FRIDAY: Gut Health, Government Secrecy, North Charleston Murder, War of the Bloggers, Legislative Session

We start the day with Molly Morgan, author of Drink Your Way to Gut Health: 140 Delicious Probiotic Smoothies & Other Drinks that Cleanse & Heal.

Morgan, a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, brings 140 healing drink recipes based on kefir, yogurt, kombucha, almond milk, and ginger beer.

Next up it's Frederick A.O. Schwarz Jr. - author of Democracy in the Dark: The Seduction of Government Secrecy .

"We are in an era of secrecy," says Schwarz, "It started during The Cold War and continued during 9-11. The number one reason is fear.'

One reviewer writes, "Schwarz's book should be required reading for every citizen who seeks to bring sunlight into the darkened corridors of government that endanger America's democracy."

"Secrecy is not a partisan issue," says Schwarz. "Every president uses their secret power."

Lawyer Mike Wolfe is in studio next to discuss the North Charleston murder of a black man by a white police officer.

"These incidents should cause people to be concerned about the state of law enforcement in this country," said Wolfe. "We must have higher standards and better training."

Jim feels the appropriate punishment for the now former officer Michael Slager is for someone to shoot him in the back. #WalterScott

Wolfe says, "I think this sort of thing is not as isolated as we might think. If not for the video we may not have ever known about this."


Hour 2 - Battle of the Bloggers

From the right: Scott McKay with The Hayride
From the left: Dayne Sherman 

The legislative session begins Monday, and when asked Jindal's role McKay wonders if the Governor will participate via Skype. "If you've always wanted to see an independent legislature, you've got one. I don't really think many lawmakers have much loyalty to Jindal or care about his agenda."

McKay and Sherman agree on Jindal.

On the subject of taxes, Sherman brings up Grover Norquist which McKay brushes off as not relevant to the discussion. Neither budging on this stance.

McKay says higher ed spending is completely out of control and needs to be trimmed. "Everything people say about higher ed being in a bubble is absolutely correct."

Sherman, a SLU professor, suggests cuts are completely overboard and if anything higher ed staff is underpaid for the hours they work.

On Common Core, Sherman says the testing is outrageous. McKay says he couldn't care less about the Common Core debate.