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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.

  Rev. Chris Andrews of Rebuilding Baton Rouge responds to the tragic church massacre in Texas where 26 people were killed and 20 wounded Sunday. Andrews was pastor of First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge for 22 years. Sportswriter John Feinstein comments in his latest book detailing the personalities and pressure on the course for the 2016 Ryder Cup.

Jason Badeaux, student body president at LSU, comments on the conversation about an 85-million dollar recreation center constructed near Sorority Row and the state of affairs on a campus that has other buildings with major structural challenges.

 Rachel Diresto, Vice President for the Center for Planning Excellence, and John Snow of Emergent Method on this week’s conference in Baton Rouge. The 12th Annual Smart Growth Summit starts tomorrow and will feature a Smart Cities track of sessions.    

James Carville recalls the night of Nov. 3, 1992. Twenty-five years ago, Bill Clinton won the presidency with the Ragin' Cajun political consultant at his side.

  Blues Artist Kenny Neal reflects on the legacy of Fats Domino, who died last week in Harvey at age 89. Kenny also discusses turning 60 and his continuing road show with 200 performances this year. Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk and State Treasurer candidate Derrick Edwards. Edwards was recently endorsed by the Democratic Party in his runoff election against Republican John Schroder. The election is Nov. 18th. Former Broadway Star Tim Federle on his book about his experiences on the New York stage: “Life is Like a Musical, How to Live, Love and Lead Like a Star.”

Wednesday, October 1,2017: Kevin Cope

Nov 1, 2017

  LSU Professor Kevin Cope discusses a forum on higher education to be held Thursday at the Claiborne Building.            

  Baton Rouge businessman Hans Sternberg, who came to the city as a youth from Nazi Germany, discusses his long tenure in business in the Capital region, including owning the largest family owned department store in America.                   Charity Parsons and Lisa Delpit on their involvement in Black Minds Matter, a discussion of how young black men are affected by the education system. Parsons is the facilitator of the program, and Delpit is a Southern University professor and MacArthur Genius Award winner.        

  Baton Rouge writer Chris Russo Blackwood discusses her true crime mystery about the death of businessman Gary Kergan more than 30 years ago. The murder of Kergan has been solved and Blackwood discusses her book, “My Brother’s Keeper.” Kergan’s brother, Ted, will also join us. Author Liza Mundy on her book, “Code Girls, The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II.     

  Music critic John Wirt and Fats Domino biographer Rick Coleman remember the portly piano playing prodigy who died at 89 this week in Harvey. Wirt and Domino note that Domino was one of the most influential performers in the history of rock and roll and ranks among the best of a legion of musical talents from New Orleans. Author Cynthia Lejeune Nobles on “The Fonville Winans Cookbook.” Nobles will be featured at Saturday’s Louisiana Book Festival. Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser will also be joining us to discuss the Louisiana Book Festival and pay tribute to Fats Domino. 

  Former Louisiana Democratic Party Chairman and veteran lobbyist Jim Nickel comments  on the state’s shifting political winds, the 2019 gubernatorial race and the impact of lobbyists at the State Capitol post-term limits. Writer Jennie Lightweis-Goff talks about her appearance at Louisiana Book Festival this Saturday in Baton Rouge.

  We will open today’s show with Will Sutton, Director of Communication at Grambling State University. Sutton will comment on the shooting deaths of two students overnight on campus. Dr. Laura Cassidy, wife of U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, on her school for dyslexic children in Baton Rouge, The Key Academy. Blogger Lamar White of Bayou Brief and Dan Fagan, columnist for the Advocate and former reporter for WAFB, on violence in Baton Rouge and New Orleans and the issue of race in our culture.