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Smart Growth
9:33 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Raleigh Planning Chief to Baton Rouge: 'You're Not Keeping Your Young People'

Mitchell J. Silver opened the Louisiana Smart Growth Summit last night with constructive criticism of the capital city and its leaders. Silver serves in the Department of City Planning in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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The Jim Engster Show
2:27 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Melinda Deslatte, David Nasaw

Associated Press State Capitol correspondent Melinda Deslatte discusses Governor Jindal's post-election turn on Mitt Romney, and where he and the state go from here.

History professor David Nasaw on his book, "The Patriarch", about the turbulent life and times of Joseph P. Kennedy.


Smart Growth
1:01 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Infill Key To EBR Parish Development

Mark Goodson, Vice President of East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority
Credit WRKF

Vice President of the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority Mark Goodson is part of panel discussion at the Smart Growth summit downtown Tuesday that will delve into the issue of redeveloping neglected and abandoned properties.

The Redevelopment Authority says in 2009, East Baton Rouge Parish had some 6,500 adjudicated parcels of land. That’s somewhere between 2 and 3 percent of all the parcels in the parish. The Authority is currently conducting a study in tandem with the Center for Community Progress to bring that information up-to-date. The numbers, however, are projected to be similar.   

Goodson says Baton Rouge should take a more robust approach to code enforcement to reduce blight like Atlanta, Portland, and even New Orleans already have.


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Hurricane Isaac
12:57 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

FEMA Assistance Registration Deadline Approaches

Louisiana homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage after Hurricane Isaac have only three days left to register with FEMA for disaster assistance. Thursday is also the day the state’s two remaining Disaster Recovery Centers will close.

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Smart Growth
6:48 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Bike-Only in Baton Rouge

Bicyclist Mark Martin with his two wheels.
Credit Drew Walker/WRKF

Ideas for making transportation infrastructure more bike-friendly are up for discussion at the annual Louisiana Smart Growth Summit downtown this week.

Wednesday, Nov. 28, Baton Rouge Advocates for Safe Streets will give some officials, planning experts, and citizens at the summit a taste of what it’s like to get around the capitol city by bike now.

Mark Martin, who founded the bike advocacy group in 2006, navigates his daily routine here with only two wheels.


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Conversations in Medicine
12:07 am
Sun November 25, 2012

Preparation Key to Preventing Football Injuries

Philippe Vetters, a physical therapist in Baton Rouge, is on the front lines of athlete care.

Vetters says tackling correctly and training well is key to keep from getting hurt on the field.

Louisiana Eats!
1:21 pm
Sat November 24, 2012

Cooking Tips for Your Thanksgiving Feast

On this week's Louisiana Eats! we'll celebrate Thanksgiving by speaking with expert chefs, roasters, and bakers. First, Molly Stevens provides us with tricks of the trade for roasting everything from vegetables to seafood. Then, Chef Chris DeBarr and Lee Stafford collaborate to serve a Thanksgiving meal made entirely from local foods available at the time of Louisiana's settlement. Plus, Poppy teaches us how to deep-fry a turkey and Kate McDermott shares tips for baking pies.

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Bayou Garden
7:46 am
Sat November 24, 2012

Planting Hedges

A hedge of flowering honeysuckle.
Credit microwavedboy / Flickr

Hedges, created by planting a row of bushes or small trees, provide privacy, screening, and a backdrop for beds of colorful flowers.

Dan Gill explains how to get a hedge growing.

The Jim Engster Show
10:00 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Jay Perkins, Bud Davis, Beth Gayle

Former AP Correspondent and LSU Journalism Professor Jay Perkins discusses the good and bad prognostications made for presidential election.

Former LSU sports information director Bud Davis previews the LSU-Arkansas match-up.

Beth Gayle shares the story of her son's recovery from a near fatal hunting accident, which is detailed in the book, "Then Came the Angels."


The Jim Engster Show
10:20 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Dr. Michael Kurtz on the JFK Assassination

On the 49th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Jim talks with Southeastern Louisiana University professor of history emeritus Michael Kurtz about his 1993 book, "Crime Of The Century". The book explains why Kurtz feels Lee Harvey Oswald was not the lone gunman in Dallas that day.


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