Tonight is the Opening Night for the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and Conductor Timothy Muffitt joins us in studio with violinist Yevgeny Kutik. Tim starts his sixteenth year as Conductor for the BRSO, and he's invited the twenty-nine year old Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik to join the orchestra tonight in helping the BRSO kick-off the 2014-2015 season.
Also, Libertarian attorney Mike Wolf joins us today to discuss medicinal marijuana, and the recently announced approval of it's usage by Republican Senate candidate U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy. But, with a guest like Mike, the topic expands from medicinal marijuana to ebola hazardous waste dumping in Louisiana, strip clubs, "lying politicians", plagiarism, and back again to medicinal marijuana.
Jim is back in the hosting chair today and he welcomes Music Director and Conductor of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra Timothy Muffitt to be our lead off guest. Timothy's been the Conductor for the Baton Rouge Symphony since 1999, the Music Director and Conductor of the Lansing Symphony since 2006, and throughout his career has worked alongside the likes of Yo Yo Ma and Renee Fleming. He and Jim discuss upcoming events for October which include the Lamar Family Chamber Series "Festival of the Baroque" and invitational guest, violinist Yevgeny Kutik.
Dr. William Davis is our second guest today and he joins us to tell us why wheat is dangerous and unhealthy for you. In his latest book The Wheat Belly Guide to Total Health, Dr. Davis talks about how removing wheat from your diet is the most powerful strategy to have in taking control of your metabolism, weight and overall health. If you're worried about oatmeal, Wheaties and Italian food; Dr. Davis addresses these foods and more.
Also, MFA student at LSU Tim Moriarty joins us for the last few minutes today to discuss his role as Victor Frankenstein in the upcoming Swine Palace performances of Frankenstein. The shows will be held at the Shaver Theater and run October 3rd-12th, with a Pay-What-You-Can performance tonight at 7:30pm and a Sneak Preview performance tomorrow night at 7:30pm. Visit swinepalace.org for more information.
Today on the show, Visit Baton Rouge Executive Vice President Renée Areng talks about the city's tourism and the huge events coming like the Miss USA Pageant and Bayou Country Superfest.
State Treasurer John Kennedy calls in with his concerns about the fact that Governor Bobby Jindal's financing plan to privatize state-owned hospitals has been rejected by the federal government. Kennedy is also on a mission to get people on board to support a bill that would cut the number of consulting contracts in Louisiana.
Timothy Muffitt brings in violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou who will perform during the Baton Rouge Symphony's Thursday concert. We also get an amazing sample of Hou's playing in-studio. Muffitt says they'll be using Twitter to express what is happening during the show. You can follow on Twitter: @BRSymphony or by using the hashtag #brsoravel.