The Jim Engster Show

Weekdays at 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Since 2004, Jim Engster has hosted intelligent discussion with newsmakers from around the corner and around the world.

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The Jim Engster Show
7:31 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Filmmaker Deborah Perkin; Author Deborah Feldman; Susan Shillinglaw; Paul Naquin

Filmmaker Deborah Perkin joins Jim in the studio to discuss her new documentary film Bastards, which will be playing on LSU's campus at the Howe-Russell Atrium on March 26th at 6:30pm.

Author Deborah Feldman talks with Jim about her new book Exodus, in which she tackles her life issues with being an Hasidic Jew.

Susan Shillinglaw, English Professor at San Jose Sate University and author, joins us to discuss her latest book on Steinbeck entitled On Reading The Grapes of Wrath.

Also, Paul Naquin chimes in on section 8 housing around the Baton Rouge area.


The Jim Engster Show
1:50 am
Wed March 26, 2014

TUESDAY: Steve Myers, John Pierre, Dr. John Westra, Jennifer Senior

Vice Chancellor of the Southern University Law Center John Pierre talks with Jim about the upcoming Southern University Symposium: "Quality Education as a Constitutional Right and the Role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities". Kandice Williams joins the discussion to talk about her experience as a Southern University Law student.

Associate Professor at the LSU AG Center Dr. John Westra discusses the LSU Agriculture summary.

Steve Myers talks with Jim about the latest developments with the city-parish lawsuit. The lawsuit in the hands of the Louisiana Supreme Court is in reference to a Baton Rouge ordinance that only a single family may rent in A-1 zoning districts. 

Author Jennifer Senior joins the show to talk about her new book "All Joy and No Fun": The Paradox of Modern Parenthood."

The Jim Engster Show
4:19 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

MONDAY: PAR President R.T. Scott, Playwright Leigh Fondakowski

Jim discusses state politics with Robert Travis Scott, president of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana.

And Jim talks with Leigh Fondakowski, who's new play Spill, revisits the Deepwater Horizon disaster.


The Jim Engster Show
12:54 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

FRIDAY: Planned Parenthood's Raegan Carter; AHIP's Clare Krusing; Sam Irwin; Darlene Rowland

Raegan Carter of Planned Parenthood talks with Jim about House Bill 388 written by Katrina Jackson, which Carter says could shut down three of the five abortion clinics in the state.

Deputy Press Secretary for America's Health Insurance, Plans Clare Krusing, joins us from Washington to discuss the Medicare program's budget cuts to the states, and what it means for senior citizens.

Sam Irwin joins Jim in the studio to discuss his new book Louisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean, and Darlene Rowland with the Red Stick Farmer's Market drops by the studio to talk about new things you can expect from the Red Stick Farmers Market in the near the future.

This edition of The Jim Engster Show was originally broadcast on March 21, 2014.

The Jim Engster Show
10:31 am
Thu March 20, 2014

THURSDAY: Dr. Katie Cherry, Dr. Karl Roider, and Yigal Bander

Jim Engster interviews LSU Professor of Psychology, Dr. Katie Cherry about tonight's speaking presentation by Auschwitz child prisoner and Dr. Mengele medical experiment twin survivor, Eva Mozes Kor who authored the book, "The Triumph of the Human Spirit, from Auschwitz to Forgiveness."   LSU History Professor, Dr. Karl Roider speaks of the escalating Crimean crisis in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin's role, and the various political responses and potential economic implications.  Baton Rouge trial attorney Yigal Bander talks about the recent arrest of his client Baker school teacher, Deborah Anderson for simple battery of a 13 year old student by Baker police.

The Jim Engster Show
10:12 am
Wed March 19, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Louisiana Budget Project Director Jan Moller; Composer Gwyneth Walker

Louisiana Budget Project Director , Jan Moller, speaks on Louisiana Politics. Moller touches on Governor Bobby Jindal's decline for 16 Billion Dollars from  the federal government for Medicaid funding and Jindal's candidacy for president in 2016.  Also composer Gwyneth Walker talks about her time in Louisiana. She will be hosting a concert on March 22 at the University Methodist Church at 6:30 PM. 


The Jim Engster Show
10:27 am
Tue March 18, 2014

TUESDAY: Edwin Edwards, Al & Jed Robertson, John Spain and Abram McGull

Jim Engster interviews former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards who discusses his life, political career and his run for the 6th congressional district seat.  Al Robertson and Jep Robertson of the "Duck Dynasty" TV series talk about their children's book "Everything is better with a beard."  Former WBRZ TV news director John Spain and former TV news photographer Abram McGull recount the shooting death of Jeffrey Doucet by Gary Plauche that was video taped at the Baton Rouge Airport and broadcast on WBRZ 30 years ago.

The Jim Engster Show
10:30 am
Mon March 17, 2014

MONDAY: Former Sec. of State Jim Brown, Sandee Winchell, Ashley McReynolds and Billy Solitario

Former Secretary of State, Jim Brown, speaks with Jim on Edwin Edwards' candidacy for Congress. He also discussed other political issues and topics in Louisiana.

Louisiana Developmental Disability Council member Sandee Winchell speaks on upcoming annual events and the LACAN initiative along with Ashley McReynolds, LACAN Region 2 Leader. For additional information on the LACAN rally, contact 225-342-6804.

Artist Billy Solitario speaks on upcoming Brush for Burden project on March 23-30.

The Jim Engster Show
10:24 am
Fri March 14, 2014

FRIDAY: Political Analyst and Pollster Elliott Stonecipher

Political Analyst and Pollster Elliot Stonecipher speaks on Senator Mary Landrieu's possibilities of a fourth term. He also discusses the role that the minority vote has contributed to Landrieu's race in the polls. In addition, he touches on Edwin Edwards pursuit for a seat in Congress and Bobby Jindal's legitimacy for a presidential run.


The Jim Engster Show
11:43 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

THURSDAY: Gov. Mike Beebe, Sen. Ben Nevers, Sen. Robert Adley, Paul Arrigo

Sen. Ben Nevers joins the show to talk with Jim about his bill for Medicaid reform.

Sen. Robert Adley talks with Jim about the Levee lawsuit bill.

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe talks about health care reform success in Arkansas. 

Visit Baton Rouge CEO, Paul Arrigo joins the show with ground breaking news! Miss 2014 USA pageant will make its debut in Baton Rouge.

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