EBR public schools

Associate Dean for undergraduate studies and admissions at LSU, Dr. Andrea Miller, joins Jim to discuss her new book she co-authored Oil and Water: Media Lessons from Hurricane Katrina and the Deep Water Horizon Disaster. Within a five-year span Louisiana experienced a natural disaster and a manmade catastrophe, and the authors of Oil and Water explore the media-fed experiences, the visuals and the narratives associated with both disasters.

Former East Baton Rouge School Board member Noel Hammatt discusses Senate Bill 636 which has moved within one step of final approval. The bill, which Noel is adamantly opposed to, would overhaul the EBR Parish school system by giving principals broad new powers. The bill would give principals new authority by allowing them to craft budgets, hire and fire personnel, and oversee instruction and curriculum. 

Also, Author Porter Shreve talks about his latest novel from LSU Press, The End of the Book, about an aspiring contemporary novelist who may or may not be writing a sequel to a forgotten classic, Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio.

Jim talks with LSU Board Member and former State Senator Anne Duplessis about the public school voucher system and the National School Choice Week. Baton Rouge lawyer and politico Jim Brown stops by the studio to chat with Jim about local and national politics, as well as the legalization of marijuana, Mike Huckabee, much more.

Republican political consultant Scott Wilfong and Bruce Parker, of Louisiana Progress, debate a proposed bill that would ban lawsuits based upon gender identification or sexual orientation.

U.S. Army Col. Sherb Sintelle talks about the Army War College

Susan Hunt, with EBR Parish schools, on a collaborative school with the LSU Lab School.

Jim visits with new East Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent Bernard Taylor to talk about the state of public schools.

Then Chair of Louisiana Progress Melissa Flournoy and Republican political consultant Scott Wilfong debate several political issues including Joe Biden's upcoming trip to Louisiana.

Republican John Treen and Democrat Joe Delpit voice their opinions about the third and final presidential debate between Romney and Obama.

Walter Monsour, President & CEO of EBR Parish Redevelopment Authority, gives us a three year progress report of his organization.

Liz Frischhertz, Chief Officer for Accountability & Assessment for the EBR Parish School System, talks with Jim about our state's poorly rated public schools and  their optimistic future.