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: February 14, 2018

    Feb 14, 2018

    Bayou to Beltway focuses on Donald Trump's first year in office today, with three experts from UL's political science department: Dr. Jason Maloy, Dr. Ryan Teten, and Dr. Christie Maloyed.

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


    Bayou to Beltway focusing on the issues surrounding Energy affordability and supply in Louisiana with Logan Burke and Jessica Hendricks from the Alliance for Affordable Energy

    Bayou to Beltway focusing on food (in)security with Natasha Curley of Second Harvest and Kohlie Frantzen of Helical Outposts.

    Bayou to Beltway with Ms. Mimi Methvin, a former United States Magistrate Judge who currently advocates for bail reform....

    The conversation this week focuses on the role of bail in the Louisiana criminal justice system, the interaction the actors that arbitrate incarceration in Louisiana, including the legislature, the courts, the lawyers, the advocates for prison reform and the for-profit prison industry. We look to other states to show us how to reduce Louisiana’s staggering level of incarceration and the damage it does to persons, families and the state’s finances.