Talk Louisiana

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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.

World renowned cognitive scientist World renowned cognitive scientist Steven Pinker provides his take on why we should be more optimistic about contemporary life. Margie Jenkins, a 96-year-old farmer from Amite, talks about her induction in the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction. Actress Eliott Estelle and Ian Birnie of the Louisiana International Film Festival on next month’s event in Baton Rouge. Associated Press Capitol Reporter Melinda Deslatte previews the annual Gridiron Show and reviews week two of the regular session.

Walt Handelsman, Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist for The Advocate, on the joys of his craft in the Age of President Trump.

Charles Steinberg, owner of the Pawtucket Pawsox, and Public Relations strategist Len Sanderson on a summit on public funding for professional sports to be held tonight at the LSU Manship School. 


Local writers Mike Hinton and Sherry Melancon on their science fiction thriller, “Afflicted.”


EBR Councilwoman Donna Collins-Lewis on her attempt to have former city employees not take retirement and return to work in other capacites while receiving benefits. Author Kate Moore on her appearance at the Main EBR Library this Saturday to discuss her book, The Radium Girls. Sarah McBride, the first transgender person to speak at a national convention, talks about her life that is detailed in Tomorrow Will Be Different.

Broderick Bagert, lead organizer for Together Baton Rouge, on the fight to curb the state's industrial tax exemptions. 

Steve Gillon comments on the 50 year legacy of the Kerner Commission report on race in America.   

Jeremy Alford of La Politics on the legacy of Louisiana columnist and commentator John James Maginnis, who would have celebrated his 70th birthday Saturday. Mark Ballard of the Advocate on the first week of the Regular Session of the Legislature. Singer Phillip Manuel of New Orleans on the 100th birthday celebration of Nat King Cole tomorrow at Snug Harbor. Lonnie Luce of University Academy on learning in a virtual school.

State lawmaker John Milkovich on his bill to curtail abortions and the state of the Legislature in the first week of the regular session. Democrat Melissa Flournoy and Republican Ali Akbar on the fates of President Trump, Governor Edwards and Secretary of State Schedler. Fairleigh Jackson on an Irish Event featuring Preserve Louisiana and Patrice Walker and Tammy Duncan-Swope on the American Business Women’s Association in Baton Rouge.

LSU Mass Communication Professor Len Apcar on his Solve the Budget project inviting citizens to provide their input on cutting the Louisiana budget. Also Apcar will discuss a tight Congressional election in Pennsylvania and President Trump’s continuing battle with the media. Atchafalaya Basin keeper Dean Wilson, and Attorney Misha Michell on the Bayou Bridge Pipeline project and author Amy Kaufman on her book about what she terms America’s guilty pleasure, the television show “The Bachelor.”

Political Consultant Raymond Strother on the abrupt firing of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. Blue Cross Blue Shield Louisiana Chief Health Care Economist Mike Bertaut on what is left of the Affordable Care Act. Author Joseph Rodota on “The Watergate.” Rodota reports about America’s most infamous address, a landmark that endures 46 years after the break-in that brought down a president.

LSU President King Alexander on the budget, the Greek System and the economic impact of LSU on the Louisiana economy. Biographer Geoffrey Mark on the enduring legacy of singer Ella Fitzgerald.

Baton Rouge Rep. Denise Marcelle on the Capitol maneuvering as the regular session starts Monday amid much conflict remaining from the collapse of the special session; Louisiana music legend Mickey Gilley is joined by fellow singer Johnny Lee to reflect on the legacy of the film, “Urban Cowboy,” which propelled them both to stardom; Veteran journalist Mark Whitaker on his critically acclaimed book about the Black heritage in Pittsburgh, “Smoketown” and Pulitzer Prize winner Steve Coll, Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, opines about the strained and dangerous relations the U.S. has with Pakistan.