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The Jim Engster Show
3:35 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

TUESDAY: Economist Robert Kahn, Politico Editor David Mark

Jim talks with Robert Kahn, economist for Council on Foreign Relations on budget maneuvers between Congress and the White House. 

Then, David Mark, editor at Politico and former editor of Campaigns and Elections, discusses negative advertising and its effect on 2012 election.


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Politics
3:07 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Official Use of Private Email Prompts Call for Records Law Revisions

Top Jindal administration officers used personal email accounts to come up with a media strategy around cuts to Medicaid.

LSU Mass Communications Professor Craig Freeman says the new revelations point to a need for Louisiana to update its public records laws.

"We haven’t really, effectively updated public records laws in probably 30 years. But we’re essentially using a 1960’s remedy for a new millennium problem," Freeman said.

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Turnaround Schools
2:40 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

In Georgia, Turnaround High School Looks to Sustain Progress

Josey High School principal Ronald Wiggins helps students in Shannon Moore’s chemistry class.
Credit Maura Walz / Southern Education Desk

Three years ago, a group of the lowest-performing schools in Georgia began receiving millions of dollars in federal money to fund an ambitious attempt to improve dramatically. As those schools enter their final school year receiving that money, the Southern Education Desk reports on one school’s progress.


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The Jim Engster Show
10:36 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Author David Madden, Molly Buchmann of BR Ballet Theatre

Jim talks with author and former Baton Rougean David Madden, about his new book “London Bridge in Plague and Fire” and about some of Madden’s favorite writers.

From the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, Molly Buchmann discusses this year’s performance of “The Nutcracker: A Tale From The Bayou”

Elections 2012
9:46 am
Mon December 10, 2012

'Pro-Life', 'Pro-Gun' Judge Heads to Supreme Court

Republican appeals court judge Jeff Hughes is moving up to Louisiana's highest court.

Hughes was the winner Saturday of a runoff election for an open seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court representing the eight-parish Baton Rouge region.

The seat is vacant because Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball is retiring at the end of January.

Hughes, a former state District Court judge from Livingston Parish, defeated one of his colleagues for the position: John Michael Guidry, a Democrat and former lawmaker from Baton Rouge.

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Elections 2012
9:20 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Boustany Defeats Landry for Congressional Seat

Tea party support wasn't enough to return Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry to Congress for a second term after Louisiana lost a U.S. House seat in redistricting.

His fellow GOP congressman, Charles Boustany, easily defeated Landry in Saturday's runoff election after the two men were forced into the same district.

Boustany, a retired doctor from Lafayette, will represent the 3rd District covering southwest Louisiana and Acadiana next year. It will be his fifth term.

Both men ran as conservative Republicans opposed to the policies of President Barack Obama.

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Louisiana Eats!
9:57 pm
Sun December 9, 2012

A Festive Chanukah Celebration

We're celebrating Chanukah on this week's Louisiana Eats! First, we'll hear from Michael Twitty about the overlapping food customs between his African-American heritage and his Jewish faith. Then, Joan Nathan returns to the program to talk about Jewish culinary influences across the South. Plus, Andrew Zimmern recounts stories from around the world.

Conversations in Medicine
7:04 am
Sun December 9, 2012

High-Risk Lung Cancer Screenings Arrive in Baton Rouge

In November, Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center became the first in Baton Rouge to offer lung-cancer screenings to high-risk patients.

Administrator Linda Lee describes the new lung cancer screening program.

Bayou Garden
7:40 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Instead of the Curb, Fallen Leaves go in the Garden

Leaves in a homemade compost container.
Credit Knile / Flickr

Rather than sending it to the landfill, you can easily recycle the seasonal confetti as mulch or compost.

Dan Gill explains how to make "brown gold".

The Jim Engster Show
10:44 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Alma Stewart, James Gilmore on Affordable Care Act, Bill Grimes on Dave Brubeck

Alma Stewart and James Gilmore, from the Louisiana Center for Health Equity, who want Gov. Jindal to reconsider his resistance to implementing elements of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Jim talks with LSU Professor of Music and jazz virtuoso Bill Grimes about the passing of jazz pioneer Dave Brubeck.

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