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
10:29 am
Fri April 18, 2014

THURSDAY: CATS CEO Bob Mirabito; Author Trent Angers; Councilman John Delgado

CATS CEO Bob Mirabito joins Jim to discuss the efforts he's made to revamp the public bus system in Baton Rouge. He discusses the improvements made to bus stops around the city, the rigorous pre-qualifications for new bus drivers, and what it is he envisions Baton Rouge's public bus system becoming in the future.

Author Trent Angers talks with Jim about his new book The Forgotten Hero of My Lai: The Hugh Thompson Story, which traces the life of U.S. Army helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson, who tried to stop the infamous My Lai Massacre during the Vietnam War.

Also, Metro Councilman John Delgado joins Jim in the studio to talk about the proposed city of St. George, the controversial anti-sodomy law, and much, much more.

The Jim Engster Show
10:07 am
Fri April 18, 2014

FRIDAY: Kevin Kane; Libertarian Attorney Michael Wolf; Novelist Ayelet Waldmen

Kevin Kane, founder and president of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy, discusses his institute's push for the reduction of drug possession sentencing - chiefly marijuana possession. 

Libertarian attorney Michael Wolf is back in the studio on Good Friday and he does not shy away from discussing religion. He touches on what it's like being a Buddhist and whether or not it's constitutional for public employees to have a holiday on Good Friday. He also discusses the recently proposed sodomy laws, Vance McAllister's recent scandal, scientific creationism, and much, much more.

Also, novelist Ayelet Waldman joins Jim to discuss her new novel Love and Treasure which weaves a tale around the fascinating, true history of the Hungarian Gold Train during World War II.

The Jim Engster Show
1:34 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Col. Rob Maness; Sam A. Hanna Jr.; Doug Daigle

Retired USAF Colonel Rob Maness talks about his bid for a seat in the U.S. Senate, and his  platform in which he is running. Publisher of the Ouachita Citizen, Sam A. Hanna Jr. joins the show to discuss how his small newspaper uncovered and published a now nationwide story based on a video showing U.S. Representative Vance McAllister (who campaigned for office last fall as a devout Christian, family man and devoted husband) kissing and embracing a member of his congressional staff. Also, environmentalist Doug Daigle joins Jim in the studio to discuss his twenty-plus years working toward improving Louisiana's environment, as well as his involvement in the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

*Note: Due to a recording error, this episode of The Jim Engster Show begins three minutes into the show.

The Jim Engster Show
10:46 am
Tue April 15, 2014

TUESDAY: Actress Pam Grier, HIV/AIDS Alliance Rep. Timothy Young, Blogger Tom Aswell

Actress Pam Grier speaks on the HIV/AIDS epidemic and how citizens can contribute to the cause through awareness and prevention.

HIV/AIDS Alliance Representative Timothy Young touches on HIV/AIDS in the Baton Rouge community.  HAART's Dining Out for Life fundraiser will be held on April 24. For more information, visit

Blogger and former comic Tom Aswell speaks on the scandal swirling around Congressman Vance McAllister and other political issues.

The Rotary of Baton Rouge member Chris Ciesielski speaks with the honoree Morgan Gautreau and her efforts to bring Spina Bifida awareness to her community. 

The Jim Engster Show
10:23 am
Tue April 15, 2014

MONDAY: LSU's Manship School Professor Bob Mann, State Rep. John Bel Edwards

LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication Professor Bob Mann talks about Congressman Vance McAllister's scandal and what it means for the GOP. He also touches on Edwin Edwards' congressional campaign and Senator David Vitter.

State Rep. John Bel Edwards speaks on his candidacy for governor of Louisiana.

The Jim Engster Show
12:45 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Planned Parenthood's Raegan Carter; AHIP's Clare Krusing; Sam Irwin; Darlene Rowland

Raegan Carter of Planned Parenthood talks with Jim about House Bill 388 written by Katrina Jackson, which Carter says could shut down three of the five abortion clinics in the state.

Deputy Press Secretary for America's Health Insurance, Plans Clare Krusing, joins us from Washington to discuss the Medicare program's budget cuts to the states, and what it means for senior citizens.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:12 am
Tue April 1, 2014

TUESDAY: Clarke Cadzow of Highland Coffees, Politico Raymond Strother, Saxophonist Brad Walker

Jim talks with Clarke Cadzow, owner of Highland Coffees, and resident authority on the North Gate neighborhood, and veteran political consultant Raymond Strother.

And Brad Walker, a rising star in the New Orleans jazz scene, visits the studio.

The Jim Engster Show
10:37 am
Mon March 31, 2014

MONDAY: Former Congressman Buddy Leach, Former Ambassador Francis Rooney

Former congressman and former chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party Buddy Leach talks with Jim about what's going on in Louisiana politics with Edwin Edwards running for Congress and Sen. Mary Landrieu seeking a fourth term.

Francis Rooney, former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, discusses relations between the Pope Francis and President Obama.

The Jim Engster Show
3:21 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

FRIDAY: Education Committee Chair Steve Carter, Former UNO Chancellor Tim Ryan, More

Jim talks with Rep. Steve Carter, chair of the state House Education Committee, and former UNO Chancellor Tim Ryan stops by.

Red Shtick publisher Jeremy White previews the annual Gridiron show lampooning state politicians this weekend.

Steve Meyers discusses his plans to offer Section 8 housing in Baton Rouge's south side, to the dismay of some neighbors.

The Jim Engster Show
9:58 am
Thu March 27, 2014

THURSDAY: Jon Elvert, Kelli Scott Kelley, Craig Nelson, Scott Sullivan & Eileen Jerrett

Jim Engster interviews Jon Elvert, director of the Louisiana Art & Science Museum planetarium discusses the "Engineering Day" program on March 29th.  Associate Professor, Kelli Scott Kelley talks about demonstrations to highlight health and safety issues at the LSU School of Art.  Craig Nelson, author of "The Age of Radiance" speaks about his writing on science.  Professor Scott Sullivan of the LSU Law Center makes the case for a screening of filmmaker, Eileen Jerrett's "Blueberry Soup" that focuses on Iceland's reform of the government at the Law Center.