Independent opinion pollster Bernie Pinsonat is the first guest today, and he and Jim discuss how the numbers are looking the closer we get to election day, and what the history of Louisiana voting can teach us. Bernie tells us how a lot can happen in these last few days before November 4th, especially as the reality of election day and the thought of voting begins to enter the minds of many voters in the state. As of now, Bernie says, the poll numbers a pretty jumbled between the 5th and 6th District Congressional races, and the only thing we can predict for sure is seeing Edwin Edwards and Jamie Mayo in the runoffs.
A.P. Tureaud, Jr., the first black undergrad to attend LSU and Felicia Harry, board member of the 2014 LSU Legends Forum, are with us to talk with Jim about the homecoming event this evening at 6:00pm at Peabody Hall on the LSU campus. The LSU Legends Forum recognizes excellence in African-American graduation from LSU, and tonight they will be establishing the Tureaud Alumni Chapter 1964 Scholarship.
Also, 2012 Nobel Peace Prize candidate Father Roy Bourgeois, a native of Louisiana and former Catholic priest, is with us to discuss his coming arrival to Baton Rouge this weekend. In 2008 Father Roy was excommunicated latae sententiae from the Catholic Church for attending and being a celebrant in the ordination of a woman; and he tells Jim how this affects him but does not break the bond he has with God. He's the recipient this year of the Wade Mackie Peacemaking Award from the Bienville House for Peace and Justice, and will receive the award this Saturday October 25th at the Unitarian Church in Baton Rouge.
Professor Cathy Kling of Iowa State University, Nancy Rabalais of the Louisiana Marine Consortium, and Professor Eugene Turner of LSU's Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences join the show for the first two segments to discuss the Gulf of Mexico's "Dead Zone." The three of them have been co-authors on recently published journal reports on the "Dead Zone" and they discuss and explain the causes of it, the impacts of it (both economically and environmentally), as well as ways to help reduce it.
Also, pollster Bernie Pinsonat joins us in studio to close out today's show. He and Jim discuss the upcoming November elections in Louisiana, as well as the recent remarks from Governor Bobby Jindal on his bid for the White House.