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
10:09 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.


The Jim Engster Show
10:11 am
Mon June 16, 2014

MONDAY: Father Robert Sirico; Biographer Bruce Allen Murphy; Author Rachel Urquhart

Father Robert Sirico, head of the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, MI talks with Jim about being a "free market minister" and his views of where the Catholic Church stands on hot-button social and economic issues of the day.

Bruce Allen Murphy talks with Jim about his recent biography Scalia: A Court of One. He talks about how Justice Antonin Scalia came to the Supreme Court with a unanimous 98-0 vote of Senate approval expecting to be a unifying Justice, but ended up becoming one of the most polarizing people to sit on the Supreme Court in American history.

Longtime writer and editor at Spy, Vogue, and Allure magazines, Rachel Urquhart talks with Jim about her debut novel The Visionist. Set in 19th century New England, the novel follows 15 year-old Polly and her brother as they escape their abusive father and wind up finding shelter and living with a Massachusetts Shaker community.


The Jim Engster Show
10:05 am
Fri June 13, 2014

FRIDAY: Rep. Vance McAllister; Tom Aswell (Louisiana Voice); Dr. Laura Cassidy & Evelyn Gautreau

U.S. Congressman Vance McAllister (R - La.) joins Jim as the first guest for today's show. Vance comments on the recent Virginia Congressional primary upset with Tea-Party backed Dave Brat defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. He also talks about his recent infidelity scandal, what he's learned from it, and how he's moving forward.

Tom Aswell, publisher of the news blog Louisiana Voice, talks Louisiana politics with Jim, covering everything from McAllister to Jindal, to Cassidy v. Landrieu.

Dr. Laura Cassidy and Evelyn Gautreau, with the Louisiana Key Academy, stop by the studio to discuss dyslexia in Louisiana schools and the troubles it can bring about, (i.e.: learning the alphabet, spelling, reading, and even rhyming words). They promote the Louisiana Key Academy, a school in Baton Rouge devoted to children grades 1st-3rd who suffer from dyslexia.


The Jim Engster Show
10:15 am
Thu June 12, 2014

THURSDAY: Former U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon; and Molly Sullivan

Former U.S. Congressman from Napoleonville, La., Charlie Melancon joins Jim for today's show. Charlie and Jim discuss the recent upset in Virginia with Eric Cantor losing his congressional seat to David Brat; whether Mary Landrieu can win reelection; Melancon's 2010 Senate race against Vitter; and much, much more. Melancon even talks about how he got into politics: by starting out as a driver for then Governor Edwin Edwards.

The last guest for today's show is a person who Jim describes as: "Of all the guests I've had this is my favorite one, because without her there would be no other guests." Molly Sullivan joins Jim in the studio to talk about June 12, 2004: the date in which Jim barley survived a terrible car wreck after being pulled to safety by a passerby, Molly Sullivan.


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