News

Pages

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.


Read more
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.


The Jim Engster Show
10:09 am
Wed June 25, 2014

WEDNESDAY: La. Fed. Teachers Pres Steve Monaghan; Albert Samuels; Dan Ireland; Rabbi Barry Weinstein

Steve Monaghan, President of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, talks with Jim about Common Core and he lays out his opinions of Gov. Bobby Jindal's recent actions against it. Also, Southern University Professor Albert Samuels calls in to discuss Common Core with Jim and Steve as well.

Dan Ireland with the Louisiana International Film Festival talks with Jim about the LIFFilmfest and the upcoming showing of Begin Again tomorrow at 7:30pm at the Cinemark Theater at Perkins Rowe.

Also, Rabbi Barry Weinstein talks with Jim to end out the last segment of today's show.


The Jim Engster Show
10:06 am
Tue June 24, 2014

TUESDAY: Former State Sen. Jim Brown; Civil Rights Photographer Matt Herron

Former Louisiana State Senator, Commissioner of Insurance and LSU Track Athlete Jim Brown stops by the studio to discuss politics with Jim for the better part of today's show. They discuss Rep. Bill Cassidy's chances of becoming U.S. Senator, as well as Rob Maness's campaign. They also discuss the Republican primary taking place this afternoon in Mississippi pitting Sen. Thad Cochran against Tea-Party backed candidate Chris McDaniel. 

Civil Rights Photographer Matt Herron joins Jim for the last segment of today's show. He and Jim discuss the photos he took during the summer's of 1964 and 1965 in Mississippi and the stories behind them. 


The Jim Engster Show
10:05 am
Mon June 23, 2014

MONDAY: Political Consultant Roy Fletcher; Author Chris Colin

Roy Fletcher, former National Deputy Campaign Manager for Sen. John McCain, and now a Political Consultant and Strategist, joins Jim in studio for the better part of today's show. He and Jim discuss the unexpected and surprisingly successful rise of Rep. Steve Scalise to House Majority Whip; Sen. David Vitter's bid for the Governor's mansion and his sudden shift to the middle; Bill Cassidy running for Senate; Common Core and Superintendent John White; Governor Jindal; the Landrieu Family; and much, much, much, much more.

Also, Author Chris Colin talks with Jim for the last segment of today's show about his latest book What to Talk About: On a Plane, at a Cocktail Party, in a Tiny Elevator with Your Boss's Boss.


Conversations in Medicine
6:23 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Head and Neck Cancers Less Prevalent, Harder to Treat

Dr. Laura Hetzler is a plastic surgeon working with the multidisciplinary team at the Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center. She says what makes cancers in the oral cavity, throat, lips, and larynx so hard to treat is that those parts of the body are involved in complex functions like how a person speaks, eats, and looks.  

Culture
3:40 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Award Winning Vocalist Brings Bluegrass to Baton Rouge

Claire Lynch

Tonight at 8 PM, the Unitarian Church will be filled with the rolling rhythms of award winning bluegrass.  Though The Claire Lynch Band might not be a mainstream name, the band and its members are well-known and respected in the bluegrass community.  Claire Lynch, who heads the band, spoke with Elizabeth Eads earlier this week while on the road heading to Baton Rouge.
 

Playlist:

The Claire Lynch Band-Once the Teardrops Start to Fall 

The Claire Lynch Band-I'll Be Alright Tomorrow

The Claire Lynch Band-Doin' Time

Read more
In The Recording Booth
11:16 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Land, Air, Water, Wildlife: Why Does it Matter to You?

Earth
Credit NASA Observatory

Saturday June 21, 2014 is the first day of summer; the season for play-time, vacations and - if you can take the heat - enjoying the great outdoors.

Back in April, we set up our recording booth at the Earth Day Festival in downtown Baton Rouge and we heard from people about their love for the environment.

They told us about things like growing up with recycling parents and watching the Louisiana coastline recede when we asked a simple question: Land, Air, Water, Wildlife - Why does it matter to you?

That was Freda Yarborough Dunne, Bob Williamson, Lindsey Short, Ramesh Subramanian, Amy Canada, Marifer Manns, Antoine Mitchell, Kyle Hymell, and kids Ethan Ferguson and Christa Bartholomew.

They stepped into the WRKF Recording Booth at the Earth Day Festival in April to tell us why the environment matters.

Look for the WRKF Recording Booth at events near you in the year to come.

The Jim Engster Show
10:06 am
Fri June 20, 2014

FRIDAY: Political Consultant Gus Weill; Marlon Brando Biographer Susan Mizruchi

Political Consultant Gus Weill joins Jim for the better part of today's show to discuss the last few days in Louisiana Politics. He and Jim touch on Rep. Steve Scalise becoming the U.S. House Majority Whip and what that means for the GOP and Congress; the love/hate relationship between Governor Bobby Jindal and Superintendent of Education John White over their Common Core dispute; and much, much more.

Susan Mizruchi joins Jim for the last segment of today's show to talk about her new biography of Marlon Brando titled Brando's Smile. At 19 years old Brando left Nebraska for New York, and by the age of 23 he was one of the worlds greatest actors.


Business
4:43 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Insight: Entrepreneurial Spirit, Numbers, and Good Stories

Marketplace Host Kai Ryssdal

On June 30, WRKF is bringing the daily business show Marketplace back to the air, weekdays at 5:30 p.m. And you’ll hear the Marketplace Morning Report at 51 minutes past the hour during Morning Edition on weekday mornings.

The return of Marketplace gives us an excuse to talk with host, Kai Ryssdal, about how Louisiana fits in to the bigger economic picture.


Pages