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
9:21 am
Mon January 21, 2013

MONDAY: Journalist Maxine Crump, Government Watchdog C.B. Forgotston

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jim talks with Maxine Crump, President and CEO of Dialog On Race Louisiana,  about President Obama's Second Term Inauguration.

Political blogger C.B. Forgotston talks with Jim about the corruption indictment of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Governor Jindal's tax reform plan, which would eliminate income taxes while raising sales taxes and fees.


The Jim Engster Show
10:24 am
Thu January 17, 2013

FRIDAY: Politico John Maginnis, LSU Hilltop Arboretum, MLK Day of Service

Jim visits with longtime capitol watcher and publisher of LAPolitics.com, John Maginnis. They discuss Governor Jindal's tax reform proposal, which would eliminate income taxes while raising sales and other taxes.

From LSU's Hilltop Arboretum, Dr. Jeff Keuhny and Peggy Coates talk about the Annual Symposium & Edible Garden Tour, happening tomorrow.

Keisha Thomas and Erica Green discuss the Annual MLK Day of Service, coming Monday in Baton Rouge.

The Jim Engster Show
10:18 am
Wed January 16, 2013

THURSDAY: Superintendent John White, Author Stephanie Powell Watts

Jim talks with Stephanie Powell Watts, this year's recipient of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for literary excellence, for her book, "We Are Taking Only What We Need"

Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White discusses the many changes in Louisiana's public education system, and legal challenges some of those initiatives are facing.  

The Jim Engster Show
11:58 am
Tue January 15, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Biographer Leo Honeycutt, Treasurer John Kennedy, Jewish Film Festival CoChair Ara Rubyan

Author and biographer Leo Honeycutt visits with Jim to talk about the passing of Marion Edwards, the brother of former Gov. Edwin Edwards and about what news with the governor, his wife Trina and their cable reality show. 

Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy drops by the program, to discuss Governor Jindal's proposed tax swap--eliminating income taxes while raising sales taxes. 

Ara Rubyan discusses this year's Jewish Film Festival and Bobbie Robertson talks about the upcoming Pre-K Round Up for the East Baton Rouge School System.


The Jim Engster Show
10:15 am
Mon January 14, 2013

TUESDAY: Comedian Bill Maher, Author Ernest Gaines

Jim visits with comedian and host of HBO's "Real Time" Bill Maher to talk about current events and Maher's upcoming appearance in Baton Rouge on Jan. 27 at the River Center.

Jim talks with celebrated author Ernest Gaines on his 80th birthday (an anniversary he shares with the host).


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The Jim Engster Show
10:31 am
Fri January 11, 2013

MONDAY: Journalist Tyler Bridges, Committee of 100's Michael Olivier, AARP's Denise Bottcher

Jim chats with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Tyler Bridges, who now writes for "The Lens", covering New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Jim and Tyler mostly discuss Gov. Jindal's plan to eliminate state income taxes and raise state sales tax to offset revenues.

Former Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Michel Olivier, now CEO of the Committee of 100, also shares his feelings on the tax plan.

Also, Denise Bottcher, with AARP of Louisiana, talks about recent news of interest to retirees in the Bayou State.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:26 am
Thu January 10, 2013

FRIDAY: Pennington Center's Dr. Steven Heymsfield, Major Leaguer Denny McLain

Dr. Steven Heymsfield, with the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, on a recent study suggesting that a little extra body weight can help prolong one's life span.

Former Major League Baseball pitching great Denny McLain talks about the Baseball Hall of Fame's recent snubbing of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa -- all alleged to have used performance enhancing drugs while playing the game.

Amy Mitchell-Smith, film curator for the Manship Theatre, discusses some upcoming film presentations.


The Jim Engster Show
10:24 am
Wed January 9, 2013

THURSDAY: Reporter Stanley Nelson, College Journalist Kevin Thibodeaux, DIG Magazine's Chris Brooks

Concordia Sentinel editor and reporter Stanley Nelson talks about his investigation of unsolved hate crimes allegedly covered up in Louisiana in the 1960's. LSU journalism student Kevin Thibodeaux is helping Nelson with his investigations.

DIG Magazine General Manager and Associate Publisher Chris Brooks drops by to talk about the first-ever "Baton Rouge Restaurant Week", celebrating the Capitol City's many great places to dine.


The Jim Engster Show
12:12 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Political Analyst Roy Fletcher; TV Personality Johnny Ahysen; Music Historian C. Heylin

Jim talks with political analyst Roy Fletcher about various current issues as well as former President Richard Nixon on what would be his 100th birthday.

WAFB Channel 9's Johnny Ahysen about his side-line as a CATS bus driver.

Music historian Clinton Heylin stops by to discuss his book about Bruce Springsteen.


The Jim Engster Show
6:49 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

TUESDAY: Former Secretary of State Jim Brown

Jim talks with talk show host, publisher, writer, former Secretary of State and former Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown.

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