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Today's featured guest was Beth Courtney, President and CEO of Louisiana Public Broadcasting. Courtney is a former Vice Chair for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting and has testified before Congress on numerous occasions.

President Trump is proposing the elimination of all federal funding for CPB, which supports NPR and PBS. WRKF is a member station of NPR; LPB is a member station of PBS. Today, Courtney addresses the options available to retain support for public broadcasting and answers your questions about your local PBS station.


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Five of the candidates for U.S. Senate met in a Tuesday night debate, put on by the Council for A Better Louisiana and Louisiana Public Broadcasting. The name calling began immediately.

“I am the one true conservative here tonight among those who are pretenders,” Congressman John Fleming said in his opening statement.

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Former state lawmaker Troy Hebert, an independent candidate for U.S. Senate, is suing to halt the debate LPB and the Council for A Better Louisiana are putting on next week.

“The million dollar criteria, I just can’t see how it’s constitutional,” Hebert said, referring to the list of requirements for inclusion in the debate.

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They talked over each other, and the moderators. And by the end of Tuesday night’s debate between David Vitter and John Bel Edwards, one thing was abundantly clear: the two candidates for governor despise each other.

“John Bel, you’re just wrong,” Vitter flung at his opponent.

“Senator Vitter, you’ve been lying sideways in the public trough since 1992,” Edwards said.

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Without David Vitter in attendance, the Wednesday night debate put on by Louisiana Public Broadcasting and the Council for a Better Louisiana had Jay Dardenne, John Bel Edwards and Scott Angelle delving into the issues affecting the state.

The candidates were asked for specifics on the special session each has promised first thing after taking office.

LPB President and CEO Beth Courtney joins Jim as the day's first guest to discuss the documentary Breaking Away. Airing tonight on LPB, Breaking Away asks the question: would the breakaway city of St. George quash Baton Rouge's school desegregation process? It airs tonight on LPB at 10pm after the Frontline special Separate and Unequal.

Jim talks with bestselling author Patricia Cornwell about her latest book, "Dust"

From LPB's "Louisiana: The State We're In", hosts Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford discuss the biggest stories of 2013

Scott Wilfong joins Jim to talk about the 20th anniversary of Pres. Bill Clinton signing the Brady Bill. 


Jim talks with former LSU football great Tommy Hodson, who'll be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall Of Fame this weekend.

Noted journalist and author Jonathan alter discusses current events with President Obama and the Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage.

From LPB, Kate Bradshaw talks about the Antiques Road Show; coming to Baton Rouge July 27th.