Jim Engster

Speaker Pro Tem of the Louisiana House Walt Leger on the regular session progress and his induction into the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction. Chris Brooks on the Baton Rouge Blues Fest and Eliott Estelle on the Louisiana International Film Festival. Actor Billy Slaughter on his performance in two films at LIFF. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on the week that was at the State Capitol.

Pictured: Eliott Estelle 


Molly Buchman of the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre on the staying power of one of the city’s cultural treasurers. Political Consultant Raymond Strother on the prospect of Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise becoming Speaker of the House, President Trump and Gov. Edwards. Colonel Brett Holdiman of the Army War College on his visit to LSU.

Pictured: Colonel Brett Holdiman 


Dennis Slocumb of the International Union of Police Associations reacts to the firing of BR Police Officer Blane Salamoni, who fired six shots that took the life of Alton Sterling. Baseball Legend Denny McLain on the 50th anniversary of his 31-6 season and the first week of Major League action. Author Kim Brophey on the importance of dogs in the lives of Americans.


Musician Eric Baskin on his youth in Memphis and recollection of April 4, 1968 when Dr. Martin Luther King was killed in his hometown. Michael McClanahan, president of the Louisiana NAACP, on the legacy of MLK. Danny Plaisance, owner of Cottonwood Books, on his most famous customer--Tom Hanks.


United States Attorney Brandon Fremin and former U.S. Attorney Don Cazayoux discuss federal law enforcement in the Middle District of Louisiana and reflect on the Alton Sterling case. Former State Lawmaker Ben Bagert remembers his childhood friend, Rusty Staub, the baseball great from New Orleans who died last week at 73. Veteran Actress Judy Norton of the Waltons talks about her resurgent career.


State Representative Denise Marcelle on the decision from Attorney General Jeff Landry not to indict the two officers involved in the 2016 death of Alton Sterling. Sterling Attorney John McLindon on the decision from Landry. LSU Law Professor Chris Tyson and Dialogue on Race President Maxine Crump on how Baton Rouge responds to the Sterling case. 


East Baton Rouge Councilman Matt Watson on industrial tax exemptions and the Alton Sterling case. Financial analysts Andy Anderson and Fred Dent on the erratic market. Author Veera Hiranandani on her book, “The Night Diary,” which tells the story of Indian’s partition that caused the largest human migration in history.


Walt Handelsman, Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist for The Advocate, on the joys of his craft in the Age of President Trump.

Charles Steinberg, owner of the Pawtucket Pawsox, and Public Relations strategist Len Sanderson on a summit on public funding for professional sports to be held tonight at the LSU Manship School. 

 

Local writers Mike Hinton and Sherry Melancon on their science fiction thriller, “Afflicted.”

 

Jeff Palermo and Jim Engster
LRN

Jim Engster takes a few moments to talk with Jeff Palermo about what is now Tropical Storm Harvey, converse about LSU sports and the displaced football game coming up this weekend that was supposed to take place in now-flooded Houston, and even touch on boxing and the notable televised fight that took place over the weekend.


Jim Engster is returning to WRKF to host new program, Talk Louisiana, weekdays at 9:00 a.m., beginning Monday, March 27. The one-hour show will immediately follow Morning Edition. Talk Louisiana will present interviews with local newsmakers, calls and emails from listeners, and original feature reporting. We are excited to have Jim back. His 30 years of experience in journalism and his knowledge of Louisiana's people, business, and politics are ideal for this type of long form discussion program.

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