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6:27 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Diamonds in the Garden

Diamonds Blue delphinium blossoms

Blue flowers, like Diamonds Blue delphinium, are relatively rare.


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12:13 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

MONDAY: Author John Meacham, LSU vs Alabama, Volunteers in Public Schools

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 8:49 am

The owner of Louie's Cafe, Jimmy Wetherford stops by to talk about the 9th annual North Gate festival taking place this Friday.

Kimberly Levy-Marcelle joins the show to discuss the latest with Volunteers in Public School Systems(VIPSS). Dr. Chance Lewis joins the conversation to discuss his upcoming visit to Baton Rouge in support of VIPSS.

Author John Meacham discusses his book, "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power", considered among the very best biographies of the nation's 3rd president.

A look at the upcoming LSU - Alabama matchup


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8:40 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Park rangers in Natchitoches increase tours

Last month’s 16-day partial government shutdown is a fading memory for park rangers at Cane River Creole National Historical Park in Natchitoches. They’ve resumed their 90-minute walking tours in downtown Natchitoches. In all, 15 rangers at the park were furloughed during the shutdown, including Nathan Hatfield. He’s the park’s chief of interpretation. He said it didn’t take long to get the park humming again. The walking tours are being expanded during the holidays.

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8:32 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Bank On Shreveport aims to improve financial health of residents

The city of Shreveport has signed on to a nationwide initiative to encourage residents to open checking accounts and use them to their full advantage, even if they’ve had banking problems in the past. Bank On Shreveport aims to help local residents move toward financial stability and reduce the reliance on high-cost check cashers and payday lenders, according to Ebony Mapp, the city’s economic development special projects manager.

“It’s a real loss for our community. It’s those types of services -- some of them are predatory -- that can dilute the wealth of a city," Mapp said.

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7:47 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Gary Borders: On teaching press box journalism

For the first time in more than two decades, Commentator Gary Borders covered a football game. But he wasn't filing a story on deadline. He was showing his journalism students how to function in the press box, minus the whiskey shots downed by the sportswriters of yesteryear.


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12:03 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

FRIDAY: LSU MassComm Professor Bob Mann, Author Samuel Freedman, State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 12:02 pm

LSU's Bob Mann and author Samuel Freedman, who wrote a book about Grambling State University, discuss the state of Higher Education in Louisiana.

State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton talks about the annual Louisiana Book Festival, this weekend in Baton Rouge at the State Capitol.


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9:26 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Family Justice Center to open in Alexandria

David Britt, CEO of the United Way of Central Louisiana, is spearheading a project to open a Family Justice Center in Alexandria to support victims of domestic violence.

The United Way of Central Louisiana is leading an effort to create a Family Justice Center in Alexandria. It will be the third one in the state after Monroe and New Orleans. The center will be a one-stop location for all the services to assist victims of domestic violence, according to David Britt, CEO of the United Way of Central Louisiana.

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12:42 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

THURSDAY: Gannett Sportswriter Glenn Guilbeau, Music Promoter Johnny Palazzotto, Author Herb Pilato

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 10:08 am

Jim discusses whether or not beer should be generally available in Tiger Stadium with Gannett News Service sportswriter Glenn Guilbeau.

Music promoter Johnny Palazzotto discusses Music In The Schools this week with Johnny Rivers, Deacon John Moore, Herman Jackson and others. Rivers plays this weekend at Baton Rouge High.

Author Herbie Pilato talks about his new book, "The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery" about teh popular star of "Bewitched" and numerous TV films.

 

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7:30 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Centenary professor pens definitive biography on Jack London

Earle Labor, author of "Jack London: An American Life," sits in his Centenary College office flanked by a portrait of the great American writer.

It’s been less than a month since a 500-page biography of the great American writer Jack London was published. But it’s gained traction in national literary circles. One reviewer called it the definitive biography of the larger-than-life writer. Whatever the take, “Jack London: An American Life” has been a long time coming for Earle Labor, professor emeritus of American Literature at Centenary College and director of its Jack London Research Center.

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12:30 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Rock Legend Johnny Rivers, Sports Author Rich Cohen

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 12:38 pm

Baton Rouge native and living legend of rock & roll Johnny Rivers chats with Jim. Rivers will be performing in Baton Rouge soon.

Author Rich Cohen talks about his book, "Monsters" about the 1985 Chicago Bears.

Executive Director of Louisiana State Employee Retirement System (LASERS), Cindy Rougeou joins the show to talk about the latest with the retirement programs in Louisiana.


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