The City of Bethlehem has a hotly contested race for mayor featuring two sitting City Council members. In a city in which Democrats vastly outnumber Republicans, this primary election is likely to choose the next mayor. J. William Reynolds and Robert Donchez will join host Alan Jennings on this week’s program.
An especially interesting primary battle is taking place in the County Executive election in Lehigh County. While Democrat Tom Mueller is unopposed in the primary, former county commissioner Dean Browning and current commissioner Scott Ott are fighting for the soul of Lehigh County's Republican Party. Browning is a conservative who was ousted in his bid for re-election two years ago when he voted for the budget proposed by then-County Executive Don Cunningham because it included a tax increase. Ott, a Tea Party conservative, led the effort to remove Browning.
When you think of all the advances made since 1963, we tend to remember all the positive changes in technology, transportation, research…but what about advances for the people that help make that occur. Fifty years ago Betty Freidan published the Feminine Mystic and Congress passed the Equal Pay Act. Join host Sally Handlon on this week’s show as she explores the pay equity issue with Stephanie Hnatiw, Executive Direction of the YWCA of Bethlehem, Toni Hoffman, co-chair, Easton AAUW and Chet Mostellar, president Mostellar & Associates.
On this week’s program, WDIY will present a unique approach to the age-old candidates’ debate. Host Alan Jennings will present the Democratic candidates for Northampton County Executive. The format will dispense with the rigid structure common to candidate debates in favor of a no-rules, conversational approach. John Callahan, Lamont McClure and Glenn Reibman will have a wide-ranging discussion of the issues, covering the economy, fiscal austerity, especially in an era when state and federal assistance are diminishing, open space preservation, their approach to governing, and how the co
In this week’s program host Eleanor Bobrow talks with Dr. Peter Langman, author of Why Kids Kill,Inside the Minds of School Shooters, about how to identify early signs of possible violence and preventive measures parents and educators can take to protect our communities. (Original air date April 8, 2013.)
Tonight's topic is gun control. Co-hosts Gloria McVeigh and John Pearce have invited guests Brian Monaghan and John Vivian to weigh in on this important issue. They hold differing views. Listeners will be able to call in with comments and questions. (Original air date April 4, 2013.)
The human rights issue of our time is not just the tolerance of gays and lesbians in our society but their acceptance as citizens with all the rights of anyone else. The campaign's pace has accelerated with each new victory. This Valentine's Day it seems appropriate that we explore the progress gays and lesbians have made. Alan Jennings's guests are Liz Bradbury, who is probably the best known activist in the region, and whose efforts go back 30 years, and Adrian Shanker who, in his mid-twenties, is experiencing life far differently than Liz did.
Sister Simone Campbell was the leader of the "Nuns on the Bus," the group of activist Roman Catholic nuns who followed U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman and vice presidential canidate Paul Ryan, challenging his proposal to dramatically reduce spending for anti-poverty programs while cutting taxes for Americans in the highest income brackets. She will speak at Northampton Community College on Thursday, February 7, at 7:30 PM. Before she does that, though, she will be Alan Jennings's guest on Lehigh Valley Discourse, live at 6 PM on WDIY.
With the national holiday celebrating the life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., just days away, Alan Jennings will turn the attention of listeners to the civil rights movement. Sheila Michaels, a veteran of the civil rights movement who worked for SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) and CORE (Congress for Racial Equality) in the early 1960's, knew and worked with some of the top leaders of the movement and has been featured among the movement's leaders in social history archives kept by various universities.