The Jim Engster Show
10:12 am
Thu July 24, 2014

THURSDAY: Activist Joe Traigle & Judge Darrell White; and Actress Lee Grant

Judge Darrell White and Activist Joe Traigle join Jim in studio to discuss/debate the Fairness Ordinance. The ordinance, which was to be voted on last night at the EBR Metro Council Meeting and was not, is an ordinance which seeks to not discriminate against members of the LGBT community when it comes to housing and employment. 

Veteran Actress Lee Grant joins Jim for the second half of today's show to discuss her life in films and her new memoir "I Said Yes to Everything."


Politics
5:30 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Vote on 'Fairness Ordinance' Will Have to Wait

Barrington Neil, who spoke of experiencing discrimination for being in an interracial marriage, listens to the hearing on the "Fairness Ordinance" at the Baton Rouge Metro Council meeting, July 23, 2014.
Credit Amy Jeffries / WRKF

The Baton Rouge Metro Council heard hours of public comment Wednesday on an anti-discrimination ordinance. But the meeting time expired before the council could vote. 


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The Jim Engster Show
10:25 am
Wed July 23, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Attorney Mike Wolf & Kevin Serrin; Former WAFB Anchor George Sells

Former President and CEO of Capital City Alliance Kevin Serrin and Libertarian Attorney Mike Wolf join Jim in the studio to further debate yesterday's topic of the Fairness Ordinance. The ordinance, written up by EBR Council Member C. Denise Marcelle, will be voted on today.

Also, former WAFB Anchorman George Sells joins Jim in the studio to discuss the happenings in  Ukraine and its relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the recent international terrorist attack on flight MH17.

    

In 1988, a determined Bob Boilen started showing up on NPR's doorstep every day, looking for a way to contribute his skills in music and broadcasting to the network. His persistence paid off, and within a few weeks he was hired, on a temporary basis, to work for All Things Considered. Less than a year later, Boilen was directing the show and continued to do so for the next 18 years.

The Jim Engster Show
10:09 am
Tue July 22, 2014

TUESDAY: EBR Council Member C. Denise Marcelle & Reverend Reginald Pitcher

On Wednesday, the Metro Council will again be asked to vote on an ordinance that will impact LGBT people in the capital city. The proposal, which is similar to laws passed in Shreveport and New Orleans, is a local law that bans discrimination of gays, lesbians and transgender people in employment, housing and public accommodations.

East Baton Rouge City Council Member C. Denise Marcelle who is backing the ordinance, and Reverend Reginald Pitcher debate the subject while the phone lines explode.


The Jim Engster Show
10:06 am
Mon July 21, 2014

MONDAY: La. State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson; The Advocate's John Wirt

Louisiana State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson joins Jim in studio to discuss the happenings of the state police, recent legislation concerning the state police, and much, much more.

The Advocate's entertainment writer John Wirt joins Jim in studio to talk about recent entertainment events around the state, like the Essence Festival which set a record turnout.

Also, Christy Kirby and Pamela Vannorman stop by the studio to discuss their involvement with the 4th Annual BRAND Charity Golf Tournament coming up which is being held to raise money for disabled veterans.


NPR's Giles Snyder can be heard on NPR stations nationwide, bringing listeners the latest in national and international developments. His newscasts have been a regular part of NPR News' weekend overnight coverage since June 2004.

Prior to coming to NPR, Snyder worked for sixteen years at West Virginia Public Radio. He held a variety of on-air as well as managerial positions at the station, including operations director, program director, and the morning and local news anchor and reporter. He also spent time as the station's afternoon anchor/reporter.

Snyder has been awarded a variety of state Associated Press Awards for his newscasting role in public radio. He was also a proud member of an award-winning news team in West Virginia.

Bayou Garden
6:19 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Pop Go the Mushrooms

Mushrooms often pop up in lawns following heavy rainfall.
Credit LSU AgCenter

After a rainy period in summer we typically see mushrooms popping up everywhere in the Baton Rouge area. 


The Jim Engster Show
10:19 am
Fri July 18, 2014

FRIDAY: Author Edward Haslam; Robert Seeman; NPR's Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Ed Haslam, author of Dr. Mary's Monkey joins Jim for the better part of today's show to discuss his book. The 1964 murder of a nationally known cancer researcher sets the stage for his gripping expose of medical professionals enmeshed in covert government operations over the course of three decades. Learn more at http://doctormarysmonkey.com.

Baton Rouge Green Program Director Robert Seeman drops by the studio to talk with Jim about the Plant Smart Baton Rouge Green Education Event. The event is tomorrow July 19th at the Hilltop Arboretum. Learn more at http://batonrougegreen.com/content.cfm?id=39.

Also, NPR's Political Junkie Ken Rudin joins he show for the last segment of the day to discuss everything politics in Louisiana. He and Jim discuss the upcoming Senate race between Sen. Mary Landrieu and Rep. Bill Cassidy; key issues in the upcoming elections, such as the state of Louisiana's economy; as well as Governor Bobby Jindal's popularity around the nation amidst his political goal of reaching the White House.


Politics
5:21 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Insight: Lots of Forgiveness in Congressional Elections; Lots of Money in Senate Race

A couple of this fall’s congressional races could be particularly entertaining — with the “kissing Congressman”, Vance McAllister running for re-election in the 5th District in northern Louisiana, and ex-con/ex-governor Edwin Edwards running here in the 6th District. Jeremy Alford, publisher of LaPolitics.com, says both will be asking voters for forgiveness. 

Meanwhile, the Republican field in the senate race got a little thinner this week, with State representative Paul Hollis of St. Tammany dropping out. Congressman Bill Cassidy, of course, is still the GOP frontrunner to unseat Mary Landrieu. But another Republican, retired Air Force Col. Rob Manness, who has Tea Party support, is proving to be a factor. And Alford says this Senate race is already the most expensive Louisiana has ever seen.


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