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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.

  Louisiana native and LSU graduate Donna Brazile discusses her book detailing the Hillary Clinton campaign of 2016. Brazile will reflect on what went wrong in the final days of Secretary Clinton’s bid for the White House and will also talk about a host of prominent politicians being engulfed in sex scandals. Vastine Stabler of Swine Palace Theatre at LSU comments on “The Mountaintop.” The production, which details the final day of life for Martin Luther King, is now playing. We will visit with actors Curtis Wiley, who plays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Sara Osi Scott, who plays the mysterious maid Camae. Gary Mossor from Blue Cross Blue Shield Louisiana on the annual enrollment deadline for Medicare. 

  Former State Representative and candidate for Treasurer, John Schroder, will be with us. Schroder is in a runoff to succeed John Kennedy. His opponent in Saturday’s election is Democrat Derrick Edwards. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard opines on the number of elections in Louisiana and the prospect of a low turnout for Saturday’s statewide election. The turnout in Orleans Parish to select a successor to Mayor Mitch Landrieu could represent 30 percent of the overall vote.                   

Baton Rouge Symphony Conductor Timothy Muffitt and celebrated pianist Jeremy Denk on Thursday's concert at the River Center.

Beverly Gray, author of "Seduced by Mrs. Robinson," on the 50th anniversary of the premiere of  "The Graduate." Gray examines the enduring appeal of the film.

Music promoter Johnny Palazzotto on the Slim Harpo Music Awards and the emergence of Baton Rouge as a major music venue.

Tuesday, November 14,2017: Dava Sobel, Barry Erwin

Nov 14, 2017

  Science writer Dava Sobel, often featured on NPR, discusses her work, “The Glass Universe, How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars.” Barry Erwin, President of the Council for a Better Louisiana, on a major economic announcement from Gov. Edwards and the danger of the looming fiscal cliff. Erwin is a former television reporter who will also reflect on his career in media and as a government watchdog.    

  Tulane History Professor Walter Isaacson, former Editor to Time Magazine, on his latest biographical target, Leonardo da Vinci. MSNBC Host Lawrence O’Donnell comments on the significance of the 1968 presidential election. Lawyer Byard Edwards on Tangipahoa residents’ lawsuit over I-12’s role in historic flooding last year.     

  LSU Mathematics Professor Jim Madden remembers his childhood friend from Connecticut, Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for President Trump. Manafort is under indictment, and Madden recalls him as a young man attending Catholic schools and later Georgetown University. Highland Coffees Owner Clarke Cadzow on the annual Northgate festival tonight at the gates of LSU. National Review Senior Editor Quin Hillyer, a New Orleans native who lives in Mobile, comments on explosive allegations of sexual misconduct against U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore. 

  Secretary of State Tom Schedler gives his forecast for voter turnout for the statewide election for Treasurer on Nov. 18th. Hall of Fame Political Consultant Ray Strother assesses wins by the Democratic Party in Virginia and New Jersey this week. David Hallberg, the first American to join the famed Bolshoi Ballet as Principal Dancer the the artist described by the New Yorker as “the most exciting male ballet dancer in the Western world, discussed his book, “A Body of Work, Dancing to the Edge and Back.” 

  LSU Libraries Dean Stanley Wilder on the future of the Middleton Library on campus. The building sitting prominently on the Quadrangle at LSU faces possible demolition. Pulitzer Prize winning sportswriter Jeffrey Marx on the rise of former LSU infielder Alex Bregman, the starting third baseman for the World Series champion Houston Astros. Historian Robert Merry details the life of the 25th American President William McKinley, who was assassinated in office. Merry’s book is “President William McKinley, Architect of the American Century.” 

  Rev. Chris Andrews of Rebuilding Baton Rouge responds to the tragic church massacre in Texas where 26 people were killed and 20 wounded Sunday. Andrews was pastor of First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge for 22 years. Sportswriter John Feinstein comments in his latest book detailing the personalities and pressure on the course for the 2016 Ryder Cup.

Jason Badeaux, student body president at LSU, comments on the conversation about an 85-million dollar recreation center constructed near Sorority Row and the state of affairs on a campus that has other buildings with major structural challenges.

 Rachel Diresto, Vice President for the Center for Planning Excellence, and John Snow of Emergent Method on this week’s conference in Baton Rouge. The 12th Annual Smart Growth Summit starts tomorrow and will feature a Smart Cities track of sessions.