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
10:42 am
Thu March 6, 2014

THURSDAY: Stephanie Riegel and John Bell Edwards.

Jim Engster interviews "The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report" editor, Stephanie Riegel about legislation to reform political fundraising activities in Louisiana, her responsibilities at the magazine, the rise of digital media tools and platforms in publishing, the St. George movement to break away from Baton Rouge to create their own city and other current topics.  State Representative John Bell Edwards discusses his run for governor in 2015, a recent poll of his appeal to voters compared to other candidates, his West Point education, military service, his LSU Law School education, his political career, his views of Governor Jindal's record, and pending legislation in the upcoming legislative session.

The Jim Engster Show
10:22 am
Wed March 5, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Lieutenant General Russel L. Honore

Retired Lieutenant General Russel L. Honore joins Jim in the studio to discuss a plethora of issues and topics. In his usual passionate, loud and outspoken manner, the General talks about leading the Green Army, a loose network of environmental groups which tackles environmental issues such as saltwater intrusion in the Baton Rouge aquifer, the sinkhole at Bayou Corne, coastal erosion, and wetlands preservation. He touches on Louisiana's HIV problem, the seafood industry, and "holding Louisiana politicians accountable" for what they say and do, and specifically what they don't. The General wraps up the show by chiming in on Russia's invasion of the southern Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea and  what might ensue as a result of Putin's actions.


The Jim Engster Show
10:46 am
Tue March 4, 2014

TUESDAY: James Goodale, Dirk Hayhurst, & Mary Ann Wasil

Jim Engster interviews James Goodale, author of "Fighting For The Press: Inside The Story of the Pentagon Papers" about the 1971 publication of the Pentagon papers by the New York Times newspaper and recent controversies of Wiki-leaks, Edward Snowden's revelations about N.S.A. activities, and his concerns about President Obama involving press freedom.  Former baseball player and now author, Dirk Hayhurst discusses his latest book: "Baseball: Bigger Than The Game, Re-stitching A Major League Life" which chronicles the pressures he experienced in professional sports including overcoming injuries and addictions during his baseball career.  Also, Mary Ann Wasil, founder of the "Get In Touch Foundation" which has education programs designed to encourage girls to get in touch with their bodies by learning self breast exams.

The Jim Engster Show
10:13 am
Mon March 3, 2014

MONDAY: Author Alan Weisman; Advocate Columnist Pam Bordelon; Theater Director Brian Breen

Award winning author and Journalism professor Alan Weisman talks with Jim about his latest book Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? in which Weisman focuses on the drastic increase in the human population and how its affecting earth.

The Advocate columnist Pam Bordelon, of Pam's Party Line, joins Jim in the studio to chat about the Mardi Gras festivities, Louisiana's big night at the 86th annual Academy Awards, and much, much more.

Also, theater director Brian Breen and stage actors Sam Bryan and Mattie Olson stop by the studio to discuss To Kill a Mockingbird which Breen is directing at the Ascension Community Theater in Gonzales, La. The play will be showing until March 16th.


The Jim Engster Show
10:10 am
Fri February 28, 2014

FRIDAY: NY Times Culture Reporter and Author Dave Itzko; C.B. Forgotston; Rolfe Larson

New York Times Culture Reporter and author Dave Itzkoff joins the show to talk about his latest book Mad As Hell: The Making of "Network" and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies. Also, attorney, political pundit, and Louisiana state capitol watchdog C.B. Forgotston talks with Jim about the upcoming legislative session, as well as Governor Bobby Jindal's recent comments at the White House following the National Governors Association's annual meeting. And, entrepreneurial strategies developer and author of Venture Forth, the award winning guide to social enterprise, Rolfe Larson talks with Jim about the Social Enterprise for Nonprofits workshop which is coming to Baton Rouge on March 18th and 19th.


The Jim Engster Show
10:20 am
Thu February 27, 2014

THURSDAY: Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, and Erica Crenshaw

Jim Engster interviews Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne about his run for governor in 2015, other candidates in the race, and the movement of St. George to incorporate as a city apart from Baton Rouge, among other topics.  Erica Crenshaw, President/CEO of 'Execute Now!' speaks about her former private sector experiences in the corporate world and discusses her thoughts regarding non-profits improving their accountability, and making result-driven and measurable plans.

The Jim Engster Show
10:11 am
Wed February 26, 2014

WEDNESDAY: WAFB Morning Show Host Matt Williams; NPR News Executive Editor Madhulika Sikka

Baton Rouge's WAFB Channel 9 Morning Show Host Matt Williams joins Jim in the studio to talk about Bobby Jindal's recent comments at the White House, the proposed city of St. George, what life is like at the new WAFB station, and much, much more. Also, Executive Editor for NPR News Madhulika Sikka discusses her latest book A Breast Cancer Alphabet which details her personal struggle with battling breast cancer.


The Jim Engster Show
10:51 am
Tue February 25, 2014

TUESDAY: Mark Kram Jr., Jason Berry, & Susan RoAne.

Jim Engster interviews author Mark Kram Jr. about the time leading up the boxing match when  Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston.   Jason Berry discusses tonight's episode of PBS' 'Front Line: Secrets of the Vatican."  Author,  Susan RoAne talks about the fourth revision of her number one best selling book from 20 years ago called, "How To Work A Room."

The Jim Engster Show
10:46 am
Mon February 24, 2014

MONDAY: Dr. Stephen Barnes, John Kennedy, & Linda Barnickel

Jim Engster interviews Dr. Steven Barnes , Director Division of Economic Development talks about the economic output of the state, while Louisiana State Treasurer, John Kennedy speaks of food stamp fraud and other economic issues, and author Linda Barnickel discusses her book called "Milliken's Bend: A Civil War Battle in History and Memory" about African American slave soldiers in the Milliken's Bend battles.

The Jim Engster Show
10:10 am
Fri February 21, 2014

FRIDAY: Author John Rosengren; Pro Golfer David Toms; Tim Muffett; Author Wiley Cash

Award winning journalist and author John Rosengren talks with Jim about his new book The Fight of Their Lives: How Juan Marichal and John Roseboro Turned Baseball's Ugliest Brawl into a Story of Forgiveness and Redemption. Professional golfer and LSU Alum, David Toms chats with Jim about life on the PGA tour, what its like to win, and much more. Tim Muffett, the longest serving conductor of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, talks about the exciting upcoming concert in which the BRSO will perform alongside renowned musician Lang Lang. Also, New York Times Best Selling author Wiley Cash joins Jim to talk about his latest novel This Dark Road to Mercy.


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