Entertainment writer for The Advocate John Wirt, and Geri Teasley join Jim in studio for today's first segment to remember The Beatles 50 years ago in concert at City Park in New Orleans on September 16, 1964. They discuss ticket prices to the concert, debate what time the show actually started, discuss how they performed, and remember the bedlam that ensued during and after The Beatles performance. John Wirt has written an article in today's issue of The Advocate about the concert http://theadvocate.com/entertainment/10216201-123/the-beatles-recalling-the-mob and Geri remembers being there as a child watching The Beatles perform.
Deputy Commissioner of Administration Thomas Groves joins the show to discuss the latest issues surrounding the Office of Group Benefits, and to respond to a searing editorial written by State Rep. Ted James in yesterday's issue of The Advocate in which James wrote about impending health care costs to state employees and retirees insured through the Office of Group Benefits.
Also, Author Jacqueline Woodson joins us to close out today's show and promote her latest book Brown Girl Dreaming. In her book, Jacqueline tells the story of her childhood through vivid poetry describing growing up in New York and South Carolina in the 1960's-70's as an African American child, and details in her own voice how she always felt halfway home in each state. She even reads an excerpt of her poem "First Grade" from Brown Girl Dreaming.
Jim Engster interviews historian Sylviana Anna Diouf, author of "Slavery's Exiles: The Story of American Maroons" and also Penelope Rowlands, author of "The Beatles Are Here: 50 Years After The Band Arrived in America."