Jeff Brady is a NPR National Desk Correspondent based in Philadelphia. He covers the mid-Atlantic region and the energy industry.

In this role, Brady reports on the business of energy, from concerns over hydraulic fracturing in Western Pennsylvania to the oil boom in North Dakota and solar developments in the desert Southwest. With a focus on the consumer, Brady's reporting addresses how the energy industry intersects consumers' perspective at the gas pump and light switch.

Frequently traveling throughout the country for NPR, Brady has covered just about every major domestic news event in the past decade. Before moving to Philadelphia in July 2011, Brady was based in Denver and covered the west for NPR.

The Jim Engster Show
6:48 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Jim Talks With Baseball Great Denny McLain

Despite the current LSU campus policy requiring people to smoke 25 ft. away from the entrance to any building, LSU MassCom professor Dr. Judith Sylvester discusses her efforts at working to make LSU's campus completely tobacco and smoke free.

Baseball great and the last pitcher to win 30 games in a season, Denny McLain joins the show to discuss life, Baseball, Pepsi drinking, and steroids.


David Schaper is a NPR National Desk reporter based in Chicago.

In this role, he covers news in Chicago and around the Midwest. Additionally he reports on a broad range of important social, cultural, political, and business issues in the region.

The range of Schaper's reporting has included profiles of service members killed in Iraq, and members of a reserve unit returning home to Wisconsin. He produced reports on the important political issues in key Midwest battleground states, education issues related to "No Child Left Behind," the bankruptcy of United Airlines as well as other aviation and transportation issues, and the devastation left by tornadoes, storms, blizzards, and floods in the Midwest.

As a roving NPR correspondent based in Austin, Texas, John Burnett's beat stretches across the U.S., and, sometimes, around the world. Currently, he is serving as NPR's Religion correspondent.

Tanya Ballard Brown is a Southern girl, an optimist and a wild dreamer who laughs loudly and often.

Tom Gjelten covers a wide variety of global security and economic issues for NPR News. He brings to that assignment many years covering international news from posts in Washington and around the world.

Gjelten's overseas reporting experience includes stints in Mexico City as NPR's Latin America correspondent from 1986 to 1990 and in Berlin as Central Europe correspondent from 1990 to 1994. During those years, he covered the wars in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Colombia, as well as the Gulf War of 1990-1991 and the wars in Croatia and Bosnia.

The Jim Engster Show
12:26 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

LSU Manship Prof. Craig Freeman; Political Consultant Gus Weill

Dr. Craig Freeman, LSU Manship School Media Law & Ethics Professor talks with Jim about his return to LPB to host "Public Square."

Fabled political consultant Gus Weill gives his take on what to expect from both presidential candidates on the final thirty-one days left in the race for the White House.

Bill Bryan and Joseph Recapito stop by the studio to discuss Columbus Day and the influence of the Italian Community in Baton Rouge.


Higher Education
10:42 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Researchers Win Grant To Answer Questions About Universe

Two LSU researchers have won a $250,000 grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

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The Jim Engster Show
12:45 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Ralph Nader Discusses His New Book; Richard Torregano on Challenging Cassidy

Former Green Party Presidential nominee Rap Nader talks with Jim about his impression of the first of three presidential debates between President Obama and Gov. Romney, and he promotes his new book "The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future."

Richard Torregano, 6th District candidate who's challenging Bill Cassidy for a seat in Congress chats with Jim about his plans for the future if he's elected.

Also, Renee Chatelain from the Manship Theater talks with Jim about news and updates concerning the fabulous LSU theater.


Tom Bowman is a NPR National Desk reporter covering the Pentagon.

In his current role, Bowman has traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan often for month-long visits and embedded with U.S. Marines and soldiers.

Before coming to NPR in April 2006, Bowman spent nine years as a Pentagon reporter at The Baltimore Sun. Altogether he was at The Sun for nearly two decades, covering the Maryland Statehouse, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the National Security Agency (NSA). His coverage of racial and gender discrimination at NSA led to a Pentagon investigation in 1994.

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