Jim Engster


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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Andy Slavitt analyzes the health care bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act recently passed by the U.S. House. Slavitt is former acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Obama.


Baseball legend Denny McLain on changes to the national pastime as pitchers throw fewer innings and batters hit more home runs and take exception to being hit by a pitch.

McLain was the toast of the game when he was 24 as American League Most Valuable Player in 1968, the year he won 31 games for the world champion Detroit Tigers. Two years later, his career took an abrupt change and he never returned to his prior greatness.


Raegan Carter of Smoke Free EBR talks to us about a coalition effort to ban smoking in bars and casinos in Baton Rouge. Last year, the Metro Council deadlocked 6-6 on a vote to follow the lead of New Orleans and prohibit smoking inside bars and casinos in the state’s largest parish.


Corey Dolgon talks about his book, "Kill It to Save It: An Autopsy of Capitalism's Triumph over Democracy."

Sue Lincoln
Kelly Tate

Sue Lincoln talks about the governor's command for a special session and the failure of several tax initiatives, including a ten-cent gasoline tax.

Cyril Vetter discusses his latest posting about a divided America. Vetter says our divisions run along the fault lines of race, class and religion.


Jane Leavy joins us to discuss the death of Frank Deford. Deford delivered more than 1,600 commentaries on sports for NPR and was the author of "Everybody’s All American," which later became a movie filmed in Baton Rouge starring Billy Cannon as the "Grey Ghost."

Defored died this week at the age of 78.


April Ryan is the ranking member of the White House Press Corps. She joins us to talk about covering President Donald Trump. Ryan shares about her writing on discussion of racial issues in America. Named "Journalist of the Year" recently by the National Association of Black Journalists, Ryan is the author of "At Mama’s Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White."


Ken Perret is president of the organization Louisiana Good Roads. He addresses the last-minute push for approval of a gas tax hike in the state legislature.


Capitol reporter Julia O'Donoghue for the Times-Picayune assesses the final eight days of the state legislative session. She also critiques national coverage of freeman U.S. Senator John Kennedy.