The Jim Engster Show

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The Jim Engster Show
10:19 am
Fri July 18, 2014

FRIDAY: Author Edward Haslam; Robert Seeman; NPR's Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Ed Haslam, author of Dr. Mary's Monkey joins Jim for the better part of today's show to discuss his book. The 1964 murder of a nationally known cancer researcher sets the stage for his gripping expose of medical professionals enmeshed in covert government operations over the course of three decades. Learn more at http://doctormarysmonkey.com.

Baton Rouge Green Program Director Robert Seeman drops by the studio to talk with Jim about the Plant Smart Baton Rouge Green Education Event. The event is tomorrow July 19th at the Hilltop Arboretum. Learn more at http://batonrougegreen.com/content.cfm?id=39.

Also, NPR's Political Junkie Ken Rudin joins he show for the last segment of the day to discuss everything politics in Louisiana. He and Jim discuss the upcoming Senate race between Sen. Mary Landrieu and Rep. Bill Cassidy; key issues in the upcoming elections, such as the state of Louisiana's economy; as well as Governor Bobby Jindal's popularity around the nation amidst his political goal of reaching the White House.


The Jim Engster Show
10:05 am
Thu July 17, 2014

THURSDAY: SNAPNetwork Director David Clohessy; Attorney Michael Wolf; Author Suzi Parker

David Clohessy, the Executive Director of the Snap Network (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) joins Jim for the first part of today's show to discuss the Louisiana Supreme Court's 6-1 ruling against seal of confessional in a recent case against a Baton Rouge Priest. Also, Attorney Michael Wolf joins the conversation in studio to discuss the recent court decision and explain the legal action taken.

Author Suzi Parker joins the show to talk with Jim about her book Sex in the South: Unbuckling the Bible Belt. Her book takes the reader on a private journey to an eccentric side of sin where Southerners secretly (and not-so-secretly) defy sexual convention.


The Jim Engster Show
10:13 am
Wed July 16, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Columnist Quin Hillyer & LA Budget Project Jan Moller; Casey Phillips of BR Walls Project

Columnist for The Advocate Quin Hillyer and Director for the Louisiana Budget Project Jan Moller join Jim for the better part of today's show to discuss recent updates concerning Common Core, and much, much more.

Also, Executive Director of BR Walls Project Casey Phillips talks with Jim about the projects and murals his non-profit has set up around the city. 


The Jim Engster Show
10:15 am
Tue July 15, 2014

TUESDAY: LPB CEO & Pres. Beth Courtney; Elliott Stonecipher; and Theatre Baton Rouge's Jenny Ballard

LPB President and CEO Beth Courtney joins Jim as the day's first guest to discuss the documentary Breaking Away. Airing tonight on LPB, Breaking Away asks the question: would the breakaway city of St. George quash Baton Rouge's school desegregation process? It airs tonight on LPB at 10pm after the Frontline special Separate and Unequal.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:07 am
Mon July 14, 2014

MONDAY: Longtime Political Consultant Raymond Strother

Today on The Jim Engster Show, longtime political consultant Raymond Strother joins us for the full hour to discuss the upcoming U.S. Senate battle: Democrats v. Republicans. Considered the father of modern political consulting, Strother's former clients include Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and Gary Hart. He predicts a Landrieu victory in the Louisiana Senate election coming up this November; talks on how campaigns strategically target gender; and even chimes in on Governor Bobby Jindal's bid for the presidency.


The Jim Engster Show
2:45 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

FRIDAY: Craig Freeman, Hal Marcovitz, Jennifer Mayer

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The Jim Engster Show
10:19 am
Thu July 10, 2014

THURSDAY: Author Chuck Klosterman; Musician Nick Abraham; Investigative reporter Gus Garcia-Roberts

New York Times bestselling author Chuck Klosterman joins us on the phone this morning with a summary of his latest novel, "I Wear the Black Hat" -- where he addresses the modern understanding of villainy. 

Nick Abraham is in studio next who tells the story of his life as a priest and subsequent nervous breakdown upon the revelation that he is gay. Nick seeks support from the metro council for a tolerance ordinance -- which he says would make the case that we are not a discriminating society. Abraham is also the lead singer of, "The Nick Abraham Xperience" which performs tonight at the Indigo. 

Gus Garcia-Roberts, investigative reporter, has co-authored a book which dives "into the story behind the story" of the dozens of baseball players, including Alex Rodriguez, who were supplied PEDs from the Biogenesis clinic. "Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the Quest to End Baseball's Steroid Era" uncovers all sorts of extremely bizarre details about A'Rod. Garcia-Roberts shares some of those with Jim on this morning's show.

The Jim Engster Show
10:33 am
Wed July 9, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Pitcher Denny McClain; LSU School of Mass Comm Dean Jerry Ceppos; Rev. Alan Cutter

Star Detroit Lions pitcher Denny McClain calls in to discuss various topics of the game of baseball including the controversy surrounding "uppers" taken by players (allegedly) back in his day.  

Jerry Ceppos  is up next, Dean of the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication --- who Jim says knows things about "most things." Ceppos is in studio to discuss the future of print and the "news war" between Advocate owner John Georges and Times Picayune owners, Newhouse Family.  

Alan Cutter is a Presbyterian reverend who served in the US Navy from 1969-1975. He was also diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in June 2010. He is a proud spokesperson for The 3rd Annual Parkinson's Conference which is being held Saturday July 19th at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

The Jim Engster Show
10:09 am
Tue July 8, 2014

TUESDAY: Biographer Leo Honeycutt

Jim ponders the upcoming Louisiana elections which are less than four months away. He discusses past elections, who's running now, and all topics regarding the November elections.

Biographer Leo Honeycutt joins Jim in the studio to discuss his latest project: an Edwin Edwards screenplay. Leo talks about giving up working for the office of Buddy Caldwell to pursue and finish the Edwin Edwards screenplay he's been working on for two years. According to Leo, the screenplay is beyond "talks" at this point, and is very close to becoming a reality.


The Jim Engster Show
10:06 am
Mon July 7, 2014

MONDAY: Photographer Richard Sexton; Author Aaron James

Photographer Richard Sexton joins Jim for the better part of today's show to discuss his life, his photographs, and his book Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere. The book is a complex, multi-layered essay linking New Orleans, which is frequently referred to as the northernmost Caribbean city, with its cultural kin further to the south. The similarities, which he finds in the book through photographs, are quite striking and at times uncanny.

Author Aaron James joins Jim to close out today's show, and he talks with Jim about his book "A**holes: A Theory." He explains why a**holes are the way they are, and why the majority of them are men.


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