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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.


The Jim Engster Show
10:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Jack Germond, Cody Worsham

Jim spends the hour with political analyst Jack Germond and Tiger Rag Editor Cody Worsham, who talks about his report that current LSU football players Spencer Ware and Anthony Johnson may be linked to NCAA violations.


The Jim Engster Show
10:00 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Champagne Starr, Karen Ponder, Linda Evans

Baton Rouge Metro Council candidate Champagne Starr discusses undergoing gender reassignment and matters facing the Capitol City. Then, early childhood consultant Karen Ponder speaks on the importance of early childhood learning. And veteran actress Linda Evans, of Dynasty and The Big Valley, visits.


The Jim Engster Show
10:00 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Rev. Chris Andrews, Rev. Reginald Pitcher, Katherine Monk

Rev. Chris Andrews and Rev. Reginald Pitcher talk about the 2012 Election and the fallout. Biographer Katherine Monk shares from her book, "Joni:The Creative Odyssey of Joni Mitchell."


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