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.

Poet Donney Rose of Baton Rouge, the subject of criticism from U.S. Senator John Kennedy, talks about the BRAVE funding that allocated $7,500 for him to teach the joys of poetry to kids in the inner city.

Former LSU football star Mike Leonard was recently featured in a David Brooks column in the New York Times. Leonard discusses his conversion from successful Shreveport dentist to coordinator for Community Renewal, one of the nation's most impressive community building groups.

NPR music critic Ann Powers talks about her book, "Good Booty." She explores how popular music became America's primary erotic art form, starting in 19th Century New Orleans.

State Rep. C. Denise Marcelle of Baton Rouge talks about divisions in the city, the state, and in the nation. Marcelle is asking President Donald Trump to tone down his rhetoric as hostilities heighten in the aftermath of last week’s tragedy in Charlottesville.

Maria Ahn of the Ahn Trio, an internationally known classical music trio, talks about the enduring career of the sisters and their appearances in Louisiana.

Richard Fontanesi of Baton Rouge is trailing today's solar eclipse in Paducah, Kentucky.

Martine Turner and Kellie Bertrand of the Louisiana Spirit Crisis Counseling Center talk about mental health issues stemming from the historic flood of 2016.

Lt. Gen. Russel Honore
Restore Louisiana Now

Russel Honore addresses the 12th anniversary of Katrina this month, danger in North Korea, unrest in Charlottesville, and environmental issues in Louisiana. An update on the Green Army is in store from Gen. Honore.

Office of Community Development Executive Director Pat Forbes talks about work remaining in the aftermath of the 2016 flood.


Louisiana political consultant Gus Weill talks about President Donald Trump's challenges.