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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, June 14th: Danielle Scott, Kenny Kleinpeter

Danielle Scott, five time Olympian from Baton Rouge, talks about her remarkable personal career and a personal tragedy that took the life of her sister. Kenny Kleinpeter of Historic Highland Cemetery comments on the long history of Baron Rouge's oldest cemetery.

Thursday June 13th: Susan Murphy, Mark Ballard, Marjorie Esman

Harvard University Statistician Susan Murphy, a MacArthur fellow who graduated from LSU in 1980, discusses the role of mathematics in treating chronic diseases and her back story from Gonzales to Cambridge. Advocate Bureau Chief Mark Ballard provides his scorecard for the legislative session. Attorney Marjorie Esman, who led the Louisiana ACLU for a decade, sizes up the legal battle ahead for Louisiana's restrictive abortion law.

Wednesday, June 12th: Russel Honore', Sandy McDade, John Milkovich

Lt. General Russel Honore' surveys the Louisiana environmental condition after another legislative session in which the business lobby flexed its muscles at the Capitol. Sandy McDade, president of the Louisiana Eagle Forum for four decades, declares victory in her anti-abortion quest as Gov. John Bel Edwards signs one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the land. McDade is joined by State Senator John Milkovich, who authored the fetal heartbeat abortion ban.

Tuesday, June 11th: Tim Temple, Barrett Murphy

Tim Temple, GOP candidate for insurance commissioner, details his reasons for challenging 13-year incumbent and fellow Republican Jim Donelon. Barrett Murphy, longtime local football coach turned trainer, tells how he was chosen national physical fitness instructor for 2019.

Monday, June 10th: Jim Donelon, Brooks Claire Nader, Tony Graphia

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon comments on his failed bid to reduce insurance rates through legislation and the start of hurricane season. Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Brooks Claire Nader talks of going from Episcopal High grad to top New York model in four years. Retired Judge Tony Graphia discusses his move from jurist to novelist.

Friday, June 7th: Chris D'Elia, John Wirt, Katherine Eban

Chris D'Elia, dean of the LSU College of the Coast and Environment, opines about Louisiana's alarming rate of lost land due to coast erosion. Music critic John Wirt remembers the late, great New Orleans musician Dr. John, who died yesterday at 77. Investigative Reporter Katherine Eban reflects on the pharmaceutical industry detailed in her book "Bottle of Lies."

Thursday, June 6th: Ted James, Mark Ballard, George Morris

State Representative Ted James, Democrat from Baton Rouge, assesses the final hours of the Legislative Session and announces his endorsement for president in the 2020 election. Mark Ballard, Capital Bureau Chief for The Advocate, names the winners and losers in the 2020 session. George Morris of The Advocate relates his passion for stories of veterans and the significance of the 75 th anniversary of today's D-Day invasion at Normandy.

Wednesday, June 5th: Christina Melton, Mark Kram, Lee Purcell

On the eve of the 75 th anniversary of D-Day, Christina Melton of Louisiana Public Broadcasting previews an LPB documentary shedding light on a pivotal battle in WWII. Celebrated sportswriter Mark Kram talks about his definitive biography of the late, great heavyweight champion Joe Frazier, who once fought a championship bout in New Orleans. Actress Lee Purcell surveys her long and varied career which continues with a new project.

Tuesday, June 4th: Smiley Anders, Max Klau, Marybeth Lima

Smiley Anders, famed Advocate columnist, celebrates 40 years writting his collumn for the state's flagship paper. Race and Social Change: A Quest, A Study, A Call to Action author Max Klau discusses our current racial challenges. LSU Prof. Marybeth Lima on birdwatching in the Bayou State.

Monday, June 3rd: Michael Olivier, Janet Simmons

Committee of 100 CEO Michael Olivier discusses the lack of progress on crucial issues such as infrastructure in this year's legislative session. HOPE CEO Janet Simmons discusses her organization's work in north Baton Rouge helping those in need of food and work.

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