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 Secretary of Revenue Kimberly Robinson this week on Bayou to Beltway, Wednesday at 12:30 and Saturday at 5:30, KRVS 88.7 fm. We discuss the challenges facing governmental finance today, the question of opportunities within the tax code for expanding or protecting revenue, and ways to get out of this (never-ending) budget crisis. Join me on Wednesday for this informative show.

    Joining me this week on Bayou to Beltway is Lafayette Consolidated Government President-Mayor Joel Robideaux. Our discussion focuses on the local response to the Hurricane Harvey and disaster preparation for future events. Also discussed were the critical needs of the city and parish to raise money to fund the Jail and Courthouse following the defeat of the tax renewals and the launching of Robideaux’s CREATE initiative, which seeks to build on the thriving cultural economy of Lafayette and Acadiana.

    LSU Economist Jim Richardson on Bayou to Beltway this week at 12:30 and 5:30

    Dr. Richardson is a member of the influential Revenue Estimating Committee which sets the limit of how much money Louisiana's government can spend. He has spent years analyzing, teaching about and speaking on budgeting and finance in Louisiana. He brings his insights about budgetary practices, deficits, revenue, and task forces to Bayou to Beltway. Listen to this informative show Wednesday at 12:30 and again Saturday at 5:30 on KRVS 88.7




    Bayou to Beltway: August , 2017

    Aug 31, 2017

    Interview with Senator Gerald Boudreaux

    Joining Dr. Cross this week on Bayou to Beltway is Lt. General Russel Honore, who became a household name in Louisiana when he led the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.