Host John Pearce welcomes Rabbi Seth Phillips to the microphone. Rabbi Seth tells of his many experiences as a US Navy Chaplain, serving Marines in Okinawa, plus three trips to Iraq to support troops there. What is the future of religion? Rabbi Seth tackles this question and many others.
In recognition of the United Nations' International Day of Peace (September 21), our guest is Monica Willard, a Lehigh Valley resident, who is the United Nations Representative for the United Religions Initiative. Host John Pearce explores how this annual Day of Peace began and evolved, and how it is being celebrated including the "Peace Wave around the world."
Host Alan Jennings welcomes Easton Mayor Salvatore Panto, Jr. to Lehigh Valley Discourse.
Sal Panto's name is almost synonymous with "mayor" in the city of Easton between his stint in the 1980's and his current term. He is a booster of the city while being one of the most outspoken advocates for regionalism, even when the benefits for the city are not so apparent.
Host Alan Jennings speaks with longtime Bethlehem city council member Bob Donchez just three months into his term as mayor talking about his plans for his mayoral term and the city's health and vitality.
Alan Jennings will also be speaking with Tom Perez, Secretary of US Dept. of Labor, talking about long-term unemployment benefits.
U.S. Representative Charlie Dent has catapulted to the national political stage because he has tried to bring some moderation to his caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. The so-called Tea Party conservatives' strident rhetoric and extremist tactics such as forcing a government shut-down placed many Republican Members of Congress at risk of losing the off-year elections in 2014. Congressman Dent is Alan Jennings' guest on Lehigh Valley Discourse. (Original air-date February 13, 2014).
Host Alan Jennings speaks with PA Rep. Ryan Mackenzie and Mike Schlossberg about finishing their rookie years as legislators. These two talented, smart, hard-working twenty-somethings are rare among partisans these days: they get along, they work together, and they want to get something accomplished. The conversation includes such topics as a reflection on their first year in office, their assessment of Pennsylvania politics and their peers in the legislature, some prognostication on the session ahead, including the 2014 elections, and much more. (Original air-date January 9, 2014).
After turkey and football, it’s time to talk politics! Hosts John Pearce and Ray Schwab welcome Dr. Jack Treadway, Professor Emeritus, Kutztown University to the program to talk about trends in local and state politics, and analyzes the climate of both. Join us Thanksgiving evening to learn more. (Original air date November 28, 2013.)
Hosted by Pamela Varkony, the program begins with Pennsylvania's Lt. Gov. Jim Crawley. He calls into the program to discuss the changes associated with the transportation bill. Here is a map of highways and bridges that will see improvements, as referenced in the program. Lt. Gov. Crawley discusses other issues facing our state.
Some very interesting local elections this year will lead to major changes in how we are governed. And, yet, too few of these races are determined by anything even close to a majority of voters. Consequently, only a handful of them will determine who will guide us for the next several years. Host Alan Jennings will be joined by Jim Flagg, editor of The Express-Times, and Bernie O'Hare, whose blog, "Lehigh Valley Ramblings," is the most-watched in the region. They will discuss who won, who lost, who really won, who really lost and how our lives will be affected over the next few years.