Mark Ballard

LSU Law Professor Phillip Hackney on the new tax law’s impact on non-profit organizations. Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard of the Advocate on the upcoming special session. LSU’s most decorated gymnast Susan Jackson and former Tiger gymnast Malia Mathis on the revelation that Dr. Larry Nassar sexually assaulted 250 female gymnasts. Nassar has been sentenced to what  amounts to life in prison for his crimes.

Past President of the Baton Rouge and Louisiana Bar Associations Darrel Papillion discusses the Trump judicial nominees, the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the state of the legal profession in Louisiana with 23-thousand attorneys. World record holding runner Julie Welles Hawkins celebrates her 102nd birthday with us and discusses the release of her memoir; “It’s Been Wondrous.” Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard of the Advocate provides the forecast for a potential special session to address the budget.

Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, on the continuing feud between Gov. Edwards and Sen. Kennedy. Is this a prelude to next year’s gubernatorial election? Melba Beals, winner of the Congressional Gold Medal and one of the Little Rock Nine, discusses the integration of Central High School in Little Rock in 1957 and 60 years of Civil Rights challenges since President Eisenhower called in federal troops. Bruce Haynes, author of “Down the Up Staircase,” which tells the story of one Harlem family across three generations.

Celebrated writer James Lee Burke recaps his remarkable career featuring 21 books with Louisiana crime solver Dave Robicheaux as the main character. At 81, Burke remains a best-selling novelist. His latest work is “Robicheaux.”

Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard of the Advocate on the jockeying for position on the budget by the governor and the legislature and the latest developments regarding a searing legislative audit of the practices of former State Police Commander Mike Edmondson. 

Democratic political consultant Trey Ourso and Republican activist Darrell Glasper on the prospective federal government shutdown, Louisiana’s fiscal cliff and allegations that President Trump used an LLC to funnel $130,000 in hush money to adult film Stormy Daniels, the former Stephanie Clifford who grew up in Baton Rouge.

Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on today’s deadline set by Gov. John Bel Edwards to receive a GOP budget plan from the Republican dominated Legislature.


EJ Ourso Business School, Louisiana State University

LSU Economist Jim Richardson, head of the Revenue Estimating Conference, discusses the fiscal cliff that awaits the state on June 30th.

Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, talks about legislative maneuvering that is ongoing as lawmakers weigh budget options.

Texas Singer-songwriter Adam Carroll reflects on his career. Carroll will be performing in Baton Rouge on Saturday.

Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, joins us to reflect on the top stories of 2017.

Rudy Macklin, LSU’s career leading rebounder and second leading scorer, talks about the resurgent Tiger program under first year coach Will Wade and discusses physical fitness in Louisiana. Macklin has headed the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports for 26 years.

Hydrologist and professional engineer Bob Jacobsen on Louisiana’s challenges with climate change and the continuing battle to stop coastal erosion.

Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on a new poll showing Gov. John Bel Edwards with a 65-percent approval rating. What does this mean for his re-election chances, and Louisiana’s congressional delegation voted for the Trump tax plan with the exception of Democrat Cedric Richmond of New Orleans.

  DeLisa Brown, author of “My Soul Cried Out” talks about her writing odyssey which began after the death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge last year. Professor Clarence Nero of Baton Rouge Community College discusses his book, “Voices from the Bayou.” Students confront racism, police issues and a historic flood in the same year. Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, analyzes the U.S. Senate election in Alabama and its implications for Louisiana and discusses LSU changing the names of a number of streets on campus.

  Former Military Intelligence officer Janet Humphreys of Louisiana on her association with Gen. Michael Flynn, who has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the Russia investigation. Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, on issues in state government regarding sexual harassment and other topics the Edwards Administration is dealing with.