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 wrkf.org and the WRKF App.

Elbert Gillory
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Former State Senator Elbert Guillory (R-Opelousas) and Faye Williams (D-Alexandria), President of National Congress of Black Women, discuss efforts by the Louisiana GOP to attract more Republicans. There are 22,000 black Republicans out of three million registered total voters in the state.

Also on today's program: Patrick Mulhearn on Louisiana's film industry, here.

Dr. Paul Offitt, author of “Pandora’s Lab,” argues that science is a process of learning from one’s failures. He notes seven historical examples of significant missteps by science.


Dr. Rebekah Gee, Louisiana's Secretary of Health, talks with us about the uncertain future of the Affordable Care Act, the state’s reliance on the federal Medicaid provision, the dangers of additional budget cuts to the state's largest agency.


Mary Durusau is the Director of Museums at the Old State Capitol. She gives us an update on the latest at Huey Long's old haunt, including a new exhibit, "The Power of Children."

This exhibit, which opened last week, shares the stories of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White. These three children's lives teach us about overcoming obstacles to make a positive difference in the world.


Madhu Beriwal is the CEO of IEM, a global consulting firm focused on emergency management and homeland security. Beriwal is one of Louisiana’s pioneer female CEO's. She is here to talk about equal pay and her role in the disaster management industry for the past three decades.


LRN

Jonathan Ferrara has produced over 170 exhibitions in New Orleans, across the United States, and Europe on his book "Guns in the Hands of Artists."

Ferrara, who lives in New Orleans, created a provocative exhibition 20 years ago that merged guns with artists.

Louisiana is the most homicidal state in America per capita in a country where every day, there are 35 gun homicides, 60 gun suicides, and 200 people who survive getting shot.


EJ Ourso Business School, Louisiana State University

LSU Economist Jim Richardson heads the State Revenue Estimating Conference. Jan Moller is president of the Louisiana Budget Project. We speak with Richardson and Moller about the opening of Louisiana's 2017 Legislative Session. They will also address the feud simmering between Gov. John Bel Edwards and Garret Graves on flood recovery money coming to Louisiana.


Maj. Gen. Ronald G. Richard
United States Marine Corps

Maj. Gen. Ronald G. Richard calls in to talk about President Trump's ordering of air strikes on Syria this week and what it may do to relations with Russia.


Sue Lincoln
Kelly Tate

WRKF's Sue Lincoln joins us for our Friday look at politics. This week, we examine what appears to be the loss of civility in civil discourse as illustrated by Gov. John Bel Edwards' appearance before a U.S. House Oversight Committee hearing this week. We also preview the state legislative session, which opens Monday.


East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome talks to us about her first three months in office and her vision for the state's largest parish. She says flood recovery is still the first thing on the minds of many of the people she encounters at community meetings.


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