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10:11 am
Mon June 23, 2014

MONDAY: Political Consultant Roy Fletcher; Author Chris Colin

Roy Fletcher, former National Deputy Campaign Manager for Sen. John McCain, and now a Political Consultant and Strategist, joins Jim in studio for the better part of today's show. He and Jim discuss the unexpected and surprisingly successful rise of Rep. Steve Scalise to House Majority Whip; Sen. David Vitter's bid for the Governor's mansion and his sudden shift to the middle; Bill Cassidy running for Senate; Common Core and Superintendent John White; Governor Jindal; the Landrieu Family; and much, much, much, much more.

Also, Author Chris Colin talks with Jim for the last segment of today's show about his latest book What to Talk About: On a Plane, at a Cocktail Party, in a Tiny Elevator with Your Boss's Boss.


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6:27 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Head and Neck Cancers Less Prevalent, Harder to Treat

Dr. Laura Hetzler is a plastic surgeon working with the multidisciplinary team at the Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center. She says what makes cancers in the oral cavity, throat, lips, and larynx so hard to treat is that those parts of the body are involved in complex functions like how a person speaks, eats, and looks. 
 
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3:51 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Award Winning Vocalist Brings Bluegrass to Baton Rouge

Claire Lynch

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:45 pm

Tonight at 8 PM, the Unitarian Church will be filled with the rolling rhythms of award winning bluegrass.  Though The Claire Lynch Band might not be a mainstream name, the band and its members are well-known and respected in the bluegrass community.  Claire Lynch, who heads the band, spoke with Elizabeth Eads earlier this week while on the road heading to Baton Rouge.

 

Playlist:

The Claire Lynch Band-Once the Teardrops Start to Fall 

The Claire Lynch Band-I'll Be Alright Tomorrow

The Claire Lynch Band-Doin' Time

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WRKF
11:16 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Land, Air, Water, Wildlife: Why Does it Matter to You?

Earth

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:45 pm

Saturday June 21, 2014 is the first day of summer; the season for play-time, vacations and - if you can take the heat - enjoying the great outdoors.

Back in April, we set up our recording booth at the Earth Day Festival in downtown Baton Rouge and we heard from people about their love for the environment.

They told us about things like growing up with recycling parents and watching the Louisiana coastline recede when we asked a simple question: Land, Air, Water, Wildlife - Why does it matter to you?

That was Freda Yarborough Dunne, Bob Williamson, Lindsey Short, Ramesh Subramanian, Amy Canada, Marifer Manns, Antoine Mitchell, Kyle Hymell, and kids Ethan Ferguson and Christa Bartholomew.

They stepped into the WRKF Recording Booth at the Earth Day Festival in April to tell us why the environment matters.

Look for the WRKF Recording Booth at events near you in the year to come.

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10:06 am
Fri June 20, 2014

FRIDAY: Political Consultant Gus Weill; Marlon Brando Biographer Susan Mizruchi

Political Consultant Gus Weill joins Jim for the better part of today's show to discuss the last few days in Louisiana Politics. He and Jim touch on Rep. Steve Scalise becoming the U.S. House Majority Whip and what that means for the GOP and Congress; the love/hate relationship between Governor Bobby Jindal and Superintendent of Education John White over their Common Core dispute; and much, much more.

Susan Mizruchi joins Jim for the last segment of today's show to talk about her new biography of Marlon Brando titled Brando's Smile. At 19 years old Brando left Nebraska for New York, and by the age of 23 he was one of the worlds greatest actors.


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4:48 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Insight: Entrepreneurial Spirit, Numbers, and Good Stories

Marketplace Host Kai Ryssdal

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:46 pm

On June 30, WRKF is bringing the daily business show Marketplace back to the air, weekdays at 5:30 p.m. And you’ll hear the Marketplace Morning Report at 51 minutes past the hour during Morning Edition on weekday mornings.

The return of Marketplace gives us an excuse to talk with host, Kai Ryssdal, about how Louisiana fits in to the bigger economic picture.


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10:11 am
Thu June 19, 2014

THURSDAY: Political Consultants Trey Ourso & Scott Wilfong; Novelist Alan Furst "Midnight in Europe"

Former Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party Trey Ourso and GOP political consultant Scott Wilfong discuss and debate Jindal's recent executive orders to withdraw Louisiana from the Common Core standards and federally subsidized standardized tests. And, the phone lines light up.

Novelist Alan Furst joins the show for last segment to discuss his latest novel Midnight in Europe. The novel, which has received praise from authors like Erik Larson (Devil in the White City), is a suspenseful, romantic, and richly rendered novel of spies and secret operatives in Paris and New York, in Warsaw and Odessa, on the eve of World War II.


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WRKF
4:10 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Jindal Moves to Withdraw Louisiana from Common Core

Jindal addresses the press on Wednesday

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:47 pm

Governor Bobby Jindal announced Wednesday his intent to withdraw the state from the Common Core Educational Standards.  


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10:13 am
Wed June 18, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Former State Rep. Ron Gomez; Damien Echols & Lorri Davis; Highwire Walker Philippe Petit

Former Louisiana State Representative and former sports journalist/radio announcer for the USL (now ULL) football and basketball programs, Ron Gomez joins Jim for the first half of today's show. He and Jim talk about the complex legacy of basketball coach Beryl Shipley, who will be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame this week.

Damien Echols and Lorri Davis call in together to talk with Jim and discuss their unlikely love story which began when Echols was on death row in Arkansas. They as well discuss their new book detailing their story titled Yours For Eternity: A Love Story On Death Row.

Famous highwire-walker and magician Philippe Petit joins the show as the last guest of the day. Philippe and Jim talk about Philippe's famous walk between the World Trade Center buildings in 1974. He was well discusses his latest book Creativity: The Perfect Crime.


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10:08 am
Tue June 17, 2014

TUESDAY: GOP Activist Mike Chittom; La. Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson

Louisiana GOP Activist Mike Chittom talks with Jim throughout the first half of today's show about the Republican Party surge in the state. They discuss David Vitter's remarks at the Baton Rouge Press Club yesterday, as well as his chances of becoming Governor. Mike also chimes in on his opinions about Vance McAllister, the economy, and Mary Landrieu v. Bill Cassidy.

Louisiana State Senator and Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson fills the second half of the show to talk about the other side of today's topic of politics. She gives her own rebuttal and shares her opinions on David Vitter's comments at the Baton Rouge Press Club yesterday, and she also discusses jobs in the state, where our workforce is headed, and what to expect in the future.


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