A monument outside 730 Riverside Drive in Harlem, N.Y. — writer Ralph Ellison's longtime home — commemorates his life and his work. The marker, and many biographical sources, list his birth date as being 1914. But in fact, he was born a year earlier.

Still, events in Oklahoma City — his birthplace — and New York City, where he spent most of his life, are celebrating the centennial of his birth this year.

Your ability to "read" the thoughts and feelings of others could be affected by the kind of fiction you read.

That's the conclusion of a study in the journal Science that gave tests of social perception to people who were randomly assigned to read excerpts from literary fiction, popular fiction or nonfiction.

Kevin Gallagher

A visit with Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk talks about the current state of, and the future of, the Democrats in our state.

Novelist George Bishop on his latest work, "The Night of the Comet"

Jim talks with Chris Nelson, with the Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition, about the state of his industry--three years after the BP oil spill.

Journalist and political blogger Tom Aswell, of "Louisiana Voice", talks about his ongoing battle with Jindal Administration department heads over transparency.

Author Victoria Sweet discusses her latest book, "God's Hotel"

Jim talks with veteran Democratic political consultant Ray Strother about President Obama's second term, Hillary in 2016, women in combat and more.

Former White House energy advisor Jack Refuse discusses federal energy policies; what will work and what may not.

Author Wiley Cash talks about his book, "A Land More Kind Than Home"