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.

Sue Lincoln
Kelly Tate

WRKF's voice of Capitol Access, Sue Lincoln, joins us for our weekly look at the legislative session. This week, we saw the withdrawal of Gov. John Bel Edwards' plan to impose the Corporate Activities Tax. Also this week, LSU AgCenter Chancellor Bill Richardson gave an update on the state's plan to get the medical marijuana program up and running by January 2018.


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New York Times sportswriter Jere Longman, a native of Eunice and an LSU Manship School graduate, reflects on his feature about pole vaulting sensation Armand "Mondo" Duplantis. Duplantis is a 17-year-old student at Lafayette High School and has set the national prep record in the event.


Timmy Teepell
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Timmy Teepell is the political strategist for Former Governor Bobby Jindal. Teepell discusses the Jindal legacy and assesses the first 15 months of Governor John Bel Edwards. Teepell consults nationally for GOP candidates. He will also provide observations about the first 100 days of President Trump.


Columnist and capitol reporter Jeremy Alford updates us about the collapse of the governor's tax plan.

With the tax bill prepped for almost certain defeat in the House Ways and Means Committee, the Edwards administration pulled the gross receipts tax proposal from a vote Tuesday.

The measure saw strong opposition from business groups.


LuAnn Bombet of B'Nai Israel talks with us about the history of the oldest synagogue in Baton Rouge and their upcoming annual event.


Ty Tashiro, author of "Awkward: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome," on how the same traits that make us feel uneasy in social situations can provides the seeds for success.


Historian David McCullough assesses the American political landscape and its relationship to our ancestors in his latest book, "The American Spirit, Who We Are and What We Stand For."


Joining us to talk about unique ways for citizens to weigh in on ways to resolve state budget woes, we have LSU Mass Communications Professor Len Apcar, Advocate Editor Peter Kovacs, and Capitol Bureau Chief for The Advocate Mark Ballard.


C. Denise Marcelle
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State Representative C. Denise Marcelle speaks with us about race in Baton Rouge and also addresses week three of the state legislative session.


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Reporter Della Hasselle touches on concerns that some of the destruction from the historic flooding of 2016 could have been prevented and that one interstate highway is to blame.


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