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
10:15 am
Mon June 30, 2014

MONDAY: La. GOP Chair Roger Villere; Former MLB Pitcher Bill Denehy

State Chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party Roger Villere starts the week out with Jim by discussing the upcoming November Elections. He discusses the Republican candidates running for office in an already Conservative state, including Vance McAllister's announcement to run for re-election and Cassidy's chances for the Senate. He as well discusses the SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) ruling that employers with religious objections can refuse to pay for contraception. 

Former MLB Pitcher Bill Denehy joins Jim to close out today's show. He talks with Jim about pitching to Willie Mays (and almost accidentally hitting him in the head); his injury which ended his career; and the dangers of using cortisone injections. 


The Jim Engster Show
10:08 am
Fri June 27, 2014

FRIDAY: Dr. E. Faye Williams; Sen. Dan Claitor; Politcal Activist Mike Stagg

Dr. E. Faye Williams, Chair of the National Congress of Black Women and President/CEO of the Natural Health Options, joins Jim for the first part of today's show. She and Jim discuss the Mississippi's Senate primary election of Sen. Thad Cochran over Chris McDaniel, due to a large turnout of Black Democratic voters.

State Senator Dan Claitor, who's running for Congress, joins Jim in the studio for the second part of today's show. He discusses the defeat of his bill which would have banned the flying of unmanned drones in Louisiana. 

Louisiana Political Activist Mike Stagg joins Jim in the studio to discuss his march from Grand Isle to the Governors Mansion in protest of the Governors signing of Senate Bill 469. They're meeting across from the mansion tomorrow at noon, and welcome all those who want to join.


The Jim Engster Show
10:10 am
Thu June 26, 2014

THURSDAY: Colorado State University Chancellor Mike Martin; Author J. Edward Chamberlin

Former LSU Chancellor and now Chancellor of Colorado State University Mike Martin calls in to talk with Jim for the better part of today's show. Mike discusses his time at LSU, what he liked about Baton Rouge, what he didn't, and what some of the reasons were that factored into his decision to leave.

Dr. J. Edward Chamberlin talks with Jim about his recently published book Island: How Islands Transform the World. Out of the the 7 billion people on earth, 1 billion live on islands; and they shape our lives more than many people think.


The Jim Engster Show
10:09 am
Wed June 25, 2014

WEDNESDAY: La. Fed. Teachers Pres Steve Monaghan; Albert Samuels; Dan Ireland; Rabbi Barry Weinstein

Steve Monaghan, President of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, talks with Jim about Common Core and he lays out his opinions of Gov. Bobby Jindal's recent actions against it. Also, Southern University Professor Albert Samuels calls in to discuss Common Core with Jim and Steve as well.

Dan Ireland with the Louisiana International Film Festival talks with Jim about the LIFFilmfest and the upcoming showing of Begin Again tomorrow at 7:30pm at the Cinemark Theater at Perkins Rowe.

Also, Rabbi Barry Weinstein talks with Jim to end out the last segment of today's show.


The Jim Engster Show
10:06 am
Tue June 24, 2014

TUESDAY: Former State Sen. Jim Brown; Civil Rights Photographer Matt Herron

Former Louisiana State Senator, Commissioner of Insurance and LSU Track Athlete Jim Brown stops by the studio to discuss politics with Jim for the better part of today's show. They discuss Rep. Bill Cassidy's chances of becoming U.S. Senator, as well as Rob Maness's campaign. They also discuss the Republican primary taking place this afternoon in Mississippi pitting Sen. Thad Cochran against Tea-Party backed candidate Chris McDaniel. 

Civil Rights Photographer Matt Herron joins Jim for the last segment of today's show. He and Jim discuss the photos he took during the summer's of 1964 and 1965 in Mississippi and the stories behind them. 


The Jim Engster Show
10:05 am
Mon June 23, 2014

MONDAY: Political Consultant Roy Fletcher; Author Chris Colin

Roy Fletcher, former National Deputy Campaign Manager for Sen. John McCain, and now a Political Consultant and Strategist, joins Jim in studio for the better part of today's show. He and Jim discuss the unexpected and surprisingly successful rise of Rep. Steve Scalise to House Majority Whip; Sen. David Vitter's bid for the Governor's mansion and his sudden shift to the middle; Bill Cassidy running for Senate; Common Core and Superintendent John White; Governor Jindal; the Landrieu Family; and much, much, much, much more.

Also, Author Chris Colin talks with Jim for the last segment of today's show about his latest book What to Talk About: On a Plane, at a Cocktail Party, in a Tiny Elevator with Your Boss's Boss.


The Jim Engster Show
10:06 am
Fri June 20, 2014

FRIDAY: Political Consultant Gus Weill; Marlon Brando Biographer Susan Mizruchi

Political Consultant Gus Weill joins Jim for the better part of today's show to discuss the last few days in Louisiana Politics. He and Jim touch on Rep. Steve Scalise becoming the U.S. House Majority Whip and what that means for the GOP and Congress; the love/hate relationship between Governor Bobby Jindal and Superintendent of Education John White over their Common Core dispute; and much, much more.

Susan Mizruchi joins Jim for the last segment of today's show to talk about her new biography of Marlon Brando titled Brando's Smile. At 19 years old Brando left Nebraska for New York, and by the age of 23 he was one of the worlds greatest actors.


The Jim Engster Show
10:11 am
Thu June 19, 2014

THURSDAY: Political Consultants Trey Ourso & Scott Wilfong; Novelist Alan Furst "Midnight in Europe"

Former Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party Trey Ourso and GOP political consultant Scott Wilfong discuss and debate Jindal's recent executive orders to withdraw Louisiana from the Common Core standards and federally subsidized standardized tests. And, the phone lines light up.

Novelist Alan Furst joins the show for last segment to discuss his latest novel Midnight in Europe. The novel, which has received praise from authors like Erik Larson (Devil in the White City), is a suspenseful, romantic, and richly rendered novel of spies and secret operatives in Paris and New York, in Warsaw and Odessa, on the eve of World War II.


The Jim Engster Show
10:13 am
Wed June 18, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Former State Rep. Ron Gomez; Damien Echols & Lorri Davis; Highwire Walker Philippe Petit

Former Louisiana State Representative and former sports journalist/radio announcer for the USL (now ULL) football and basketball programs, Ron Gomez joins Jim for the first half of today's show. He and Jim talk about the complex legacy of basketball coach Beryl Shipley, who will be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame this week.

Damien Echols and Lorri Davis call in together to talk with Jim and discuss their unlikely love story which began when Echols was on death row in Arkansas. They as well discuss their new book detailing their story titled Yours For Eternity: A Love Story On Death Row.

Famous highwire-walker and magician Philippe Petit joins the show as the last guest of the day. Philippe and Jim talk about Philippe's famous walk between the World Trade Center buildings in 1974. He was well discusses his latest book Creativity: The Perfect Crime.


The Jim Engster Show
10:08 am
Tue June 17, 2014

TUESDAY: GOP Activist Mike Chittom; La. Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson

Louisiana GOP Activist Mike Chittom talks with Jim throughout the first half of today's show about the Republican Party surge in the state. They discuss David Vitter's remarks at the Baton Rouge Press Club yesterday, as well as his chances of becoming Governor. Mike also chimes in on his opinions about Vance McAllister, the economy, and Mary Landrieu v. Bill Cassidy.

Louisiana State Senator and Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson fills the second half of the show to talk about the other side of today's topic of politics. She gives her own rebuttal and shares her opinions on David Vitter's comments at the Baton Rouge Press Club yesterday, and she also discusses jobs in the state, where our workforce is headed, and what to expect in the future.


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