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 wrkf.org and the WRKF App.

Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard analyzes the Regular Session as lawmakers try to finish early to convene for a special session on the budget. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat on the political trail in Baton Rouge and in the Beltway with Tom Schedler resigning as Secretary of State and President Trump paying 130-thousand dollars to Stormy Daniels. Author Catherine Reid on “The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables.”


Former State Senator Elbert Lee Guillory of Opelousas on his role as Director of Minority Outreach for the Louisiana GOP. Guillory comments on the Trump effect on minority outreach by his party and the resignation of Tom Schedler as Secretary of State amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Author and Law Professor David Wienir on one of America’s favorite international destinations, Amsterdam. Wienir’s book is “Amsterdam Exposed, An America’s Journey into the Red Light District.”


Advocate Editor Peter Kovacs on five years of new ownership of the state’s largest newspaper. Businessman John Georges began his reign as Advocate owner on May 1, 2013. Author Elizabeth Partridge discusses her book, “Boots on the Ground, America’s War in Vietnam.”


Investigative Reporter Dan Moldea on the trials and tribulations of President Trump 15 months into his term. Moldea broke stories that torpedoed the political careers of Bob Livingston, Newt Gingrich and David Vitter. Also the latest on calls for resignation of embattled Secretary of State Tom Schedler. Jim Shannon provides insight to Dawn Ross's exclusive interview. Amy Nobile and Trisha Ashworth on their book, “Just When You’re Comfortable in Your Own Skin, It Starts to Sag.”


Sidney Coffee of America’s Wetland Foundation on continuing efforts to thwart coastal erosion. Beau Dantin of the Serenity Center on challenges with opioid addiction. Singer Ivan Griffin on his remarkable career.


Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on the homestretch of the Regular Legislative Session. WAFB Capitol Reporter Kevin Frey on covering the Capitol and his move to Washington D.C. Former New Orleans Jazz President Fred Rosenfeld on the continuing legacy of Pistol Pete Maravich.


Larry Carter, President of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, comments on teachers having guns and pay raises for educators.Deanna Wallace, Director of Legal Communications of Americans United for Life, on the federal judicial appointment of Louisiana’s Kyle Duncan, who was approved on a 50-47 vote yesterday by the U.S. Senate. Pulitzer Prize winner Gilbert King on violence, race and justice lost in the Jim Crow Era. King’s latest book is about a 1957 murder in Florida: “Beneath a Ruthless Son.”


LSU-Shreveport Political Scientist Jeff Sadow and former state lawmaker Melissa Flournoy of Shreveport square off on the political turns in Baton Rouge and the Beltway. Senator Sharon Hewitt explains her support for legislation regulating Uber and Lyft in Louisiana. Writer Michael Lennon recaps the contributions to the 60s of the controversial Norman Mailer.

Baton Rouge Actor Louis Herthum on the second season for “Westworld.” Herthum is in the cast for the award winning HBO presentation. Melanie Bronfin of the Child Care Assistance Program on perilous funding for the program for working parents seeking child care and educational assistance. Max Lugavere on genius foods. The health science journalist says we can become smarter, happier and more productive by what we eat.


Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon on insurance issues as hurricane season approaches. Ellen Meacham, author of “Delta Epiphany,” on Robert Kennedy’s odyssey through Mississippi in 1967. Producer Carol Bidault previews tonight’s showing of “Cut Off’ at the Louisiana International Film Festival.

Pictured: Jim Donelon


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