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10:06 am
Mon July 7, 2014

MONDAY: Photographer Richard Sexton; Author Aaron James

Photographer Richard Sexton joins Jim for the better part of today's show to discuss his life, his photographs, and his book Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere. The book is a complex, multi-layered essay linking New Orleans, which is frequently referred to as the northernmost Caribbean city, with its cultural kin further to the south. The similarities, which he finds in the book through photographs, are quite striking and at times uncanny.

Author Aaron James joins Jim to close out today's show, and he talks with Jim about his book "A**holes: A Theory." He explains why a**holes are the way they are, and why the majority of them are men.


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6:27 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Pinch That Wilting Violet

Deadheading is an important, but often neglected, gardening technique -- it involves pruning off old, faded flowers from a plant as it blooms. 


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10:13 am
Fri July 4, 2014

FRIDAY: Political Consultant Gus Weill; WAFB Producer Michelle McCalope

Happy 4th of July! Today's guests include longtime legendary Louisiana political consultant Gus Weill and WAFB Producer Michelle McCalope.

Gus and Jim discuss a wide variety of topics such as: our nation's Independence Day; short Louisiana governors; the feud between Governor Bobby Jindal and Superintendent of Education John White; abortion; Ronald Reagan; and so much more.

WAFB Producer Michelle McCalope closes out the show for the last segment to discuss and promote her new book Good Job: A Guide to Pursuing Your Passions and Following Your Dreams. You can get a copy of her new book at her website michellemccalope.net.


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4:22 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Insight: Research Points to Cost Savings for Coverage of Obesity Treatment

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 8:42 am

In their long list of recommendations for how the state could save money, the Jindal administration's consultants, Alvarez & Marsal, suggested Louisiana could find a billion dollars in savings from the Office of Group Benefits (OGB) over the next five years -- largely by redesigning state employee health insurance plans and what they cover.

Dr. Phillip Brantley, senior scientist at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, has been looking into whether specifically the state could save money by covering medical treatment for severe obesity. 


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10:15 am
Thu July 3, 2014

THURSDAY: AK Dem. Party Vincent Insalaco; Politico Steve Arnold; Financial Advisor Andy Anderson

Arkansas Democratic Party Chair Vincent Insalaco joins Jim for the first segment of today's show to discuss the reasoning behind Governor Bobby Jindal's involvement in the Arkansas U.S. Senate race; and his recent endorsement of Republican Candidate Tom Cotton.

Political Consultant Steve Arnold joins the show to talk with Jim and try to convince him and listeners why Dr. Ben Carson should be the next President of the United States. Also, why President Obama should be impeached.

B.F. Anderson President and Senior Portfolio Manager Andy Anderson joins Jim in studio to discuss the stock market in it's "Bull Market" phase, as well as Wall Street being at a record high. 


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10:35 am
Wed July 2, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Niki Papazoglakis; Smiley Anders; Jayne Anne Phillips; Dean Koontz

Niki Papazoglakis, who finished 5th in the 2011 Governor's race, starts off the show this morning to tell us about Freagle, a virtual non-partisan town square for average citizens, politicos and activists.
 

The Baton Rouge and New Orleans Advocate Columnist Smiley Anders and LPB Producer Ben Williams join Jim to talk about the heartbreaking closure of the Piccadilly Cafeteria in the Westmoreland Village Shopping Center on Government St. The iconic Baton Rouge eatery first opened in 1959 and was loved by many throughout the years.

 

Author Jayne Anne Phillips, one of America's most accomplished and acclaimed fiction writers, has given us a real life multiple murder story in Quiet Dell. She tells Jim of her inspiration behind the story she says has haunted her for more than four decades.

 

#1 New York Times Best Selling Author Dean Koontz has done it again with The City -- a riveting soul-stirring story of Jonah Kirk. On today's show, Koontz speaks of his latest novel which he says is his wife's favorite.

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10:15 am
Tue July 1, 2014

TUESDAY: La. Secretary of Economic Development Steven Moret; Rep. Vance McAllister

Secretary of Louisiana Economic Development Stephen Moret joins Jim in the studio for the better part of today's show. With Louisiana having the second lowest unemployment rate in the South, Moret discusses economic growth in Louisiana and gives such examples as: Baton Rouge's IBM plant, Lafayette's Bell Helicopter facility and CGI's new technology center. He also talks on the importance and excitement of the emerging Software Development & Digital Media growth in Louisiana.

Also, Congressman Vance McAllister calls in for the last segment of today's show to follow up on his announcement yesterday that he will be running for re-election. Also, find out what his surprising answer is when asked whom he'll be supporting for Senator: Cassidy or Landrieu?


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10:15 am
Mon June 30, 2014

MONDAY: La. GOP Chair Roger Villere; Former MLB Pitcher Bill Denehy

State Chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party Roger Villere starts the week out with Jim by discussing the upcoming November Elections. He discusses the Republican candidates running for office in an already Conservative state, including Vance McAllister's announcement to run for re-election and Cassidy's chances for the Senate. He as well discusses the SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) ruling that employers with religious objections can refuse to pay for contraception. 

Former MLB Pitcher Bill Denehy joins Jim to close out today's show. He talks with Jim about pitching to Willie Mays (and almost accidentally hitting him in the head); his injury which ended his career; and the dangers of using cortisone injections. 


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11:24 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 2014

Airs Monday, June 30 at 11 a.m.  This week on our broadcast concert by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, composer and conductor John Adams will lead the orchestra his own works, Short Ride in a Fast Machine and Harmonielehre. He'll be joined on stage by violinist Andrés Cárdenes for the Violin Concerto in D Major by Igor Stravinsky and the concert will also feature Frank Zappa’s Dupree’s Paradise.

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6:32 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Hot Summer Herbs

Lettuce leaf basil.

Many of the popular herbs we grow languish in the heat of the summer, and some of them downright pitch a fit, including thyme, chives, and cilantro. Fortunately, there are a number of herbs that tolerate, or even prefer, the hot, torrid weather of a Louisiana summer.


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