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.

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."


Singer B.J. Barham appears tonight at the Dyson House.

Bodi White

State Senator Bodi White of Central discusses his effort to get more of his constituents to sign up for flood assistance.

David Madden

David Madden addresses the removal of New Orleans monuments as state lawmakers take action to prevent future removals of statues of military icons. Madden is a former head of the U.S. Civil War Center at LSU.


Jerome Loving talks about the wild nexus between writer Norman Mailer and fellow author Jack Henry Abbott, a convicted killer who was captured in Morgan City after writing the well-received "In the Belly of the Beast." Loving is a professor at Texas A&M.


Ron Faucheux talks about the changing electorate in Louisiana and its impact on the state’s voting patterns. Faucheux is a former state lawmaker, pollster, and columnist.

McKinley High School principal Herman Brister responds to the shooting death this weekend of quarterback and honor student Bryant Lee.

Professor Godon Lafer on his book "The One Percent Solution." Lafer believes the 2010 Citizens United decision at the U.S. Supreme Court revolutionized American politics and business. He says it sparked the nation's domination by a small segment of the economic elite.

Editorial writer and columnist Danny Heitman of The Advocate talks the loss of his close friend, Curt Eysink. Eysink, who died suddenly at the age of 53 last month, is the former secretary of Workforce Development and was a reporter for The Advocate.

New Orleans writer Michael Tisserand talks on issues of race in New Orleans that go beyond today's tension over the removal of monument of Confederate era icons.