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Thursday: Kevin Cope, Jeff Sadow, Jarrett Kobek

Sep 8, 2017

Kevin Cope, LSU Faculty Senate President, and LSU-Shreveport Political Science Professor Jeff Sadow square off on funding cuts to higher education and the impact of the cuts to colleges and universities over the past decade.

Jarrett Kobek, whose novel “I Hate the Internet” was one of the most surprising literary successes of 2016, comments on the genesis of that work and his latest book, “The Future Won’t Be Long,” which follows characters through New York City’s East Village in the late 1980s.

J.R. Ball, Executive Editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report, responds to his column calling for varying tuition rates at LSU based on degree.

 

Loudon Wainright III, legendary folk singer, on his varied career and life lessons along the way. His book is “Liner Notes: On Parents and Children, Exes and Excess, Death and Decay, and a Few of My Other Favorite Things.” 

Musician Leo Nocentelli on his appearance in Baton Rouge Friday night.

GOP political consultant Scott Wilfong and Democratic blogger Lamar White share views on President Trump, DACA, North Korea and the 2019 Louisiana governor’s race.

Julian Guthrie discusses her book “How to Make a Spaceship.” Guthrie reports on a band of renegades, an epic race and the birth of private spaceflight as she details the odyssey of Peter Diamandis. 

Christina Melton of Louisiana Public Broadcasting on the upcoming documentary from Ken Burns about the Vietnam War.

  Peace activist and former Louisiana Congressional candidate, Faye Williams, on last month’s death of entertainer Dick Gregory and the threat of war with North Korea.
  
Music critic John Wirt on the death of Walter Becker of Steely Dan.

Former LSU running back Justin Vincent, star of the 2003 national championship team, on the Tigers season opener vs. Brigham Young. Vincent now works for the Tiger Athletic Foundation and will discuss the frenetic week which LSU move its season opener from Houston to New Orleans due to Hurricane Harvey.
  
Longtime LSU Writer in Residence David Madden reflects on his lengthy career from his home in North Carolina. After six decades of work, Madden continues to publish new material. He will discuss the process of writing and what keeps him going at 84. 

Robert Travis Scott, President of the Public Affairs Research Council, on the fiscal cliff that awaits Gov. Edwards and the Legislature as Louisiana faces a projected $1.5 billion deficit on July 2018. 

Doug Schoen, who was the primary pollster for President Clinton, will discuss the friction in American politics from the perspective of a conservative Democrat. 

Carol Friedland, the LSU Bert Turner Department of Construction Management Associate Professor, talks about information vital for homeowners living in flood prone areas. 

Veteran journalist Leonard Teel on his work training foreign journalists in the American storytelling tradition. 

 Stephen Aguillard, Director of Clinic Services for Capital Area Human Services, on psychological challenges from another devastating storm.  

Political consultant Ray Strother on the damage to his hometown of Port Arthur, and the first 32 weeks of President Trump.

Reshma Suajani, founer of Girls Who Code and the creator of a national movement to close the gender gap in technology, talks about her book "Learn to Code and Change the World."


Sociologist Arlie Hochschild discusses her book "Strangers in Their Own Land." Hochschild goes from her hometown of Berkeley, a liberal oasis, to Louisiana bayou country, a stronghold of the conservative right.


Greg Hilburn
LRN

USA Today network contributor Greg Hilburn, who is also with the News-Star in the northern part of the state, joins us to talk about his reporting on the Cajun Navy.


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