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.

  Grammy Award winning musician Chris Thomas King of Baton Rouge. King will discuss his life as the son of legendary bluesman Tabby Thomas and his new release as he approaches his 55th birthday this month.          Robert Travis Scott, President of the Public Affairs Research Council, on the Oct. 14 election with voters statewide casting ballots in the treasurer’s race and the fate of three constitutional amendments to be decided.        

  Senator Neil Riser of Columbia on his bid to become Louisiana’s treasurer. The primary is nine days away. Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Jennifer Egan on her latest work, “Manhattan Beach.” LSU Professor of Political Communication Nichole Bauer on today’s forum at LSU on women and elections.

  Former State lawmaker John Schroder on his bid to become Louisiana Treasurer. Attorney Lewis Unglesby on calls for gun regulation in response to the massacre in Las Vegas.             

Karen Fernbaugh Roy on her recovery from a shooting incident 30 years which left her unable to walk. Roy was shot outside Tabby’s Blues Box on September 19, 1987 when she was a college student at LSU after a football game in Tiger Stadium.

Dick Lehr on his latest book, Trell. Trell is about a young girl dedicated to proving her father's innocence after he's convicted of killing a 12-year-old girl in the late 1980s. 


  Dr. Nadia Brown, Associate Professor and African American Studies at Purdue, reflects on her book “Sisters in the Statehouse: Black Women and Legislative Decision Making.” Women and minorities remain distinct minorities in elected positions. Angele Davis, former Commissioner of Administration and candidate for Treasurer, comments on her campaign with the primary set for Oct. 14. This is the first of the interviews with the candidates. Elizabeth Crisp, Capitol Reporter for the Advocate, will discuss the race for treasurer the looming fiscal cliff that is now less than nine months away. 

  John Hechinger, senior editor for Bloomberg News, two-time winner of the George Polk Award for his reporting on education, on his book “True Gentlemen.” Hechinger investigates the fraternity culture with unusual access to Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Hechinger recently wrote an op-ed essay in the New York Times reflecting on the death of LSU pledge Max Gruver of Phi Delta Theta. Don Weinell talks about bicycling the Oregon Trail from the Missouri River to Oregon City over five summers. Barbara Radnofsky on “A Citizen’s Guide to Impeachment.” Her book details 19 cases of impeachment proceedings in U.S. history.

  Advocate Columnist Stephanie Grace on the future for U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, who turns 60 on Thursday. Cassidy’s bid to repeal and replace Obamacare with his own legislation has fallen short again on the votes for passage. What is next for the longtime liberal Democratic physician turned conservative Republican lawmaker? Social justice activist Paul Kivel on a long tradition of white people opposing racism but not getting involved. Kivel offers his views in his book “Uprooting Racism, How White People Can Work For Racial Justice.” Vocalist and lyricist Kim Nazarian on the River City Jazz Masters Series: New York Voices. 

Samuel Freedman, former columnist for the New York Times and author of “Breaking the Line,” about black college football and civil rights comments on politics and football as President Trump blasts NFL players for taking a knee during the National Anthem.

 Beth Courtney, President of LPB, on Ken Burns series about Vietnam, the state of funding for public broadcasting and a major event for Louisiana Public Broadcasting.  

  LSU Law Professor Bob Lancaster, President of the Center for Justice Innovation Keith Nordyke and Executive Director Andrew Hundley on challenges in Louisiana in changing the juvenile life without parole laws. WAFB Crime Reporter Kiran Chawla on a rash of homicides in Baton Rouge in 2017.     


Monday, September 25,2017: Felicia Harry, J.R. Ball

Sep 25, 2017

  Felicia Harry of the LSU A.P. Tureau Chapter of the Alumni Association on the contributions of black students and graduates of the Ole War Skule. J.R. Ball, Executive Editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report, on the future of the Greek System at LSU and protests from NFL players in Sunday’s games as a response to tweeting from President Trump.     

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