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.


The classic tune "Ode to Billy Joe" by Bobbie Gentry was recorded 50 years ago. Music critic John Wirt is with us today to talk about it.


Louisiana's Commissioner of Higher Education Joseph Rallo talks about restoration of TOPS and continuing budget woes on college campuses in our state.


Journalist Jason Berry talks with us about the future political prospects of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu in the aftermath of his decision to remove four Civil War-era confederate monuments.


In 1998, Celia Farber wrote what is credited as the definitive profile of O.J. Simpson for Esquire. Farber talks with us about what she calls the humiliating end for Simpson.

U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson (R-Shreveport) talks to us about his quest for civility in politics, a mission that began after the shooting of fellow Congressman Steve Scalise on June 14.

Clinical psychologist Diane Medved talks to us about why married couples should avoid divorce like the plague.

Journalist John Camp of St. Francisville discusses the era of "fake news" and the firing of three top reporters by CNN.

East Baton Rouge Councilwoman Donna Collins-Lewis speaks to us about the tension as community waits for a decision from Attorney General Jeff Landry in the Alton Sterling case. Collins-Lewis also addresses how the council will vote on the bar and casino smoking ban on August 9th.

Michelle Gable, best-selling author, on her latest work, "The Book of Summer."

State Rep. Ted James visits with us on the one-year anniversary of the shooting of Alton Sterling. With Attorney General Jeff Landry reviewing the case involving two police officers, Rep. James comments on the tension lingering from the events of last July 5th.