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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 (theind.com). 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 1, 2020

    3 hours ago

    Today's guest is author Jack McGuire. Each week Pearson Cross interviews Acadiana's most influential officials and news-makers.

    Bayou to Beltway: March 25, 2020

    Mar 26, 2020

    Interview with former governor of Louisiana, Kathleen Blanco.  

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

    Bayou to Beltway: March 18, 2020

    Mar 18, 2020

    Bayou to Beltway serves greater Acadiana by providing in-depth news and politics coverage on a variety of issues. Listeners learn about issues and hear from the people important to our shared life in Lafayette and Acadiana. Bayou to Beltway provides listeners with the ability to delve deeply into the complexities of an important topic or issue each week in a unique format that allows for extended consideration. Recent Bayou to Beltway shows focused on housing, climate change, poverty, separation of church and state, the I-49 project, voluntarism, and political culture. Bayou to Beltway also regularly talks to the people who make the news in our city, region, and state, including politicians like Governor John Bel Edwards, Senator David Vitter, and Congressman Charles Boustany, and NGO Directors and CEOs like Sarah Berthelot of United Ways of Louisiana.

    Bayou to Beltway: March 11, 2020

    Mar 11, 2020

    This week Bayou to Beltway speaks with Political Scientist Jason Maloy, about his new book Smarter Ballots: Electoral Realism and Reform on Wednesday at 12:30 and Saturday at 5:30 on KRVS 88.7 fm.

    This week Bayou to Beltway talks about voting and election systems with Dr. Jason Maloy, the Kaliste Saloom Endowed Chair in Political Science at UL Lafayette. Dr. Maloy has been exploring the effect of different voting systems on elections. The Democratic Presidential Primary currently underway is a case in point for the conversation as is the Republican Primary in 2016. We ask whether or not other voting systems, in particularly ranked choice voting, could make this system fairer, better and more representative of voter's wishes. We turn the conversation to talk about Louisiana's blanket primary system and see the 2015 governor's race through the prism of ranked choice voting.

    Listen in this Wednesday at 12:30 and Saturday at 5:30 to this informative conversation with author and political scientist, Dr. Jason Maloy, on Bayou to Beltway 88.7 fm. 

    Bayou to Beltway: March 4, 2020

    Mar 4, 2020

    This week Bayou to Beltway speaks with Major Cathy Fontenot of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and Dr. David Khey of the UL Lafayette Criminal Justice Department. Wednesday at 12:30 and Saturday at 5:30 on KRVS 88.7 fm.

    This week Bayou to Beltway focuses on the death penalty as it exists in Louisiana and across the United States. Dr. Khey and Major Fontenot and host Pearson Cross discuss the decline in executions in recent years as pubic supportfor the Death Penalty has been challenged by a number of well-publicized exonerations for death row inmates. We also discuss the relationship between religion, regional culture and punishment, and the many bills passed in the last two sessions that changed the way Louisiana does crime and punishment. Will films like the recent Just Mercy change the script on the death penalty? How does the Death Penalty work or not work in Louisiana today?

    Listen in this Wednesday at 12:30 and Saturday at 5:30 to this informative conversation with Major Cathy Fontenot and Dr. David Khey

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