Smiley Anders

Up first, Jim talks with The Advocate columnist, Smiley Anders, to discuss his recent COVID-19 diagnosis and his many years as a voice in the Capital City. Then, State Representative Clay Shexnayder about the Tax-Free Holiday weekend on Nov. 20-21. Professor Alan Hirsch stops by to discuss the recent presidential election.  Jessica Jain from TheaterWorks Hartford closes out this show to discuss the newest production, The Who and The What. 

Maxine Crump, CEO of Dialogue on Race Louisiana and civil rights attorney Jim Boren describe reaction to the death of George Floyd and provide thoughts about improving race relations in America and Louisiana.

Smiley Anders reflects on 41 years as an Advocate columnist.

Curator Hal Wert details an exhibit featuring campaign posters 1844-2012 showing at the Old State Capitol.

LSU graduate and former U.S. Intelligence Officer at the Pentagon Janet Humphries comments on the impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Advocate Columnist of 40 years Smiley Anders observes his 82nd birthday with us. Singer Mary Gauthier previews her Thursday night performance at the Dyson House. 

Smiley Anders, famed Advocate columnist, celebrates 40 years writting his collumn for the state’s flagship paper. Race and Social Change: A Quest, A Study, A Call to Action author Max Klau discusses our current racial challenges. LSU Prof. Marybeth Lima on birdwatching in the Bayou State.

Advocate Columnist Smiley Anders celebrates his 81st birthday with us and reflects on his 45 year career at the newspaper. Congressman Mike Johnson, R-Shreveport, talks about the change of leadership in the U.S. House and his rising status in the GOP Caucus.

Author David Campt on his appearance in Baton Rouge and BR Area Chamber of Commerce President Adam Knapp. They will talk about the importance of dialogue in addressing divisions along racial lines. Smiley Anders, columnist for The Advocate, reminisces about 39 years of writing his six day per week column.


  Smiley Anders, the six day a week columnist for the Advocate for the past 38 years, celebrates his 80th birthday on Talk Louisiana. Tyler Bridges, Pulitzer Prize winning writer for the Advocate, remembers the most talked about play in college football history. Thirty-five years ago, California beat Stanford 25-20 in John Elway’s last game for Stanford on a wild kickoff return on the game’s final play. 

Niki Papazoglakis, who finished 5th in the 2011 Governor's race, starts off the show this morning to tell us about Freagle, a virtual non-partisan town square for average citizens, politicos and activists. 

The Baton Rouge and New Orleans Advocate Columnist Smiley Anders and LPB Producer Ben Williams join Jim to talk about the heartbreaking closure of the Piccadilly Cafeteria in the Westmoreland Village Shopping Center on Government St. The iconic Baton Rouge eatery first opened in 1959 and was loved by many throughout the years. 

Author Jayne Anne Phillips, one of America's most accomplished and acclaimed fiction writers, has given us a real life multiple murder story in Quiet Dell. She tells Jim of her inspiration behind the story she says has haunted her for more than four decades. 

#1 New York Times Best Selling Author Dean Koontz has done it again with The City -- a riveting soul-stirring story of Jonah Kirk. On today's show, Koontz speaks of his latest novel which he says is his wife's favorite.

Today's first guest is Gary Stewart, a Baton Rouge native and author of The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching For My Father...and Finding the Zodiac Killer. Along with co-author Susan Mustafa, the book follows Stewart as he searches for his biological father, which he finds, and who turns out to be the infamous Zodiac Killer.

Heath Knakmuhs, Senior Director of Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy, talks with Jim about Monday's announcement by President Obama of the EPA proposed regulation intended to cut carbon pollution from power plants by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030.

Also, Columnist Smiley Anders joins Jim to celebrate his 35th year with The Advocate, and to reminisce on years past.


Jim chats with Advocate columnist Smiley Anders, to talk about his 76th birthday and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. Smiley was a working journalist on the day the President was shot.

Shelden Gottlieb joins Jim to talk about former Pres. George W. Bush support  of Jewish believers converting to Christianity.

Nationally recognized expert on tax and energy policy, Denise Bode talks about the Smart Growth Summit taking place this week at the Manship Theatre.


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