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Rep. Robert Freeman (D-Northampton), 136th District in the PA House of Representatives, talks about current legislation in Harrisburg, especially urban sprawl and transportation issues, discussed frequently in Lehigh Valley news.

(Original air-date: 07/02/15)

How to Run for Local Office on LV Discourse

Feb 16, 2015

How does a person run for local office? Which procedures must be followed? Our topic this week comes from the League of Women Voters: Running for Local Office -- a workshop. Join host John Pearce and guests, including Ken Mohr. 

(Original air-date: 02/12/2015)

Rabbi Seth Phillips on LV Discourse

Sep 26, 2014
Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley

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.

(Original air-date 9/25/2014)

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."

(Original air-date 9/11/2014)

Easton Mayor Sal Panto, Jr. on Lehigh Valley Discourse

May 5, 2014

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.

Bob Donchez and Tom Perez on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Apr 18, 2014

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. 

Congressman Charlie Dent on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Feb 18, 2014

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). 

The special election was held after Democratic Mayor Bob Filner resigned. He was accused by multiple women of sexual harassment.

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.)

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