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.

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Columnist and capitol reporter Jeremy Alford updates us about the collapse of the governor's tax plan.

With the tax bill prepped for almost certain defeat in the House Ways and Means Committee, the Edwards administration pulled the gross receipts tax proposal from a vote Tuesday.

The measure saw strong opposition from business groups.


LuAnn Bombet of B'Nai Israel talks with us about the history of the oldest synagogue in Baton Rouge and their upcoming annual event.


Ty Tashiro, author of "Awkward: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome," on how the same traits that make us feel uneasy in social situations can provides the seeds for success.


Historian David McCullough assesses the American political landscape and its relationship to our ancestors in his latest book, "The American Spirit, Who We Are and What We Stand For."


Joining us to talk about unique ways for citizens to weigh in on ways to resolve state budget woes, we have LSU Mass Communications Professor Len Apcar, Advocate Editor Peter Kovacs, and Capitol Bureau Chief for The Advocate Mark Ballard.


C. Denise Marcelle
LRN

State Representative C. Denise Marcelle speaks with us about race in Baton Rouge and also addresses week three of the state legislative session.


LRN

Reporter Della Hasselle touches on concerns that some of the destruction from the historic flooding of 2016 could have been prevented and that one interstate highway is to blame.


Battle of Liberty Place Monument
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Richard Marksbury talks in response to the decision by the city of New Orleans to perform an unannounced removal of the controversial Battle of Liberty Place obleisk early Monday morning. Marksbury advocates against the removal of Confederate monuments from public spaces in New Orleans.


Michael Henderson
Sue Lincoln

Michael Henderson, Director of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab, talks about his survey showing a great divide in Baton Rouge and statewide about perceptions and opinions of policing and racial equality. He also speaks with us about last summer's protests in Baton Rouge.


Aaron Blackledge of the Crisis Intervention Center in Baton Rouge talks about reports of increased stress in our community amid economic and personal pressures created by the Historic Flood of 2016.


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