interviews

WRKF
11:33 am
Wed April 10, 2013

THURSDAY: Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, Entergy's Morgan Stewart, Paige Gagliano

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 1:25 pm

Jim talks with Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon about property insurance concerns and insurance legislation before the 2013 State Legislature

Entergy's Morgan Stewart discusses effort to secure federal funding for LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which offers help to the poor and elderly with their utility bills.

Local actress and performer Paige Gagliano, who's directing a production of "Les Miserables" at The Dunham School. 


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Jazz Fest Minutes
8:30 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: David Egan — 20 Years of Trouble

David Egan.

David Eagan is one of Louisiana's most recorded songwriters. A short list of artists covering his tunes includes Irma Thomas, Marcia Ball, Solomon Burke, Etta James, Joe Cocker, Mavis Staples, John Mayall and Johnny Adams.

Egan grew up in the music-rich environments of 1960s Shreveport.

"You had the whole chitlins-circuit thing," Egan said. "You had the Bossier Strip, which was, of course, somebody's going to write a great book about that someday; just a hotbed of neon and music and vice. All those clubs and everything. And you had the Louisiana Hayride."

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WRKF
9:57 am
Tue April 9, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Author Leo Honeycutt, S.U. Law Chancellor Freddie Pitcher

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 12:31 pm

Author and journalist Leo Honeycutt talks with Jim about Governor Jindal's surprise at the opening of the 2013 State Legislature, and comparisons of Mr. Jindal to former Governor Edwin Edwards and others.

Jim chats with Southern University Law Center Chancellor Freddie Pitcher as the Law Center observes its 65th anniversary.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
8:00 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: C.J. Chenier Keeps It Red Hot

C.J. Chenier at the 2011 Rawa Blues Festival in Poland.
Credit Małgorzata Miłaszewska-Duda

C.J. Chenier is the son of Zydeco legend Clifton Chenier.

"I didn't know to what magnitude my dad's popularity was, but I knew he played music and because he played music I wanted to play music," Chenier said.

C.J. took a few piano lessons, messed around with guitar a little bit, and by the fourth grade was ready to try a horn.

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Out To Lunch
4:45 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Out to Lunch — Coffee and Ice Cream

Peter Ricchiuti, Adrian Simpson and Danielle Boyce Batten.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

New Orleans coffee and New Orleans ice cream — they're not just for New Orleanians any more, and you can hear why on this episode of Out to Lunch with Peter Ricchiuti.

Adrian Simpson from New Orleans Ice Cream and Danielle Boyce Batten from Cool Brew Coffee are making an allied assault on the nation.

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WRKF
11:00 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Interviews: CAPA's Tara McGuiness, LSU's Larry Jones, Author Tom Folsom

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 12:33 pm

Tara McGuiness, with the Center for American Progress Action, talks about recent statistics ranking Louisiana number one for gun violence.

A chat with 2013 LSU Alumnus Of The Year Larry Jones.

Author biographer Tom Folsom on his book, "Hopper: A Journey Into The American Dream", about the late actor Dennis Hopper.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
8:00 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: A Conversation With Dianne Reeves

Dianne Reeves and her quartet will play Jazz Fest Sunday afternoon, April 28, 2013.
Credit Dianne Reeves

Dianne Reeves is one of the finest jazz singers on the planet. Born in Detroit, she grew up in Denver in a family full of musicians.

"There's a lot of musicians in my family," Reeves said. "My uncle is a bassist and he was with the symphony for many years, as well as a jazz bassist. A couple of great aunts were performers, and then I have another cousin who actually produced a lot of my records, George Duke. So music was very much part of the family."

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WRKF
4:35 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Interviews: Filmmakers Cleve Bailey and Phillip Smith, Former State Lawmaker Raymond Jetson

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 10:40 am

Jim talks with filmmakers Cleve Bailey and Phillip Smith about their new film "Inclusion Illusion: One Baton Rouge"

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

The Pfabulous Pfister Sisters

The Pfister Sisters.
Credit infrogmation / Flickr

Listen to Gwen & the Pfisters

Harmony, thy name is Pfister!

This week, the Pfister Sisters sing out and occasionally act out during a rollicking hour spent on jazz vocal harmonies.

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WRKF
11:06 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Interviews: State Representative Katrina Jackson, DIG Magazine's Chris Brooks

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 10:01 am

State Representative Katrina Jackson (D-Monroe) talks with Jim about issues and proposed legislation coming in the 2013 Legislative session, which starts Monday at noon.

A visit with Chris Brooks, of DIG Magazine, to chat about the upcoming Baton Rouge Blues Festival and other local hot topics.


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