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.

Author David Campt on his appearance in Baton Rouge and BR Area Chamber of Commerce President Adam Knapp. They will talk about the importance of dialogue in addressing divisions along racial lines. Smiley Anders, columnist for The Advocate, reminisces about 39 years of writing his six day per week column.

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon on the perils of hurricane season and a large percentage of Louisiana residents without flood insurance.

LSU History Professor Alecia Long on the parallels between Huey Long and Donald Trump and their conflict with media coverage.


Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard comments on the coming collision of wills between the House and Senate over the fiscal cliff.


Pictured: Alecia Long



Raegan Carter of Smoke Free EBR on the new anti-smoking ordinance which takes effect on June 1. Singer Rusty Yates on years of performing in smoke-filled rooms. Best-selling health author Nancy Addison on her move to Baton Rouge and the link between diet and diabetes.

University of Louisiana System President Jim Henderson on the perils of funding for higher education. Sadie Wilks and Amanda Rabalais on the Manship School Bateman Competition success. Carl Zimmer, NY Times Science writer, on the power of heredity.



Larry Carter, president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, on an LFT survey about teacher pay and collective bargaining.

Dan Borne, historian, and former public servant, on the 100thbirthday anniversary of former Louisiana Governor John McKeithen and the 200th birthday of PGT Beauregard.





Former state lawmaker Troy Hebert and Southeastern Louisiana University Professor Dayne Sherman on the continuing impasse on the budget in Louisiana and the first 70 weeks of the presidency of Donald Trump.

Public Affairs Research Council Robert Travis Scott on the prospect of yet another Special Session. There have already been six in the 28 months of Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Julie Schwam Harris, Co-Chair Legislative Agenda for Women, commented on the implications of the budget impasse at the State Capitol.

Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard of the Advocate on the Special Session budget chaos. 

Renowned Tailor Manuel Martinez of Baton Rouge on summer fashion. 

Dr. Jacques Berlinerblau on the complex legacy of writer Philip Roth.

State Representative Julie Stokes on her run for Secretary of State and the special session prognosis. AFL-CIO President Louis Reine on the failure of the Legislature to approve equal pay and minimum wage increase measures. Writer Jessica Hooten Wilson on the enduring popularity of Walker Percy….28 years after the famous author from Louisiana died.

State Representative Steve Carter on the prospect for success in the Legislative Special Session opening today with the fiscal cliff hovering in 40 days. Writer Charles deGravelles on his definitive biography about LSU legend Billy Cannon. The school’s only Heisman Trophy winner died Sunday in Baton Rouge at 80.

Activist and Television talk host Dianne Andrews and Lawyer and Professor Susan Nelson discuss Gov. John Bel Edwards on the brink of another special session and Donald Trump 16 months into his presidency. Advocate Reporter Tyler Bridges on the collapse of the Harrah’s deal. Former LSU Sports Information Director Bud Johnson on the death of Billy Cannon.