The Jim Engster Show
10:07 am
Fri June 6, 2014

FRIDAY: State Senator Robert Adley; General Russel Honore; WWII Vet. Nicholas Kariouk

Fresh off the closing of the 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session, State Senator Robert Adley joins Jim for the first half of today's show. Adley is the author of Senate Bill 469, a bill that would kill the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East's lawsuit against 97 oil and gas companies for coastal damage. The bill is still in the news as it awaits either the signature or veto by Governor Bobby Jindal.

Retired Lieutenant General Russel Honore, now with the Green Army, is back on the show to discuss his ever continuing fight for Louisiana clean air and water, as well as his fight for holding those who pollute them accountable.

Also, on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, Nicholas Kariouk, a World War II veteran and French Native, stops by the studio and talks with Jim about his service and his memory of D-Day.


Insight
5:50 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Insight: Inside the Cost-Saving Report

Shortly after 3 p.m. on Monday, just a few hours before the final gavel came down on the legislative session, the Jindal administration unleashed a 400-plus page report from their consultants who had been asked to find recommendations for saving the state money.

Robert Travis Scott, President of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, has been combing through the report.


The Jim Engster Show
10:09 am
Thu June 5, 2014

THURSDAY: Actors John Schneider and Shanna Forrestall; Musicians Bill Grimes and Phillip Manuel

Actors John Schneider and Shanna Forrestall join Jim in studio to discuss movies and the Louisiana film industry. Schneider, famous for The Dukes of Hazard, and Forrestall, a Louisiana native actress, discuss their recent film Smothered. The film, directed by Schneider and starring Forrestall, was filmed in Louisiana at the newly established John Schneider Studios.

Also, musician Bill Grimes and Vocalist Phillip Manuel join the show to discuss their upcoming concert Hot Summer Nights with Phillip Manuel and Wess WARMDADDY Anderson tonight, June 5th, at the LSU School of Music Recital Hall on the LSU campus.


The Jim Engster Show
10:07 am
Wed June 4, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Gary Stewart; Heath Knakmuhs; and The Advocate's Smiley Anders

Today's first guest is Gary Stewart, a Baton Rouge native and author of The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching For My Father...and Finding the Zodiac Killer. Along with co-author Susan Mustafa, the book follows Stewart as he searches for his biological father, which he finds, and who turns out to be the infamous Zodiac Killer.

Heath Knakmuhs, Senior Director of Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy, talks with Jim about Monday's announcement by President Obama of the EPA proposed regulation intended to cut carbon pollution from power plants by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030.

Also, Columnist Smiley Anders joins Jim to celebrate his 35th year with The Advocate, and to reminisce on years past.


The Jim Engster Show
10:06 am
Tue June 3, 2014

TUESDAY: Pulitzer Winning Journalist Tyler Bridges; Manship's Renee Chatelain; Dr. Everett Ehrlich

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Tyler Bridges talks with Jim about the wrap-up of the 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session. Among the many legislative topics they discuss, they touch on Governor Jindal's postponement of signing Senate Bill 469 while the Attorney General reviews the bill.

Dr. Everett Ehrlich, President of ESC Company and former under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs under President Clinton, talks with Jim about Net Neutrality: what is it, who regulates it, and why should people care?

Also, Renee Chatelain, director of the Manship Theater, talks with Jim about upcoming events like The Jack Mitchell Collection: The Stories Behind the Photographs, and many more.


Capitol Access
3:00 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Game Over: 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session Adjourns

Bill signing on final day of 2014 session. From left to right: House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, Senator Robert Adley, Rep. Neil Abramson, Governor Bobby Jindal

“We have told the Governor we give up. We’re ready to go home,” Senator Robert Adley announced, prompting laughter from his fellow lawmakers, as Senate President John Alario responded, “Very good.”

2014 can be viewed as a session of hits and misses. Governor Jindal told the press he believes he scored a hit with his budget, which includes pay raises for state workers, as well as a bit more money for higher education.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:14 am
Mon June 2, 2014

MONDAY: Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell; La. Politics Publisher Jeremy Alford

Foster Campbell, the Louisiana Public Service Commissioner for District 5, weighs in on the state legislature's recent passage of Senate Bill 469. The passage of the bill rejects a lawsuit filed against 97 oil and gas companies by a New Orleans levee board and retroactively kills litigation claiming that the oil and gas companies environmentally damaged Louisiana's wetlands. Commissioner Campbell, by the way, makes it very clear to Jim and to our listeners that he is not a happy camper about the legislature's decision.

Jeremy Alford, successor to John Maginnis and now publisher of La. Politics, talks with Jim and spends the remainder of todays show remembering their friend and journalistic colleague John Maginnis, who passed away Sunday May 25, 2014.


Capitol Access
3:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Conference Committees: Resolving the Last Differences

Lawmakers aren't chatting about their post-session plans here. They're working out compromises on bills.

Conference committees are where all the action is now, at the end of the session. But just what is a “conference committee”?

“There are bills that, you know, the House and Senate will disagree on and in many cases you can’t get it worked out,” Slidell Representative Kevin Pearson explains, “So a conference committee is selected to try and resolve that.”

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Frank is a native Houstonian. He relocated to Baton Rouge to attend LSU where he earned a communications degree. After working in the film industry for three years as a production assistant, he decided to make the switch to radio and could not be happier with his decision.

After getting his start at WRKF as an intern in 2013, Frank is now a member of the WRKF news team and serves as the regular Friday host for All Things Considered and producer for The Jim Engster Show.

He enjoys reading (especially Stephen King and Ray Bradburry), fishing, and of course, watching movies.

Kelly Tate
Bayou Garden
6:29 am
Sat May 31, 2014

What's Missing From Your Soil?

Credit LSU Ag Center

Plants get certain nutrients from the soil, elements like nitrogen and phosphorus. Using fertilizer ensures there's an ample supply of these nutrients.


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