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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.

WAFB Morning Show host and Crimestoppers reporter Matt Williams on the record number of murders in Baton Rouge this year and the start of another special session. Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser comments on the budget considerations in the special session and Senator John Kennedy’s call for Governor John Bel Edwards to resign. Allen Gannett on his book, “The Creative Curve, How to Develop the Right Idea at the Right Time.”

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore on the spiraling murder rate in Baton Rouge, the Truce program and the move to stop non-unanimous jury verdicts. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on the start of another special session next week.

Suicide authority Dr. Frank Campbell discusses the increase in suicides by prominent and unknown citizens of the U.S. Veteran anchorman George Sells comments on the final broadcast tonight from WAFB’s Donna Britt, his co-anchor for 24 years. Dr. Adam Cox on his book, “Cracking the Boy Code, How to Understand and Talk with Boys”

Tom Aswell, publisher of Louisiana Voice, on the seventh special session of the Louisiana Legislature in the past 29 months. Congressional candidate Andie Saizan talks about her challenge of Garret Graves in next year’s 6Th District election. Oenophile Kathleen Bershad discusses her book, “The Wine Lover’s Apprentice.”

NBC Today host Al Roker recalls the historic Johnstown flood of 1889 and the message it provides to contemporary America. 

Michelle Erenburg, founder of Lift Louisiana, on the status of abortion rights in Louisiana. 

Fred Parks, GOP State Senator from Parks, on drug pricing legislation and another special session. 

Garland Goodwin Wilson, artistic director for Of Moving Colors, previews “The Sofa Stories.”

Mike Bertaut, chief health care economist for Blue Cross Blue Shield Louisiana, comments on the remaining uncertainties about the Affordable Care Act and how the state budget chaos could affect health care services in Louisiana.

Journalist Shane Snow discusses his book, “Dream Teams,” Snow analyzes why individuals consistently outperform teams.

Retired LSU Mass Communications Dean Jerry Ceppos comments on the state of journalism in America and the perception about fake news.

Writer Ken Jennings on his book “Planet Funny, How Comedy Took Over Our Culture.”


Pictured: Jerry Ceppos



Dr. Gene Mills, President of the Louisiana Family Forum since its inception 20 years ago, scores the performances of President Trump, Governor Edwards and the Louisiana Legislature and reflects on the U.S. Supreme Court decision this week allowing a baker to discriminate by declining to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds. Actress Ann Harris and Swine Palace spokesman Vastine Stabler on the production of “Patsy Cline.”

Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard comments on the conclusion of the late night special session and what it means about the state’s budget.

Executive Director of the Center for Planning Excellence Camille Manning Broom on watershed management and flood control in Louisiana.

LSU economist, Jim Richardson, who is part of the influential panel that tells the legislature that tells how much money is coming into the state and Council for a Better Louisiana's Barry Erwin on their predictions of what will happen on today's special session. 

Mississippi native George Mulvaney on his debut book, "Cups Up: How I Organized a Klavern, Plotted a Coup, Survived Prison, Graduated College, Fought Polluters, and Started a Business."