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Bayou Garden
6:25 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Pinch That Wilting Violet

Credit Kerri Lee Smith / Flickr

Deadheading is an important, but often neglected, gardening technique -- it involves pruning off old, faded flowers from a plant as it blooms. 


The Jim Engster Show
10:13 am
Fri July 4, 2014

FRIDAY: Political Consultant Gus Weill; WAFB Producer Michelle McCalope

Happy 4th of July! Today's guests include longtime legendary Louisiana political consultant Gus Weill and WAFB Producer Michelle McCalope.

Gus and Jim discuss a wide variety of topics such as: our nation's Independence Day; short Louisiana governors; the feud between Governor Bobby Jindal and Superintendent of Education John White; abortion; Ronald Reagan; and so much more.

WAFB Producer Michelle McCalope closes out the show for the last segment to discuss and promote her new book Good Job: A Guide to Pursuing Your Passions and Following Your Dreams. You can get a copy of her new book at her website michellemccalope.net.


Health
4:15 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Insight: Research Points to Cost Savings for Coverage of Obesity Treatment

In their long list of recommendations for how the state could save money, the Jindal administration's consultants, Alvarez & Marsal, suggested Louisiana could find a billion dollars in savings from the Office of Group Benefits (OGB) over the next five years -- largely by redesigning state employee health insurance plans and what they cover.

Dr. Phillip Brantley, senior scientist at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, has been looking into whether specifically the state could save money by covering medical treatment for severe obesity. 

The Jim Engster Show
10:15 am
Thu July 3, 2014

THURSDAY: AK Dem. Party Vincent Insalaco; Politico Steve Arnold; Financial Advisor Andy Anderson

Arkansas Democratic Party Chair Vincent Insalaco joins Jim for the first segment of today's show to discuss the reasoning behind Governor Bobby Jindal's involvement in the Arkansas U.S. Senate race; and his recent endorsement of Republican Candidate Tom Cotton.

Political Consultant Steve Arnold joins the show to talk with Jim and try to convince him and listeners why Dr. Ben Carson should be the next President of the United States. Also, why President Obama should be impeached.

B.F. Anderson President and Senior Portfolio Manager Andy Anderson joins Jim in studio to discuss the stock market in it's "Bull Market" phase, as well as Wall Street being at a record high. 


The Jim Engster Show
10:15 am
Tue July 1, 2014

TUESDAY: La. Secretary of Economic Development Steven Moret; Rep. Vance McAllister

Secretary of Louisiana Economic Development Stephen Moret joins Jim in the studio for the better part of today's show. With Louisiana having the second lowest unemployment rate in the South, Moret discusses economic growth in Louisiana and gives such examples as: Baton Rouge's IBM plant, Lafayette's Bell Helicopter facility and CGI's new technology center. He also talks on the importance and excitement of the emerging Software Development & Digital Media growth in Louisiana.

Also, Congressman Vance McAllister calls in for the last segment of today's show to follow up on his announcement yesterday that he will be running for re-election. Also, find out what his surprising answer is when asked whom he'll be supporting for Senator: Cassidy or Landrieu?


The Jim Engster Show
10:15 am
Mon June 30, 2014

MONDAY: La. GOP Chair Roger Villere; Former MLB Pitcher Bill Denehy

State Chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party Roger Villere starts the week out with Jim by discussing the upcoming November Elections. He discusses the Republican candidates running for office in an already Conservative state, including Vance McAllister's announcement to run for re-election and Cassidy's chances for the Senate. He as well discusses the SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) ruling that employers with religious objections can refuse to pay for contraception. 

Former MLB Pitcher Bill Denehy joins Jim to close out today's show. He talks with Jim about pitching to Willie Mays (and almost accidentally hitting him in the head); his injury which ended his career; and the dangers of using cortisone injections. 


Bayou Garden
6:31 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Hot Summer Herbs

Lettuce leaf basil.
Credit Dan Gill / LSU AgCenter

Many of the popular herbs we grow languish in the heat of the summer, and some of them downright pitch a fit, including thyme, chives, and cilantro. Fortunately, there are a number of herbs that tolerate, or even prefer, the hot, torrid weather of a Louisiana summer.


The Jim Engster Show
10:08 am
Fri June 27, 2014

FRIDAY: Dr. E. Faye Williams; Sen. Dan Claitor; Politcal Activist Mike Stagg

Dr. E. Faye Williams, Chair of the National Congress of Black Women and President/CEO of the Natural Health Options, joins Jim for the first part of today's show. She and Jim discuss the Mississippi's Senate primary election of Sen. Thad Cochran over Chris McDaniel, due to a large turnout of Black Democratic voters.

State Senator Dan Claitor, who's running for Congress, joins Jim in the studio for the second part of today's show. He discusses the defeat of his bill which would have banned the flying of unmanned drones in Louisiana. 

Louisiana Political Activist Mike Stagg joins Jim in the studio to discuss his march from Grand Isle to the Governors Mansion in protest of the Governors signing of Senate Bill 469. They're meeting across from the mansion tomorrow at noon, and welcome all those who want to join.


Education
5:12 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Insight: With Executive Order Over Common Core, Jindal Upends Testing Plans

Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order last week canceling the testing contract that was meant to implement learning benchmarks once adopted by Louisiana and 44 other states.

And that has Jindal squaring off against the state superintendent and the president of the BESE board he hand-picked to push through major state education reforms in recent years.  

Melinda Deslatte, the Associated Press state capitol correspondent, discusses the clash.


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The Jim Engster Show
10:10 am
Thu June 26, 2014

THURSDAY: Colorado State University Chancellor Mike Martin; Author J. Edward Chamberlin

Former LSU Chancellor and now Chancellor of Colorado State University Mike Martin calls in to talk with Jim for the better part of today's show. Mike discusses his time at LSU, what he liked about Baton Rouge, what he didn't, and what some of the reasons were that factored into his decision to leave.

Dr. J. Edward Chamberlin talks with Jim about his recently published book Island: How Islands Transform the World. Out of the the 7 billion people on earth, 1 billion live on islands; and they shape our lives more than many people think.


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