Talk Louisiana

Weekdays at 9am

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.

Lanny Davis, White House Counsel to President Clinton, on the impact on the 2016 election of former FBI Director James Comey. Davis is the author of “The Unmaking of the President 2016.” Whistleblower Dan Collins on the State Ethics Board dismissing his eight year complaint against former Natural Resources Secretary Scott Angell in connection with a long-running lawsuit over dredging in Bayou Postillion in the Atchafayala Basin.


Dr. Rebekah Gee, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals, on the influenza outbreak, the opioid crisis and budget woes for the state’s largest agency. Mary Stein, assistant director of the EBR Library, on the One Book One Community launch and other developments with the library system.


Financial analysts Fred Dent and Andy Anderson on the market downturn and the implications of higher interest rates. Professor Kyle Longley on his book: “LBJ’s 1968, Power, Politics and the Presidency in America’s Year of Upheaval.” Actress Jency Hogan on the upcoming Louisiana International Film Festival.


University of Oklahoma Journalism Professor Jensen Moore on the commercials from Super Bowl 2018. Lawyers Ben Bagert and Mike Wolf spar on the legitimacy of a controversial memo released by Congress.


Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, on the continuing feud between Gov. Edwards and Sen. Kennedy. Is this a prelude to next year’s gubernatorial election? Melba Beals, winner of the Congressional Gold Medal and one of the Little Rock Nine, discusses the integration of Central High School in Little Rock in 1957 and 60 years of Civil Rights challenges since President Eisenhower called in federal troops. Bruce Haynes, author of “Down the Up Staircase,” which tells the story of one Harlem family across three generations.


  Florida University Law Professor Mary Ziegler on the to continuing battle over Roe v. Wade 45 years after the landmark Supreme Court decision. WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Hart on Wrestlemania coming to New Orleans in April.  Brook Urich on web sites offering companionship for “Sugar Daddies” seeking “Sugar Babies.”

Blogger Lamar White from the left and Political Consultant Scott Wilfong from the right comment on President Trump’s first State of the Union address.

Writer Michael Lennon on the 95th anniversary of the birth of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Norman Mailer and his Wikes University colleague Jeff Talarigo on his work, “in the Cemetery of the Orange Trees.”

Concordia Sentinel Editor Stanley Nelson of Ferriday on his quest to solve the mystery of several 1960s racially motivated murders in Louisiana and Mississippi.

EBR Metro Councilman Matt Watson on the council’s action to thwart human trafficking in Baton Rouge.

Veteran Louisiana Political Consultant Roy Fletcher on President Trump’s first State of the Union address and the continuing investigation into possible Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

Pennington Biomedical Research Center Professor and former Director Steven Heymsfield on the medical report about his childhood friend Donald Trump. President Trump weighed in at 239 pounds in his latest physical. Heymsfield discusses the challenges Americans, including the president, are facing with the battle of the bulge.

Former LSU and NFL standout Brian Kinchen on the Super Bowl matchup between New England and Philadelphia and the work of Professional Athletes Supporting Students.

Chef Don Bergeron and Attorney Stephanie Possa on the Artemis Parade Friday in Baton Rouge. Bergeron and Possa are the King and Queen.

George Morris of the Advocate and famed sportswriter John Ed Bradley, former All-SEC center with LSU, remember the late Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant,” who died 35 years ago today.

Dr. Neelima Reddy, a Baton Rouge gastroenterologist, talks about her work providing medical services for babies.

Dr. Meghan Sanders of the LSU Manship School discusses issues of diversity which challenge the Oscar competition.

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