Jim Engster interviews lobbyist Jim Nickel who is former chairman of the Louisiana Democratic party on politics including Senator Mary Landrieu, Governor Edwin Edwards, Senator David Vitter, the Koch brothers, and the upcoming Louisiana legislative session. Representative Dalton Honore discusses issues surrounding his bill regarding medical marijuana and also his bill to reduce sentences for simple marijuana possession.
Jim Engster interviews "The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report" editor, Stephanie Riegel about legislation to reform political fundraising activities in Louisiana, her responsibilities at the magazine, the rise of digital media tools and platforms in publishing, the St. George movement to break away from Baton Rouge to create their own city and other current topics. State Representative John Bell Edwards discusses his run for governor in 2015, a recent poll of his appeal to voters compared to other candidates, his West Point education, military service, his LSU Law School education, his political career, his views of Governor Jindal's record, and pending legislation in the upcoming legislative session.
Retired Lieutenant General Russel L. Honore joins Jim in the studio to discuss a plethora of issues and topics. In his usual passionate, loud and outspoken manner, the General talks about leading the Green Army, a loose network of environmental groups which tackles environmental issues such as saltwater intrusion in the Baton Rouge aquifer, the sinkhole at Bayou Corne, coastal erosion, and wetlands preservation. He touches on Louisiana's HIV problem, the seafood industry, and "holding Louisiana politicians accountable" for what they say and do, and specifically what they don't. The General wraps up the show by chiming in on Russia's invasion of the southern Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea and what might ensue as a result of Putin's actions.
Jim Engster interviews James Goodale, author of "Fighting For The Press: Inside The Story of the Pentagon Papers" about the 1971 publication of the Pentagon papers by the New York Times newspaper and recent controversies of Wiki-leaks, Edward Snowden's revelations about N.S.A. activities, and his concerns about President Obama involving press freedom. Former baseball player and now author, Dirk Hayhurst discusses his latest book: "Baseball: Bigger Than The Game, Re-stitching A Major League Life" which chronicles the pressures he experienced in professional sports including overcoming injuries and addictions during his baseball career. Also, Mary Ann Wasil, founder of the "Get In Touch Foundation" which has education programs designed to encourage girls to get in touch with their bodies by learning self breast exams.
Award winning author and Journalism professor Alan Weisman talks with Jim about his latest book Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? in which Weisman focuses on the drastic increase in the human population and how its affecting earth.
The Advocate columnist Pam Bordelon, of Pam's Party Line, joins Jim in the studio to chat about the Mardi Gras festivities, Louisiana's big night at the 86th annual Academy Awards, and much, much more.
Also, theater director Brian Breen and stage actors Sam Bryan and Mattie Olson stop by the studio to discuss To Kill a Mockingbird which Breen is directing at the Ascension Community Theater in Gonzales, La. The play will be showing until March 16th.
New York Times Culture Reporter and author Dave Itzkoff joins the show to talk about his latest book Mad As Hell: The Making of "Network" and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies. Also, attorney, political pundit, and Louisiana state capitol watchdog C.B. Forgotston talks with Jim about the upcoming legislative session, as well as Governor Bobby Jindal's recent comments at the White House following the National Governors Association's annual meeting. And, entrepreneurial strategies developer and author of Venture Forth, the award winning guide to social enterprise, Rolfe Larson talks with Jim about the Social Enterprise for Nonprofits workshop which is coming to Baton Rouge on March 18th and 19th.