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 wrkf.org and the WRKF App.

Chance McNeely, Executive Director of the Louisiana Motor Transport Association, on the plight of truck drivers in Louisiana. Mark Ballard of the Advocate comments on the final stretch of the Regular Session with lawmakers duking it out in bar rooms over legislative disputes. Tracy Fessenden, professor at Arizona State University, on her book about jazz singer Billie Holiday and her connection to religion in her music.


Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk assesses the state of the Democratic Party in Louisiana and nationally.

American Gaming Association Spokesperson Kasey Clark responds to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow sports gaming outside of Nevada.

Singer Chuck Hawthorne previews his performance tonight at the Dyson House.

Stephen Waguespack, President and CEO of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, comments on his contention that a Constitutional Convention is a necessity for resolving Louisiana’s perennial budget issues. Also Waguespack will detail the LABI position on the fiscal cliff, minimum wage and equal pay.


Baton Rougean Deborah Sternberg on her new role with the Young Entrepreneurs Academy and her former job as Dan Rather’s assistant. Economist Loren Scott on the chemical industry in Louisiana, the fiscal cliff and the Trump tax plan.


Democrat Melissa Flournoy and Republican Scott Wilfong assess the political terrain in Baton Rouge and in the Beltway. 

Former Grant Parish District Attorney Ed Tarpley on non-unanimous jury verdicts in Louisiana as lawmakers debate changing the state law. 

Advocate Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on a week at the Capitol as nursing home residents were warned of losing their homes because of budget challenges.

Pictured: Melissa Flournoy 


Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on the state of the Democratic Party in the South and his appearance at the True Blue Gala for Louisiana Democrats next week. Malcolm Suber of Take ‘Em Down Nola on his quest to have more monuments removed in New Orleans. Baton Rouge gardening icon Walter Imahara on his profession and his days as a young man in a Japanese Internment Camp.

Pictured: Walter Imahara 


Political Consultant Roy Fletcher comments on recent news about Gov. Edwards and President Trump. U.S. Senator John Kennedy discusses the Harrah’s bill that lawmakers in Baton Rouge are considering Presidential candidate Andrew Yang on his book, “The War on Normal People.” Yang says he is offering truth about America’s disappearing jobs.


Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell on move to hike payday loan rates in Louisiana.

Author Rachel Slade on her book, “Into the Raging Sea.” The book details the sinking of the container ship “El Faro” in 2015 in the Bermuda Triangle.


LSU Faculty veteran Kevin Cope on peaks and valleys at the Ole War Skule with budget issues remaining prominent at Louisiana’s flagship university. Author Richard Allen on the legacy of Robert Kennedy who was assassinated nearly 50 years ago in Los Angeles.

Pictured: Kevin Cope 


Retired Executive Director of the Louisiana ACLU Marjorie Esman on legislation to require unanimous jury verdicts in felony trials in Louisiana. Former Advocate columnist and NPR commentator Ed Cullen on the state of journalism locally and nationally.


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