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10:19 am
Thu July 10, 2014

THURSDAY: Author Chuck Klosterman; Musician Nick Abraham; Investigative reporter Gus Garcia-Roberts

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 10:45 am

New York Times bestselling author Chuck Klosterman joins us on the phone this morning with a summary of his latest novel, "I Wear the Black Hat" -- where he addresses the modern understanding of villainy.
 

Nick Abraham is in studio next who tells the story of his life as a priest and subsequent nervous breakdown upon the revelation that he is gay. Nick seeks support from the metro council for a tolerance ordinance -- which he says would make the case that we are not a discriminating society. Abraham is also the lead singer of, "The Nick Abraham Xperience" which performs tonight at the Indigo.

 

Gus Garcia-Roberts, investigative reporter, has co-authored a book which dives "into the story behind the story" of the dozens of baseball players, including Alex Rodriguez, who were supplied PEDs from the Biogenesis clinic. "Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the Quest to End Baseball's Steroid Era" uncovers all sorts of extremely bizarre details about A'Rod. Garcia-Roberts shares some of those with Jim on this morning's show.

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10:43 am
Wed July 9, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Pitcher Denny McClain; LSU School of Mass Comm Dean Jerry Ceppos; Rev. Alan Cutter

Star Detroit Lions pitcher Denny McClain calls in to discuss various topics of the game of baseball including the controversy surrounding "uppers" taken by players (allegedly) back in his day.
 
 

Jerry Ceppos  is up next, Dean of the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication --- who Jim says knows things about "most things." Ceppos is in studio to discuss the future of print and the "news war" between Advocate owner John Georges and Times Picayune owners, Newhouse Family.

 
 

Alan Cutter is a Presbyterian reverend who served in the US Navy from 1969-1975. He was also diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in June 2010. He is a proud spokesperson for The 3rd Annual Parkinson's Conference which is being held Saturday July 19th at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

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10:23 am
Tue July 8, 2014

TUESDAY: Biographer Leo Honeycutt

Jim ponders the upcoming Louisiana elections which are less than four months away. He discusses past elections, who's running now, and all topics regarding the November elections.

Biographer Leo Honeycutt joins Jim in the studio to discuss his latest project: an Edwin Edwards screenplay. Leo talks about giving up working for the office of Buddy Caldwell to pursue and finish the Edwin Edwards screenplay he's been working on for two years. According to Leo, the screenplay is beyond "talks" at this point, and is very close to becoming a reality.


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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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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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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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10:11 am
Thu June 26, 2014

THURSDAY: Colorado State University Chancellor Mike Martin; Author J. Edward Chamberlin

Former LSU Chancellor and now Chancellor of Colorado State University Mike Martin calls in to talk with Jim for the better part of today's show. Mike discusses his time at LSU, what he liked about Baton Rouge, what he didn't, and what some of the reasons were that factored into his decision to leave.

Dr. J. Edward Chamberlin talks with Jim about his recently published book Island: How Islands Transform the World. Out of the the 7 billion people on earth, 1 billion live on islands; and they shape our lives more than many people think.


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