Bob Mann

Missouri Law Professor Rigel Oliveri on the continuing issue of segregated neighborhoods 50 years after the Fair Housing Act. LSU Mass Communication Professor Bob Mann on what’s happening at the State Capitol, in national politics and in Baton Rouge with the aftermath of the decision in the Alton Sterling case. Marc Perrusquia, author of “A Spy in Canaan,” on a story about the FBI using a famous photographer to infiltrate the Civil Rights movement.


  LSU Mass Communications Professor Bob Mann comments on the victory by Democrat Doug Jones in the U.S. Senate special election in Alabama. Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore by about 20-thousand votes in the election to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he became attorney general. Mann will assess the significance of the outcome and also discuss the cancer diagnosis of former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and the death of Federal Judge Jim Brady, former head of the Louisiana Democratic Party. Also, we are slated to talk with Ernest Johnson, head of the Louisiana NAACP, on the heavy African-American turnout which propelled Jones to victory in Alabama.        

Tuesday, October 24,2017: Edwin Edwards, Bob Mann

Oct 24, 2017

  Former Governor Edwin Edwards remembers his only defeat in five races for governor. It happened on this date 30 years ago as Edwards conceded the election to Buddy Roemer after running second in the Oct. 24, 1987 primary. Manship School of Mass Communications Bob Mann reflects on the impact of the Edwards loss to Roemer three decades ago, and Mann has sparked a debate about President Trump with a critical column in the Times-Picayune and at NOLA.Com. 

LSU Manship School Professor Bob Mann will discuss his recent column which took aim at Louisiana’s continuing problems with its economy, education and environment. Mann, who served as aide to three U.S. Senators as well as Governor Kathleen Blanco, will reflect on why Louisiana has increased less than ten percent in population in the past 45 years while the nation has gained 60 percent. Mann will also talk about the death of an LSU pledge and how the alleged hazing of Maxwell Gruver will impact the Greek system on campus.


LSU mass communications professor Bob Mann talks about Louisiana U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy's decisions to cast votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Senator Cassidy, a medical doctor, had said any repeal of Obamacare would have to pass the Jimmy Kimmel test. 


Jindal's 4th Floor Revolving Door

Jul 15, 2015
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The names Melissa Sellers, Kyle Plotkin, Frank Collins, Sean Lansing, Sarah Haley, Shannon Bates, Mike Reed, Alexis Nicaud, and Doug Cain may not mean anything to you, but each of them has served in Governor Bobby Jindal’s press office at some point during the past seven and a half years.

“I’ve never seen this kind of revolving door,” says Marsanne Golsby, who served as Governor Mike Foster’s press secretary for his entire two terms. “And before I was Governor Foster’s press secretary, I was a reporter covering the capitol, and I don’t remember this much turnover. I do think it’s unusual.”

Jan Moller, the Director of the Louisiana Budget Project, joins guest-host Bob Mann in studio today to discuss Louisiana's surplus money. Governor Bobby Jindal's administration says we have a $178.5 million surplus, but others are saying different. Jan and Bob discuss this, as well as the money in the reserve fund for the Office of Group Benefits which Jan says the Jindal Administration "blew through", and what that means for state employees.

Louisiana blogger at cenlamar.com Lamar White, Jr. is with us for the last half of the show today to discuss Texas and Louisiana Politics. They start by discussing a controversial TV ad running in Texas by the Wendy Davis campaign that accuses opponent Greg Abbott of not supporting the disabled. Bob and Lamar also touch on the recent Senate debate on Tuesday night, the status of the 6th Congressional District race, how the Louisiana campaigns are doing thus far, and more.


Bob Mann, the LSU Manship Chair in Journalism at the Manship School of Mass Communications and former Press Secretary for Governor Kathleen Blanco joins us in studio as our lead off guest on today's show. He and Jim discuss how Louisiana's growing conservativism and President Obama's approval rating could have an impact on helping U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy win the upcoming Senate election; and, how Cassidy's reluctance to debate could help U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's chances at winning a fourth term in the Senate. They discuss this, and much, much more.

Also, journalist and author Allen Salkin is with us today to discuss his latest book From Scratch: The Uncensored History of the Food Network. Allen's book tells us the story of how The Food Network went from a long shot idea to a cable network staple shown over 100 million American homes a year with profits into the upper billions. Paula Dean, Rachel Ray, Emeril Lagasse, Anthony Bourdain are among the many stars associated with The Food Network, and Allen's book cover's their stories and more.


Political historian and Media Professor with the Manship School of Mass Communication at LSU, Bob Mann, reviews the landscape of Louisiana with Jim this morning. We also hear from St. Michaels and LSU graduate Carley McCored, a current Broadcast Media Professional in Cleveland. Carley was Miss Greater Baton Rouge 2013 and a two-time First Runner-up to Miss Louisiana. She is a model, actress, radio and television personality. 

Remembering John Maginnis

May 26, 2014

It was just a couple of months ago that John Maginnis appeared on WRKF’s “The Jim Engster Show,” talking about Governor Bobby Jindal’s presidential aspirations.

“Outside Louisiana, there’s no serious talk about Jindal being a serious contender,” Maginnis told Engster and WRKF’s listeners. “But I think he’s still a viable vice-presidential contender, a running mate.”

Longtime political reporter John Maginnis passed away unexpectedly Sunday, at the age of 66. 

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