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The Jim Engster Show
10:13 am
Thu October 9, 2014

THURSDAY: Representative Ted James; and Cassie Felder

Louisiana State Representative Edward "Ted" James joins us in studio this morning to discuss and rebut some of the remarks made by Senator Elbert Guillory on yesterday's show. Ted defends U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's support of not only the black community but all communities of Louisiana, and he refers to Guillory's political ad against Landrieu as a slap in the black community's face. Furthermore, Ted turns the tables and begins to ask where Senator Guillory has been lately for the community he serves. 

Also, local attorney Cassie Felder joins us in studio to announce that she is withdrawing her candidacy for Congress to represent Louisiana's sixth district, and announce instead her full support for State Senator Dan Claitor. Cassie cites her lack of experience in fundraising as a key reason for her withdrawal from the race, saying simply that she could not afford to compete for local television ad space.


The Jim Engster Show
10:24 am
Wed October 8, 2014

WEDNESDAY: State Senator Elbert Guillory; Composer Augusta Read Thomas; Author Mike Kelly

Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory is our first guest today, and Elbert has been in the news recently for a number of reasons. He first made waves when he switched parties from the Democrats to the Republicans about a year ago, and last week he was back in the news again for his political attack ad against U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu. Elbert discusses this, his bid for Lieutenant Governor, and fields a number of questions from callers on today's show.

Composer Augusta Read Thomas is our second guest today and she joins us to discuss her upcoming appearance at LSU. She will be on campus October 13th & 14th to give a lecture on the composition of classical music, meet with students, and then join the LSU Wind Ensemble to perform her music.

Also, author Mike Kelly closes out the show with us today to promote his latest book The Bus on Jaffa Road​, and he discusses with Jim the real events which took place in Jerusalem on February 25, 1996 which inspired Kelly to write his book. The Bus on Jaffa Road takes readers through the streets of Jerusalem on that day in February when two buses were attacked by Hamas suicide bombers, then follows the victim's families all the way back to Washington where they filed lawsuits against Iran for the attacks. Kelly even takes readers all the way back to the man who created the bombs himself.


The Jim Engster Show
10:12 am
Tue October 7, 2014

TUESDAY: LSU Manship Chair in Journalism Bob Mann; and Author Allen Salkin

Bob Mann, the LSU Manship Chair in Journalism at the Manship School of Mass Communications and former Press Secretary for Governor Kathleen Blanco joins us in studio as our lead off guest on today's show. He and Jim discuss how Louisiana's growing conservativism and President Obama's approval rating could have an impact on helping U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy win the upcoming Senate election; and, how Cassidy's reluctance to debate could help U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's chances at winning a fourth term in the Senate. They discuss this, and much, much more.

Also, journalist and author Allen Salkin is with us today to discuss his latest book From Scratch: The Uncensored History of the Food Network. Allen's book tells us the story of how The Food Network went from a long shot idea to a cable network staple shown over 100 million American homes a year with profits into the upper billions. Paula Dean, Rachel Ray, Emeril Lagasse, Anthony Bourdain are among the many stars associated with The Food Network, and Allen's book cover's their stories and more.


The Jim Engster Show
10:14 am
Mon October 6, 2014

MONDAY: LMA Executive Director Ronnie Harris; and Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist Rick Bragg

Former Gretna, La., Mayor and current Executive Director of the Louisiana Municipal Association Ronnie Harris joins Jim in studio as our leadoff guest for today's show. Two amendments are on the upcoming November 4th ballot (Amendments III & X) that deal with property blight, the rights of property owners and the collection of property taxes; and Ronnie is in studio to discuss LMA's support of the passage of these amendments.

Also, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author Rick Bragg joins the show to promote and discuss his biography Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story. Jerry Lee Lewis was at the forefront of Rock and Roll in the late 1950's, and Rick tells us how Jerry lived a rockstar lifestyle filled with drugs, alcohol, and crashing his Lincoln into the gates of Graceland. Rick also talks about Jerry's marraige to his 13 year old cousin, his relation to Jimmy Swaggart, and how Jerry always coveted Elvis's title of "The King of Rock and Roll." 


The Jim Engster Show
10:08 am
Fri October 3, 2014

FRIDAY: Author Katherine Paterson; Jeremy Alford of LaPolitics.com; and Andy Anderson

LaPolitics.com Publisher & Editor Jeremy Alford is in studio with Jim today to talk about the latest from around the state.  They discuss yesterday's announcement from Scott Angelle, the Louisiana Public Service Commissioner, that he's running for governor; the latest on former Louisiana DHH Secretary Bruce Greenstein who turned himself in yesterday following indictments on felony charges of perjury; and who's leading the polls thus far with the November 4th elections rapidly approaching. 

Andy Anderson, President of BF/Anderson Portfolio Management, drops into the studio to give us the latest updates and news from Wall Street. He's still preaching about the "Bull Market" we're in right now and cannot seem to stress enough how this market is offering a "window of opportunity to invest." He also gives the latest rundown on popular stocks and how they're selling. 

Also, award-winning children's author Katherine Paterson closes out the show with Jim to talk about her upcoming appearance at the Main Library on Goodwood October 10th where she's the featured speaker at the 37th Annual Author-Illustrator Program. Children, parents, teachers and the public are invited to hear Katherine tell her "story behind the story", and today she talks with Jim about growing up in China before and during World War II. Katherine is the author of over twenty books, including "National Book Award" winner The Great Gilly Hopkins, and Bridge to Terabithia. For more info on the Author-Illustrator Program visit the East Baton Rouge Parish Library website.


The Jim Engster Show
10:17 am
Thu October 2, 2014

THURSDAY: Highland Coffees Owner Clarke Cadzow; and Al Vernacchio

Highland Coffees owner Clarke Cadzow is our guest for the better part of today's show and he joins us in studio to discuss the recent news that he'll be closing his doors come December 24th. Located at the North Gates of LSU campus, Highland Coffees has been a staple for students, the community, out-of-town visitors and LSU professors for 25 years. Clarke discusses what happened in the latest lease negotiation contracts between him and the property owner, and what the future will hold for Highland Coffees.

Also, Al Vernacchio, author of For Goodness Sex joins us to promote his book and discuss the way we should be talking to teens about sexuality. His book proposes a progressive and 21st century approach to sex ed for parents and teens which promotes a healthy outlook upon sexuality.


The Jim Engster Show
10:16 am
Wed October 1, 2014

WEDNESDAY: BR Symphony Conductor Timothy Muffitt; Dr. William Davis; Tim Moriarty

Jim is back in the hosting chair today and he welcomes Music Director and Conductor of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra Timothy Muffitt to be our lead off guest. Timothy's been the Conductor for the Baton Rouge Symphony since 1999, the Music Director and Conductor of the Lansing Symphony since 2006, and throughout his career has worked alongside the likes of Yo Yo Ma and Renee Fleming. He and Jim discuss upcoming events for October which include the Lamar Family Chamber Series "Festival of the Baroque" and invitational guest, violinist Yevgeny Kutik.

Dr. William Davis is our second guest today and he joins us to tell us why wheat is dangerous and unhealthy for you. In his latest book The Wheat Belly Guide to Total Health, Dr. Davis talks about how removing wheat from your diet is the most powerful strategy to have in taking control of your metabolism, weight and overall health. If you're worried about oatmeal, Wheaties and Italian food; Dr. Davis addresses these foods and more.

Also, MFA student at LSU Tim Moriarty joins us for the last few minutes today to discuss his role as Victor Frankenstein in the upcoming Swine Palace performances of Frankenstein. The shows will be held at the Shaver Theater and run October 3rd-12th, with a Pay-What-You-Can performance tonight at 7:30pm and a Sneak Preview performance tomorrow night at 7:30pm. Visit swinepalace.org for more information.


The Jim Engster Show
10:24 am
Tue September 30, 2014

TUESDAY: Joe Donchess; Paul Salles; Scott Rabalais

Jim returns from his break tomorrow but while he's away Robert Travis Scott, the President of the Public Affairs Research Council, fills in as guest host for today's show. Joe Donchess, Executive Director of the Louisiana Nursing Home Association and Paul Salles, President and CEO of the Louisiana Hospital Association join Robert in studio for the first two segments this morning to discuss Amendments I & II on the upcoming ballot November 4th. What are they? Who will they affect? They answer these questions and more, as well as discuss the issues surrounding the amendments.

  • Amendment I: Do you support an amendment to authorize the legislature to create the Louisiana Medical Assistance Trust Fund, for the payment of Medicaid reimbursement to the health care provider groups paying fees into the fund?
  • Amendment II: Do you support an amendment to create the Hospital Stabilization Fund to stabilize and protect Medicaid reimbursements for health care services by depositing assessments paid by hospitals, as authorized by the legislature, into a fund to support Louisiana hospital reimbursement?

Also, Sports Columnist for The Advocate Scott Rabalais joins Robert for the last segment today to close out the show. He discusses with Robert what its like covering sporting events, facing deadlines, and what it feels like to teach a graduate level sports writing class at LSU. Scott also helps us learn "The Language of Les Miles," by telling us exactly what LSU Football coach Les Miles means when he says things like, "Look for more spread in the future." 


The Jim Engster Show
10:20 am
Mon September 29, 2014

MONDAY: Stuart Rothenberg; Joe Alleva; and Dr. Gerald Miletello

Jim Nickel is in the guest chair today while Jim Engster is away, and Nickel's brought with him three guests to help us cover politics, football and the recent advances in cancer prevention here in Baton Rouge.

Stuart Rothenberg of PBS and rothenbergpoliticalreport.com joins us for the first segment today to talk a little politics with Nickel. Stu and Nickel talk about the recent poll numbers and overall rating on President Obama so far in his sixth year in office, recent news concerning Louisiana politics, and more.

LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva is with us for the second segment of today's show, and he and Nickel talk about the newly renovated Tiger Stadium. Food stands, restrooms, TV's and about 24,000 seats are just a few of the recent additions to Death Valley, and Alleva touts how these add-on's enhance the experience for fans on Saturday nights. They also discuss the long-time hot debate topic of whether or not college athletes should be paid; the new SEC Network; and much, much more.

Also, Dr. Gerald Miletello joins us for the last segment to close out today's show. Dr. Miletello is Hematology Oncologist at Baton Rouge General and he and Nickel discuss the recent advances of the IL-2 Cancer Treatment Program at BR General. Other than Houston, Baton Rouge is the only city in a five state area that administers the use of the IL-2 Program, and Dr. Miletello discusses the success he's had so far in battling cancer.


The Jim Engster Show
10:25 am
Fri September 26, 2014

FRIDAY: Elaine LaLanne; LSU Oceanographer Dr. James H. Cowan, Jr.; and Author April Smith

Elaine LaLanne joins us today to remember her late husband, fitness legend Jack LaLanne. A pioneer in the world of health & fitness, Jack took his message of healthy living and exercise to the homes of millions of Americans each week on television for over three decades. Even into his late 90's, Jack was still advocating a healthier way to live, eat, and stay active. He would have turned 100 years old today, and Elaine reminisces on the good times she had with Jack over the 50+ years they were married.

Also, LSU Oceanographer Professor Dr. James H. Cowan, Jr. joins us to discuss his opinion on the current state of the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico. On August 18th, Dr. Nancy Rabalais, Dr. Cathy Kling, and Dr. Eugene Turner were on the show discussing the topic, and Dr. Cowan is here today to disagree with some of what they said.

Author April Smith joins us for the last segment today to close out the show and promote her latest book, the WWI based historical fiction novel A Star for Mrs. Blake. The book tells the story of five American women, Gold Star Mothers, who voyage across the Atlantic to visit the graves of their sons who died in battle during The Great War. Before boarding the ship, the women meet for the first time and over the course of their journey their lives are changed forever.

Also, News Reporter for LRN Michelle Southern joins us for a few quick minutes between guests to discuss an "accident" that happened yesterday while she was interviewing Louisiana State Senator J.P. Morrell over the phone.


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