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

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.


Dr. Scott Kahan, Director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness, on the perils of fat shaming.


Keith Plessy, descendant of the man who tested Louisiana law requiring separate railroad cars, discusses how he came together with Pheobe Ferguson, the great-great granddaughter of the judge who upheld the law.


Barry Keim on Harvey

Aug 29, 2017

State Climatologist Barry Keim updates us on the tropical storm that was Hurricane Harvey when it landed in Texas, and the impact of that storm in Texas and Louisiana.


Author Robert Wright talks about his latest work, "Why Buddhism Is True." Wright, who also write "The Evolution of God," argues for a spiritual life in a secular world.


Monica Johnson and Linda Meredith of the organization HEROES (Helping Everyone Receive Ongoing Effective Support) address the HIV-AIDS crisis in Louisiana.

Johnson and Meredity comment on a study examining New Orleans and Baton Rouge and the rural region in northeast Louisiana.


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