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Bayou Garden
6:28 am
Sat August 24, 2013

What Can Go Wrong with Citrus.

Satsumas for sale.
Credit Ivan McClellan / photography.ivanmcclellan.com

As fruit trees goes, citrus trees are pretty easy to take care of. But there are some challenges.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:58 am
Fri August 23, 2013

MONDAY: Congressman Steve Scalise, Tiger Rag Editor Cody Worsham

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise

Jim talks with Louisiana District 1 Congressman Steve Scalise (R-River Ridge) about federal debt & spending and other matters.

Tiger Rag Magazine Editor Cody Worsham discusses the LSU Tigers' season opener this Saturday in Dallas.


Culture
6:46 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Southern Students Head to 50th Anniversary March on Washington Celebrations

Simone Bray, 21, is a Senior and President of the Student Government Association at Southern University in Baton Rouge. She is traveling with over 50 other Southern students to Washington DC to partake in March on Washington 50th Anniversary celebrations.
Credit WRKF

Next Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the March on the Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

In 1963 hundreds of thousands rallied in the National Mall in DC for civil and economic rights for African Americans.  That rally is also where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his historic speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

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Education
5:00 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

'New Schools' Picks Charter Operators for Baton Rouge

Students at a school run by KIPP in New Orleans.
Credit KIPP New Orleans

New Schools for Baton Rouge is endeavoring to start 20 schools in the capitol city by 2017. 

The non-profit's leader, Chris Meyer, was previously an administrator in the state-run Recovery School District. When New Schools launched last April, the RSD appeared ready to hand over the keys to the 7 schools it runs directly in Baton Rouge as soon as Meyer and his team had the charter school operators and resources in place.

Nearly a year and a half later, New Schools has picked half a dozen of what it considers to be the best charter operators in the country -- including Yes Prep and KIPP, which, as The Lens has reported, are familiar names in New Orleans. Backers have committed roughly $15 million in seed money. This fall the Recovery School District is starting the process of matching up the operators with buildings where they can start charter schools in Baton Rouge.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:56 am
Thu August 22, 2013

FRIDAY: State Treasurer John Kennedy, LSU's Dr. Larry Kaptain, Author Ed Krzemienski

John N. Kennedy

State Treasurer John Kennedy talks about non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who've received state money but refuse to account for it. He also talks about the state's political landscape.

Dr. Larry Kaptain, former Dean of the LSU College of Dramatic Arts, discusses the 1st Hall of Distinction awards ceremonies, coming up this weekend...and his new undertaking.

Author Ed Krzemienski, on his new book, "Rising Tide: Bear Bryant, Joe Namath & Dixie's Last Stand"


The Jim Engster Show
10:33 am
Wed August 21, 2013

THURSDAY: LSU's Dr. Kevin Cope, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Filmmaker Coltin Calloway

Dr. Kevin Cope

LSU Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope talks about funding for higher education initiatives and dissatisfaction with the secrecy involved in selecting Dr. F. King Alexander as the new chancellor/system president.

Headline News journalist and show host Jane Velez-Mitchell talks about her new book, "The Secret Life of Jodi Arias"

Louisiana filmmaker Coltin Calloway discusses his new film, "The Climb to Katahdin", about hiking the Appalachian Trail.

 

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The Jim Engster Show
10:23 am
Wed August 21, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Advocate Editor Peter Kovacs, "Carmageddon" in Baton Rouge - One Year Later

Guest host Robert Travis Scott chats with new Advocate editor Peter Kovacs about taking over the daily paper and changes that are underway.

Then, a discussion of "Carmageddon" in Baton Rouge, one year ago -- the tanker accident shut down I-10 for 27 hours, locking up the capitol city. State Police Captain Taylor Moss talks about the decision to blow up the tanker and BRPD Lt. Todd Weishar discusses traffic management on that fateful day. Both examine what would happen if a similar accident occurred now.

 

  

 

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Louisiana Senate Supermajority
10:15 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Republican Realignment: Why Politicians Switch Parties

State Sen. Rick Ward is dropping out of the race for Louisiana's Sixth Congressional District. According to The Times-Picayune, Ward's changed his mind because the position would require too much time away from his children. This decision comes three weeks after announcing his candidacy, and a month after switching to the Republican party in mid-July.

Many accused Ward of switching parties because he wanted to run for the higher seat. Ward said he switched because the "R" behind his name would better represent his views.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:20 am
Tue August 20, 2013

TUESDAY: Parents Discuss Educational Choices; Bluesman Larry Garner, Bill Bryan Talk Muddy Waters

Parents (from left to right) Carlos Thomas, Kathryn Kissam, LaToya Johnson, and Tiffany Temple in the Jim Engster Show studio to discuss the educational choices they've made for their children.
Credit Amy Jeffries / WRKF

Guest Host Maxine Crump leads a discussion with parents about how they have navigated the educational landscape in Baton Rouge on behalf of their kids. Parents Tiffany Temple, Latoya Johnson, Kathryn Kissam and Carlos Thomas take part.

Baton Rouge blues man Larry Garner and Baton Rouge Blues Foundation President Bill Bryan talk about blues legend Muddy Waters, his ongoing influence on music today, and the upcoming Baton Rouge Blues Foundation Gala honoring him.


Louisiana Senate Supermajority
8:29 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Republican Realignment: How Populism, Catholicism Affect LA, Then and Now

On Saturday, gubernatorial candidate Rep. John Bel Edwards delivered what The Times-Picayune called an animated speech at a Democratic rally, aiming to distance himself from Republican Governor Jindal's practices. Edwards doesn't have to try hard: he's opposed nearly every one, if not all, of the Governor's initiatives since they both assumed office in 2008.

Edwards is a leader of the minority party. Republicans have two-thirds supermajority control over the Senate (thanks to a few recent aisle-jumpers), a majority in the House, and every statewide office other than US Sen. Mary Landrieu's seat. 


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