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.

Paul Arrigo, President of Visit Baton Rouge, assesses tourism in the Capital region. We also press Arrigo on his favorite restaurants where he might take visitors from out of town. Arrigo also spends time recalling the tragic shooting of four police officers one year ago today.


Bradley Beychok discusses the role of media watchdog groups and the interaction between the press and President Donald Trump.


Colonel Rob Maness talks about his unwavering support for President Trump amid multiple investigations into Trump's 2016 campaign.

Maness remains an ardent Trump supporter despite revelations this week of a June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and two high-ranking officials of the campaign with a Russian emissary.


Conservative columnist and commentator Quin Hillyer weighs the dilemma faced by Republicans who are dismayed with the first 25 months of the Trump Presidency.


Political consultant Raymond Strother comments on the political consequences of the connection between the Trump campaign and Russia. Strother discusses why President Donald Trump remains popular with his base of supporters and is a powerful force in the American South.


Alexander Howard of the Sunlight Foundation talks about the resignation of Walter Shaub as head of the Office of Governmental Ethics. Howard analyzes ethics issues in the Trump administration.

Pollster Bernie Pinsonat talks about President Donald Trump's popularity in Louisiana and how Republican lawmakers in the state might still be reluctant to challenge initiatives from an embattled president.

Deepa Soul is a Billboard-charting singer from of New Orleans. Soul talks with us about her recording career as an award-winning performing ahead of her performance in New Orleans later this year.

East Baton Rouge Councilwoman Chauna Banks talks to us about controversy regarding the location of the Baton Rouge Zoo. She also addresses the pending anti-smoking ordinance and the anticipated decision in the Alton Sterling case.


Photographer Aaron Hogan and filmmaker Jency Griffin Hogan talk about "Wanderlust," an exhibition featuring travel photography and film.