WEDNESDAY: Astronaut Mark Kelly, Actress Sally Kirkland, Caddo Parish New DA Dale Cox, and the Pelican Institute of Public Policy


Astronaut Mark Kelly joins the show to discuss his new book Astrotwins.  He wants to ignite interest in math and science in young people outside of the classroom.  Both he and his twin brother, Scott Kelly, followed similar career paths and were both selected to be shuttle pilots by NASA in 1996.  "I was the better student," Mark says of he and his twin brother, "Even identical twins are not created exactly the same."

"It is the greatest thing ever. I cannot think of anything to compare it to... it's hard to do well," he says of his experience in space.  

In 2015, his brother was selected to be the Commander of the International Space Station.  

He also comments on his wife, Gabby Giffords, and her recovery from her shooting.  He shares his views on gun control and gun rights.  He expresses his support of the second amendment while stating the ways gun control can be improved.  

Jim comments on the NFL investigation released Wednesday which concluded that the New England Patriots employees and quarterback Tom Brady were "at least generally aware" of the violation in deflated footballs. 

Actress Sally Kirkland shares her experiences throughout her year.  Her first studio film was in 1954 in front of Andy Warhol's cameras.  "He set up a stationary camera and said don't move." 

She has made 150 films.  She will be at Perkins Rowe on Sunday at 12:30 for the Louisiana International Film Festival.  

Kirkland was in several films with Robert Redford.  She discusses those experiences.  Kirkland worked in Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  


Newly appointed District Attorney of Caddo Parish Dale Cox joins the show.  He was recently appointed after the passing of former Caddo Parish District Attorney Charles Scott.  

He discusses the death penalty.  "The number of homicides and the savagery of homicides have grown exponentially from when I first started as a prosecutor." 

"I think we need it <death penalty> more than ever now."

"It is not uncommon for their to be 5, 10, 15, 25 years between the death sentence and actual death penalty," he says, "I think it's lost its effect." 

"I would not be in favor of any tax.  I'm a fiscal conservative." 

Dale Cox has been a prosecutor for 40 years and has had 4 death penalty convictions.  

"You should use it in those cases that are so horrendous they're really hard to describe they're so bad." 

President of the Pelican Institute of Public Policy Kevin Kane comments on the amount of people in jail.  Louisiana has the highest rate of incarceration in the country.  

Louisiana has about 400,000 inmates.  Kane offers his opinion of the challenges this poses to the state.  

"All this does is create a task force... that we recognize this is a problem that merits some study," he says, emphasizing the lack of controversy surrounding this proposition.  

They comment on the retributions against simple marijuana possession which can be life in prison.  

Our imprisonment rate increased since 2013, whereas the nation's rate decreased.