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.

Actor Louis Herthum, Baton Rouge native, on his continuing success with Westworld. Herthum has been a fixture in Hollywood since winning a role on Murder She Wrote more than a quarter century ago.


Also, writer Carol J. Adams responds to her New York Times editorial about the success of gun buy-back programs.

Political Consultant Roy Fletcher discusses the impact of the Doug Jones victory in the Alabama U.S. Senate election,  the governor’s race in Louisiana for 2019, the continuing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller of the Trump campaign team and Senator John Kennedy making big news nationwide.

Also, former LSU Linguistics program director Hugh Buckingham on the words banned by the Centers for Disease Control. 

Jacob Bernstein, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, on his analysis of the offshore networks uncovered by the Panama Papers. Bernstein will also comment on the friction between the media and the White House and the mantra of fake news from President Trump. Also, Pat Forbes, executive of the Office of Community Development, and Keith Cunningham, executive director of the Louisiana Housing Corporation, on the comeback from the historic flood of 2016.

  Conservative Commentator and Columnist Quin Hillyer, a native of New Orleans, and former Democratic State Representative Melissa Flournoy comment on the victory by Democrat Doug Jones over Roy Moore in this week’s U.S. Senate election in Alabama. Hillyer and Flournoy also discuss the status of the President’s tax plan and note the 75th birthday of former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco. Also, Max Martin of Renew LSU on name changes at LSU to discard icons of the Confederate era and the latest move to change names of Foster Hall and Parker Coliseum because of allegations of racism against former Governors Murphy Foster and John M. Parker.

  DeLisa Brown, author of “My Soul Cried Out” talks about her writing odyssey which began after the death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge last year. Professor Clarence Nero of Baton Rouge Community College discusses his book, “Voices from the Bayou.” Students confront racism, police issues and a historic flood in the same year. Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, analyzes the U.S. Senate election in Alabama and its implications for Louisiana and discusses LSU changing the names of a number of streets on campus.

  LSU Mass Communications Professor Bob Mann comments on the victory by Democrat Doug Jones in the U.S. Senate special election in Alabama. Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore by about 20-thousand votes in the election to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he became attorney general. Mann will assess the significance of the outcome and also discuss the cancer diagnosis of former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and the death of Federal Judge Jim Brady, former head of the Louisiana Democratic Party. Also, we are slated to talk with Ernest Johnson, head of the Louisiana NAACP, on the heavy African-American turnout which propelled Jones to victory in Alabama.        

Tuesday, December 12,2017: Matt Watson

Dec 12, 2017

EBR Metro Councilman Matt Watson on his proposal to secure pay raises for police officers in the parish.

  Louisiana Chef John Folse discusses his long and varied career. Folse brought Louisiana cuisine to Japan in 1985, Beijing in 1986 and Hong Kong and Paris in 1987. He cooked for Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in Moscow in 1988 and a year later was the first non-Italian chef to create a Vatican state dinner in Rome. The Chef John Folse Culinary Institute and Nicholls State in Thibodaux opened 23 years ago and is dedicated to the preservation of Louisiana’s food heritage. Writer Jude Angelini talks about writing on the wild side as he reflects on a life of sex and drugs and anger.  

  Former Military Intelligence officer Janet Humphreys of Louisiana on her association with Gen. Michael Flynn, who has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the Russia investigation. Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, on issues in state government regarding sexual harassment and other topics the Edwards Administration is dealing with.      

Guest host Stephanie Riegel chats with Executive Vice President of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber Michael Diresto and Chief Administration Officer for Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, Darryl Gissel.