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.


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


    Dr. Hasha and Dr. Zeanah discuss what are called "adverse childhood experiences," ACE for short, that impact later life. These experiences could be different kinds of abuse (verbal, sexual, physical emotional) or family-related (alcohol, domestic violence, jail, mental illness). We discover how childhood stress ends up affecting adults in later life and manifesting itself in ways that cripple the ability of those affected to lead productive lives. Please join us for this informative show at 12:30 Wednesday and then again Saturday at 5:30. Only on KRVS 88.7

    Bayou to Beltway this Week. Bambi Polotzola, Director of Disability Affairs for Governor John Bel Edwards

    Our discussion focuses on state efforts to provide services for the disabled, particularly since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. We challenge myths about people with disabilities and look at emerging challenges and opportunities. We look to the future to examine the possibilities for the 1 in 9 Americans classified with some type of disability. The show broadcasts on KRVS 88.7 at 12:30 Wednesday and then 5:30 Saturday.



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


    This week's show focuses on President Trump's tax proposal. We look at the costs, the benefits, the consequences and the politics of passage in Congress. We ask the question, who does tax reform benefit and will this proposal spur explosive economic growth or just add to the deficit and exacerbate the inequality already plaguing American society?