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The Jim Engster Show
10:11 am
Thu June 19, 2014

THURSDAY: Political Consultants Trey Ourso & Scott Wilfong; Novelist Alan Furst "Midnight in Europe"

Former Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party Trey Ourso and GOP political consultant Scott Wilfong discuss and debate Jindal's recent executive orders to withdraw Louisiana from the Common Core standards and federally subsidized standardized tests. And, the phone lines light up.

Novelist Alan Furst joins the show for last segment to discuss his latest novel Midnight in Europe. The novel, which has received praise from authors like Erik Larson (Devil in the White City), is a suspenseful, romantic, and richly rendered novel of spies and secret operatives in Paris and New York, in Warsaw and Odessa, on the eve of World War II.


Education
4:03 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Jindal Moves to Withdraw Louisiana from Common Core

Jindal addresses the press on Wednesday
Credit Ann Marie Awad / WRKF News

Governor Bobby Jindal announced Wednesday his intent to withdraw the state from the Common Core Educational Standards.  

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The Jim Engster Show
10:13 am
Wed June 18, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Former State Rep. Ron Gomez; Damien Echols & Lorri Davis; Highwire Walker Philippe Petit

Former Louisiana State Representative and former sports journalist/radio announcer for the USL (now ULL) football and basketball programs, Ron Gomez joins Jim for the first half of today's show. He and Jim talk about the complex legacy of basketball coach Beryl Shipley, who will be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame this week.

Damien Echols and Lorri Davis call in together to talk with Jim and discuss their unlikely love story which began when Echols was on death row in Arkansas. They as well discuss their new book detailing their story titled Yours For Eternity: A Love Story On Death Row.

Famous highwire-walker and magician Philippe Petit joins the show as the last guest of the day. Philippe and Jim talk about Philippe's famous walk between the World Trade Center buildings in 1974. He was well discusses his latest book Creativity: The Perfect Crime.


The Jim Engster Show
10:08 am
Tue June 17, 2014

TUESDAY: GOP Activist Mike Chittom; La. Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson

Louisiana GOP Activist Mike Chittom talks with Jim throughout the first half of today's show about the Republican Party surge in the state. They discuss David Vitter's remarks at the Baton Rouge Press Club yesterday, as well as his chances of becoming Governor. Mike also chimes in on his opinions about Vance McAllister, the economy, and Mary Landrieu v. Bill Cassidy.

Louisiana State Senator and Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson fills the second half of the show to talk about the other side of today's topic of politics. She gives her own rebuttal and shares her opinions on David Vitter's comments at the Baton Rouge Press Club yesterday, and she also discusses jobs in the state, where our workforce is headed, and what to expect in the future.


The Jim Engster Show
10:11 am
Mon June 16, 2014

MONDAY: Father Robert Sirico; Biographer Bruce Allen Murphy; Author Rachel Urquhart

Father Robert Sirico, head of the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, MI talks with Jim about being a "free market minister" and his views of where the Catholic Church stands on hot-button social and economic issues of the day.

Bruce Allen Murphy talks with Jim about his recent biography Scalia: A Court of One. He talks about how Justice Antonin Scalia came to the Supreme Court with a unanimous 98-0 vote of Senate approval expecting to be a unifying Justice, but ended up becoming one of the most polarizing people to sit on the Supreme Court in American history.

Longtime writer and editor at Spy, Vogue, and Allure magazines, Rachel Urquhart talks with Jim about her debut novel The Visionist. Set in 19th century New England, the novel follows 15 year-old Polly and her brother as they escape their abusive father and wind up finding shelter and living with a Massachusetts Shaker community.


Bayou Garden
7:07 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Stop and Prune the Roses?

Apricot Drift rose.
Credit Allen Owings

Most roses are not especially happy in the extreme heat of mid-to-late summer. And, come to think of it, neither are most gardeners. But pruning some roses is something you might want to consider this time of year. 


The Jim Engster Show
10:05 am
Fri June 13, 2014

FRIDAY: Rep. Vance McAllister; Tom Aswell (Louisiana Voice); Dr. Laura Cassidy & Evelyn Gautreau

U.S. Congressman Vance McAllister (R - La.) joins Jim as the first guest for today's show. Vance comments on the recent Virginia Congressional primary upset with Tea-Party backed Dave Brat defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. He also talks about his recent infidelity scandal, what he's learned from it, and how he's moving forward.

Tom Aswell, publisher of the news blog Louisiana Voice, talks Louisiana politics with Jim, covering everything from McAllister to Jindal, to Cassidy v. Landrieu.

Dr. Laura Cassidy and Evelyn Gautreau, with the Louisiana Key Academy, stop by the studio to discuss dyslexia in Louisiana schools and the troubles it can bring about, (i.e.: learning the alphabet, spelling, reading, and even rhyming words). They promote the Louisiana Key Academy, a school in Baton Rouge devoted to children grades 1st-3rd who suffer from dyslexia.


Politics
6:20 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Insight: Super PACs Have Arrived in Louisiana Politics

 

The race for Senate is just starting to heat up. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s campaign started running a new TV ad recently.

Congressman Bill Cassidy, who is challenging Landrieu for her seat, released his first ad this week. 

Each cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to air. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Jeremy Alford, publisher of LaPolitics.com, wrote this week about how the floodgates for campaign fundraising are opening up in Louisiana. 

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Politics
4:22 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Payday Loan Reform Advocates Appeal to Federal Government

Efforts to get payday loan reform in Louisiana failed in the state legislature during the recently concluded session. The advocacy group Together Louisiana has since sent a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau asking for safeguards to be enacted nationally.

Together Louisiana wants the bureau to implement new rules that would prohibit issuing payday loans to borrowers already in debt or unable to afford repayment, and increase the reporting requirements on payday loan transactions.

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Politics
12:55 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Admitting Privilege Rules for Louisiana Abortion Providers Signed into Law

Doctors providing abortions in Louisiana will need admitting privileges at a nearby hospital according to a law signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal Thursday. 

Supporters of Louisiana’s new law say it’s aimed at protecting a woman in the event something goes wrong with an abortion.  

Advocates for access say the requirements could lead to the closure of all the clinics providing abortions in Louisiana, except for two in north Louisiana whose doctors already have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. 

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