Mark Ballard

Southern Poli Sci Chair Albert Samuels discusses the President’s tweet requesting an election delay. Mark Ballard updates us on the state of November races and the renaming effort at LSU. Wall Street Journal reporter Jennifer Levitz details her new book about the admissions scandal.

Legendary political consultant Ray Strother discusses his relationship with the late John Lewis and the President’s reelection odds. The Advocate’s Mark Ballard updates us on Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins entrance into the Senate Race against Bill Cassidy.

Democrat Melissa Flournoy and Republican Scott Wilfong debate the mask mandate and more. The Advocate’s Mark Ballard discusses the ongoing Jeff Landry/John Bel Edwards feud.

Historian Julian Zelizer discusses his new book about the rise of Newt Gingrich and how the former Speaker shaped the modern GOP. The Advocate’s Mark Ballard details Governor Edwards’ veto moves. Capitol Park Museum head Rodneyna Hart on a new exhibit at the museum about Fonville Winans.

George Gillam, convicted of murder at 16 and released after 25 years at Angola State Prison, talks about his year as a free man with Jon Odenwald of Providence Road. Together they are working with kids in North Baton Rouge. Mark Ballard of The Advocate wraps up the special session and reflects on unwavering support of President Trump from Louisiana’s congressional delegation.

Baton Rouge Councilman Matt Watson on his run for Mayor. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard updates us on the ongoing special session.

Dolores Johnson recounts growing up as an interracial girl in the 60s, and having a cross burned in the front yard of her home in a Baton Rouge neighborhood. Mark Ballard updates listeners on the ongoing special session, and a tentative agreement to rename LSU’s Middleton Library.

Jim discusses Drew Brees’ recent controversial comments. Carolyn Baker details racial disparities in America through her book An Unintentional Accomplice: A Personal Perspective on White Responsibility. Mark Ballard of the Advocate on the shocking rejection of Ronnie Jones for reappointment.  

Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell reflects on various Louisiana political luminaries and the legislator to lobbyist pipeline. Mark Ballard updates listeners on the state of various controversial bills in the 2020 regular session.

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon discusses tort reform efforts. The Advocate’s Mark Ballard talks through the end of the regular session.