Jim Engster interviews James Goodale, author of "Fighting For The Press: Inside The Story of the Pentagon Papers" about the 1971 publication of the Pentagon papers by the New York Times newspaper and recent controversies of Wiki-leaks, Edward Snowden's revelations about N.S.A. activities, and his concerns about President Obama involving press freedom. Former baseball player and now author, Dirk Hayhurst discusses his latest book: "Baseball: Bigger Than The Game, Re-stitching A Major League Life" which chronicles the pressures he experienced in professional sports including overcoming injuries and addictions during his baseball career. Also, Mary Ann Wasil, founder of the "Get In Touch Foundation" which has education programs designed to encourage girls to get in touch with their bodies by learning self breast exams.
Commentator Gary Borders has a portrait of Sarah Knox Taylor, the daughter of Zachary Taylor, who was a career military officer during her lifetime and later became president. Sarah Knox Taylor is buried near St. Francisville, La., at Locust Grove State Historic Site.
Students at New Diana High School in East Texas are building a rocket that will go 19 miles high and travel at three times the speed of sound. New Diana is among nine schools in Texas to receive clearance from NASA to build a rocket that will be launched at the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range in May or June.
Award winning author and Journalism professor Alan Weisman talks with Jim about his latest book Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? in which Weisman focuses on the drastic increase in the human population and how its affecting earth.
The Advocate columnist Pam Bordelon, of Pam's Party Line, joins Jim in the studio to chat about the Mardi Gras festivities, Louisiana's big night at the 86th annual Academy Awards, and much, much more.
Also, theater director Brian Breen and stage actors Sam Bryan and Mattie Olson stop by the studio to discuss To Kill a Mockingbird which Breen is directing at the Ascension Community Theater in Gonzales, La. The play will be showing until March 16th.
New York Times Culture Reporter and author Dave Itzkoff joins the show to talk about his latest book Mad As Hell: The Making of "Network" and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies. Also, attorney, political pundit, and Louisiana state capitol watchdog C.B. Forgotston talks with Jim about the upcoming legislative session, as well as Governor Bobby Jindal's recent comments at the White House following the National Governors Association's annual meeting. And, entrepreneurial strategies developer and author of Venture Forth, the award winning guide to social enterprise, Rolfe Larson talks with Jim about the Social Enterprise for Nonprofits workshop which is coming to Baton Rouge on March 18th and 19th.
Just ahead of Texas Independence Day, commentator Gary Borders introduces us to history buff and renegade newspaperman Sam Malone, who edited The Rambler in San Augustine. The Rambler ended its run in 1988. Today, The Sabine County Reporter and Rambler continues weekly circulation.
Friday is the deadline for pre-filing bills for the Louisiana legislative session that starts March 10. So far, the proposals include renewed attempts at state retirement reform, constitutional amendments to expand Medicaid, and the return of the electric chair.
Jim Engster interviews Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne about his run for governor in 2015, other candidates in the race, and the movement of St. George to incorporate as a city apart from Baton Rouge, among other topics. Erica Crenshaw, President/CEO of 'Execute Now!' speaks about her former private sector experiences in the corporate world and discusses her thoughts regarding non-profits improving their accountability, and making result-driven and measurable plans.