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.
With all the sleet and freezing rain that seized up our brains in the past week, it would be easy to forget that in the midst of the first sneaux day last Friday, the Jindal administration presented its budget proposal. The budget is approximately $25 billion. And that’s about $600 million less than the spending for the current fiscal year.
Jim Engster speaks with Professor Walter Johnson, a leading historian, about the history of slavery in the French Quarter of New Orleans, and Dr. John La Puma discusses his latest health book "Refuel."
Jim Engster speaks with political consultant, Roy Fletcher about the President's State of the Union address, the 2015 Governor's race, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and other political issues, plus TigerRag Magazine's editor Cody Worsham and associate editor Luke Johnson discuss LSU's basketball game held last night and the upcoming Super Bowl game.
Jim talks with LSU Board Member and former State Senator Anne Duplessis about the public school voucher system and the National School Choice Week. Baton Rouge lawyer and politico Jim Brown stops by the studio to chat with Jim about local and national politics, as well as the legalization of marijuana, Mike Huckabee, much more.