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Capitol Access
3:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Ice Cream: Red, White, or Rosé?

Louisiana is known as a foodie paradise, but wine ice cream--one of the latest gourmet trends--can’t be sold here without a change in the current alcohol laws. Monroe Representative Marcus Hunter’s bill to allow sales of the new product was heard in the House Judiciary Committee Friday, and members were quick with the quips.

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The Jim Engster Show
9:58 am
Thu March 27, 2014

THURSDAY: Jon Elvert, Kelli Scott Kelley, Craig Nelson, Scott Sullivan & Eileen Jerrett

Jim Engster interviews Jon Elvert, director of the Louisiana Art & Science Museum planetarium discusses the "Engineering Day" program on March 29th.  Associate Professor, Kelli Scott Kelley talks about demonstrations to highlight health and safety issues at the LSU School of Art.  Craig Nelson, author of "The Age of Radiance" speaks about his writing on science.  Professor Scott Sullivan of the LSU Law Center makes the case for a screening of filmmaker, Eileen Jerrett's "Blueberry Soup" that focuses on Iceland's reform of the government at the Law Center.

Capitol Access
3:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Do Heroin, Do Time

LSP Commander Col. Mike Edmondson testifies on behalf of bill to impose mandatory jail time for heroin.
Credit Sue Lincoln

While state lawmakers will be considering moves toward decriminalizing marijuana later in this session, they’re heading the other direction when it comes to heroin. Law enforcement officials say that drug has become a lethal epidemic.

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The Jim Engster Show
7:31 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Filmmaker Deborah Perkin; Author Deborah Feldman; Susan Shillinglaw; Paul Naquin

Filmmaker Deborah Perkin joins Jim in the studio to discuss her new documentary film Bastards, which will be playing on LSU's campus at the Howe-Russell Atrium on March 26th at 6:30pm.

Author Deborah Feldman talks with Jim about her new book Exodus, in which she tackles her life issues with being an Hasidic Jew.

Susan Shillinglaw, English Professor at San Jose Sate University and author, joins us to discuss her latest book on Steinbeck entitled On Reading The Grapes of Wrath.

Also, Paul Naquin chimes in on section 8 housing around the Baton Rouge area.


Health
9:26 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Forced Charity: LSU Hospital System Makeover

Baton Rouge General Mid City
Credit Sue Lincoln

It’s been nearly a year since the state started implementing public-private partnerships for the LSU Hospital System, formerly known as Louisiana’s Charity Hospitals. The plan was pushed as a cost-saver for the state. How is it working out? Good for some and not so good for others—with patients and hospital caregivers caught in the middle.

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Capitol Access
3:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Rally for Payday Lending Reform

Sen. Ben Nevers speaks at payday loan reform rally
Credit Sue Lincoln

Penny Fisher says she got caught in the payday loan trap.

“I borrowed $300 back in ’95, and ended up paying $4,983.30 back.”

Thelma Fleming had two jobs, and lost one. She went to a payday lender to borrow money to pay her bills.

“And I borrowed $300. That really changed my life because I lost my car. My checking account was closed.”

State Senator Ben Nevers of Bogalusa says enough is enough.

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The Jim Engster Show
1:50 am
Wed March 26, 2014

TUESDAY: Steve Myers, John Pierre, Dr. John Westra, Jennifer Senior

Vice Chancellor of the Southern University Law Center John Pierre talks with Jim about the upcoming Southern University Symposium: "Quality Education as a Constitutional Right and the Role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities". Kandice Williams joins the discussion to talk about her experience as a Southern University Law student.

Associate Professor at the LSU AG Center Dr. John Westra discusses the LSU Agriculture summary.

Steve Myers talks with Jim about the latest developments with the city-parish lawsuit. The lawsuit in the hands of the Louisiana Supreme Court is in reference to a Baton Rouge ordinance that only a single family may rent in A-1 zoning districts. 

Author Jennifer Senior joins the show to talk about her new book "All Joy and No Fun": The Paradox of Modern Parenthood."

Capitol Access
3:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Tourism Giveth, Yet the Budget Taketh Away

The Senate Finance Committee got an outline of the proposed state budget Monday, and Houma Senator Norby Chaubert was curious about something.

“I notice that the majority of the statewide offices saw an increase in funding,” Chaubert said. “But I did not see the Lieutenant Governor’s budget getting any bump.”

The Lieutenant Governor’s office, which oversees the state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, is indeed struggling to make ends meet.

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The Jim Engster Show
4:19 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

MONDAY: PAR President R.T. Scott, Playwright Leigh Fondakowski

Jim discusses state politics with Robert Travis Scott, president of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana.

And Jim talks with Leigh Fondakowski, who's new play Spill, revisits the Deepwater Horizon disaster.


First Bell
5:41 am
Mon March 24, 2014

First Bell: It Took a Hurricane to Get this Student Reading

Chris Vasser

The First Bell series is a growing collection of stories from students, parents, and educators about pivotal experiences in education. To tell your story, email amy@wrkf.org with "My First Bell" in the subject line or tweet with the hashtag #MyFirstBell.

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Vasser was not a good student in 2005.

When Hurricane Katrina forced him to move out of New Orleans and transfer to Catholic High in Baton Rouge, he had to turn it around.


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