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
10:57 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".


The Jim Engster Show
11:31 am
Tue March 19, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Author Charles Riddle, Red Baraat's Sunny Jane, Dr. Sara Gottfried

Jim talks with Avoyelles Parish District Attorney  and former state legislator Charles Riddle III about his book, "The Outhouse Report".

Musician Sunny Jane, with the group Red Baraat, who'll perform tonight at the Manship Theatre.

Dr. Sara Gottfried, discusses her new book, "the Hormone Cure".


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The Jim Engster Show
10:32 am
Mon March 18, 2013

TUESDAY: Medicaid Expansion, Composer David Lang, Satirist Roy Zimmerman, Bishop Robert Muench

Former state Rep. Melissa Flournoy and former Health Secretary David Hood, who disagree with Gov. Jindal on the Medicaid Expansion.

Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang, who'll perform at LSU tonight with the Wind Ensemble.

A visit with satirist Roy Zimmerman, who'll appear tonight at the Unitarian Church.

Baton Rouge Bishop Robert Muench talks about the new pontiff, Pope Francis I.

The Jim Engster Show
11:29 am
Fri March 15, 2013

MONDAY: Actor, Author, Humorist Carl Reiner, Sports Historian John Rosengren

Jim chats with legendary actor, comic, producer & director Carl Reiner

Sports historian and author John Rosengren discusses his book, "Hank Greensburg: Hero of Heroes"

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Jim Engster
9:11 am
Fri March 15, 2013

FRIDAY: WAFB's Matt Williams, Advocate Columnist Ed Cullen, CNN's Bryan Monroe

WAFB Channel 9 morning news anchor and Crimestoppers reporter Matt Williams drops by, to talks about...everything.

A visit with Advocate columnist, and former  "All Things Considered" host Ed Cullen, who is retiring after 40 years with the paper.

CNN Politics editor Bryan Monroe, who'll be keynote speaker at the Diversity in Media forum Monday night at BRCC.  Jim will moderate that forum.


The Jim Engster Show
11:50 am
Wed March 13, 2013

THURSDAY: Child Welfare Expert Dr. Mark Courtney, Ad Exec Hunter Territo, Dan Borne

Jim talks with child welfare specialist Dr. Mark Courtney, from the University of Chicago, about foster care in Louisiana, and the challenges and problems therein. He's joined by Dana Hunter, from LSU's School of Social Work.

Advertising executive Hunter Territo, President of the American Advertising Federation - Baton Rouge, discusses the latest news on Governor Jindal's proposed tax reforms, and a threatened tax on media advertising.

Dan Borne, President of The LA Chemical Association and a deacon in the Catholic Church, talks about the new pontiff, Pope Francis I.

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The Jim Engster Show
12:03 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Education Expert Diane Ravitch, Actress Debbie Allen, BR Ballet's Molly Buchmann

Jim chats with education historian and former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch talks about education reforms in Louisiana and recent court rulings against their constitutionality.

Actress, dancer, choreographer, producer & director Debbie Allen visits to talk about her annual  Debbie Allen Dance Academy performance here in Baton Rouge; a tribute to former Arts Council of GBR director Derek Gordon, who passed away last year.

Baton Rouge Ballet Artistic Director Molly Buchmann talks about the annual Spring Concert and other upcoming events.


The Jim Engster Show
10:14 am
Mon March 11, 2013

TUESDAY: Former Shaw Group CEO Jim Bernhard, NPR's Debbie Elliot

Jim chats with former Shaw Group CEO Jim Bernhard about Louisiana's economy and her politics.

NPR reporter Debbie Elliot drops by the studio to talk about covering Hurricane Katrina, The BP Oil Spill and now the Bayou Corne sinkhole. Debbie will speak tonight at the Reilly Theater at LSU


The Jim Engster Show
12:04 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

MONDAY: LSU's David Kurpius, Law Professor David Orentlicher, Chesley Heymsfield, Elissa Altman

Jim talks with LSU's David Kurpius about the Tiger Bridge program, which could allow students at a Baton Rouge Community College to live on the LSU campus.

Law professor and author David Orentlicher, who promotes  a bipartisan two president system in his book, "Two Presidents Are Better Than One:

Chesley Heymsfield, with the Louisiana International Film Festival, coming up in April.

Author & humorist Elissa Altman talks about her new book, "Poor Man's Feast"


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