THURSDAY: Cokie Roberts, Baton Rouge DA Hillar Moore, LSU Basketball, and Coach Dale Brown


Cokie Roberts of ABC News joins Jim in studio.  She has been named Louisiana Humanist of the Year.  "This is very special," she says.  She was born in New Orleans as "Mary Martha."  Both of her parents were politicians.  Her mother and father, Lindy and Hale Boggs, were both Democratic Congresspeople in Louisiana.  She speaks about their careers.  

Roberts has a new book already on the bestsellers list, Capital Dames and the role of women in politics.  

Her father, Hale Boggs, was presumably killed in a plane crash in Alaska.  Roberts recalls the event.  

"I'm the only one left of the original gang," Roberts says, "We were a fivesome, and we did everything together." 

"At the end of it, I wanted to slit my wrists," Roberts says of her latest book.  

"I don't think there's anybody left like her," she says of her mother, "she was so tough and so persistent, it was easier just to say yes the first time to her." 

She comments on Loretta Lynch and the human trafficking bill.  Loretta Lynch is the first African American woman to become United States Attorney General.  

"It's not a done deal," Roberts says of Hillary Clinton, "she's basically running against herself." 

She has been married to her husband Steve for 49 years.  

"It's mind boggling how quickly people change their minds on this subject," Roberts says of gay marriage.  "To young people, being gay is about as interesting as being left handed."   


Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore talks with Jim today about his career as an investigative attorney.  "Since I saw some really bad things at the start, you really have to find a switch," he says as a way to deal with the things he has seen.  February had zero murders.  "An hour and fifteen minutes after midnight, someone was killed," he says of the end of February.  

Moore comments on the budget crisis and that "education should be priority."  He also adds that more money needs to be added in crime prevention.  

He comments on police legitimacy.  They discuss the recent news about inappropriate relations between teachers and students.

Collis Temple Jr. joins Hillar Moore to talk to specific groups of at risk people for murder.  They are 900% more at risk to kill or be killed than anyone else in Baton Rouge.  

Collis Temple Jr. integrated basketball at LSU.  Former Coach Dale Brown calls in to share a story in which Temple and Brown were threatened with murder if they came out onto the court.

Brown says, "Collis did a lot that he never tooted his own horn about." 

Dale Brown says he coached 89 African American players.  

Temple shares his father's pursuit of graduate school and the difficulty in acceptance as an African American.  Both of his parents pushed him to go to LSU.