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
10:06 am
Tue June 3, 2014

TUESDAY: Pulitzer Winning Journalist Tyler Bridges; Manship's Renee Chatelain; Dr. Everett Ehrlich

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Tyler Bridges talks with Jim about the wrap-up of the 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session. Among the many legislative topics they discuss, they touch on Governor Jindal's postponement of signing Senate Bill 469 while the Attorney General reviews the bill.

Dr. Everett Ehrlich, President of ESC Company and former under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs under President Clinton, talks with Jim about Net Neutrality: what is it, who regulates it, and why should people care?

Also, Renee Chatelain, director of the Manship Theater, talks with Jim about upcoming events like The Jack Mitchell Collection: The Stories Behind the Photographs, and many more.


The Jim Engster Show
10:14 am
Mon June 2, 2014

MONDAY: Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell; La. Politics Publisher Jeremy Alford

Foster Campbell, the Louisiana Public Service Commissioner for District 5, weighs in on the state legislature's recent passage of Senate Bill 469. The passage of the bill rejects a lawsuit filed against 97 oil and gas companies by a New Orleans levee board and retroactively kills litigation claiming that the oil and gas companies environmentally damaged Louisiana's wetlands. Commissioner Campbell, by the way, makes it very clear to Jim and to our listeners that he is not a happy camper about the legislature's decision.

Jeremy Alford, successor to John Maginnis and now publisher of La. Politics, talks with Jim and spends the remainder of todays show remembering their friend and journalistic colleague John Maginnis, who passed away Sunday May 25, 2014.


The Jim Engster Show
2:46 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

FRIDAY: La. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon; Political Consultant Gus Weill

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon talks about the start of this years Hurricane Season which begins June 1st. Donelon warns that although the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) is predicting a possible six hurricanes this season, all it takes is one to devastate communities along coastal waters. Donelon also talks about steps one can take to prepare for possible hurricane landfall (i.e.: making an inventory of one's personal possessions), and the importance of Flood Insurance.

Also, famed and legendary Louisiana Political Consultant Gus Weill talks with Jim about the passing of John Maginnis; a loss that not only affects Louisiana Journalism, but the state of Louisiana as a whole.


The Jim Engster Show
10:07 am
Thu May 29, 2014

THURSDAY: LAE President Debbie Meaux; Poet Chancelier Xero Skidmore; Cyclist George Hincapie

President of the Louisiana Association of Educators Debbie Meaux talks with Jim about recent legislature at the capitol concerning education in the state. She as well talks about Common Core and the expectations that she and others like her have concerning its implementation.

The 2013 Slam Poetry World Champion Chancelier Xero Skidmore talks about his work around town with teaching students the art of poetry. He closes out his talk with Jim by performing a powerful, moving poem titled Ice Scream, about the execution of a fourteen-year-old black boy in the south.

Also, George Hincapie talks with Jim about his stunningly candid autobiography The Loyal Lieutenant: Leading Out Lance and Pushing through the Pain on the Rocky Road to Paris. In the book, Hincapie tells of riding alongside Lance Armstrong in all seven of his Tour de France Championship victories, and all the scandal that came about after-the-fact.


The Jim Engster Show
10:07 am
Wed May 28, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Novelist Greg Iles; Michael Waldman; Steven Bickmore

Greg Iles is out with his first book in five years, and critics and authors alike are praising his 790 page novel Natchez Burning​. The novel is the first installment in an epic trilogy that weaves crimes, lies, and secret past and present into a mesmerizing thriller featuring Southern mayor and former prosecutor Penn Cage.

Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, talks with Jim about his new book The Second Amendment: A Biography. A legal scholar on the history of the Constitutional right to bear arms, he argues that current gun laws are the result of political lobbying and distort the original intent of the Second Amendment.

Steven Bickmore is an assistant professor of English Education with a joint appointment in the School of Education and the English Department at LSU, and he talks with Jim about the upcoming week long Young Adult Literature Conference celebrating young adult literature authors and readers.


The Jim Engster Show
10:08 am
Tue May 27, 2014

TUESDAY: Jim Maurin; La. Planned Parenthood's Melissa Flournoy; Political Consultant Scott Wilfong

CEO of Stirling Properties and President of TAF Jim Maurin talks with Jim about his support of the Marketplace Fairness Act, and what he's doing to make sure it's implemented in the state.

Also, GOP political consultant Scott Wilfong and Melissa Flournoy with Louisiana Planned Parenthood discuss/debate recent legislature that restricts abortion in the state, and answer a plethora of questions from listeners.


The Jim Engster Show
10:47 am
Mon May 26, 2014

MONDAY 4/28/14: Michael Vince; Ann Shaneyfelt; Don Cazayoux

Today's guests include Michael Vince, Senior Scientist with the Department of Environmental Quality; Ann Shaneyfelt, Director of Louisiana's Clean Fuels Coalition; and former U.S. Representative and U.S. Attorney Don Cazayoux.


The Jim Engster Show
10:34 am
Mon May 26, 2014

MONDAY 5/12/14: Rev. Chris Andrews; Col. Rob Maness; Author Peter Stark

Rev. Chris Andrews, who was pastor at First United Methodist Church for 22 years and who is now head of the Jubilee Pioneers, talks with Jim about Governor Bobby Jindal's recent commencement speech at Liberty University where the governor said our religious liberty in America is in jeopardy.

Colonel Rob Maness discusses his bid for the U.S. Senate, his platform he is running on, as well as his recent endorsement from Sarah Palin.

Also, author Peter Stark talks with Jim about his recent book Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire - A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival.


The Jim Engster Show
10:22 am
Mon May 26, 2014

MONDAY 5/5/14: Political Reporter Tyler Bridges; State Senator Ben Nevers

Long time political reporter for the Picayune, Tyler Bridges, talks with Jim about covering the state capitol and the 2014 Legislative Session as a reporter now for The Lens.

Also, State Senator Ben Nevers talks with Jim about the Legislative Session as well as his Medicaid Bill which he has decided to revise.


The Jim Engster Show
10:05 am
Mon May 26, 2014

MONDAY: LSU MassCom Prof. Judith Sylvester; Financial Adviser Ameen Walker; James Dean Claitor

LSU Mass Communication Professor Dr. Judith Sylvester talks about the new tobacco-free campus at LSU; a policy she had been working on for the university for the past fourteen years.

Owner and Founder of First Financial of Baton Rouge, LLC Ameen Walker, talks with Jim about BP's recent decision to ask the Supreme Court to review Deep Water Horizon settlements. Ameen's company has filed over 500 BP oil spill claims since the Deep Water Horizon oil spill.

Also, musician James Dean Claitor talks about his latest album as well as what it's like being the brother of Dan Claitor.


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