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
12:35 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

THURSDAY: Insurance Expert Robert Zirkelbach, Filmmakers Tom Anton & Sandi Russell. LSU's Kevin Cope

Jim talks with Robert Zirkelbach, VP of America's Health Insurance Plans, about budget challenges facing Medicare.

Filmmakers Tom Anton and  Sandi Russell, discuss their new film "The Pardon",  the true story of the last woman to be executed in Louisiana, back  in the 1942.

LSU Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope, who's at odds with the LSU  Board of Supervisors over the secrecy in choosing a new university president.

Also, LSU horticulturist Carl Motsenbocker talks with Jim about the 3rd Annual Dinner In The Field & Farm Tour, and the virtues of eating "slow foods".


The Jim Engster Show
11:31 am
Tue March 19, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Author Charles Riddle, Red Baraat's Sunny Jane, Dr. Sara Gottfried

Jim talks with Avoyelles Parish District Attorney  and former state legislator Charles Riddle III about his book, "The Outhouse Report".

Musician Sunny Jane, with the group Red Baraat, who'll perform tonight at the Manship Theatre.

Dr. Sara Gottfried, discusses her new book, "the Hormone Cure".


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The Jim Engster Show
10:32 am
Mon March 18, 2013

TUESDAY: Medicaid Expansion, Composer David Lang, Satirist Roy Zimmerman, Bishop Robert Muench

Former state Rep. Melissa Flournoy and former Health Secretary David Hood, who disagree with Gov. Jindal on the Medicaid Expansion.

Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang, who'll perform at LSU tonight with the Wind Ensemble.

A visit with satirist Roy Zimmerman, who'll appear tonight at the Unitarian Church.

Baton Rouge Bishop Robert Muench talks about the new pontiff, Pope Francis I.

The Jim Engster Show
11:29 am
Fri March 15, 2013

MONDAY: Actor, Author, Humorist Carl Reiner, Sports Historian John Rosengren

Jim chats with legendary actor, comic, producer & director Carl Reiner

Sports historian and author John Rosengren discusses his book, "Hank Greensburg: Hero of Heroes"

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Jim Engster
9:11 am
Fri March 15, 2013

FRIDAY: WAFB's Matt Williams, Advocate Columnist Ed Cullen, CNN's Bryan Monroe

WAFB Channel 9 morning news anchor and Crimestoppers reporter Matt Williams drops by, to talks about...everything.

A visit with Advocate columnist, and former  "All Things Considered" host Ed Cullen, who is retiring after 40 years with the paper.

CNN Politics editor Bryan Monroe, who'll be keynote speaker at the Diversity in Media forum Monday night at BRCC.  Jim will moderate that forum.


The Jim Engster Show
11:50 am
Wed March 13, 2013

THURSDAY: Child Welfare Expert Dr. Mark Courtney, Ad Exec Hunter Territo, Dan Borne

Jim talks with child welfare specialist Dr. Mark Courtney, from the University of Chicago, about foster care in Louisiana, and the challenges and problems therein. He's joined by Dana Hunter, from LSU's School of Social Work.

Advertising executive Hunter Territo, President of the American Advertising Federation - Baton Rouge, discusses the latest news on Governor Jindal's proposed tax reforms, and a threatened tax on media advertising.

Dan Borne, President of The LA Chemical Association and a deacon in the Catholic Church, talks about the new pontiff, Pope Francis I.

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The Jim Engster Show
12:03 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Education Expert Diane Ravitch, Actress Debbie Allen, BR Ballet's Molly Buchmann

Jim chats with education historian and former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch talks about education reforms in Louisiana and recent court rulings against their constitutionality.

Actress, dancer, choreographer, producer & director Debbie Allen visits to talk about her annual  Debbie Allen Dance Academy performance here in Baton Rouge; a tribute to former Arts Council of GBR director Derek Gordon, who passed away last year.

Baton Rouge Ballet Artistic Director Molly Buchmann talks about the annual Spring Concert and other upcoming events.


The Jim Engster Show
10:14 am
Mon March 11, 2013

TUESDAY: Former Shaw Group CEO Jim Bernhard, NPR's Debbie Elliot

Jim chats with former Shaw Group CEO Jim Bernhard about Louisiana's economy and her politics.

NPR reporter Debbie Elliot drops by the studio to talk about covering Hurricane Katrina, The BP Oil Spill and now the Bayou Corne sinkhole. Debbie will speak tonight at the Reilly Theater at LSU


The Jim Engster Show
12:04 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

MONDAY: LSU's David Kurpius, Law Professor David Orentlicher, Chesley Heymsfield, Elissa Altman

Jim talks with LSU's David Kurpius about the Tiger Bridge program, which could allow students at a Baton Rouge Community College to live on the LSU campus.

Law professor and author David Orentlicher, who promotes  a bipartisan two president system in his book, "Two Presidents Are Better Than One:

Chesley Heymsfield, with the Louisiana International Film Festival, coming up in April.

Author & humorist Elissa Altman talks about her new book, "Poor Man's Feast"


The Jim Engster Show
11:01 am
Thu March 7, 2013

FRIDAY: ACLU Director Marjorie Esman, Rev. Chris Andrews, Politico Gus Weill

Louisiana ACLU Executive Director Marjorie Esman talks about proposed prison sentencing reforms, for non-violent offenders,  endorsed by Governor Jindal.

Rev. Chris Andrews, with Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge, talks about volunteer charity home repair projects going on this weekend.

A visit with veteran political consultant Gus Weill.


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