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Consolidation Campaign
12:56 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Councilman Calls Attention To Possible Law Enforcement Merger

Ninth District Metro Councilman Joel Boe’  has issued a press release saying he supports the idea of consolidating law enforcement in Baton Rouge.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:56 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Walter Stahr, Smiley Anders, Zia Tammami, Van Mayhall

Jim talks with author and historian Walter Stahr about his book, "Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man", about William Henry Seward, Lincoln's Secretary of State.

A visit with Advocate columnist Smiley Anders on his 75th birthday.

Jazz radio show host and jazz aficianado Zia "the Cat" Tammami discuss tonight's performance by Chucho Valdes & the Afro-Cuban Messengers, tonight at the Manship Theatre.

Local attorney and author Van Mayhall talks about his new novel, "Judas, the Apostle", a fictional work about Judas Iscariot.


Politics
5:02 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Lt. Gov. Criticizes Jindal, Looks Forward to 2016

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is looking ahead to 2016. At the Baton Rouge Press Club today, Dardenne anticipated that Gov. Jindal would be running for president and indicated he would consider running to be the chief executive of Louisiana.

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Conversations in Medicine
7:34 am
Sun November 18, 2012

End-of-Life Plans Now Portable

Many patients in Louisiana are now being advised by their physicians to have an end-of-life plan, describing the types of medical treatments they want to receive, or not.

Until 2010, patients had to draw up a new directive every time they changed doctors.

Dr. Susan Nelson headed the coalition of healthcare professionals who worked with state lawmakers to make advanced care directives portable. She discusses the new "Louisiana Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment."

Bayou Garden
1:34 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Growing Amaryllises

An amaryllis blooming in Baton Rouge, La.
Credit Frank McMains

There are few spring flowering bulbs that can surpass the stately beauty of the amaryllis. Typically blooming in April in Louisiana, this popular bulb is a star performer in the spring garden.

Dan Gill explains how to plant and care for amaryllises in a Bayou Garden.

The Jim Engster Show
10:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Gus Weill, Swine Palace, Jerrelle Kraus, Adelaide Russo

Veteran political consultant Gus Weill notes Gov. Bobby Jindal's post-election turn on Mitt Romney.

From LSU's Swine Palace, Reeva Wortel and Leigh Fondakowski talk about the play "SPILL", based on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jerrelle Kraus discusses her experiences working with luminaries like Hunter S. Thompson and Richard Nixon as the art director of the New York Times, chronicled in her book, "All The Art That's Fit To Print."

And, from LSU's Comparative Literature program, Dr. Adelaide Russo visits, along with guest speakers poet Olivia Claire and writer Barlen Pyamootoo.


Affordable Care Act
9:25 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Healthcare Analyst: Insurance Exchanges Will Save Money

David Hood is Senior Health Care Analyst for the non-partisan Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana.
Credit WRKF

The federal Affordable Care Act requires states to have health insurance exchanges. This Friday, Nov.16, is the deadline for states to tell the government whether they will set up exchanges on their own or let the federal government do it for them.

Gov. Bobby Jindal confirmed to the Huffington Post on Tuesday that Louisiana would not be implementing its own exchange and a rejection letter will be sent to the federal government on Friday.

David Hood is an adviser for the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana on healthcare issues. He thinks the insurance exchanges will ultimately save the state and taxpayers money.

WRKF's Ashley Westerman asked him how that's possible when they are expected to cost millions of dollars annually to run.

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Bayou Garden
9:03 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Sweet Bay Magnolia, an Outstanding Native Tree

Sweet Bay Magnolia
Credit Jenny Evans

Fall is the best time to plant hearty trees in Louisiana.

Dan Gill describes why Sweet Bay Magnolias are a good pick.

Wealth and Poverty
10:48 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Louisiana Ranks 6th for Income Inequality

The gap between rich and poor in Louisiana is continuing to grow steadily, according to an analysis of the latest Census figures.

In the Bayou state, the top 20 percent made 9 times more than the bottom 20 percent in 2010. Based on that measure, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute rank Louisiana as the sixth worst state for income inequality.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Lod Cook, Charlie Roberts, Barbara Simon, Bernard Taylor

LSU alumni Lod Cook and Charlie Roberts discuss matters on interest to the Old War Skule, and Lod's involvement with a possible breakthrough in neurologicial treatment. 

Computer expert Barbara Simons, author of "Broken Ballots", addresses concerns for voting integrity in the electronic age.

East Baton Rouge Parish Schools Superintendent Dr. Bernard Taylor looks back on his first seven months on the job and lays out his plan for giving Baton Rouge parents more choices for their students.


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