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.

Singer Toni Tennille, author Nicholas Jennings and Brian Kilmeade of Fox & Friends are Jim's guests for today's show. 


  Advocate Reporter Elizabeth Crisp on the move by Senator Sharon Hewitt to address sexual harassment cases in state government. The Advocate is also asking women to come forward anonymously and tell their stories. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat on the political climate in our state less than two years from the next statewide election cycle. Author Anne C. Bailey of Binghamton University on her book, “The Weeping Time, The Largest Slave Auction in American History.” 

  Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain on his recent farming tour with Governor John Bel Edwards and prospects for trade with Cuba. WAFB anchorwoman Donna Britt on plans for the holidays. LSU Music Professors Brian Shaw and Bill Grimes on their performances next week at the Manship Theatre. 

Peter Olson, Executive Director of the Knock Knock Children’s Museum, on the 26-thousand square foot facility at City-Brooks Park in Baton Rouge. The museum opened on August 22nd.

Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center on troubling numbers for youth in Baton Rouge related to physical activity and obesity.

 

Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief of the Advocate, on LSU renaming streets, the nomination of Kyle Duncan to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, and concerns about sexual harassment in state government.

 

 


Peter Olson, Executive Director of the Knock Knock Children’s Museum, on the 26-thousand square foot facility at City-Brooks Park in Baton Rouge. The museum opened on August 22nd.

Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center on troubling numbers for youth in Baton Rouge related to physical activity and obesity.

 

Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief of the Advocate, on LSU renaming streets, the nomination of Kyle Duncan to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, and concerns about sexual harassment in state government.

 

 


  LSU and MIT Physics Professor Rainer Weiss on winning the 2017 Nobel Prize for his work with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory in Livingston Parish. A discovery in September of 2015 confirmed a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 theory of relativity.  Thomas Kochan, Professor of Work and Employment Research and Engineering Systems at MIT, comments on disparities between low income and high income individuals.  Author Steven Johnson discusses his latest work, Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World

  Guest host Julie Baxter Payer discusses with Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks developments in the parish over the last year, including the failure of two drainage taxes proposed recently and what is coming up in 2018.  Baton Rouge blues musician Larry Garner, who has gained international acclaim throughout Europe joins the conversation with Julie. He talks about why his songs appeal to European audiences and his experiences there.              

Today's Talk Louisiana show is an encore presentation of Jim's show with Political Consultant James Carville.

Steve Cochran of the Restore Mississippi River Delta coalition joins the discussion to talk about their new best of the best recommendations from the new State Master Plan for restoring and preserving Louisiana's coast. 

Kyle Dacuyan, Senior Manager of Literary Outreach & Activism at PEN American, comments on fake news.


Friday, November 24,2017: John Wirt, Mark Ballard

Nov 24, 2017

  Music and film writer John Wirt on the death of many legends of music this year, most recently David Cassidy and Mel Tillis. Others who died in 2017 include Fats Domino, Glen Campbell and Gregg Allman. Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, on the sudden resignation of the deputy chief of staff for Governor John Bel Edwards. Johnny Anderson has left his post amid allegations of sexual misconduct. The governor spoke about the issue of sexual harassment on his radio show this week. We will hear his remarks once again.    

  Veteran Anchorman George Sells, who was the top rated anchor at WAFB in Baton Rouge for 24 years, reflects on allegations of sexual misconduct against many prominent men. The latest revelations center of Charlie Rose, the award-winning journalism fired by both CBS and PBS amid charges of inappropriate actions with employees at the networks. Vincent Bugliosi, the famed prosecutor who wrote Helter Skelter, was a guest on August 8, 2014, the 45th anniversary of the deaths of Sharon Tate and six others at her Los Angeles home. Bugliosi died in June of 2015 at 81, and the man he prosecuted successfully, Charles Manson, died Sunday in a California prison at 83. We will hear from Bugliosi in an encore interview shortly before his death.

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