on the pharmaceutical industry detailed in her book “Bottle of Lies.”

Democrat Eddie Ashworth and Republican Scott Wilfong exchange views of the political landscape exactly six months before the Oct. 12 primary. Music Critic John Wirt looks at Blues Fest in Baton Rouge and the French Quarter Fest in New Orleans. Author Lisa Wingate talks about her appearance at the Main Library tomorrow night and her book about a notorious scandal in wich the director of Memphis adoption agency kidnapped and sold children to wealthy families across the nation.

Republican Party Activist Darrell Glasper and Democrat Susan Nelson square off on the midterm elections and the Go Fund Me account started by Congressman Garret Graves for LSU football. Veteran sportscaster Verne Lundquist comments on his long career and being the voice of SEC television broadcasts for a generation. Film critic John Wirt on the New Orleans Film Festival and “Cane River,” a 1982 film that will screen after being lost for 36 years.

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey of the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church on her work with 486 congregations in the state. Writer Jennifer Moses on her feature about Plaquemines Parish which appeared in last Sunday's New York Times. Film critic John Wirt on the 90th Annual Academy Awards event. Actress Marion Ross on her career spanning more than six decades. 

Film and music critic John Wirt details the best performances of 2017.

Former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders discusses her work 25 years after she was hired by President Clinton. Elders lasted on the job as surgeon general for only 15 months after talking openly about masturbation. She will talk about Baton Rouge and New Orleans ranking first and third in HIV cases in the United States.

Friday, November 24,2017: John Wirt, Mark Ballard

Nov 24, 2017

  Music and film writer John Wirt on the death of many legends of music this year, most recently David Cassidy and Mel Tillis. Others who died in 2017 include Fats Domino, Glen Campbell and Gregg Allman. Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, on the sudden resignation of the deputy chief of staff for Governor John Bel Edwards. Johnny Anderson has left his post amid allegations of sexual misconduct. The governor spoke about the issue of sexual harassment on his radio show this week. We will hear his remarks once again.    

  Music critic John Wirt and Fats Domino biographer Rick Coleman remember the portly piano playing prodigy who died at 89 this week in Harvey. Wirt and Domino note that Domino was one of the most influential performers in the history of rock and roll and ranks among the best of a legion of musical talents from New Orleans. Author Cynthia Lejeune Nobles on “The Fonville Winans Cookbook.” Nobles will be featured at Saturday’s Louisiana Book Festival. Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser will also be joining us to discuss the Louisiana Book Festival and pay tribute to Fats Domino. 

  University of California-Davis Professor Jon Entine tried to detail ethic differences in athletic skills 17 years ago with his book, “Taboo.” The work remains controversial nearly two decades after it was published. LSU will field a football squad for its SEC opener Saturday that is 84-percent African-American with a student body with about one in ten black students. Entine will discuss why it remains taboo to recognize one race as more gifted athletically to another. Dr. Geoffrey Mount Varner, Director of Emergency Medicine at Howard University, discusses his book “Home Alive, 11 Must Rules for Surviving Encounters with the Police.” Music Critic John Wirt on the return of 70s music to Baton Rouge.

Christina Melton of Louisiana Public Broadcasting on the upcoming documentary from Ken Burns about the Vietnam War.

  Peace activist and former Louisiana Congressional candidate, Faye Williams, on last month’s death of entertainer Dick Gregory and the threat of war with North Korea.
Music critic John Wirt on the death of Walter Becker of Steely Dan.