LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander stops by the studio to talk with Jim about LSU sports, student debts, the TOPS program, the new pressures due to decreased taxpayer funding, as well as a number of issues posed by numerous callers.
Also, former State Budget Director Steve Winham joins Jim to discuss the upcoming state budget and new library in St. Francisville, while Internationally known Theologian Rebecca Parker calls in to discuss Christianity in the second millennium.
Jim Engster speaks with child abuse survivor Tom North about his book, "True North," and Grace Boatright, Legislative Director of the National Grange talks about non profit organizations with missions to assist rural America and agriculture, and Roman Krznaric, founding faculty member of the The School of Life, discusses his latest book called, "How Should We Live."
It’s been nearly two years since Louisiana’s Legislature passed a package of highly-controversial education reforms. Since then, there has been confusion at the local school level and angst for teachers -- especially over changes to teacher pay and tenure under a new evaluation process. Courts have ruled some of the reforms violate the state constitution. Many are now saying the upcoming legislative session is the opportune time for a “do-over” on education reform.
LSU Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope stops by the studio to talk with Jim about higher education at LSU, as well as issues concerning LSU's tuition, infrastructure, and health care. Also, LSU Mass Communication Professor Jensen Moore joins Jim to talk about this years best, worst, and most controversial Super Bowl commercials.
Jim Engster speaks with former Minnesota Governor, ex pro wrestler & author Jesse Ventura about the current state of government, and Manuel Martinez of Martinez Custom Clothier discusses men's fashion.
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Walt Handelsman chats with Jim about his illustrious career and what its like to draw Presidents Bush and Obama, and to hear praise from the presidents themselves. Also, Southern University Media Relations Director and Columnist for The Advocate talks SU sports, both past and present, as well as last nights blow out in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Jim Engster interviews long time Advocate newspaper columnist, Ed Cullen who now writes for Country Roads Magazine, musician/songwriter and novelist Evan Tyler on her latest fictional book about women in Nazi concentration camps, and Professor Christopher Mann, the Director of the Academy of Applied Politics at L.S.U.