Talk Louisiana

Weekdays at 9am

Talk Louisiana connects listeners with Louisiana newsmakers through live interviews and original feature reporting. Hosted by award-winning journalist and broadcast veteran, Jim Engster, Talk Louisiana brings listener insight into the conversation by phone and email. In addition to the weekday morning broadcast, hear Talk Louisiana at and the WRKF App.

Friday, July 13th:

Jul 13, 2018

People Magazine Senior Editor Alicia Dennis of New Orleans discusses her work: “Crimes of Fashion.” Jeff Dorson, executive director of the Humane Society of Louisiana, talks about lenient sentences given to those who abuse animals in the state. Gary Chambers, editor of the Rouge Collection, on the battle over the successor to the late Baton Rouge Metro Councilman Buddy Amoroso. Journalist Curt Smith reflects on presidents and baseball.

Former Health South Chief Financial Officer Aaron Beam talks about his conviction, incarceration and comeback. EBR Councilwoman Tara Wicker on the controversy surrounding the choice to succeed Councilman Buddy Amoroso who died 12 days ago in a bicycle crash.

Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk on next year’s Louisiana gubernatorial election just 15 months away. Political Strategist Mary Patricia Wray (pictured) of Top Drawer Strategies on Governor John Bel Edwards’ re-election bid and President Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Margalit Fox, longtime obituary writer for the New York Times, comments on her book: “Conan Doyle for the Defense:  The True Story of a Sensational British Murder and a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer.”

Retired WAFB anchor Donna Britt celebrates her 60th birthday with us as she recaps her 37 years as a popular anchorwoman in Baton Rouge.

Former State Senator and GOP activist Ben Bagert assess the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.



Former CNN Chief Political Analyst Bill Schneider (pictured) on the nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. President Trump makes his announcement tonight on his choice to succeed Anthony Kennedy on the high court. Mary Durusau of the Old State Capitol and Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist Walt Handelsman of The Advocate talks about a major exhibit opening this week.


LSU Law Professor Paul Baier, who has taught with former Supreme Court Justices Harry Blackman and Antonin Scalia, previews the announcement Monday of President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. Baton Rouge businessman Kevin Lyle and his wife, Renee Chatelain, discuss Kevin’s Tony Award winning production, “Once On This Island.” Lyle took the Tony Award last month as producer of the musical while Chatelain heads the Greater Baton Rouge Arts Council.

Dr. Faye Williams, Dr. Chris Warner and Mike Wolf discuss the nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court next week by President Trump with New Orleans native Amy Coney Barrett a leading contender. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on Governor Edwards and the Legislature moving forward after a budget deal in the final hours before the fiscal cliff.

Sam Kleiner, author of "The Fighting Tigers", tells the story of American pilots who waged a secret war against Japan. John Maginnis, longtime executive with Blue Cross Blue Shield, discusses his new endeavor as a documentary filmaker. He is preparing to detail the story of a former leprosy patient at Carville, the home of the only American institution devoted to leprosy consulting, research and training. Retired state employee Leslie Tassin reflects on his recent harrowing trip to Paris. Dr. Lee Reich on "The Ever Curious Gardner, Using a Little Natural Science for a Much Better Garden."

LSU Manship School of Mass Communications Dean Martin Johnson on his new assignment and the state of journalism in America and in Louisiana. Lata Nott of the Newseum in Washington D.C. comments on attacks against the First Amendment.

East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Councilman Matt Watson on the death of his fellow councilman Buddy Amoroso Saturday in bicycling crash in St. Francisville. Law Professor and Political advisor Susan Nelson on the death of Amoroso, a former opponent, and President Trump’s nomination next week to the U.S. Supreme Court. Fairleigh Cook Jackson of Preserve Louisiana on the possibility of a significant budget cut to the Old Governor’s Mansion where her organization is based. Jim Caldwell of the Baton Rouge Airport on new options for travelers.