Capitol Access
3:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Kumbayah Moment: Teacher Termination Compromise

Although they didn’t actually “hold hands and sing Kumbayah”, there was a brief moment of peace and accord between the Jindal administration and teachers unions last week. After more than two years of name-calling, angst and lawsuits, they found common ground around a bill to modify the process for terminating tenured teachers who receive “ineffective” ratings.

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Conversations in Medicine
4:05 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

What Makes Alzheimer's Respite Center Award-Winning

Barbara Auten, Director of Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area, says "patient-centered care" is the key to the success of Charlie's Place in Baton Rouge.

Barbara Auten, Director of Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area

The Jim Engster Show
10:41 am
Fri April 25, 2014

FRIDAY: Andy Anderson, Kimberly Willis Holt, State Senator Elbert Guillory, Nature Conservancy

Stock Market Analyst Andy Anderson joins Jim to talk about the state of money and markets. What to buy, what to sell.

 Children's literature writer Kimberly Willis Holt chats about her books and the way she's been inspired by Louisiana and her childhood home, Forest Hill. Her first novel is titled, "My Louisiana Sky," which was also made into a film.  Holt has a new book out, Dinner at the High Brows, and will be a keynote speaker at the LSU Young Adult Literature Conference & Seminar June 2nd-6th.  Kimberly and Jim attended LSU together and they share a few old memories. 

Opelousas State Senator Elbert Guillory tells Jim he's "all in" for a run at Lt. Governor. Of course he also addresses the famous "chicken boxing" issue which was recently highlighted by Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert. Guillory continues to defend the legitimate sport of "chicken boxing" as a bill moves through the legislature that seeks to expand the state's ban on cockfighting. 

Joe Bastian & Lisa Creasman with the Nature Conservancy go on-air to discuss conservation threats at the largest scale and in Louisiana.

Science and Environment
3:21 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Insight: Gen. Honoré's New Mission -- Fighting Pollution

Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré
Credit Restore Louisiana Now

Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré gets credit for restoring order in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. And from that, he emerged as a national hero.

Since then, he’s retired and launched headlong into the fight against pollution, gathering the troops in a Green Army.


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Capitol Access
3:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Tilting at Windmills: Annual Bills, Same Result

  It appeared to be “Tilting at Windmills Day” at the Capitol Thursday, with committees hearing this year’s version of bills that seem doomed to perennial failure.


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Culture
5:38 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Growing Up, Cokie Roberts Didn't Learn Much About the Founding Mothers Either

Roughly a decade ago, NPR news analyst Cokie Roberts authored a best-selling book about the women who were behind, and in some cases alongside, the Founding Fathers.

There’s a new illustrated version, for kids, called, Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies.


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The Jim Engster Show
10:33 am
Thu April 24, 2014

THURSDAY: AG Buddy Caldwell, US Army War College

 

This morning Jim is joined by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell who discusses the conflict between he and Robert Adley and the stance the AG continues to take in regards to lawsuits relating to oil and gas. Caldwell was also asked if he plans to run against the embattled "Kissing Congressman" Vance McAllister.

You'll never guess how fast the AG can run. And how does Caldwell feel about Governor Bobby Jindal's refusal to expand Medicaid in Louisiana?

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Capitol Access
3:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Attempt to Put Medicaid Expansion on the Ballot Fails

Supporters of Medicaid expansion gather on the state capitol steps. April 23, 2014.
Credit Amy Jeffries / WRKF

At the conclusion of nearly five hours of emotional testimony, Senate Health and Welfare Committee Chairman David Heitmeier read the names of those weighing in on Senator Ben Nevers’ bill. The proposal would have put a constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act before voters in Louisiana.

“You’ve got a lot of support here, Sen. Nevers," Heitmeier said.

But Nevers didn’t have the support of the committee. His bill was stopped on a 6 to 2 vote that fell along party lines.


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The Jim Engster Show
10:17 am
Wed April 23, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Cancer Services' John Boudreaux; Port Allen Mayor Richard Lee; Dr. Melissa Stewart

Jim is away for today and Michael Danna, Director of Public Relations for the Louisiana Farm Bureau and host for "This Week in Louisiana Agriculture" is filling in.

Chief Development Officer for Cancer Services John Boudreaux joins Michael in the studio to discuss the services offered by the Baton Rouge based non-profit. He touches on how Cancer Services offers educational, financial, and emotional support, as well as their growing Bella Bowman Children's Program offering support for children diagnosed with cancer.

Newly elected Mayor of Port Allen, Richard Lee drops by the studio with his campaign manager Rose Roche to talk about his first days in office. He discusses his background as a Baton Rouge police officer, how he's getting to know Port Allen's Councilmen individually, as well as his future plans for the City of Port Allen.

Also, Assistant Professor for the School of Nursing at Our Lady of the Lake College, author of Practical Patient Literacy: The Medagogy Model, as well as founder of the Organization of Patient Educators, Dr. Melissa Stewart stops by the studio. She talks about Obamacare, educating Professional Assistants in the medical field, teaching nursing school students, and just what it takes to become a nurse and the costs involved.


Kevin Kniestedt became the host of Morning Edition on WFAE in September of 2013. Prior to that, he spent twelve years in public radio in Seattle/Tacoma and Spokane, Washington, where you could find him on the air just about any random hour of the day. Kevin has spent time hosting both news and music, has interviewed the likes of Dr. John, Chick Corea, and Branford Marsalis, and has authored the list 1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die. Kevin is also a huge sports fan, loves a good film festival, and can often be found indulging on a massive plate of nachos.

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