Jim Engster

Host

Every weekday Jim engages listeners with compelling discussions ranging from presidential and gubernatorial campaigns to LSU football and the aftermath of disasters like Hurricane Isaac.

Jim serves as president of the Louisiana Radio Network and Tiger Rag Magazine. He's hosted the statewide offering Louisiana Live from 1998-2003 and The Jim Engster Show on the Louisiana Radio Network, previously on WRKF.

In a career spanning more than three decades, Jim has interviewed nine Louisiana governors and has reported on every gubernatorial election since 1975. He has also shared the microphone with leaders of other states including Bill Clinton of Arkansas, Jerry Brown of California and Jesse Ventura of Minnesota.

Writers Ernest Gaines, Rex Reed and Immaculee’ Ilabagiza and two actresses who spent much of their youth in the Baton Rouge area---Debbie Allen and Lynn Whitfield -- are some of Jim’s favorite interviewees.

Ways to Connect

  Guest host Stephanie Riegel talks with EBR Councilwoman Barbara Reich Freiberg about tax issues the council is scheduled to review this year. Mike Olivier, the former Louisiana Economic Development Secretary, comments on prospects for business in the state and discusses his role as chairman of the Committee of 100.           

GOP political consultant Scott Wilfong and Democratic blogger Lamar White share views on President Trump, DACA, North Korea and the 2019 Louisiana governor’s race.

Julian Guthrie discusses her book “How to Make a Spaceship.” Guthrie reports on a band of renegades, an epic race and the birth of private spaceflight as she details the odyssey of Peter Diamandis. 

Christina Melton of Louisiana Public Broadcasting on the upcoming documentary from Ken Burns about the Vietnam War.

  Peace activist and former Louisiana Congressional candidate, Faye Williams, on last month’s death of entertainer Dick Gregory and the threat of war with North Korea.
  
Music critic John Wirt on the death of Walter Becker of Steely Dan.

Former LSU running back Justin Vincent, star of the 2003 national championship team, on the Tigers season opener vs. Brigham Young. Vincent now works for the Tiger Athletic Foundation and will discuss the frenetic week which LSU move its season opener from Houston to New Orleans due to Hurricane Harvey.
  
Longtime LSU Writer in Residence David Madden reflects on his lengthy career from his home in North Carolina. After six decades of work, Madden continues to publish new material. He will discuss the process of writing and what keeps him going at 84. 

Robert Travis Scott, President of the Public Affairs Research Council, on the fiscal cliff that awaits Gov. Edwards and the Legislature as Louisiana faces a projected $1.5 billion deficit on July 2018. 

Doug Schoen, who was the primary pollster for President Clinton, will discuss the friction in American politics from the perspective of a conservative Democrat. 

Carol Friedland, the LSU Bert Turner Department of Construction Management Associate Professor, talks about information vital for homeowners living in flood prone areas. 

Veteran journalist Leonard Teel on his work training foreign journalists in the American storytelling tradition. 

 Stephen Aguillard, Director of Clinic Services for Capital Area Human Services, on psychological challenges from another devastating storm.  

Political consultant Ray Strother on the damage to his hometown of Port Arthur, and the first 32 weeks of President Trump.

Reshma Suajani, founer of Girls Who Code and the creator of a national movement to close the gender gap in technology, talks about her book "Learn to Code and Change the World."


Sociologist Arlie Hochschild discusses her book "Strangers in Their Own Land." Hochschild goes from her hometown of Berkeley, a liberal oasis, to Louisiana bayou country, a stronghold of the conservative right.


Greg Hilburn
LRN

USA Today network contributor Greg Hilburn, who is also with the News-Star in the northern part of the state, joins us to talk about his reporting on the Cajun Navy.


LRN

Florida Public Radio Emergency Network meteorologist Jeff Huffman updates us on Tropical Storm Harvey, which made landfall in Texas as Hurricane Harvey and still poses a threat to portions of Louisiana.


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