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

Deepwater Horizon on fire
U.S. Coast Guard

The Deepwater Horizon tragedy took place seven years ago today. Keith Jones is the father of Gordon Jones, one of the victims of the incident. Keith talks with us about the aftermath of the loss of his son and what has happened as a result of Deepwater Horizon.


U.S. Representative Garret Graves, reprsenting the 6th Congressional District of Louisiana, phones in to chat about disaster response and Gov. John Bel Edwards' response regarding Congress and blame for the slow flow of federal disaster funds.


American University

American University Historian Allan Lichtman is one of the only public figures who accurately predicted that President Donald Trump would win the Electoral College and Hillary Clinton would take the popular vote in 2016. Lichtman will comment on Trump's first 13 weeks in the White House.


Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg on her career and her visit to Louisiana.


LRN

Louisiana-bred political consultant Raymond Strother touches on the changing landscape of political campaigns, the rise of President Donald Trump, Louisiana's shift from blue state to red state, and the outcome of Tuesday's special election to fill a seat in Congress from Georgia.


Annabelle Gurwitch
wikimedia.org CC A-SA 2.0

Annabelle Gurwitch is an actress, author, and NPR commentator. She talks about her Southern Jewish roots and her observations about families in modern society.


LRN

D-D Breaux, LSU Gymnastics Coach for 40 years, comments on her team finishing second in the nation two years in a row.


Susan Jackson
LRN

Former LSU gymnast Susan Jackson phones us to talk about LSU's recent second-place finish.


LRN

The Reducetarian Foundation's Brian Kateman discusses how he believes diet choices can create a healthy and sustainable world. Kateman specifically looks at meat consumption and what it takes to grow the meat we consume.


LRN

Professor Susan Bordo, with the University of Kentucky, talks about her book, "The Destruction of Hillary Clinton." Bordo contends FBI Director James Comey may have enabled Donald Trump to win the 2016 election.


Pages