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: July 28, 2021

    Jul 28, 2021

    This week Bayou to Beltway interviews author, journalist and professor Bob Mann, about his new book, Backrooms and Bayous: My Life in Louisiana Politics.

    Bob Mann's new book is the topic of our conversation this week. This amazing new book covers Bob's extensive career in Louisiana politics, which extends from Senator Russell Long, through John Breaux and all the way to Kathleen Blanco's administration. In the book there are a plethora of stories of Bob's interaction with innumerable political figures young and old, including Edwin Edwards, Mike Foster, Kathleen Blanco, J. Bennett Johnston, Dave Norris. Bob's life in politics has been the story of Louisiana politics for the last 40 years.


    Bayou to Beltway: July 14, 2021

    Jul 15, 2021

    This Wednesday, Bayou to Beltway enlists two experts, Dr. Maria Seger and Mr. Andre Williams to try to gauge the impact of George Floyd's murder at the hands of Derek Chauvin on American culture and life, one year after the event. We discuss changes in the culture, the 30 or so states that have changed police tactics, and the parallels between the Floyd case and several recent cases here in Louisiana (Trayford Pellerin, Ronald Greene).


    Bayou to Beltway: June 30, 2021

    Jun 30, 2021

    Dr. Albert Samuels and Dr. Theodore Foster discuss critical race theory on Bayou to Beltway this week, 12:30 Wednesday, 88.7 fm or

    Bayou to Beltway: June 23, 2021

    Jun 23, 2021

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


    Bayou to Beltway: June 9, 2021

    Jun 9, 2021

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