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 Department Head 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: October 20, 2021

    Oct 21, 2021

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

    PASA Executive Director Jackie Lyle on Bayou to Beltway (KRVS, 88.7 fm) this Wednesday at 12:30 (CST)

    Bayou to Beltway speaks with Performing Arts Serving Acadiana Executive Director Jackie Lyle this Wednesday. The conversation focuses on the performing arts in Lafayette and on PASA's renewed efforts to provide first-rate artists and shows for the Acadiana Region. Building on years of success in earlier efforts, Ms. Lyle discusses her reentry into the field of performing arts and the vital need that the arts address in Southwest Louisiana. Topics include upcoming shows at the Heyman Center and elsewhere, efforts to bring "arts to the people" with a traveling stage, and the place of the performing arts in a vital and growing region.Jackie Lyle on Bayou to Beltway this Wednesday at 12:30 (88.7 fm) 

    Bayou to Beltway: October 13, 2021

    Oct 14, 2021

    Bayou to Beltway welcomes Joan Savoy and Andrew Duhon from the Lafayette Public Library Board

    The conversation explores the importance of the Library to Lafayette Parish in the context of the tax renewal on the ballot November 13th. Issues discussed include the origin of the library's financial problems with the failure of a previous tax renewal, and the budget deficits that continue to threaten the library's operation and reach. We discuss the nine libraries in the Lafayette system and discuss the possibility of a new library reaching citizens in Northeast Lafayette Parish.Lafayette Public Library Board members Joan Savoy and Andrew Duhon from the Lafayette Public Library Board on Bayou to Beltway, KRVS 88.7 

    Bayou to Beltway: October 6, 2021

    Oct 7, 2021

    PolitiFact Editor in Chief Ms. Angie Holan on Bayou to Beltway this Wednesday at 12:30 pm (88.7 fm)

    This week, Bayou to Beltway welcomes Ms. Angie Holan, the editor-in-chief of PolitiFact, the influential fact checking website. Ms., Holan, whose work won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for national reporting, discusses the continual struggle to separate fact and fiction in the world of politics. Our conversation explores the work of PolitiFact which seeks to ground our political news in fact-based reporting. We discuss the effect of fake news on trust in government and the ability of those we elect to govern.Another great conversation with PolitiFact editor-in-chief Ms. Angie Holan, on Bayou to Beltway, Wednesday at 12:30 on KRVS 88.7 fm. Or, listen online at 


    Bayou to Beltway: September 29, 2021

    Sep 30, 2021

    Journalist Louis Jacobson on Bayou to Beltway this Wednesday at 12:30 pm (88.7 fm)

    This week, Bayou to Beltway welcomes journalist Louis Jacobson, a journalist whose work may be found weekly in the Cook Report, U.S. News and World Report, Politifact, The Almanac of American Politics, Roll Call, Governing, and Sabato's Crystal Ball (to name just a few). Our wide-ranging conversation ranges from the recall election in California to the partisan struggle being waged currently in Congress. We take time along the way to look at the Mississippi abortion case winding its slow way to the Supreme Court, and speculate about the effect of Biden's vaccination order.

    Bayou to Beltway: September 15, 2021

    Sep 24, 2021

    Bayou to Beltway welcomes Lift Louisiana Executive Director Michelle Erenberg to the conversation this Wednesday, September 15th at 12:30 pm (88.7 fm).

    Ms. Erenberg discusses last weeks Supreme Court non-decision on the Texas abortion law, which may have indicated the fate of Roe v. Wade later this term. We focus on the effects that the Court's failure to stop this unconstitutional law may have on abortion rights in Texas and Gulf Coast states including Louisiana. We discuss the Mississippi abortion case making its way to the Court's docket this year, and its potential to overturn Roe v. Wade, which has guided courts for the last 50 years. Concerned about the implications of the Texas non-decision and what might follow? Tune in to Bayou to Beltway this Wednesday at 12:30 and hear what Lift Louisiana Director Michelle Erenberg has to say about it. On KRVS 88.7 fm.