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 wrkf.org and the WRKF App.

Political consultant Roy Fletcher on the raid of the office of lawyer Michael Cohen, attorney to President Trump and the political winds in Louisiana with a governor’s election 18 months away. University of Louisiana System President Jim Henderson on ULS Day at the State Capitol tomorrow, the status of TOPS and funding issues for higher education in Louisiana.


Former State Representative Raymond Jetson on this week’s Urban Congress for African-American Males to be held in Baton Rouge. Jetson is also former pastor of Star Hill Church, located a block from where Alton Sterling died in July of 2016. We will talk with him about the aftermath of the decision to file no charges against Officer Blane Salamoni. Elizabeth Crisp of the Advocate on her revelation that a state lawmaker, Rep. Dodie Horton, was pushing “fake news” to make her point on a key piece of legislation.


Dennis Slocumb of the International Union of Police Associations reacts to the firing of BR Police Officer Blane Salamoni, who fired six shots that took the life of Alton Sterling. Baseball Legend Denny McLain on the 50th anniversary of his 31-6 season and the first week of Major League action. Author Kim Brophey on the importance of dogs in the lives of Americans.

Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on this week at the session including the Senate passing a measure to require unanimous verdicts in felony trials. LSU Public Policy Research Lab Director Michael Henderson on how Louisiana citizens regard government, taxes and gender equality. Clemson University Professor Gary Machlis on the disregard for conservation in America as Dr. Machlis prepares a conference at LSU next week.


Musician Eric Baskin on his youth in Memphis and recollection of April 4, 1968 when Dr. Martin Luther King was killed in his hometown. Michael McClanahan, president of the Louisiana NAACP, on the legacy of MLK. Danny Plaisance, owner of Cottonwood Books, on his most famous customer--Tom Hanks.


Missouri Law Professor Rigel Oliveri on the continuing issue of segregated neighborhoods 50 years after the Fair Housing Act. LSU Mass Communication Professor Bob Mann on what’s happening at the State Capitol, in national politics and in Baton Rouge with the aftermath of the decision in the Alton Sterling case. Marc Perrusquia, author of “A Spy in Canaan,” on a story about the FBI using a famous photographer to infiltrate the Civil Rights movement.


United States Attorney Brandon Fremin and former U.S. Attorney Don Cazayoux discuss federal law enforcement in the Middle District of Louisiana and reflect on the Alton Sterling case. Former State Lawmaker Ben Bagert remembers his childhood friend, Rusty Staub, the baseball great from New Orleans who died last week at 73. Veteran Actress Judy Norton of the Waltons talks about her resurgent career.


Public Affairs Research Council President Robert Travis Scott on a contentious regular session that could set the stage for volatile debate about the fiscal cliff. Historian William Hitchcock on “The Age of Eisenhower.” Hitchcock profiles the 34th American President who had great affinity for Louisiana. Writer Zachary Lazar, professor at Tulane, on his latest novel, “Vengeance,” which has Angola as the backdrop to his story about a prisoner serving a life sentence for murder.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on his decision to remove Confederate Era monuments from the city’s landscape and Landrieu’s view of contemporary politics. Former Tulane Professor Richard Marksbury on his reasons for leading the fight against the removal of the monuments. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on the week at the State Capitol where bills to raise the minimum wage and ensure equal pay for men and women failed in the Louisiana Senate.


State Representative Denise Marcelle on the decision from Attorney General Jeff Landry not to indict the two officers involved in the 2016 death of Alton Sterling. Sterling Attorney John McLindon on the decision from Landry. LSU Law Professor Chris Tyson and Dialogue on Race President Maxine Crump on how Baton Rouge responds to the Sterling case. 


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