Marketplace

Marketplace focuses on the latest business news both nationally and internationally, the global economy, and wider events linked to the financial markets. The show covers business and economics with a reporting style that is lively and unexpected. 

It is the only national daily business news program originating from the West Coast. 

The Jim Engster Show
10:32 am
Wed July 2, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Niki Papazoglakis; Smiley Anders; Jayne Anne Phillips; Dean Koontz

Niki Papazoglakis, who finished 5th in the 2011 Governor's race, starts off the show this morning to tell us about Freagle, a virtual non-partisan town square for average citizens, politicos and activists. 

The Baton Rouge and New Orleans Advocate Columnist Smiley Anders and LPB Producer Ben Williams join Jim to talk about the heartbreaking closure of the Piccadilly Cafeteria in the Westmoreland Village Shopping Center on Government St. The iconic Baton Rouge eatery first opened in 1959 and was loved by many throughout the years. 

Author Jayne Anne Phillips, one of America's most accomplished and acclaimed fiction writers, has given us a real life multiple murder story in Quiet Dell. She tells Jim of her inspiration behind the story she says has haunted her for more than four decades. 

#1 New York Times Best Selling Author Dean Koontz has done it again with The City -- a riveting soul-stirring story of Jonah Kirk. On today's show, Koontz speaks of his latest novel which he says is his wife's favorite.

Will is thrilled to be reporting and delivering the news for KUNR. An East Coast transplant, he's worked at NPR stations in Philadelphia, New York and most recently Connecticut. He's also interned at the NPR West Headquarters in Los Angeles where he learned from some of the network's best correspondents. Before joining the public radio airwaves, he studied English at a small liberal arts college and covered arts and culture for an alternative news weekly in Philadelphia.

He's particularly drawn to education, government and environmental reporting, but will jump on any story that gets him out into the field with a mic in hand. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, fish tacos and great American poetry.

Wayne Yoshioka is an award-winning journalist who has worked in television, print and radio in Hawaii.  He also has been on both sides of politics as a state departmental appointee and political/government reporter.   He covered Hurricane Iwa (1982) as a TV reporter; was the State Department of Defense/Civil Defense spokesperson for Hurricane Iniki (1992); and, commanded a public affairs detachment in Afghanistan (2006).  He has a master's degree in Communication from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is a decorated combat veteran (Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and 22 other commendation/service medals).  He resides in Honolulu.

The Jim Engster Show
10:15 am
Tue July 1, 2014

TUESDAY: La. Secretary of Economic Development Steven Moret; Rep. Vance McAllister

Secretary of Louisiana Economic Development Stephen Moret joins Jim in the studio for the better part of today's show. With Louisiana having the second lowest unemployment rate in the South, Moret discusses economic growth in Louisiana and gives such examples as: Baton Rouge's IBM plant, Lafayette's Bell Helicopter facility and CGI's new technology center. He also talks on the importance and excitement of the emerging Software Development & Digital Media growth in Louisiana.

Also, Congressman Vance McAllister calls in for the last segment of today's show to follow up on his announcement yesterday that he will be running for re-election. Also, find out what his surprising answer is when asked whom he'll be supporting for Senator: Cassidy or Landrieu?


The Jim Engster Show
10:15 am
Mon June 30, 2014

MONDAY: La. GOP Chair Roger Villere; Former MLB Pitcher Bill Denehy

State Chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party Roger Villere starts the week out with Jim by discussing the upcoming November Elections. He discusses the Republican candidates running for office in an already Conservative state, including Vance McAllister's announcement to run for re-election and Cassidy's chances for the Senate. He as well discusses the SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) ruling that employers with religious objections can refuse to pay for contraception. 

Former MLB Pitcher Bill Denehy joins Jim to close out today's show. He talks with Jim about pitching to Willie Mays (and almost accidentally hitting him in the head); his injury which ended his career; and the dangers of using cortisone injections. 


Bayou Garden
6:31 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Hot Summer Herbs

Lettuce leaf basil.
Credit Dan Gill / LSU AgCenter

Many of the popular herbs we grow languish in the heat of the summer, and some of them downright pitch a fit, including thyme, chives, and cilantro. Fortunately, there are a number of herbs that tolerate, or even prefer, the hot, torrid weather of a Louisiana summer.


The Jim Engster Show
10:08 am
Fri June 27, 2014

FRIDAY: Dr. E. Faye Williams; Sen. Dan Claitor; Politcal Activist Mike Stagg

Dr. E. Faye Williams, Chair of the National Congress of Black Women and President/CEO of the Natural Health Options, joins Jim for the first part of today's show. She and Jim discuss the Mississippi's Senate primary election of Sen. Thad Cochran over Chris McDaniel, due to a large turnout of Black Democratic voters.

State Senator Dan Claitor, who's running for Congress, joins Jim in the studio for the second part of today's show. He discusses the defeat of his bill which would have banned the flying of unmanned drones in Louisiana. 

Louisiana Political Activist Mike Stagg joins Jim in the studio to discuss his march from Grand Isle to the Governors Mansion in protest of the Governors signing of Senate Bill 469. They're meeting across from the mansion tomorrow at noon, and welcome all those who want to join.


Education
5:12 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Insight: With Executive Order Over Common Core, Jindal Upends Testing Plans

Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order last week canceling the testing contract that was meant to implement learning benchmarks once adopted by Louisiana and 44 other states.

And that has Jindal squaring off against the state superintendent and the president of the BESE board he hand-picked to push through major state education reforms in recent years.  

Melinda Deslatte, the Associated Press state capitol correspondent, discusses the clash.


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The Jim Engster Show
10:10 am
Thu June 26, 2014

THURSDAY: Colorado State University Chancellor Mike Martin; Author J. Edward Chamberlin

Former LSU Chancellor and now Chancellor of Colorado State University Mike Martin calls in to talk with Jim for the better part of today's show. Mike discusses his time at LSU, what he liked about Baton Rouge, what he didn't, and what some of the reasons were that factored into his decision to leave.

Dr. J. Edward Chamberlin talks with Jim about his recently published book Island: How Islands Transform the World. Out of the the 7 billion people on earth, 1 billion live on islands; and they shape our lives more than many people think.


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