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Mark Ballard

Forecaster and Meteorologist John Wetherbee looks at the potential path of Hurricane Barry. EBR Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome surveys the city on the brink of a major tropical depression reaching Baton Rouge. The mayor is preparing for the arrival of what could become Hurricane Barry. Broome will also comment on bike sharing in the city. Also discussing this endeavor is Sean Flood, Gotcha CEO. Mark Ballard Capitol Bureau Chief talks about the current storm on the way to this area and previous weather developments in recent time. Ballard also looks at the governor’s race with the primary three months from tomorrow.

Walter Imahara, who was sent to two Japanese concentration camps as a youth, recalls his formative days in California and Arkansas and relocation to Louisiana. Imahara looks at the issue of reparations. Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for The Advocate, looks at the quest for re-election for Gov. Edwards after a session in which the budget took a backseat to social issues. Congressman Cedric Richmond of New Orleans and Baton Rouge assesses the Democratic presidential candidate field ahead of tonight’s debate in Miami featuring frontrunner Joseph Biden. The former vice president has made Richmond his campaign co-chair.

Harvard University Statistician Susan Murphy, a MacArthur fellow who graduated from LSU in 1980, discusses the role of mathematics in treating chronic diseases and her back story from Gonzales to Cambridge. Advocate Bureau Chief Mark Ballard provides his scorecard for the legislative session. Attorney Marjorie Esman, who led the Louisiana ACLU for a decade, sizes up the legal battle ahead for Louisiana's restrictive abortion law.

State Representative Ted James, Democrat from Baton Rouge, assesses the final hours of the Legislative Session and announces his endorsement for president in the 2020 election. Mark Ballard, Capital Bureau Chief for The Advocate, names the winners and losers in the 2020 session. George Morris of The Advocate relates his passion for stories of veterans and the significance of the 75th anniversary of today’s D-Day invasion at Normandy.

Mary Durusau of the Old State Capitol and Southern University Historian Frank Ransberg, a retired professor, remember one of Louisiana’s near miss politicians, Jimmy Fitzmorris. At 97, Fitzmorris makes an appearance this weekend in Baton Rouge. Mark Ballard of the Advocate comments on state lawmakers passing one of the nation’s most stringent anti-abortion measures. Rock group Szlachetka rolls in form Nashville to the Dyson House. David Epstein comments on his lattest work.

Lafayette Advertiser Editor Brett Blackledge, Pulitzer Prize winner from LSU, comments on the newspaper war in Acadiana and the Advocate takeover of the Times-Picayune. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard suveys the final days of the 2019 Legislative Session and Gov. John Bel Edwards revealing that President Trump tried to coax the Louisiana Chief Exeuctive into switching parties. Singer Ani DiFranco discusses her memoir “No Walls and the Recurring Dream” and her passion for New Orleans.

Conservative Commentator Michael Medved, who is renowned as a radio host, author, columnist and film critic, comments on America in the Age of Trump. Mark Ballard, Capital Bureau Chief for The Advocate, recaps legislative action this week on hot button issues of abortion and the death penalty.

Daniel Okrent, one of America’s most celebrated journalists with top positions at the New York Times and Time Magazine in his varied career, reviews America’s history of immigration in “The Guarded Gate.” Okrent says Adolph Hitler was inspired by junk science in the U.S. during the 1920s which produced a harsh national anti-immigration law and caused some to espouse a flawed theory of eugenics. Okrent is also the inventor of Rotisserie League Baseball and discovered the game’s best known sabermetrician  Bill James. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard looks at a week at the Legislature which saw trial lawyers win a round over insurance interests and much buzz about the Advocate purchasing the Times-Picayune. Kevin Glass, Vice President of Communications for the National Taxpayers Union, analyzes the issue of net neutrality and the Save the Internet Act.

State Representative Royce Duplessis and Peter Robins-Brown, Communications Director for the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice on House Bill 422, which would repeal the state preemption of local  control of minimum wage and family and sick leave policies. Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, notes that social issues remain vibrant in the Legislature and Ballard assesses the Louisiana Senate reaction to Attorney General Bill Barr’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee of which John Kennedy is a member. Jason Baumann of the New York Public Library reflects on the 50 year anniversary of the historic Stonewall uprising.

Fabled Political Consultant Raymond Strother chimes in on the announcement that Joe Biden will run for president, the fallout from the release of the Mueller Report a week ago today and 20 years since the death of New Orleans trumpet legend Al Hirt. Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for The Advocate, reflects on sports betting prospects in the Legislature, the admission by Senator Karen Carter Peterson of her gambling addiction and budget maneuvering during the session.

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