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10:34 am
Mon May 12, 2014

MONDAY: Pastor Chris Andrews, Col. Rob Maness and Author Peter Stark

Pastor Chris Andrews talks about Governor Jindal's speech at Liberty University commencement over the weekend. Colonel Rob Maness talks about his endorsement by Sarah Palin for the United States Senate. Author Peter Starks talks to Jim about his new book Astoria.  

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10:35 am
Fri May 9, 2014

FRIDAY: Bobby Theriot; Kristy Nichols; Renee Chatelain; Christopher Guith

Former LSU Baseball player Bobby Theriot discusses the team that won the 1961 SEC Championship, and what it was like to be a part of it.

Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols talks with Jim about Medicaid, the budget revenue, and whether or not there really is a budget crisis.

Renee Chatelain, Executive Director of the Manship Theatre, stops by the studio to promote the European Film Festival which is being held tonight, May 9th at 6:30pm at the Manship Theatre downtown.

Vice President for Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy, Christopher Guith, talks with Jim about the "shale revolution" happening in La. and what it means for the country environmentally and economically.

The Kid's Orchestra Executive Director Jody Hanet and Artistic Director Dr. Jovan Zikovic stop by to promote the Kid's Orchestra Spring Concert being held at the Christian Life Academy May 10th at 4:00pm.


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10:27 am
Thu May 8, 2014

THURSDAY: Jesse Allison, Paul Naquin, Dan Ireland

LSU Professor of Music Jesse Allison joins us in studio to talk about the Red Stick Future Fest happening tomorrow from 2pm-5pm. You can get more information about this event online at redstickfestival.org. "FutureFest is an exhibition of the best of tomorrow."

Paul Naquin calls in to talk about the controversial lawsuit between the city-parish and Steve Myers, local landlord and lawyer, over the definition of family. The Supreme Court overturned District Judge Janice Clark's decision. She agreed with Myers argument that the city parish can't prohibit more than two unrelated people from living together -- but that was shot down Wednesday. Naquin says this is a victory for the people of Baton Rouge and those who value living in "nice neighborhoods."


Dan Ireland, Artistic Director of the Louisiana International Film Festival, discusses the big event which begins today and runs through Sunday at Cinemark in Perkins Rowe. You can find the festival schedule at www.lifilmfest.org.

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10:33 am
Wed May 7, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Freya Rivers; Broadway Actress Ana Andricain; Professor Kirby Goidel; Greg Dicharry

Freya Anderson Rivers, Baton Rouge native and one of the first African-Americans to attend LSU, joins Jim in the studio as the first guest of the day. She discusses her early life in Baton Rouge, how she had to leave Southern Lab High School to attend Lee High due to desegregation, how she had to endure racism at LSU, and she talks about her memoir Swallowed Tears.

Broadway Actress Ana Andricain and Conductor Daivd Torns stop by to discuss the Symphony Pops at the LSU Rural Life Museum on May 10th, where they will be performing music from the American songbook, as well as patriotic and movie theme music.

Soon to be former Director of LSU's Manship School's Research Facility and Mass Com Professor Kirby Goidel talks with Jim about leaving LSU for Texas A&M in College Station, TX. He and Jim as well discuss the upcoming Senate race, and Jindal's push for the presidency.

Greg Dicharry talks with Jim about the MY LIFE Youth Day at the Capitol on May 8th which will provide youth a unique hands-on educational experience to learn about state government first hand.

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10:17 am
Tue May 6, 2014

TUESDAY: Renée Areng, John Kennedy, Timothy Muffitt, Yi-Jia Susanne Hou

Today on the show, Visit Baton Rouge Executive Vice President Renée Areng talks about the city's tourism and the huge events coming like the Miss USA Pageant and Bayou Country Superfest.

State Treasurer John Kennedy calls in with his concerns about the fact that Governor Bobby Jindal's financing plan to privatize state-owned hospitals has been rejected by the federal government. Kennedy is also on a mission to get people on board to support a bill that would cut the number of consulting contracts in Louisiana.


Timothy Muffitt brings in violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou who will perform during the Baton Rouge Symphony's Thursday concert. We also get an amazing sample of Hou's playing in-studio. Muffitt says they'll be using Twitter to express what is happening during the show. You can follow on Twitter: @BRSymphony or by using the hashtag #brsoravel.



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10:49 am
Mon May 5, 2014

MONDAY:Reporter Tyler Bridges, Sen. Ben Nevers and Head of Innovations for Superbowl Chris Garrity

Reporter Tyler Bridges speaks to Jim about Governor Bobby Jindal's legislation for state hospitals  and other LA political news. Senator Ben Nevers of Bogalusa speaks on Louisiana's national reputation for having the most wasted tax dollars. Head of Innovation for the Superbowl, Chris Garrity, speaks to Jim about the LA International Film Festival to be held in Baton Rouge May 8-11. 

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10:20 am
Fri May 2, 2014

FRIDAY: Film Historian & Author Scott Eyman; Director Bernard Rose; Psychotherapist Leslie Todd

John Wayne was one of Hollywood's most famous actors and Scott Eyman joins Jim to discuss his latest biography John Wayne: The Life and Legend. Eyman's biography takes us from Wayne's early life as a football player at USC, to his first start in the film industry as an extra, and all the way through his life which included over 170 films.

Film Director Bernard Rose joins the show to discuss his latest film The Devil's Violist, about 19th century violinist and composer Niccolo Paganini who claimed he sold his soul to the devil to be able to play the violin. The film will be showing at the Louisiana International Film Festival, May 8-11 at the Cinemark in Perkins Rowe.

Leslie Todd, psychotherapist and family mediator, talks with Jim about her work around town including her her push for folks to mediate their disputes instead of litigate them. She also touches on the AFCC-LA (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts - Louisiana Chapter), an interdisciplinary non-profit association of judges, attorneys and mental health professionals working to improve family court. 

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10:12 am
Wed April 30, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Rick Edmonds; Political Consultant Scott Wilfong and NCBW Chair Dr. E. Faye Williams

Vice President of Louisiana's Family Forum Rick Edmonds stops by the studio to promote Over the Edge for Adoption Event. The event, which takes place May 9th, is designed to bring awareness of the nearly 400 adoption eligible children in the state of Louisiana.

Also, Republican Political Consultant Scott Wilfong and National Chair of the National Congress of Black Women Dr. E. Faye Williams join the show to discuss and debate sports. Topic: the recent decision by NBA Commissioner  Adam Silver to ban L.A. Clippers Owner Donald Sterling from the NBA for life, based on alleged racist remarks.

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10:17 am
Wed April 23, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Cancer Services' John Boudreaux; Port Allen Mayor Richard Lee; Dr. Melissa Stewart

Jim is away for today and Michael Danna, Director of Public Relations for the Louisiana Farm Bureau and host for "This Week in Louisiana Agriculture" is filling in.

Chief Development Officer for Cancer Services John Boudreaux joins Michael in the studio to discuss the services offered by the Baton Rouge based non-profit. He touches on how Cancer Services offers educational, financial, and emotional support, as well as their growing Bella Bowman Children's Program offering support for children diagnosed with cancer.

Newly elected Mayor of Port Allen, Richard Lee drops by the studio with his campaign manager Rose Roche to talk about his first days in office. He discusses his background as a Baton Rouge police officer, how he's getting to know Port Allen's Councilmen individually, as well as his future plans for the City of Port Allen.

Also, Assistant Professor for the School of Nursing at Our Lady of the Lake College, author of Practical Patient Literacy: The Medagogy Model, as well as founder of the Organization of Patient Educators, Dr. Melissa Stewart stops by the studio. She talks about Obamacare, educating Professional Assistants in the medical field, teaching nursing school students, and just what it takes to become a nurse and the costs involved.

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1:51 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

TUESDAY: Human Trafficking

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 4:12 pm

Guest Host Bob Mann discusses the scourge of modern slavery, also called human trafficking, with Dr. Laura Murphy of the Modern Slavery Project at Loyola University, two local activists who've created a haven for those who've escaped slavery -- Lee and Laura Domingue of Trafficking Hope, and Miriam Goodman and Katie Crank of the Center for Court Innovation in New York.

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