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10:21 am
Mon September 8, 2014

MONDAY: Steve Crump, Tony Clayton, Rabbi Barry Weinstein

On the show today we visit with Tony Clayton, the prosecutor in Iberville Parish. He updates us on the latest in the Scott Rogers saga. It took a new turn Friday as the shooter in the case, Matthew Hodgkinson, died at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. Hodgkinson shot Scott Rogers then shot himself on August 27th.
 

The Nation and the world have been riveted with this case. People Magazine, in its latest issue, features Scott Rogers in a long piece about his sordid past.

 

We ask Clayton where the investigation goes from here. Is it closed?

 

The Rabbi Barry Weinstein who was a frequent guest on Scott's Around Town Radio Show.

 
And The Reverend Steve Crump from the Unitarian Church.
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10:26 am
Fri September 5, 2014

FRIDAY: Musheer Robinson, Dan Borne, Steve Almond

 
 
Today on the show we visit with Musheer Robinson, the Economic Development Director for the Louisiana NAACP. Robinson has some thoughts about race in America in the aftermath of the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri.
 
 

And the latest development involving a Baton Rouge police officer accused of sending racist texts, resigning and possibly facing criminal charges.

 
 

Also we visit with Dan Borne, the Voice of the Valley since 1986. He's the man at the PA system and whose voice will permeate the rafters of Tiger Stadium with its new capacity of 102,321, the 9th largest arena in the world, as LSU opens against Sam Houston State in its home opener Saturday night.

 
 

And Steve Almond his book..talk about taking on a sacred cow, "Against Football" - one man's reluctant manifesto.

 
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10:12 am
Fri August 29, 2014

FRIDAY: Bob Mann; Carley McCord

Political historian and Media Professor with the Manship School of Mass Communication at LSU, Bob Mann, reviews the landscape of Louisiana with Jim this morning.
 
We also hear from St. Michaels and LSU graduate Carley McCored, a current Broadcast Media Professional in Cleveland. Carley was Miss Greater Baton Rouge 2013 and a two-time First Runner-up to Miss Louisiana. She is a model, actress, radio and television personality.
 
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10:05 am
Wed August 6, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Edwin Edwards; Thomas Miller & Dr. Albert Samuels of SU's Faculty Senate; Bob Jacobsen

Former Louisiana Governor and candidate for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District Edwin Edwards joins us for the first part of today's show. Edwards discusses his stance on certain issues like abortion, the U.S.-Mexico border, American troops in Afghanistan, and much, much more.

Southern University Faculty Senate President Dr. Thomas Miller and Vice President Dr. Albert Samuels drop by the studio to discuss their disagreements with SU President Dr. Ronald Mason and the remarks Dr. Mason made on our show on Monday.

Also, Bob Jacobsen from the Louisiana Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers closes out today's show with Jim to discuss the ASCE Louisiana Chapter's 100th anniversary this year. The anniversary will be celebrated this Saturday August 9th at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge, La.


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10:05 am
Tue August 5, 2014

TUESDAY: Mayor-President Kip Holden

Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden of Baton Rouge joins the show for the full hour today to discuss the Fairness Ordinance, his bid for Lieutenant Governor, the latest from the City of St. George proposal, and much, much more. 


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10:05 am
Mon August 4, 2014

MONDAY: Southern University President Dr. Ronald Mason; and Author Kevin Kwan

President of Southern University Dr. Ronald Mason joins us in studio for the better of Monday's show to discuss the recent merger proposal of the operations of the Southern University System with the Baton Rouge campus, as well as the proposal to consolidate the positions of system President with Chancellor for the Baton Rouge campus. They discuss how Dr. Mason is handling all of this on top of an uneasy and upset faculty which argues that Southern University has an enrollment problem, not a structural problem.

Also, author Kevin Kwan joins us to close out the show and discuss his debut novel: Crazy Rich Asians. The comedic novel centers around three very wealthy, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season. 


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10:09 am
Fri August 1, 2014

FRIDAY: LSU Political Science Prof. Wayne Parent; Kinky Friedman; Comedian Tiffany Dickerson

LSU Political Science Professor Wayne Parent joins Jim in studio as the first guest of the day and they talk about Wayne's latest book The Louisiana Field Guide: Understanding Life in the Pelican State. They as well talk about Governor Bobby Jindal's recent letter to President Obama, the upcoming November elections, and much, much more.

Texas country singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician, former columnist for Texas Monthly and a one-time candidate for Governor of Texas, Kinky Friedman is the day's second guest. What won't he and Jim talk about? He's playing tonight at the Red Dragon Listening Room at 8:00pm.

Comedian Tiffany Dickerson stops by the studio to close out the show with Jim, and she's in town tonight at the XO Comedy Club from 7:00pm-10:00pm with her show "Let Me Tell You Something Comedy Experience."


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10:06 am
Thu July 31, 2014

THURSDAY: STAR BR's Racheal Hebert; Historian Luke Nichter; Author Melody Moezzi

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 9:16 am

Racheal Hebert, Executive Director of Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response in Baton Rouge (STAR BR) joins the show as the first guest today and she and Jim discuss the recent arrest of an LSU student on charges of rape after he met the victim on the social media meet-up site Tinder. They discuss the lasting effects this will have on the LSU campus, on students, and social media meet-up sites.

Historian Luke Nichter is the day's second guest and joins the show to talk about his latest work: Nixon Tapes. The book reveals for the very first time President Richard Nixon uncensored, unfiltered, and in his own words.

Also, Melody Moezzi closes out the show to promote and discuss her memoir, Haldol and Hyacinths. With Candor and humor Moezzi, a manic-depressive Iranian-American woman, chronicles her experiences with both clinical and cultural bipolarity.


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10:06 am
Wed July 30, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Former PA Gov. Ed Rendell; C.B. Forgotston; and BR Area Foundation's Mukul Verma

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 9:23 am

Today's first guest is the former Governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell. He and Jim discuss Rendell's early career in sports, the Philadelphia Phillies, politics, Common Core, and the state of the Democratic party in America.

Capitol blogger C.B. Forgotston calls in as the day's second guest and he and Jim discuss the growing controversy surrounding Superintendent Mike Edmonson of the Louisiana State Police Department and his involvement in Senate Bill 294 by Senator Neil Riser which gives Edmonson and at least one other trooper up to $30,000 in extra retirement benefits.

Also, Mukul Verma of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation joins Jim in studio to close out the day's show, and he brings with him the recent City Stats from the annual survey done on East Baton Rouge Parish.


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10:24 am
Tue July 29, 2014

TUESDAY: Donna Brazile; Andrew Vogel & Brenda Perry Dunn; BTR's Jim Caldwell & Jason Wilson

Political Strategist, former campaign manager for Al Gore, frequent CNN contributing commentator, and Louisiana native & LSU Grad Donna Brazile is the day's first guest. She and Jim talk about the rapidly approaching November election in the state which is shaping out to be between Sen. Mary Landrieu and Rep. Bill Cassidy;  her rise in the world of politics from a very early age; and much more.

Documentary filmmaker Andrew Vogel and Brenda Perry Dunn stop by to talk with Jim about the restoration process of Baton Rouge's Lincoln Theater. Vogel has made a documentary film about the Lincoln Theater and Dunn is the Founder & Executive Director of the Louisiana Black History Hall of Fame which owns the Lincoln Theater.

Also, Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport's Air Service Development & Marketing Manager Jim Caldwell and Administrative & Development Manager Jason Wilson drop by the studio to close out the day's show. They give us an update on the happenings of the BTR airport, including new renovations and the upcoming 9th Annual Business Opportunities Workshop this Wednesday July 30th at the Renaissance Hotel for firms seeking business opportunities at the airport.


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