The Advocate

Today's first guest is Gary Stewart, a Baton Rouge native and author of The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching For My Father...and Finding the Zodiac Killer. Along with co-author Susan Mustafa, the book follows Stewart as he searches for his biological father, which he finds, and who turns out to be the infamous Zodiac Killer.

Heath Knakmuhs, Senior Director of Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy, talks with Jim about Monday's announcement by President Obama of the EPA proposed regulation intended to cut carbon pollution from power plants by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030.

Also, Columnist Smiley Anders joins Jim to celebrate his 35th year with The Advocate, and to reminisce on years past.


Jim chats with Advocate columnist Smiley Anders, to talk about his 76th birthday and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. Smiley was a working journalist on the day the President was shot.

Shelden Gottlieb joins Jim to talk about former Pres. George W. Bush support  of Jewish believers converting to Christianity.

Nationally recognized expert on tax and energy policy, Denise Bode talks about the Smart Growth Summit taking place this week at the Manship Theatre.


Jim talks with Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan about the U.S. Justice Department's challenge of the state's private school vouchers program.

A visit with Advocate entertainment writer and critic John Wirt


Guest host Robert Travis Scott chats with new Advocate editor Peter Kovacs about taking over the daily paper and changes that are underway.

Then, a discussion of "Carmageddon" in Baton Rouge, one year ago -- the tanker accident shut down I-10 for 27 hours, locking up the capitol city. State Police Captain Taylor Moss talks about the decision to blow up the tanker and BRPD Lt. Todd Weishar discusses traffic management on that fateful day. Both examine what would happen if a similar accident occurred now.

 

  

 

Guest host Robert Travis Scott talks with the new owner/publisher of the Advocate, John Georges about his future plans for the Baton Rouge daily paper, and Baton Rouge Business Report publisher Rolfe McCollister.


FILE: The Advocate's Production Facility on Reiger Road in Baton Rouge, La.
The Advocate

It's sort of a fluke.

The Baton Rouge paper had been nursing its 1950s era letterpresses for years when it finally had to bite the bullet and invest in a new production facility. The speedy offset press came online in 2006, just as the country headed into a recession and the newspaper industry was tanking.

So when John Georges closed the deal to buy The Advocate in May, it came with one of the newest printing presses in the country.


Last year when New Orleans' main paper, The Times-Picayune, laid off dozens of newspaper employees and cut its circulation to three times a week, residents were shocked.

Sharron Morrow and her friends had bonded over the morning paper at a local coffee shop for the past 20 years.

"I've stopped my subscription, and I mourn the paper almost every day," she says.

Shifting Media Players

A year ago today, news leaked that The Times-Picayune would cease daily publication, cut staff and focus on its website, NOLA.com. The paper and ink edition now hits doorsteps and newsstands just three days a week: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

WAFB Channel 9 morning news anchor and Crimestoppers reporter Matt Williams drops by, to talks about...everything.

A visit with Advocate columnist, and former  "All Things Considered" host Ed Cullen, who is retiring after 40 years with the paper.

CNN Politics editor Bryan Monroe, who'll be keynote speaker at the Diversity in Media forum Monday night at BRCC.  Jim will moderate that forum.


Jim talks with Advocate columnist Danny Heitman about Mayor Kip Holden, Gov. Bobby Jindal, the legislature and more.

Democratic pollster and consultant Margie Omero discusses the political temperature in Washington D.C., Sen. Mary Landrieu's re-election next year, proposed gun legislation and other matters.

From LSU's College of Music & Dramatic Arts, Joey Watson talks about the "TEDxLSU" conference, coming up March 9.