Bayou to Beltway

Wednesdays at 12:30 PM & Saturdays at 5:30 PM

Each week Pearson Cross interviews Acadiana's most influential officials and news-makers.

Dr. Pearson Cross is Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at UL Lafayette. His principal areas of teaching are State and Local politics, Southern and Louisiana politics. He is a frequent commentator on political issues at the national, state and local level. He has published on topics including redistricting, elections, white supremacy, southern political culture, and the Louisiana Judiciary. He is currently working on a book about the politics of education reform in Louisiana. In addition to his radio show, Bayou to Beltway, Dr. Cross has a monthly column called Cross-wise in the Independent magazine ( Dr. Cross received his B.A., from San Francisco State University in 1985 and his Ph.D. from Brandeis University in Massachusetts in 1997. His first avocation is jazz piano; his second is southern cooking. He is married to Lisa Orten Cross and has one son, Elias, and one daughter, Lucy.


    Bayou to Beltway: January 27, 2021

    3 hours ago

    Executive Director Leigh Rachal and Chief Impact Strategist Elsa Dimitriadis of ARCH (Acadiana Regional Coalition on Homelessness & Housing) on Bayou to Beltway

    This week Bayou to Beltway welcomes Leigh Rachal and Elsa Dimitriadis from ARCH to talk about the issues of homelessness and housing in the Acadiana area. The needs of these groups have only grown more pressing during the COVID pandemic, leading to a true crisis in the provision of shelter. Understanding this need, Ms. Rachal and Dimitriadis describe the steps they're taking to address these needs and also what you need to know about homelessness and housing, and what you can do to help. Please listen to this important show about those in our community who are struggling, on Bayou to Beltway, Wednesday at 12:30 on KRVS 88.7 fm.

    Bayou to Beltway: January 20, 2021

    Jan 20, 2021

    Each week Dr. Pearson Cross interviews Acadiana's most important officials and news-makers.


    Bayou to Beltway: January 13, 2021

    Jan 13, 2021

    Dr. David Cheramie and Dr. Tommy Michot to discuss Bayou Vermilion District (BVD) on Bayou to Beltway this week. The topic of this week's focus are the changes coming to the Bayou Vermilion District and the Heritage Museum. We discuss with the CEO of BVD and the Chairman of the Board. Topics discussed include continuing efforts to strengthen the environmental oversight of the District, address shortfalls in revenue, and welcome new board members. 

    Bayou to Beltway: January 6, 2021

    Jan 7, 2021

    Each week Dr. Pearson Cross interviews Acadiana's most important officials and news-makers.


    Bayou to Beltway: December 30, 2020

    Jan 4, 2021

    Marshal Reggie Thomas on Bayou to Beltway, Wednesday 12:30 pm 88.7 fm.Marshal-elect Thomas joins me for a conversation about his lengthy career in law enforcement and the plans he has for reshaping and strengthening the Marshal's office in Layette. We discuss community connections, innovative programs to reach out to victims of domestic violence, and his historic election as the first parish-wide elected Black official in the history of Lafayette Parish. Please join host Pearson Cross for this conversation with the new Marshal of Lafayette Parish, Mr. Reggie Thomas.