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 and hosted the statewide offering Louisiana Live from 1998-2003. The Jim Engster Show has been part of the WRKF schedule since March 1, 2004.

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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The Jim Engster Show
10:22 am
Wed April 3, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Political Pollster Bernie Pinsonat

Jim talks with pollster Bernie Pinsonat, with Southern Media and Opinion Research, about Governor Bobby Jindal's sagging approval ratings.


The Jim Engster Show
11:48 am
Tue April 2, 2013

TUESDAY: State Representative Franklin J. Foil, Former MLB Pitcher Dennis Dale "Denny" McLain

Jim talks with Republican State Representative Franklin J. Foil about the upcoming legislative session and Governor Bobby Jindal's proposed tax plan.

Former MLB Pitcher Dennis Dale "Denny" McLain discusses his experience as the pitcher for the Detroit Tigers and also the upcoming MLB season.


The Jim Engster Show
8:32 am
Tue April 2, 2013

MONDAY: Baton Rouge Business Report Editor Stephanie Riegel, Author Scott Taylor Smith

Jim talks with Baton Rouge Business Report Editor Stephanie Riegel about economic development expansions and the latest political news.

Author Scott Taylor Smith talks about his latest book "When Someone Dies".


The Jim Engster Show
10:36 am
Thu March 28, 2013

FRIDAY: BRAC's Adam Knapp, Pro Bono Attorneys Emily Ziober and Ken Mayo, Author Marina Adshade

Jim talks with Baton Rouge area Chamber President and CEO Adam Knapp about IBM's plans to build a service center in Baton Rouge; employing 800 people. Adam also talks about other economic development news.

Attorney's Emily Ziober and Ken Mayo discuss the importance of doing pro bono legal work for those that erstwhile could not afford representation. 

Economist Marina Adshade talks about her latest book, "Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love".


The Jim Engster Show
9:10 am
Thu March 28, 2013

THURSDAY: Blogger Jeff Sadow, Physicist and Author Leonard Mlodinow

LSU-Shreveport political science professor and blogger Jeff Sadow talks with Jim about Governor Jindal's policies and his support for the Governor.

Physicist and author Leonard Mlodinow discusses his new book, "Subliminal: How Your Subconcious Mind Rules Your Behavior"


The Jim Engster Show
11:06 am
Tue March 26, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Former LSU Dean Brij Mohan, Professor and Author Candida Moss

Former LSU Dean Brij Mohan talks with Jim about the appointment of Dr. F. King Alexander as the new President of LSU, and where the university may be headed.

Notre Dame professor and author Candida Moss on her book, "The Myth of Persecution", in which she contends that familiar stories of ancient Rome throwing Christians to the lions and such are bunk.


The Jim Engster Show
11:52 am
Mon March 25, 2013

TUESDAY: LDOR's Doug Baker, Political Blogger C.B. Forgotston, LELA's Joni Leggio

Jim talks with Doug Baker, of the state Department of Revenue on the show, who explains more about Governor Jindal's proposed tax reforms plan.

Government watchdog and blogger C.B. Forgotston (cbforgotston.com) talks about the tax swap plan and the coming Legislative session, which starts in two weeks.

Joni Leggio, with the LA Education Loan Authority, discusses how students can access federal student loan aid...and a new scholarship competition.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:41 am
Fri March 22, 2013

MONDAY: Pennington Center's Dr. Steven Heymsfield, Blogger Stephen Sabludowsky

Dr. Steven Heymsfield, Executive Director the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, discusses the health of Baton Rouge and Louisiana in general.

Political blogger Stephen Sabludowsky talks about the health of Governor Jindal's tax reforms proposal.

Award winning author Amy Stewart on her new book, "The Drunken Botanist"

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The Jim Engster Show
10:57 am
Thu March 21, 2013

FRIDAY: LSU Professor Stephen Andes, Medicaid and Budget Issues, Buddhist Monk Anam Thubten

Jim talks with LSU Latin American Studies professor Stephen Andes, about Pope Francis I, the first South American pontiff, and the first from the western hemisphere.

Jan Moller, director of the Louisiana Budget Project, talks about the 62nd annual Gridiron show this weekend, which skewers local politics and events. Jan is joined by Sophia Kunen and Michael Stagg, with Forward Louisiana, to talk about Governor Jindal's tax reform proposal and why Louisiana should accept the Medicaid expansion that's part of the federal health care reforms.

Buddhist monk Anam Thubten discusses the recent rash of self-immolations among monks and holy men in his home country. He''ll speak locally this weekend at the Agame Meditation Center on Acadian.


The Jim Engster Show
12:35 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

THURSDAY: Insurance Expert Robert Zirkelbach, Filmmakers Tom Anton & Sandi Russell. LSU's Kevin Cope

Jim talks with Robert Zirkelbach, VP of America's Health Insurance Plans, about budget challenges facing Medicare.

Filmmakers Tom Anton and  Sandi Russell, discuss their new film "The Pardon",  the true story of the last woman to be executed in Louisiana, back  in the 1942.

LSU Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope, who's at odds with the LSU  Board of Supervisors over the secrecy in choosing a new university president.

Also, LSU horticulturist Carl Motsenbocker talks with Jim about the 3rd Annual Dinner In The Field & Farm Tour, and the virtues of eating "slow foods".


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