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Talk Louisiana

Talk Louisiana

From 89.3 WRKF Baton Rouge

Talk Louisiana connects listeners with Louisiana newsmakers through live interviews and original feature reporting. Hosted by award-winning journalist and broadcast veteran, Jim Engster, Talk Louisiana brings listener insight into the conversation by phone and email.

Most Recent Episodes

Friday, July 1st: Mary-Patricia Wray, Troy Hebert, Ted Schirmer

Political consultant Mary-Patricia Wray and former member of the Louisiana Senate Troy Hebert discuss several political issues including the swearing in of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and gun regulation. Former LSU Student Government President Ted Schirmer refers to his recent book, "Defiance: Fighting Elitism and Racism at LSU in the '70s" to reflects on his time as SGA President in the 70's.

Thursday, June 30rd: Jim Donelon, Mark Ballard, Lisa Lewis

Commissioner of Insurance for the state of Louisiana Jim Donelon speaks on the impact of the upcoming hurricane season as well as proper preparation for it. The Advocate's Mark Ballard discusses several political issues including the 1/6 Commission, Cassidy Hutchinson, and the gun bill. Parenting journalist and author Lisa L. Lewis talks about her recent book "The Sleep-Deprived Teen".

Wednesday, June 29th: Elizabeth Vowell, Jim Engster, Kathaleen Pittman, Renee Chatelain

WAFB 9 News anchor Elizabeth Vowell speaks on the reopening of abortion clinics as well as the lasting impact of drunk driving. Talk Louisiana host Jim Engster discusses several political issues including local redistricting efforts and the insurrection of the Capital. Clinic administrator of Hope Medical Group for women Kathaleen Pittman discusses the temporary reopening of the clinic and what the abortion ban means for women. President and CEO of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge Renee Chatelain reflects on the life and legacy of her father-in-law Don Lyle. His celebration of life will be on June 30th at the Arts Center Operation at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, June 29th: Elizabeth Vowell, Jim Engster, Kathaleen Pittman, Renee Chatelain

Tuesday, June 28th: Caroline Kitchener, Melissa Flournoy

National political reporter at The Washington Post Caroline Kitchener talks the abortion ban and states blocking it with the trigger laws. Chair of the board of Louisiana Progress and the co-founder of 10,000 Women Melissa Flournoy discusses several political issues including the overturning of Roe. v. Wade and the gun bill.

Monday, June 27th: Major Kari Thompson, Rosilyn Temple, Jenny Ballard, Latasha Patrick, Sa...

Commander of the Kansas City Police Department's East Patrol Division Major Kari Thompson and Missouri resident Rosilyn Temple discuss efforts to end violence within their community and others across the country as well as the upcoming film screening of "Uncommon Allies" Tuesday, June 28th at 6 p.m. at Southern University's Valdry Center. Managing Artistic Director at Theatre Baton Rouge Jenny Ballard talks about their upcoming musical "Shrek" which can be seen until July 3rd. More information and tickets are available at theatrebr.org. Former police office Latasha Patrick discusses attempts to stop school shootings with K-9s. Louisiana Right to Life communication director Sarah Zagorski speaks on the organization as well as her support of the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Monday, June 27th: Major Kari Thompson, Rosilyn Temple, Jenny Ballard, Latasha Patrick, Sa...

Thursday, June 23rd: Marvin Broome, Mark Ballard

Recently retired LSU professor and first gentleman of Baton Rouge Marvin Broome talks about his life throughout the years as well as life married to Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome. The Advocate's Mark Ballard discusses gun control, gas prices, and other political issues.

Friday, June 24th: Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, Greg Hilburn, Mike Strain, Avery Davidson

Lt. Governor of Louisiana Billy Nungesser talks inflation due to the war in Ukraine, crime in Louisiana, and other local issues. A dean of the Louisiana Capital Press Corps and Louisiana politics reporter Greg Hilburn discusses the Supreme Court ruling of the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain speaks on the affect the war in Ukraine has on the international harvest. Director of Communications at the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation Avery Davidson talks about the history of the organization.

Friday, June 24th: Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, Greg Hilburn, Mike Strain, Avery Davidson

Thursday, June 23rd: Marvin Broome, Mark Ballard

Recently retired LSU professor and first gentleman of Baton Rouge Marvin Broome talks about his life throughout the years as well as life married to Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome. The Advocate's Mark Ballard discusses gun control, gas prices, and other political issues.

Wednesday, June 22nd: Senator Cleo Fields, Rick Wheat

Attorney and member of the Louisiana State Senate Cleo Fields discusses the congressional redistricting and other political issues. CEO of Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services Rick Wheat talks about the organization as well as the ribbon cutting this Friday, June 24th at 10 a.m. in Loranger. More information can be found on lumcfs.org.

Tuesday, June 21st: Franklin Foil, Jim Engster

Louisiana State Senator Franklin Foil discusses the recent state sessions, congressional redistricting maps, and other political issues. Talk Louisiana host Jim Engster recalls the tragic Uvalde shooting and talks about gun banning as well as the insurrection at the capital.