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
10:36 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Author David Madden, Molly Buchmann of BR Ballet Theatre

Jim talks with author and former Baton Rougean David Madden, about his new book “London Bridge in Plague and Fire” and about some of Madden’s favorite writers.

From the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, Molly Buchmann discusses this year’s performance of “The Nutcracker: A Tale From The Bayou”

The Jim Engster Show
10:44 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Alma Stewart, James Gilmore on Affordable Care Act, Bill Grimes on Dave Brubeck

Alma Stewart and James Gilmore, from the Louisiana Center for Health Equity, who want Gov. Jindal to reconsider his resistance to implementing elements of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Jim talks with LSU Professor of Music and jazz virtuoso Bill Grimes about the passing of jazz pioneer Dave Brubeck.

The Jim Engster Show
10:21 am
Thu December 6, 2012

'Jake The Snake' Roberts, LSU Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope

Jim visits with professional wrestling legend “Jake The Snake” Roberts, about his career, his decline into poor health, drugs and alcohol..and his recovery through the use of yoga.

LSU English professor and Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope expresses his concerns about the Board of Supervisors seeming lack of transparency in several matters, including the proposed merger if the positions of System President and main campus Chancellor.

The Jim Engster Show
11:58 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Mayor-President Kip Holden, Manuel Martinez

Jim begins the show with East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden. They talk about Holden's recent reelection and the issues he’s dealing with as he begins his third term.

Then, Jim visits with famous tailor Manuel Martinez. They talk about the ever-changing world of fashion as well as how certain well-known figures dress and how they should dress.

The Jim Engster Show
11:37 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Bryan Preston, Eric Lewis, Bill Davis

Jim talks with conservative blogger Bryan Preston who is upset with sportscaster Bob Costas' pro-gun control rant during halftime of the Kansas City Chiefs game Sunday, Dec. 2.

Eric Lewis, director of the Louisiana chapter of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, explains why he feels the recent state court ruling against Gov. Bobby Jindal’s private school vouchers law was a mistake.

Jim visits with Bill Davis, frontman of Dash Rip Rock, which has a new CD release called “Black Liquor”.


The Jim Engster Show
11:33 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Bob Mann, Kevin Phillips, Steve Monaghan

Jim talks with LSU mass communications professor Bob Mann about the results of the 2012 election.

Author and historian Kevin Phillips discusses his new book, “1775”, about what he calls the most important and eventful year of the American Revolution.

Louisiana Federation of Teachers president Steve Monaghan on last week’s ruling by a state district court judge against the constitutionality of Governor Jindal’s private school tuition vouchers law.

The Jim Engster Show
9:50 am
Sun December 2, 2012

MONDAY: Biographer Justin Martin, Entrepreneur Gerry Lane, InRegister's Kelly Hurtado, and More

Jim talks with biographer Justin Martin about his new book on the life and times of architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

Local car dealer and entrepreneur Gerry Lane and his biographer discuss a new book on Gerry's life.

Carol Spruell, with Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge, talks about holiday giving.

InRegister publisher Kelly Hurtado visits.


The Jim Engster Show
11:15 am
Fri November 30, 2012

John Dickson, Joe Traigle, Karen Kennedy

LSU’s new Director of Choral Studies, Professor John Dickson, talks about the LSU A Capella Choir’s 63rd annual candlelight concert this Sunday, Dec. 2.

Local businessman and gay rights activist Joe Traigle, whose new group Louisiana Truth will monitor and fact check Gov. Jindal’s public statements. Traigle says the governor does not practice what he preaches.

Karen Kennedy, executive director of the Arthritis Alliance of Louisiana, discusses the probable ill-effects of the governor’s refusal to implement parts of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also called “Obamacare”.

The Jim Engster Show
7:34 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Gene Lyons, J.R. Ball

Syndicated columnist Gene Lyons discusses the results of the 2012 presidential election, and a growing political divide between rural and urban America.

Baton Rouge Business Report executive vice-president and columnist J.R. Ball weighs in on LSU head football coach Les Miles’ contract extension and raise … and some local and state politics.


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The Jim Engster Show
11:24 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Richard Fischer, Emily Nemens and Erin Rolfs

With news breaking yesterday afternoon that Arkansas has offered LSU head coach Les Miles a five-year, $27.5 million contract to assume the same position with the Hogs, Jim spent the first two segments discussing the proposition. The show's producer and associate editor of Tiger Rag Magazine, Richard Fischer, also chimed in with his thoughts on the issue.

Then, Jim finished the show with Emily Nemens of The Southern Review and Erin Rolfs of LSU Press. They discussed the collaboration between the two entities.

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