Talk Louisiana

Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk on next year’s Louisiana gubernatorial election just 15 months away. Political Strategist Mary Patricia Wray (pictured) of Top Drawer Strategies on Governor John Bel Edwards’ re-election bid and President Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Margalit Fox, longtime obituary writer for the New York Times, comments on her book: “Conan Doyle for the Defense:  The True Story of a Sensational British Murder and a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer.”

Retired WAFB anchor Donna Britt celebrates her 60th birthday with us as she recaps her 37 years as a popular anchorwoman in Baton Rouge.

Former State Senator and GOP activist Ben Bagert assess the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.



Former state lawmaker Elbert Guillory, head of minority outreach for the Louisiana GOP, and Rev. Reginald Pitcher (pictured), a Democratic activist,  square off on issues from Baton Rouge to the Beltway.

Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on the resolution of the budget impasse one week before the fiscal cliff.

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Republican Scott Wilfong and Democrat Melissa Flournoy exchange views on the start of the seventh special session at the Louisiana Capitol in 29 months and 17 months of President Trump.

Writer Ann Hood on the legacy of Paul McCartney on his 76th birthday. Hood’s book is “She Loves You, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.”



Mike Bertaut, chief health care economist for Blue Cross Blue Shield Louisiana, comments on the remaining uncertainties about the Affordable Care Act and how the state budget chaos could affect health care services in Louisiana.

Journalist Shane Snow discusses his book, “Dream Teams,” Snow analyzes why individuals consistently outperform teams.

Retired LSU Mass Communications Dean Jerry Ceppos comments on the state of journalism in America and the perception about fake news.

Writer Ken Jennings on his book “Planet Funny, How Comedy Took Over Our Culture.”


Pictured: Jerry Ceppos



Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard comments on the conclusion of the late night special session and what it means about the state’s budget.

Executive Director of the Center for Planning Excellence Camille Manning Broom on watershed management and flood control in Louisiana.

LSU economist, Jim Richardson, who is part of the influential panel that tells the legislature that tells how much money is coming into the state and Council for a Better Louisiana's Barry Erwin on their predictions of what will happen on today's special session. 

Mississippi native George Mulvaney on his debut book, "Cups Up: How I Organized a Klavern, Plotted a Coup, Survived Prison, Graduated College, Fought Polluters, and Started a Business." 

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon on the perils of hurricane season and a large percentage of Louisiana residents without flood insurance.

LSU History Professor Alecia Long on the parallels between Huey Long and Donald Trump and their conflict with media coverage.


Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard comments on the coming collision of wills between the House and Senate over the fiscal cliff.


Pictured: Alecia Long



University of Louisiana System President Jim Henderson on the perils of funding for higher education. Sadie Wilks and Amanda Rabalais on the Manship School Bateman Competition success. Carl Zimmer, NY Times Science writer, on the power of heredity.