Steve Monaghan

Congress is now talking about repealing “No Child Left Behind”, the federal education policy requiring states to administer standardized tests annually. Louisiana House education Committee chairman Steve Carter is taking the possibility in stride.

Steve Monaghan, President of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, talks with Jim about Common Core and he lays out his opinions of Gov. Bobby Jindal's recent actions against it. Also, Southern University Professor Albert Samuels calls in to discuss Common Core with Jim and Steve as well.

Dan Ireland with the Louisiana International Film Festival talks with Jim about the LIFFilmfest and the upcoming showing of Begin Again tomorrow at 7:30pm at the Cinemark Theater at Perkins Rowe.

Also, Rabbi Barry Weinstein talks with Jim to end out the last segment of today's show.

Mary Stein, Assistant Library Director for the East Baton Rouge Parish Library stops by to talk about the new 129,000 sq.ft. library which recently opened up on Goodwood Blvd.

Melissa Flournoy, President of Louisiana Planned Parenthood, joins the show to discuss recent legislation that her and many others are describing as unconstitutional and direct attacks on planned parenthood.

Also, President of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers Steve Monaghan discusses issues surrounding BESE and Common Core in relation to Governor Jindal and the State Legislature. He as well chimes in on recent legislation concerning education which has been debated throughout this years legislative session.  

Jim talks with Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan about the U.S. Justice Department's challenge of the state's private school vouchers program.

A visit with Advocate entertainment writer and critic John Wirt

Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan discusses the state Supreme Court ruling against Louisiana's private school vouchers program.

Author Claire Manes talks about her book, "Out Of The Shadow Of Leprosy", about her grandfather's struggle with Hanson's Disease at the Carville Hospital.

NBC investigative reporter and author Bob Sullivan on his book, "The Plateau Effect"