Maria is a contributing writer for The New Yorker, where she writes a regular column with a focus on psychology and culture, and is currently working on an assortment of non-fiction and fiction projects. Her first book, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes (Viking/Penguin, 2013), was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into eighteen languages. It was nominated for the Agatha Award and the Anthony Award for Best Non-fiction and was a Goodreads People’s Choice Semifinalist for 2013. Her second book, The Confidence Game, is scheduled for publication by Viking/Penguin on January 12, 2016.
Jerry Ceppos is the Dean of the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication. He discusses the ethics of Sean Penn's Rolling Stone Interview of the Mexican Drug Lord. Ceppos condemns Penn, stating he would have given the actor/director an "F" for his writing. He also comments on the Iowa Caucus.
Bert Jones is a former LSU quarterback. Jones is one of 14 players in the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2016. He remembers his athletic career with Jim.
Mark Ballard is the editor of The Advocate Capitol news bureau covering Louisiana government and politics. He and Jim discuss his recent article, Political Horizons: Perks like free groceries, laundry come with the job of Louisiana governor, but they fade fast. Ballard comments on the budget mess and the challenges Governor Edwards now faces. He also gives his opinion on the new House Speaker.