President of the Louisiana Association of Educators Debbie Meaux talks with Jim about recent legislature at the capitol concerning education in the state. She as well talks about Common Core and the expectations that she and others like her have concerning its implementation.
The 2013 Slam Poetry World Champion Chancelier Xero Skidmore talks about his work around town with teaching students the art of poetry. He closes out his talk with Jim by performing a powerful, moving poem titled Ice Scream, about the execution of a fourteen-year-old black boy in the south.
Also, George Hincapie talks with Jim about his stunningly candid autobiography The Loyal Lieutenant: Leading Out Lance and Pushing through the Pain on the Rocky Road to Paris. In the book, Hincapie tells of riding alongside Lance Armstrong in all seven of his Tour de France Championship victories, and all the scandal that came about after-the-fact.
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 email@example.com and keep up with Meet The Neighbors, follow us on Tumblr.
Franklin Brown has owned Bayou Café at 5688 Airline Highway in Scotlandville since 2000.
Brown says his first love is Southern University, where he graduated in 1975. He says the entire North Baton Rouge community comes in close second. In his last 14 years of business, Bayou Café has become something of a meeting place. In the mornings, the place is slammed.
Greg Iles is out with his first book in five years, and critics and authors alike are praising his 790 page novel Natchez Burning. The novel is the first installment in an epic trilogy that weaves crimes, lies, and secret past and present into a mesmerizing thriller featuring Southern mayor and former prosecutor Penn Cage.
Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, talks with Jim about his new book The Second Amendment: A Biography. A legal scholar on the history of the Constitutional right to bear arms, he argues that current gun laws are the result of political lobbying and distort the original intent of the Second Amendment.
Steven Bickmore is an assistant professor of English Education with a joint appointment in the School of Education and the English Department at LSU, and he talks with Jim about the upcoming week long Young Adult Literature Conference celebrating young adult literature authors and readers.
Louisiana has billions of taxpayer dollars tied up in thousands of contracts—for goods and services, consulting, privatization and more. Lawmakers, frustrated by the continuing battles to balance the state budget, are pushing to take a closer look at those contracts.
CEO of Stirling Properties and President of TAF Jim Maurin talks with Jim about his support of the Marketplace Fairness Act, and what he's doing to make sure it's implemented in the state.
Also, GOP political consultant Scott Wilfong and Melissa Flournoy with Louisiana Planned Parenthood discuss/debate recent legislature that restricts abortion in the state, and answer a plethora of questions from listeners.
It looks like the cost of a driver’s license is going up—but so is the length of time between renewals.
“The fee will be more, but it’s a six year fee, so over time it’ll be the same,” explains Franklin Foil.
The Baton Rouge representative authored the measure increasing both the cost and expiration dates for all Louisiana drivers’ licenses. A basic license, which now costs $21.50 and is good for four years, will be going up to $32.50, and will be valid for six years.
Today's guests include Michael Vince, Senior Scientist with the Department of Environmental Quality; Ann Shaneyfelt, Director of Louisiana's Clean Fuels Coalition; and former U.S. Representative and U.S. Attorney Don Cazayoux.
Rev. Chris Andrews, who was pastor at First United Methodist Church for 22 years and who is now head of the Jubilee Pioneers, talks with Jim about Governor Bobby Jindal's recent commencement speech at Liberty University where the governor said our religious liberty in America is in jeopardy.
Colonel Rob Maness discusses his bid for the U.S. Senate, his platform he is running on, as well as his recent endorsement from Sarah Palin.
Also, author Peter Stark talks with Jim about his recent book Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire - A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival.