Former U.S. Congressman from Napoleonville, La., Charlie Melancon joins Jim for today's show. Charlie and Jim discuss the recent upset in Virginia with Eric Cantor losing his congressional seat to David Brat; whether Mary Landrieu can win reelection; Melancon's 2010 Senate race against Vitter; and much, much more. Melancon even talks about how he got into politics: by starting out as a driver for then Governor Edwin Edwards.
The last guest for today's show is a person who Jim describes as: "Of all the guests I've had this is my favorite one, because without her there would be no other guests." Molly Sullivan joins Jim in the studio to talk about June 12, 2004: the date in which Jim barley survived a terrible car wreck after being pulled to safety by a passerby, Molly Sullivan.
Fresh off the closing of the 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session, State Senator Robert Adley joins Jim for the first half of today's show. Adley is the author of Senate Bill 469, a bill that would kill the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East's lawsuit against 97 oil and gas companies for coastal damage. The bill is still in the news as it awaits either the signature or veto by Governor Bobby Jindal.
Retired Lieutenant General Russel Honore, now with the Green Army, is back on the show to discuss his ever continuing fight for Louisiana clean air and water, as well as his fight for holding those who pollute them accountable.
Also, on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, Nicholas Kariouk, a World War II veteran and French Native, stops by the studio and talks with Jim about his service and his memory of D-Day.
Actors John Schneider and Shanna Forrestall join Jim in studio to discuss movies and the Louisiana film industry. Schneider, famous for The Dukes of Hazard, and Forrestall, a Louisiana native actress, discuss their recent film Smothered. The film, directed by Schneider and starring Forrestall, was filmed in Louisiana at the newly established John Schneider Studios.
Also, musician Bill Grimes and Vocalist Phillip Manuel join the show to discuss their upcoming concert Hot Summer Nights with Phillip Manuel and Wess WARMDADDY Anderson tonight, June 5th, at the LSU School of Music Recital Hall on the LSU campus.
Today's first guest is Gary Stewart, a Baton Rouge native and author of The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching For My Father...and Finding the Zodiac Killer. Along with co-author Susan Mustafa, the book follows Stewart as he searches for his biological father, which he finds, and who turns out to be the infamous Zodiac Killer.
Heath Knakmuhs, Senior Director of Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy, talks with Jim about Monday's announcement by President Obama of the EPA proposed regulation intended to cut carbon pollution from power plants by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030.
Also, Columnist Smiley Anders joins Jim to celebrate his 35th year with The Advocate, and to reminisce on years past.
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Tyler Bridges talks with Jim about the wrap-up of the 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session. Among the many legislative topics they discuss, they touch on Governor Jindal's postponement of signing Senate Bill 469 while the Attorney General reviews the bill.
Dr. Everett Ehrlich, President of ESC Company and former under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs under President Clinton, talks with Jim about Net Neutrality: what is it, who regulates it, and why should people care?
Also, Renee Chatelain, director of the Manship Theater, talks with Jim about upcoming events like The Jack Mitchell Collection: The Stories Behind the Photographs, and many more.
Foster Campbell, the Louisiana Public Service Commissioner for District 5, weighs in on the state legislature's recent passage of Senate Bill 469. The passage of the bill rejects a lawsuit filed against 97 oil and gas companies by a New Orleans levee board and retroactively kills litigation claiming that the oil and gas companies environmentally damaged Louisiana's wetlands. Commissioner Campbell, by the way, makes it very clear to Jim and to our listeners that he is not a happy camper about the legislature's decision.
Jeremy Alford, successor to John Maginnis and now publisher of La. Politics, talks with Jim and spends the remainder of todays show remembering their friend and journalistic colleague John Maginnis, who passed away Sunday May 25, 2014.
Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon talks about the start of this years Hurricane Season which begins June 1st. Donelon warns that although the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) is predicting a possible six hurricanes this season, all it takes is one to devastate communities along coastal waters. Donelon also talks about steps one can take to prepare for possible hurricane landfall (i.e.: making an inventory of one's personal possessions), and the importance of Flood Insurance.
Also, famed and legendary Louisiana Political Consultant Gus Weill talks with Jim about the passing of John Maginnis; a loss that not only affects Louisiana Journalism, but the state of Louisiana as a whole.
President of the Louisiana Association of Educators Debbie Meaux talks with Jim about recent legislature at the capitol concerning education in the state. She as well talks about Common Core and the expectations that she and others like her have concerning its implementation.
The 2013 Slam Poetry World Champion Chancelier Xero Skidmore talks about his work around town with teaching students the art of poetry. He closes out his talk with Jim by performing a powerful, moving poem titled Ice Scream, about the execution of a fourteen-year-old black boy in the south.
Also, George Hincapie talks with Jim about his stunningly candid autobiography The Loyal Lieutenant: Leading Out Lance and Pushing through the Pain on the Rocky Road to Paris. In the book, Hincapie tells of riding alongside Lance Armstrong in all seven of his Tour de France Championship victories, and all the scandal that came about after-the-fact.
Greg Iles is out with his first book in five years, and critics and authors alike are praising his 790 page novel Natchez Burning. The novel is the first installment in an epic trilogy that weaves crimes, lies, and secret past and present into a mesmerizing thriller featuring Southern mayor and former prosecutor Penn Cage.
Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, talks with Jim about his new book The Second Amendment: A Biography. A legal scholar on the history of the Constitutional right to bear arms, he argues that current gun laws are the result of political lobbying and distort the original intent of the Second Amendment.
Steven Bickmore is an assistant professor of English Education with a joint appointment in the School of Education and the English Department at LSU, and he talks with Jim about the upcoming week long Young Adult Literature Conference celebrating young adult literature authors and readers.
CEO of Stirling Properties and President of TAF Jim Maurin talks with Jim about his support of the Marketplace Fairness Act, and what he's doing to make sure it's implemented in the state.
Also, GOP political consultant Scott Wilfong and Melissa Flournoy with Louisiana Planned Parenthood discuss/debate recent legislature that restricts abortion in the state, and answer a plethora of questions from listeners.