Bayou to Beltway

Wednesdays at 12:30 PM & Saturdays at 5:30 PM

Each week Pearson Cross interviews Acadiana's most important 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.


    Today on Bayou to Beltway, Dr.Jennifer Lemoine discusses neonatal abstinence syndrome, in which babies are born addicted to opioids. Dr. Lemoine is an Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions

    We address a number of questions: What is neonatal abstinence syndrome? How widespread it is? What percentage of new mothers give birth to addicted babies or use/abuse opioids during pregnancy? And what can be done to curb abuse?

    Interview with Sarah Hamilton Berthelot, Presedent and CEO of the Louisiana Association of United Ways. We focus on poverty in Louisiana and the challenges that face people struggling to make it daily. We also consider the new ALICE report that charts the challenges of those who work and make money, but not enough to fully participate in our society. We talk about what citizens can do to ameliorate the situation for the working poor in their community. 

    This week Bayou to Beltway talks to Dr. Rick Swanson (UL Lafayette Department of Political Science), and Skyra Rideaux (Assistant to Lafayette Consolidated Government President/Mayor Joel Robideaux). Our conversation will focus on a presentation that Dr. Swanson has made several times in recent weeks on research he has undertaken into the history of Lafayette’s Civil Rights Movement. This research has produced some unexpected insights and caused citizens to question their understanding of Lafayette’s treatment of black citizens and the role of race in Lafayette’s politics today.

    Interview with Dr. Ryan Teten, Dr. Chad Parker, and Dr. Christie Maloyed

    This week Bayou to Beltway talks to Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser. Lt. Gov. Nungesser talks about Hurricane Katrina and his entrance into politics and political life, his relationship with Bobby Jindal, and the operation of his multifaceted office. We discuss the challenges to tourism and cultural affairs in Louisiana and talk about what’s next for him. Listen to this informative discussion with Lt.