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.

Emad Nofal with the Islamic Center of Baton Rouge talks with us about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Trump travel ban. Nofal addresses the challenges of being a Muslim in the United States.

Entertainers Rusty Yates and Tom Aswell give us opposing views on a smoking ban proposal before the Baton Rouge Metro Council. A vote is expected Wednesday on whether to ban smoking in bars and casinos in Baton Rouge.


Jonathan Goldsmith gained fame late in life as "the most interesting man in the world." Goldsmith talks about his past life as a garbage truck driver in the Bronx and as a small-time actor who learned his craft with Dustin Hoffman.

Quin Hilyer

Today we're talking to political writers. Quin Hillyer of the American Spectator and Lamar White of Bayou Brief reflect from different sides of the political spectrum on President Donald Trump's chances of convincing the U.S. Senate to pass health care reform this week.


Phillip Manuel talks about his upcoming appearance on stage at LSU on Thursday night. Manuel is a New Orleans legend.

Dan Borne talk on the legacy of basketball great Pete Maravich, who would have been 70 years old on Thursday. The LSU and college basketball scoring king died at age 40 of heart failure.


Meteorologist Jeff Huffman, with the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network, updates us on the latest developments pertaining to the diminishing Tropical Storm Cindy.

Anne Helen Peterson joins us to talk about what she calls the rise and reign of the unruly woman, outlined in her latest book.

Roy Fletcher is a political consultant. He joins us to talk about the significance of the outcome of the recent special election for a Georgia U.S. House seat.

Jan Kasofsky and Jan Laughinghouse of Capital Area Human Services talk with us about the drug abuse epidemic in Baton Rouge.