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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

Monday, September 23rd: Sean Reilly

Sean Reilly, Chief Executive Officer of Lamar Advertising, talks about the largest business based in Baton Rouge and his time in the Louisiana House as a state representative from 1988-96.

Friday, September 20th: Bob Mann, Bridget Gordon, Holly Howat, Carlos Thomas

LSU Manship Professor and Louisiana Political Hall of Famer Bob Mann assesses Thursday's gubernatorial debate and the state of the Trump presidency. Holly Howat, Executive Director of Beacon Community Connections in Lafayette, discusses health care accessibility and the 2019 South Louisiana Culture of Health Summit. Bridget Gordon, registered nurse and coordinator of the Community Injury Prevention Program at University Medical Center New Orleans, conveys the importance of child safety seats.

Friday, September 20th: Bob Mann, Bridget Gordon, Holly Howat, Carlos Thomas

Thursday, September 19th: Rebecca Hamilton, Harrison Golden, Mark Ballard

State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton remembers the late journalist Cokie Roberts, who died this week at 75. Harrison Golden of WVLA previews tonight's gubernatorial debate at the LSU Union Theater. Mark Ballard of the Advocate assesses the governor's election 23 days before the Oct. 12 primary.

Thursday, September 19th: Rebecca Hamilton, Harrison Golden, Mark Ballard

Wednesday, September 18th: Martin Johnson, Cokie Roberts, Serena Pandos, Leslie Charleville

LSU Manship School Dean Martin Johnson and friends on the state of campus newspapers and collaboration with LSU athletics. A salute to the late journalist Cokie Roberts from an encore interview in 2015. The New Orleans native died yesterday at age 75. Serena Pandos and Leslie Charleville from the Louisiana Art and Science Museum comment on Friday's gala "Chroma, Color Your Senses."

Wednesday, September 18th: Martin Johnson, Cokie Roberts, Serena Pandos, Leslie Charleville

Tuesday, September 17th: Bill Conti, Hypolite Landry

LSU Alumnus and Academy Award winning composer Bill Conti previews his performance tonight at the Union Theater with the LSU Symphony and looks back on his days as a student who lived in Tiger Stadium. Former Baton Rouge Coroner Hypolite Landry talks about his varied life as he celebrates his 93 rd birthday with listeners of Talk Louisiana.

Monday, September 16th: Donna Collins Lewis, Megan Twohey

EBR Councilwoman Donna Collins Lewis on her bid to unseat veteran Doug Welborn as Baton Rouge Clerk of Court...and the prospect of the Village of St. George. New York Times reporter Megan Twohey comments on her role in breaking the story of sexual harassment by Harvey Weinstein, detailed in the book "She Said."

Friday, September 13th: Mike Francis, Tyler Bridges

Former Louisiana GOP Chairman Mike Francis, current member of the Louisiana PSC, discusses solar energy and politics four weeks before the gubernatorial primary. Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Tyler Bridges of the Advocate contrasts this year's governor's race with the 2015 campaign that prompted Tyler's book with Jeremy Alford, "Longshot."

Thursday, September 12th: Ken Perret, Mark Ballard, Lee Hartley Carter

Ken Perret, President of Louisiana Good Roads and Transportation Association reviews the deplorable condition of state roads and predicts 2020 will provide another push for a gasoline tax in Louisiana. Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, looks at Bernie Pinsonat's gubernatorial poll one month before the Oct. 12 election. Lee Hartley Carter on the art of persuasion in an era where facts don't seem to matter.

Wednesday, September 11th: Russel Honore', Hays Town, James Gordon

General Russel Honore', hero of Katrina and head of the Green Army, joins activist Hays Town to discuss the vulnerability of the Baton Rouge water system, and Honore' looks back 18 years to the 9-11 attack on America. Dr. James Gordon, Chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, discusses his book "The Transformation."

Tuesday, September 10th: Dana Thomas, Manuel Martinez, Glenn Guilbeau, James Moran

Style writer Dana Thomas discusses her book "Fashionopolis" which examines the clothing industry with is a 2.4 trillion dollar annual business with one of six workers on the Earth connected to it. Baton Rouge tailor Manuel Martinez reflects on 35 years as one of America's most celebrated clothiers and how the industry is evolving. Glenn Guilbeau of the USA Today Network and James Moran of Tiger Rag comment on the Saints 30-28 last second win over Houston and LSU's impressive 45-38 victory at

Tuesday, September 10th: Dana Thomas, Manuel Martinez, Glenn Guilbeau, James Moran

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