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.


    Louisiana Budget Director Jan Moller on Bayou to Beltway this Wednesday at 12:30 and Saturday at 5:30

    Jan and I talk about the quandary that Louisiana finds itself in once again: no money to balance the budget and very little will (or leadership) to make the situation right. We discuss the "shrink the government" supporters versus the public interest argument, we talk about the leaders in House and Senate and look at what people get wrong about state financing, Medicaid, the budget, revenue and what options the legislature has left.

    Bayou to Beltway discusses midterm elections with special guest.


    Interview with Dr. Phillip Conner who is running for Congress in the third district as a Democrat discussing his platform and what he plans to accomplish.

    Bayou to Beltway speaks with journalist Elizabeth Crisp from the Baton Rouge Advocate discussing writing in politics.

    This week, Bayou to Beltway speaks with Kevin Blanchard about the recent tax library initiative in Lafayette and what its failure reveals about Lafayette government and issues concerning the consolidated government charter.