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 wrkf.org and the WRKF App.

Tuesday, December 12,2017: Matt Watson

9 hours ago

EBR Metro Councilman Matt Watson on his proposal to secure pay raises for police officers in the parish.

  Louisiana Chef John Folse discusses his long and varied career. Folse brought Louisiana cuisine to Japan in 1985, Beijing in 1986 and Hong Kong and Paris in 1987. He cooked for Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in Moscow in 1988 and a year later was the first non-Italian chef to create a Vatican state dinner in Rome. The Chef John Folse Culinary Institute and Nicholls State in Thibodaux opened 23 years ago and is dedicated to the preservation of Louisiana’s food heritage. Writer Jude Angelini talks about writing on the wild side as he reflects on a life of sex and drugs and anger.  

  Former Military Intelligence officer Janet Humphreys of Louisiana on her association with Gen. Michael Flynn, who has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the Russia investigation. Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, on issues in state government regarding sexual harassment and other topics the Edwards Administration is dealing with.      

Guest host Stephanie Riegel chats with Executive Vice President of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber Michael Diresto and Chief Administration Officer for Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, Darryl Gissel. 


Singer Toni Tennille, author Nicholas Jennings and Brian Kilmeade of Fox & Friends are Jim's guests for today's show. 


  Advocate Reporter Elizabeth Crisp on the move by Senator Sharon Hewitt to address sexual harassment cases in state government. The Advocate is also asking women to come forward anonymously and tell their stories. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat on the political climate in our state less than two years from the next statewide election cycle. Author Anne C. Bailey of Binghamton University on her book, “The Weeping Time, The Largest Slave Auction in American History.” 

  Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain on his recent farming tour with Governor John Bel Edwards and prospects for trade with Cuba. WAFB anchorwoman Donna Britt on plans for the holidays. LSU Music Professors Brian Shaw and Bill Grimes on their performances next week at the Manship Theatre. 

Peter Olson, Executive Director of the Knock Knock Children’s Museum, on the 26-thousand square foot facility at City-Brooks Park in Baton Rouge. The museum opened on August 22nd.

Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center on troubling numbers for youth in Baton Rouge related to physical activity and obesity.

 

Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief of the Advocate, on LSU renaming streets, the nomination of Kyle Duncan to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, and concerns about sexual harassment in state government.

 

 


Peter Olson, Executive Director of the Knock Knock Children’s Museum, on the 26-thousand square foot facility at City-Brooks Park in Baton Rouge. The museum opened on August 22nd.

Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center on troubling numbers for youth in Baton Rouge related to physical activity and obesity.

 

Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief of the Advocate, on LSU renaming streets, the nomination of Kyle Duncan to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, and concerns about sexual harassment in state government.

 

 


  LSU and MIT Physics Professor Rainer Weiss on winning the 2017 Nobel Prize for his work with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory in Livingston Parish. A discovery in September of 2015 confirmed a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 theory of relativity.  Thomas Kochan, Professor of Work and Employment Research and Engineering Systems at MIT, comments on disparities between low income and high income individuals.  Author Steven Johnson discusses his latest work, Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World

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