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.


Rachael Hebert, executive director of Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response (STAR), joins us to talk about counseling those affected by sexual trauma in an age when some of our male role models have been accusued of sexual harassment and assault.

Jamie Hanks, executive director of West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce, talks with us about economic development on the west side of the Mississippi River and the issues West Baton Rouge faces.

Stephanie Grace of the Advocate joins us to talk about President Donald Trump, health care, and Governor John Bel Edwards.

Greg Hilburn from the News-Star joins us to talk about politics from his viewpoint in the northern regions of the state.

On today's program live from the Louisiana Farm Bureau convention, Commissioner of Agriculture Mike Strain addresses agricultural topics, including trade with Cuba and the sugar industry and its response to trade with Mexico.


East Baton Rouge Metro Councilman Matt Watson discusses the council's decision to delay the vote on a proposed smoking ordinance until August 9.


Randy Hayden of Smoke Free Baton Rouge discusses the decision by the Metro Council to delay a vote on the smoking ordinance until August 9.


Director Nancy Gregory on "Jambalaya, the Musical," which opens July 6 at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center.


Activist Faye Williams comments on the health care plan proposed by President Donald Trump. Williams is Chair of the National Congress of Black Women.

Williams is also a former candidate for Congress from Louisiana.


Actor Anson Williams joins us to reminisce about his long career, beginning with the television program "Happy Days."

Williams also addresses the dangers of driving while drowsy as we approach a big holiday travel weekend this July 4th.


Bruce Herschensohn talks to us about the Trump doctrine on foreign affairs and the Supreme Court decision this week on the president's travel ban for people from six countries.