Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 12:18 pm
Jim talks with Baton Rouge native and NFL Hall of Famer Jimmy Taylor, who had outstanding football careers at LSU, the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints. Plus...actor Carl Palmer also joins the show. He plays Taylor in a new play, "Lombardi" at La Petit Theatre in New Orleans, and will talk all about it.
Filmmaker Michael Dunaway talks about his new work, "The Man Who Ate New Orleans"
Northwestern State University will dedicate two buildings at the heart of its Natchitoches, La., campus today. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and state officials are scheduled to be in attendance when the university officially opens the newly-renovated Caspari Hall and the Student Services Center. Combined, these projects cost $12.1 million. They were funded through state surplus revenue five years ago.
There is a dog who curls up next to the radio for the BBC World Service overnight, and another who prefers to listen to WRKF in the afternoon while lounging in the pool.
There are cats who purr at Elizabeth Eads hosting All Things Considered; a bird that sings the Weekend Edition theme song; a turtle and a lizard who crawl up to an iPad to see environmental news with the WRKF app.
All of them are well-informed members of the animal kingdom because of all that public radio listening.
And they will be drinking from the "I Heart NPR" bowl their families receive as a thank you for their monthly contribution to WRKF.
Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 10:45 am
Jim chats with former Governor Edwin W. Edwards about becoming a father at 86, and whatever else comes up.
The first African-American LSU Undergraduate A.P. Tureaud Jr talks about his experience on LSU's campus. Perry Franklin joins in the conversation to talk about the Tureaud Chapter celebrations this weekend beginning Friday at the Manship Theater.
A new report from the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) compiled salary and benefit ranges for more than 100 nonprofit jobs in the state. LANO produced the 115-page report with statistical analysis from Columbia Books.
Amanda LaFleur is a professor of French and Cajun studies at LSU.
Listening to WRKF gets her through her commute from Lafayette to Baton Rouge. Having enjoyed Morning Edition and then the Jim Engster Show, Amanda usually arrives on campus during the Diane Rehm Show, and sometimes it's hard to get out of the car.
Amanda is a dedicated listener, but describes herself as "not a particularly organized person," known for being late paying bills and that sort of thing. By becoming a sustaining member she realized there will never be a lapse in her giving to WRKF.