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: April 21, 2021

    22 hours ago

    Dr. Steven Procopio from PAR (Public Affairs Research Council) this week on Bayou to Beltway.  (Wed, 12:30 am KRVS 88.7 fm).

    This week Bayou to Beltway welcomes Dr. Steven Procopio to talk about the many tax reform bills currently under consideration in the legislature. These bills include changes to Louisiana's income tax rates, deductions, corporation taxes, and franchise taxes. Dr. Procopio expertly dissects all these bills and tells us what makes sense, what's problematic, and what's likely to pass muster in the legislature, given the 2/3rds requirement for passing much of this legislation.  Listen to this informative conversation this Wed at 12:30 pm on Bayou to Beltway, 88.7 fm.

    Bayou to Beltway: April 14, 2021

    Apr 14, 2021

    Dr. David Khey discusses marijuana legalization this week on Bayou to Beltway (Wed, 12:30 am KRVS 88.7 fm) 

    This week Bayou to Beltway welcomes Dr. David Khey, head of the UL Criminal Justice Department to discuss an issue in the news: marijuana legalization. A recent poll suggests Louisianans favor legalizing marijuana not just for medical purposes but also for recreational purposes. Dr. Khey and I discuss the poll and the implications for public policy, law, and criminal justice in Louisiana? What will happen to those already convicted of marijuana violations if the drug is legalized? How will this substance be regulated and taxed.  

    Bayou to Beltway: April 7, 2021

    Apr 7, 2021

    Louisiana Budget Project Policy Director Ms. Stacey Roussel on Bayou to Beltway today (Wed) at 12:30 88.7 fm

    Ms. Stacey Roussel joins the conversation today to talk about the upcoming legislative session starting April 12. The focus is on the state budget, the tax system, and incoming money from Biden's American Rescue Act Plan. We ask what can be done to make life better for the 1 in 5 Louisiana citizens contending with poverty. Are there smart investments that would make life better in the Bayou state? Ms. Roussel and I discuss ways to target those most in need of help, while making sure long term benefits are considered as well.

    Bayou to Beltway: March 31, 2021

    Mar 31, 2021

    Drs. Sally Donlon and Claire Manes discuss finishing their PhDs in English at UL Lafayette, taking flight at a time when many similarly aged persons are looking for a landing today on Bayou to Beltway at 12:30. 

    Drs Donlon and Manes discuss the experience of being older students and the focus of their respective research projects which include exploring letters which revealed the legacy of Dr. Manes's father's experience as a leper in the Carville Colony, and Dr. Donlon's meshing of her interests in cognition and linguistics with creative non-fiction.  

    Bayou to Beltway: March 24, 2021

    Mar 24, 2021

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