Jim Engster interviews "The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report" editor, Stephanie Riegel about legislation to reform political fundraising activities in Louisiana, her responsibilities at the magazine, the rise of digital media tools and platforms in publishing, the St. George movement to break away from Baton Rouge to create their own city and other current topics. State Representative John Bell Edwards discusses his run for governor in 2015, a recent poll of his appeal to voters compared to other candidates, his West Point education, military service, his LSU Law School education, his political career, his views of Governor Jindal's record, and pending legislation in the upcoming legislative session.
Retired Lieutenant General Russel L. Honore joins Jim in the studio to discuss a plethora of issues and topics. In his usual passionate, loud and outspoken manner, the General talks about leading the Green Army, a loose network of environmental groups which tackles environmental issues such as saltwater intrusion in the Baton Rouge aquifer, the sinkhole at Bayou Corne, coastal erosion, and wetlands preservation. He touches on Louisiana's HIV problem, the seafood industry, and "holding Louisiana politicians accountable" for what they say and do, and specifically what they don't. The General wraps up the show by chiming in on Russia's invasion of the southern Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea and what might ensue as a result of Putin's actions.
Jim Engster interviews Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne about his run for governor in 2015, other candidates in the race, and the movement of St. George to incorporate as a city apart from Baton Rouge, among other topics. Erica Crenshaw, President/CEO of 'Execute Now!' speaks about her former private sector experiences in the corporate world and discusses her thoughts regarding non-profits improving their accountability, and making result-driven and measurable plans.
Jim Engster interviews Dr. Steven Barnes , Director Division of Economic Development talks about the economic output of the state, while Louisiana State Treasurer, John Kennedy speaks of food stamp fraud and other economic issues, and author Linda Barnickel discusses her book called "Milliken's Bend: A Civil War Battle in History and Memory" about African American slave soldiers in the Milliken's Bend battles.
Jim talks with political analyst and government watchdog C.B. Forgotston; looking at the past year in politics, and a look ahead at what's in store for 2014. Can Mary Landrieu win another term in the U.S. Senate? Or will she be un-seated by one of her three announced GOP challengers?
Gus Weill joins Jim to talk about the latest in Louisiana politics and Sen. David Vitter's possibly entering the 2015 Governor's race.
The voice of LSU's Tiger Stadium Dan Borne' and Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra Conductor Timothy Muffitt talks about their collaboration in the "Home for the Holiday" concert starting tonight at the Baton Rouge River Center. Tickets can be purchased at www.brso.org or by calling 225-383-0500.
James Windham, with the Capital Area Re-Entry Coalition, discusses re-training and re-integration of former prison inmates as productive members of society.
Government watchdog and political blogger C.B. Forgotston talks about the upset victory of Vance McAllister in the 5th District Congressional race, and what it means for Governor Jindal, who unofficially backed Neil Riser in that race.
Music Historian John McMillian on his book, "Beatles versus Stones", about the friendship and rivalry between the two supergroups of the 1960's.