The Jim Engster Show
10:33 am
Wed May 7, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Freya Rivers; Broadway Actress Ana Andricain; Professor Kirby Goidel; Greg Dicharry

Freya Anderson Rivers, Baton Rouge native and one of the first African-Americans to attend LSU, joins Jim in the studio as the first guest of the day. She discusses her early life in Baton Rouge, how she had to leave Southern Lab High School to attend Lee High due to desegregation, how she had to endure racism at LSU, and she talks about her memoir Swallowed Tears.

Broadway Actress Ana Andricain and Conductor Daivd Torns stop by to discuss the Symphony Pops at the LSU Rural Life Museum on May 10th, where they will be performing music from the American songbook, as well as patriotic and movie theme music.

Soon to be former Director of LSU's Manship School's Research Facility and Mass Com Professor Kirby Goidel talks with Jim about leaving LSU for Texas A&M in College Station, TX. He and Jim as well discuss the upcoming Senate race, and Jindal's push for the presidency.

Greg Dicharry talks with Jim about the MY LIFE Youth Day at the Capitol on May 8th which will provide youth a unique hands-on educational experience to learn about state government first hand.


Culture
6:30 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Meet The Neighbors: Tess Brunet Offers 'a Music Education'

Tess Brunet with Agnes the cockatiel
Credit Ann Marie Awad

Meet The Neighbors introduces you to some of the remarkable people who live and work in the Baton Rouge area. Do you know someone we should meet? E-mail us at news@wrkf.org and keep up with Meet The Neighbors, follow us on Tumblr.

In a cozy little duplex in Beauregard Town, Tess Brunet runs a neighborhood record store. 

The Houma native opened the store with her partner Patrick -- he’s from Maine. And he’s the one who came up with the name, Lagniappe Records.

“He was so enamored by South Louisiana and New Orleans and he’s discovering all these things about this region and you know Lagniappe is you know it’s normal to me I know what that is, people anywhere else besides here they see that word and they’re like ‘how do you say that?" she jokes. "He fell in love with this area.”

After touring the country as a musician, Brunet landed in New Orleans, but she kept being drawn back to Baton Rouge.  

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Culture
6:30 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Meet The Neighbors

Credit Ann Marie Awad

Everyone can think of a character they know. Someone who puts their mark on the community. Someone who just has a colorful personality. Someone you just want to know more about.

Meet The Neighbors introduces you to some of the remarkable people who live and work in the Baton Rouge area. 

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Capitol Access
3:00 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Senate Sends Dozens of Bills to the Governor

 With less than a month left in the session, the full Senate spent most of Tuesday afternoon digging through a mountain of House bills awaiting final passage. More than 120 House bills were on the Senate’s to-do list, and the upper chamber managed to complete the legislative process on about half of those.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:08 am
Tue May 6, 2014

TUESDAY: Renée Areng, John Kennedy, Timothy Muffitt, Yi-Jia Susanne Hou

Today on the show, Visit Baton Rouge Executive Vice President Renée Areng talks about the city's tourism and the huge events coming like the Miss USA Pageant and Bayou Country Superfest. 

State Treasurer John Kennedy calls in with his concerns about the fact that Governor Bobby Jindal's financing plan to privatize state-owned hospitals has been rejected by the federal government. Kennedy is also on a mission to get people on board to support a bill that would cut the number of consulting contracts in Louisiana. 

Timothy Muffitt brings in violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou who will perform during the Baton Rouge Symphony's Thursday concert. We also get an amazing sample of Hou's playing in-studio. Muffitt says they'll be using Twitter to express what is happening during the show. You can follow on Twitter: @BRSymphony or by using the hashtag #brsoravel. 

 

 

Capitol Access
3:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Feds Give LSU Hospital Deals Thumbs Down

Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols explains turn down of LSU hospitals deals.
Credit Sue Lincoln

Louisiana got some bad news from the federal Center for Medicaid Services (CMS) late last Friday. CMS says “no deal” on six of the LSU hospital public-private partnerships.

“I don’t know what their issue is, but it appears that the basis for the denial is related to the means of financing—specifically as it relates to the advance lease payments,” Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols told the House Appropriations committee Monday.

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The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva) are producers of the duPont-Columbia Award-winning, NPR series, Hidden Kitchens, and two Peabody Award-winning NPR series, Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project. Hidden Kitchens, heard on Morning Edition, explores the world of secret, unexpected, below-the-radar cooking across America—how communities come together through food. The series inspired Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes, and More from NPR's The Kitchen Sisters, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year that was also nominated for a James Beard Award for Best Writing on Food.

The Jim Engster Show
10:49 am
Mon May 5, 2014

MONDAY:Reporter Tyler Bridges, Sen. Ben Nevers and Head of Innovations for Superbowl Chris Garrity

Reporter Tyler Bridges speaks to Jim about Governor Bobby Jindal's legislation for state hospitals  and other LA political news. Senator Ben Nevers of Bogalusa speaks on Louisiana's national reputation for having the most wasted tax dollars. Head of Innovation for the Superbowl, Chris Garrity, speaks to Jim about the LA International Film Festival to be held in Baton Rouge May 8-11. 


Capitol Access
3:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Death Penalty Drugs Bill Advances

 If you can’t get lethal injection drugs, how do you impose the death penalty?

"We have the death sentence. Whether some of you agree with that or disagree with it, that's what we have,” said House Criminal Justice committee chairman Joe Lopinto. “If we're going to have that we need to be able, as a state, to follow through with that order."

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Bayou Garden
6:24 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Blooming in the Shade

Baby Wing Pink begonia.
Credit Allen Owings

If you want to provide color on your patios and porches, there are lots of bedding plants that will bloom their hearts out through the heat of summer.


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