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
12:54 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

FRIDAY: 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.

Sam Irwin joins Jim in the studio to discuss his new book Louisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean, and Darlene Rowland with the Red Stick Farmer's Market drops by the studio to talk about new things you can expect from the Red Stick Farmers Market in the near the future.

This edition of The Jim Engster Show was originally broadcast on March 21, 2014.

The Jim Engster Show
10:31 am
Thu March 20, 2014

THURSDAY: Dr. Katie Cherry, Dr. Karl Roider, and Yigal Bander

Jim Engster interviews LSU Professor of Psychology, Dr. Katie Cherry about tonight's speaking presentation by Auschwitz child prisoner and Dr. Mengele medical experiment twin survivor, Eva Mozes Kor who authored the book, "The Triumph of the Human Spirit, from Auschwitz to Forgiveness."   LSU History Professor, Dr. Karl Roider speaks of the escalating Crimean crisis in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin's role, and the various political responses and potential economic implications.  Baton Rouge trial attorney Yigal Bander talks about the recent arrest of his client Baker school teacher, Deborah Anderson for simple battery of a 13 year old student by Baker police.

The Jim Engster Show
10:12 am
Wed March 19, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Louisiana Budget Project Director Jan Moller; Composer Gwyneth Walker

Louisiana Budget Project Director , Jan Moller, speaks on Louisiana Politics. Moller touches on Governor Bobby Jindal's decline for 16 Billion Dollars from  the federal government for Medicaid funding and Jindal's candidacy for president in 2016.  Also composer Gwyneth Walker talks about her time in Louisiana. She will be hosting a concert on March 22 at the University Methodist Church at 6:30 PM. 


The Jim Engster Show
10:27 am
Tue March 18, 2014

TUESDAY: Edwin Edwards, Al & Jed Robertson, John Spain and Abram McGull

Jim Engster interviews former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards who discusses his life, political career and his run for the 6th congressional district seat.  Al Robertson and Jep Robertson of the "Duck Dynasty" TV series talk about their children's book "Everything is better with a beard."  Former WBRZ TV news director John Spain and former TV news photographer Abram McGull recount the shooting death of Jeffrey Doucet by Gary Plauche that was video taped at the Baton Rouge Airport and broadcast on WBRZ 30 years ago.

The Jim Engster Show
10:30 am
Mon March 17, 2014

MONDAY: Former Sec. of State Jim Brown, Sandee Winchell, Ashley McReynolds and Billy Solitario

Former Secretary of State, Jim Brown, speaks with Jim on Edwin Edwards' candidacy for Congress. He also discussed other political issues and topics in Louisiana.

Louisiana Developmental Disability Council member Sandee Winchell speaks on upcoming annual events and the LACAN initiative along with Ashley McReynolds, LACAN Region 2 Leader. For additional information on the LACAN rally, contact 225-342-6804.

Artist Billy Solitario speaks on upcoming Brush for Burden project on March 23-30.

The Jim Engster Show
10:24 am
Fri March 14, 2014

FRIDAY: Political Analyst and Pollster Elliott Stonecipher

Political Analyst and Pollster Elliot Stonecipher speaks on Senator Mary Landrieu's possibilities of a fourth term. He also discusses the role that the minority vote has contributed to Landrieu's race in the polls. In addition, he touches on Edwin Edwards pursuit for a seat in Congress and Bobby Jindal's legitimacy for a presidential run.


The Jim Engster Show
11:43 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

THURSDAY: Gov. Mike Beebe, Sen. Ben Nevers, Sen. Robert Adley, Paul Arrigo

Sen. Ben Nevers joins the show to talk with Jim about his bill for Medicaid reform.

Sen. Robert Adley talks with Jim about the Levee lawsuit bill.

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe talks about health care reform success in Arkansas. 

Visit Baton Rouge CEO, Paul Arrigo joins the show with ground breaking news! Miss 2014 USA pageant will make its debut in Baton Rouge.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:14 am
Wed March 12, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Actress Debbie Allen; Politico Gus Weill; State Rep. Ted James; AARP Rep. Andrew Muhl

Director, actress, dancer Debbie Allen talks with Jim about her upcoming show Pepito's Story coming to the Manship Theater March 13th - 16th, as well as what it's like to direct an episode of the television show Scandal.

Louisiana politico Gus Weill drops in on his 81st birthday to talk about presidents Roosevelt, Obama, and a possible future Jindal.

Louisiana State Rep. Ted James and AARP representative Andrew Muhl talk with Jim about Rep. James' upcoming bill which seeks to cap the Payday Lending loans. These loans, argue's Rep. James, come with outrageously high interest rates and affect thousands who end up finding themselves spiraling into more and more debt.


The Jim Engster Show
3:42 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

MONDAY: 'Rising Tide' Author John Barry, Rep. Pat Smith

Jim talks with Rising Tide author John Barry about being removed from the levee board, and other state legislative decisions. He also speaks with Rep. Pat Smith about expanding Medicaid and discussed an effort to strike an anti-sodomy statute from Louisiana's books. 


The Jim Engster Show
10:57 am
Fri March 7, 2014

FRIDAY: Jim Nickel and Representative Dalton Honore

Jim Engster interviews lobbyist Jim Nickel who is former chairman of the Louisiana Democratic party on politics including Senator Mary Landrieu, Governor Edwin Edwards, Senator David Vitter, the Koch brothers, and the upcoming Louisiana legislative session.  Representative Dalton Honore discusses issues surrounding his bill regarding medical marijuana and also his bill to reduce sentences for simple marijuana possession.

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