Shreveport hosted the first televised Senate debate featuring all three candidates last night, and today we discuss what happened and how the candidates did. Trey Ourso, the former Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party and Scott Wilfong, well-known Louisiana GOP pundit, both join us to examine the issues covered in last night's debate and discuss how the candidates are looking as we approach November 4th.
And, this Saturday in Death Valley the LSU Fighting Tigers take on the University of Kentucky Wildcats: two university's which happen to be leading the charge in pushing for smoke-free campuses in SEC schools. LSU's Dr. Judith Sylvester and Kentucky's Dr. Ellen Hahn are two figures spearheading the smoke-free campus movement, and they join us today to discuss what their respective university's have been able to accomplish thus far.
Former Assistant U.S. Education Secretary under President George H. W. Bush, Diane Ravitch joins us as our first guest of the week to talk with Jim about public schools in Louisiana. Being a long time opponent of charter schools and openly stating that she believes they are destroying America's public schools, Diane expresses her distaste with Common Core, Governor Bobby Jindal, and the Charter School system in New Orleans. She and Jim also take a little time to promote her most recent book Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools.
GOP Political Consultant and frequent guest on the show Scott Wilfong follows up Diane for the second part of today's show to discuss the November elections which are now less than seven weeks away. He and Jim discuss the Louisiana 2nd District creeping in closer to Baton Rouge, Mary Landrieu and the recent hoopla over her travel expenditures and residency; and much, much more.
Also, Lisa Guernsey closes out Monday's show to promote and discuss her latest book Screen Time: How Electronic Media - From Baby Videos to Educational Software - Affects Your Young Child. As a mother of two young daughters Lisa wondered what television, videos, and digital media in general was doing to her children, and her book is the end result of her resolve to find out. Her 2012 edition and re-release of Screen Time features an updated epilogue on what scientists know so far about children's ebooks, interactive preschool media, and more. Lisa will be in Baton Rouge this Thursday September 18th to speak at the Distinguished Speakers Series hosted by the Academic Distinction Fund at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Former Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party Trey Ourso and GOP political consultant Scott Wilfong discuss and debate Jindal's recent executive orders to withdraw Louisiana from the Common Core standards and federally subsidized standardized tests. And, the phone lines light up.
Novelist Alan Furst joins the show for last segment to discuss his latest novel Midnight in Europe. The novel, which has received praise from authors like Erik Larson (Devil in the White City), is a suspenseful, romantic, and richly rendered novel of spies and secret operatives in Paris and New York, in Warsaw and Odessa, on the eve of World War II.
CEO of Stirling Properties and President of TAF Jim Maurin talks with Jim about his support of the Marketplace Fairness Act, and what he's doing to make sure it's implemented in the state.
Also, GOP political consultant Scott Wilfong and Melissa Flournoy with Louisiana Planned Parenthood discuss/debate recent legislature that restricts abortion in the state, and answer a plethora of questions from listeners.
Vice President of Louisiana's Family Forum Rick Edmonds stops by the studio to promote Over the Edge for Adoption Event. The event, which takes place May 9th, is designed to bring awareness of the nearly 400 adoption eligible children in the state of Louisiana.
Also, Republican Political Consultant Scott Wilfong and National Chair of the National Congress of Black Women Dr. E. Faye Williams join the show to discuss and debate sports. Topic: the recent decision by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to ban L.A. Clippers Owner Donald Sterling from the NBA for life, based on alleged racist remarks.
Activist Faye Williams, who was only blocks away from the DC Navy Yard massacre Monday, talks about that tragedy...and about President Obama's foreign policy pertaining to Syria. Conservative Political Consultant Scott Wilfong joins the discussion.
Baseball Legend Dr. Mike Marshall talks with Jim about the impact of pitching in the MLB.
Of Moving Colors director Garland Goodwin Wilson joins Jim to talk about "Color Me Rouge".
Dr. Faye Williams and Jim talk about fallout from the George Zimmerman verdict, and its effect on the black community. Conservative political consultant Scott Wilfong offers his perspective on the post-trial uproar.
Author Stephanie Evanovich on her new novel, "Big Girl Panties".
Former U.S. Congressman Jeff Landry talks about his career after Congress, and what political activities he's been up to since exiting the U.S. House
Jim talks with Republican consultant Scott Wilfong, and Democratic consultant Trey Ourso, about Governor Bobby Jindal's statewide tour and recent statements by Mr. Jindal that the GOP "needs to stop bed-wetting" and "kick around the other guys".
John Kaufman, with the Manship Theatre, discusses the Flamenco Rouge performance tonight. Performers Lena and Chris Jacome join in.