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 and the WRKF App.

East Baton Rouge Councilman Matt Watson on industrial tax exemptions and the Alton Sterling case. Financial analysts Andy Anderson and Fred Dent on the erratic market. Author Veera Hiranandani on her book, “The Night Diary,” which tells the story of Indian’s partition that caused the largest human migration in history.

Andrew Muhl of AARP Louisiana on issues at the Legislature pertaining to seniors. Laurinda Cologne, Chief Academic Officer for Our Lady of the Lake, on educational opportunities at OLOL. Trey Burvant, president of Louisiana Film and Entertainment, on the resurgent film industry in our state. Pastor Jackie King of First United Methodist in Denham Springs on the Storm Daniels accusations against President Trump.

GOP Political Consultant Scott Wilfong and Democratic blogger Lamar White of The Bayou Brief on the challenges of President Trump and Governor Edwards. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on an eventful week for the regular session.

World renowned cognitive scientist World renowned cognitive scientist Steven Pinker provides his take on why we should be more optimistic about contemporary life. Margie Jenkins, a 96-year-old farmer from Amite, talks about her induction in the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction. Ian Birnie of the Louisiana International Film Festival on next month’s event in Baton Rouge. Associated Press Capitol Reporter Melinda Deslatte previews the annual Gridiron Show and reviews week two of the regular session.

Walt Handelsman, Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist for The Advocate, on the joys of his craft in the Age of President Trump.

Charles Steinberg, owner of the Pawtucket Pawsox, and Public Relations strategist Len Sanderson on a summit on public funding for professional sports to be held tonight at the LSU Manship School. 


Local writers Mike Hinton and Sherry Melancon on their science fiction thriller, “Afflicted.”


EBR Councilwoman Donna Collins-Lewis on her attempt to have former city employees not take retirement and return to work in other capacites while receiving benefits. Author Kate Moore on her appearance at the Main EBR Library this Saturday to discuss her book, The Radium Girls. Sarah McBride, the first transgender person to speak at a national convention, talks about her life that is detailed in Tomorrow Will Be Different.

Broderick Bagert, lead organizer for Together Baton Rouge, on the fight to curb the state's industrial tax exemptions. 

Steve Gillon comments on the 50 year legacy of the Kerner Commission report on race in America.   

Jeremy Alford of La Politics on the legacy of Louisiana columnist and commentator John James Maginnis, who would have celebrated his 70th birthday Saturday. Mark Ballard of the Advocate on the first week of the Regular Session of the Legislature. Singer Phillip Manuel of New Orleans on the 100th birthday celebration of Nat King Cole tomorrow at Snug Harbor. Lonnie Luce of University Academy on learning in a virtual school.

State lawmaker John Milkovich on his bill to curtail abortions and the state of the Legislature in the first week of the regular session. Democrat Melissa Flournoy and Republican Ali Akbar on the fates of President Trump, Governor Edwards and Secretary of State Schedler. Fairleigh Jackson on an Irish Event featuring Preserve Louisiana and Patrice Walker and Tammy Duncan-Swope on the American Business Women’s Association in Baton Rouge.

LSU Mass Communication Professor Len Apcar on his Solve the Budget project inviting citizens to provide their input on cutting the Louisiana budget. Also Apcar will discuss a tight Congressional election in Pennsylvania and President Trump’s continuing battle with the media. Atchafalaya Basin keeper Dean Wilson, and Attorney Misha Michell on the Bayou Bridge Pipeline project and author Amy Kaufman on her book about what she terms America’s guilty pleasure, the television show “The Bachelor.”