3:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Top 6th District Candidates’ Meet in Forum

The Baton Rouge Press Club hosted a forum Monday for the top five contenders in the 6th congressional district race. It’s one of the only times these candidates will get together, to each answer the same questions on issues including the minimum wage and healthcare.

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4:19 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Along with Better Traffic Flow, Better Healthcare Flow

Between Essen, Bluebonnet, Perkins and I-10 in Baton Rouge, there’s a whole bunch of health clinics and medical facilities – including Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, Baton Rouge General, The Baton Rouge Clinic, and Pennington Biomedical. 

Chances are you'll get stuck in traffic when you drive through that corridor. 

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has set out to address that problem by creating a new Health District that would not only mean you sit through fewer traffic lights, but that health care is delivered more efficiently. 

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The Jim Engster Show
10:32 am
Mon October 20, 2014

MONDAY: Attorney General Buddy Caldwell; Author Jules Witcover; and LSU English Prof. Gerald Kennedy

Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald

Columnist and author Jules Witcover is with us today to discuss his recent book The American Vice Presidency. Jules talks with Jim about the American Vice Presidents throughout history and discusses which ones were the most influential, the most powerful, and the worst.  

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell joins us to discuss the recent court issued restraining order on the dumping of the incinerated ashes of Dallas Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan in Louisiana. Buddy cites the health and safety concerns surrounding the Ebola virus to be the key deciding factor in the courts decision. In short: Buddy says it's better to "Err on the side of caution" and keep it out of the state of Louisiana.

Also, LSU English Professor Dr. Gerald Kennedy closes out the last segment of today's show with us to discuss and compare two of America's greatest authors: Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. This Thursday night, October 23rd at 7:00pm, Dr. Kennedy will give the Fall Community Lecture for the Literary Circle of LSU entitled "Post-War Paris and the Tangled Friendship  of Hemingway and Fitzgerald." The event will be held at the new Digital Media Center on LSU's campus. For more information, visit

Bayou Garden
7:26 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Abundant and Long-Lasting Color to Plant Now

Mesa Bicolor gaillardia
Credit Allen Owings / LSU AgCenter

Mesa series gaillardias have proven themselves as superior choices for Louisiana gardeners.

The large three-inch daisy flowers are produced in amazing abundance through an exceptionally long blooming season.

The Jim Engster Show
10:12 am
Fri October 17, 2014

FRIDAY: Bob Mann Hosts with Guests Jan Moller & Lamar White, Jr.

Jan Moller, the Director of the Louisiana Budget Project, joins guest-host Bob Mann in studio today to discuss Louisiana's surplus money. Governor Bobby Jindal's administration says we have a $178.5 million surplus, but others are saying different. Jan and Bob discuss this, as well as the money in the reserve fund for the Office of Group Benefits which Jan says the Jindal Administration "blew through", and what that means for state employees.

Louisiana blogger at Lamar White, Jr. is with us for the last half of the show today to discuss Texas and Louisiana Politics. They start by discussing a controversial TV ad running in Texas by the Wendy Davis campaign that accuses opponent Greg Abbott of not supporting the disabled. Bob and Lamar also touch on the recent Senate debate on Tuesday night, the status of the 6th Congressional District race, how the Louisiana campaigns are doing thus far, and more.

5:42 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Political Consultant: Landrieu Will Get 90-95% of Black Vote

Ben Jeffers

Wednesday at Southern University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, political consultant Ben Jeffers delivered a talk about the minority vote — the black vote — as a factor in this fall’s Congressional elections.

Jeffers has been involved in national, state, and local campaigns for more than 40 years. He was the first African American to head the Louisiana Democratic Party. And he’s working with the party this year to help turn out the vote.

The Jim Engster Show
10:19 am
Thu October 16, 2014

THURSDAY: BR Symphony Conductor Timothy Muffitt & Violinist Yevgeny Kutik; and Attorney Mike Wolf

The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra

Tonight is the Opening Night for the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and Conductor Timothy Muffitt joins us in studio with violinist Yevgeny Kutik. Tim starts his sixteenth year as Conductor for the BRSO, and he's invited the twenty-nine year old Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik to join the orchestra tonight in helping the BRSO kick-off the 2014-2015 season.

Also, Libertarian attorney Mike Wolf joins us today to discuss medicinal marijuana, and the recently announced approval of it's usage by Republican Senate candidate U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy. But, with a guest like Mike, the topic expands from medicinal marijuana to ebola hazardous waste dumping in Louisiana, strip clubs, "lying politicians", plagiarism, and back again to medicinal marijuana. 

6:22 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Magnet, Gifted and Talented Programs at the Core of St. George Fight

Dufrocq Elementary students performing at the East Baton Rouge Parish School System's recruitment fair showcasing magnet and gifted and talented programs.
Amy Jeffries WRKF

The latest applications for annexation into Baton Rouge by LSU and L’Auberge casino could cut further into the tax base for the proposed city of St. George and undermine the incorporation petition.

But supporters of the breakaway aren’t giving up.

They still want their new city, and even more so, a new school district.

Meanwhile, it’s recruitment season for the parish school district and it’s been holding open houses this week for its magnet and gifted and talented programs.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:32 am
Wed October 15, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Political Pundits Scott Wilfong & Trey Ourso; and Dr. Judith Sylvester & Dr. Ellen Hahn

Shreveport hosted the first televised Senate debate featuring all three candidates last night, and today we discuss what happened and how the candidates did. Trey Ourso, the former Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party and Scott Wilfong, well-known Louisiana GOP pundit, both join us to examine the issues covered in last night's debate and discuss how the candidates are looking as we approach November 4th.

And, this Saturday in Death Valley the LSU Fighting Tigers take on the University of Kentucky Wildcats: two university's which happen to be leading the charge in pushing for smoke-free campuses in SEC schools. LSU's Dr. Judith Sylvester and Kentucky's Dr. Ellen Hahn are two figures spearheading the smoke-free campus movement, and they join us today to discuss what their respective university's have been able to accomplish thus far.   

The Jim Engster Show
10:22 am
Tue October 14, 2014

TUESDAY: Amanda Brunson; Beth Brewster; Jarrod Coniglio; and Roy Fletcher

Amanda Brunson is the Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana, and she's with us today to discuss the recent national attention surrounding the sexual misconduct allegations involving two female Destrahan high school teachers and a male student. Amanda talks about what steps parents can take to help prevent this from happening to their child, and she also discusses misconceptions people can have about the role of gender in cases of sexual abuse.

Also, Beth Brewster the Executive Director of the Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge joins us briefly to discuss the Louisiana Mega Match-a-thon Adoption Event on October 18th from 10:00am-5:00pm at the Companion Animal Alliance center. For more information about the event, visit:

Jarrod Coniglio, the Deputy Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Revenue joins us to discuss the upcoming Tax Amnesty program which begins October 15th. He tells about how delinquent tax payers, tax payers who failed to report all income, and certain tax payers under audit are eligible to participate in the amnesty program. For more information about the Tax Amnesty program, visit:

And, political consultant and frequent guest Roy Fletcher closes out today's show with Jim to discuss the recent updates on U.S. Sen. John McCain campaigning for U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, as Cassidy continues forward with his bid for a seat in the U.S. Senate.