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 and the WRKF App.


Author and photographer Sally Westerhausen talks about a meat-free blog that focuses on the adventurous side of vegetarian cooking.

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Sue Lincoln, from WRKF's Capitol Access, talks about the continuing battle between Gov. John Bel Edwards and Superintendent of Education John White.

The governor is not ruling out filing a lawsuit designed to remove White from his post.


Reporter Craig Unger from New Republic talks about the connection between Russia and President Donald Trump.

In the latest issue of the magazine, Unger reports Trump has had financial dealings with Russians for more than three decades.


Author Julie Klam theorizes why Americans are so enthralled by celebrity and meeting famous people. Klam shares about this and her book, "The Stars in Our Eyes."

Mike Bertaut, chief health care economist for Blue Cross Blue Shield Louisiana, talks with us about the fate of the Affordable Care Act as U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promises a vote for repeal next week.

Bertaut will discuss the prospects of more than 400,00 Louisiana residents currently receiving Medicaid benefits.


Author Zinni Clemmons talks about how her background as a girl from Philadelphia raised by a South African mother and an American father contributed to her debut novel, "What We Lose." Clemmons notes that issues of race in America are not exclusive to the South.

Renowned tailor Manuel Martinez has been in Baton Rouge since 1984 and has been recognized for his work three times at the World Congress of Tailors.


Professor Jacques Berlinerblau from Georgetown University tells us about his belief that more university professors should have tenure. His book is "Campus Confidential, How College Works, or Doesn’t, for Professors, Parents, and Students."

Janet Humphreys, former U.S. Intelligence officer and resident of New Roads, talks about her association with General Michael Flynn. President Trump's former National Security Adviser was fired for lying to Vice President Pence about his meetings with Russian officials and is now at the center of the probe directed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Professor Ellen Meacham, who teaches journalism at Ole Miss, talks about Senator Robert Kennedy's memorable visit to Mississippi, which occurred 50 years ago. Meacham is the author of the forthcoming book, "Delta Epiphany: RFK in Mississippi."