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
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.

The Jim Engster Show
10:50 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Chris Williams, Eric Deggans, James Lima

Jim chats with Chris Williams, editor of “The Richard Burton Diaries”, a collection of the great actor’s writings and diary entries.

Author Eric Deggans discusses his book, “Race-Baiter”, about the powerful ways modern media feeds fears, prejudices, and hate to attract and maintain an audience.

Architect and community planning expert James Lima, who’ll be speaking Nov. 28 at the Smart Growth Summit at the Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge.


The Jim Engster Show
2:27 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Melinda Deslatte, David Nasaw

Associated Press State Capitol correspondent Melinda Deslatte discusses Governor Jindal's post-election turn on Mitt Romney, and where he and the state go from here.

History professor David Nasaw on his book, "The Patriarch", about the turbulent life and times of Joseph P. Kennedy.


The Jim Engster Show
10:00 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Jay Perkins, Bud Davis, Beth Gayle

Former AP Correspondent and LSU Journalism Professor Jay Perkins discusses the good and bad prognostications made for presidential election.

Former LSU sports information director Bud Davis previews the LSU-Arkansas match-up.

Beth Gayle shares the story of her son's recovery from a near fatal hunting accident, which is detailed in the book, "Then Came the Angels."


The Jim Engster Show
10:20 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Dr. Michael Kurtz on the JFK Assassination

On the 49th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Jim talks with Southeastern Louisiana University professor of history emeritus Michael Kurtz about his 1993 book, "Crime Of The Century". The book explains why Kurtz feels Lee Harvey Oswald was not the lone gunman in Dallas that day.


The Jim Engster Show
1:27 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

James Tabor, Patty Christopher and Gino Gambino, Rebecca Costa

Jim talks with author and Biblical expert James Tabor about his book, "Paul and Jesus", about the apostle's influence in the development of Christianity.

Patty Christopher and Gino Gambino, a married couple who have lost over 300 pounds combined, discuss enjoying Thanksgiving without packing on pounds. Their book is, "The Real People's Guide To The HCG Diet."

Author and sociobiologist Rebecca Costa, on her book, "The Watchman's Rattle," about how genetics drives instinctive behaviors in us that influence practically everything.


The Jim Engster Show
10:56 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Walter Stahr, Smiley Anders, Zia Tammami, Van Mayhall

Jim talks with author and historian Walter Stahr about his book, "Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man", about William Henry Seward, Lincoln's Secretary of State.

A visit with Advocate columnist Smiley Anders on his 75th birthday.

Jazz radio show host and jazz aficianado Zia "the Cat" Tammami discuss tonight's performance by Chucho Valdes & the Afro-Cuban Messengers, tonight at the Manship Theatre.

Local attorney and author Van Mayhall talks about his new novel, "Judas, the Apostle", a fictional work about Judas Iscariot.


The Jim Engster Show
10:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Gus Weill, Swine Palace, Jerrelle Kraus, Adelaide Russo

Veteran political consultant Gus Weill notes Gov. Bobby Jindal's post-election turn on Mitt Romney.

From LSU's Swine Palace, Reeva Wortel and Leigh Fondakowski talk about the play "SPILL", based on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jerrelle Kraus discusses her experiences working with luminaries like Hunter S. Thompson and Richard Nixon as the art director of the New York Times, chronicled in her book, "All The Art That's Fit To Print."

And, from LSU's Comparative Literature program, Dr. Adelaide Russo visits, along with guest speakers poet Olivia Claire and writer Barlen Pyamootoo.


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