5:35 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Democratic Candidates for Northampton County Executive On This Week's Lehigh Valley Discourse

(Lehigh Valley, PA)  WDIY’s weekly public affairs program Lehigh Valley Discourse will feature the candidates for Northampton County Executive on Thursday’s program, 6-7pm.

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11:27 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Author Dr. Peter Langman on Take Charge of Your Life

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.)

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2:00 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Gun Control on Lehigh Valley Discourse

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.)

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12:38 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Gay Rights on Lehigh Valley Discourse

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.

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11:52 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Sister Simone Campbell on Lehigh Valley Discourse

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.

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1:30 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Civil Rights the Focus of Lehigh Valley Discourse

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.

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Inauguration 2013
2:37 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Resolute Rhetoric: Obama's Confident Case For Government

President Obama delivers his second inaugural address Monday in Washington.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 9:01 pm

President Barack Hussein Obama, sobered but resolute after four years as the nation's first African-American head of state, began his second term Monday with an ardent defense of government as essential to the nation's economic and moral fiber, and a call to citizens to accept their obligation to shape the national debate.

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It's All Politics
2:10 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

In Address, Obama Highlights Equal Rights And Government's Role

President Obama gives his inaugural address after taking the oath of office Monday.
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Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 8:59 pm

President Obama began his second term with an unapologetically liberal inaugural address, calling on Americans to work together to preserve entitlements, address climate change and extend civil rights.

"Together, we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play," the president said. "Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable and protect its people from life's worst hazards and misfortune."

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The Two-Way
8:58 am
Mon January 21, 2013

As It Happened: Obama Asks Americans To Carry 'Light Of Freedom'

President Obama taking the oath of office today on the steps of the Capitol. First Lady Michelle Obama held the two Bibles on which he placed his hand.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 7:25 pm

Calling on Americans to "answer the call of history, and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom," President Obama used his second inaugural address to push for action on the nation's problems and to say that partisan politics should not get in the way of pragmatism.

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It's All Politics
8:37 am
Mon January 21, 2013

What Now? Obama Leads Polarized Government Into Second Term

As a second-term president, Barack Obama necessarily generates less excitement than he did as a newcomer. Above, flags flew during his 2009 inauguration.
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Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 2:41 pm

Feelings of hope and change have mostly faded.

The country is in better shape than it was when Barack Obama became president four years ago. The economy is no longer in free fall, and the nation has for the most part extricated itself from seemingly endless wars abroad.

Yet as Obama prepares to enter his second term, there seems to be less optimism about his ability to address the nation's problems than was the case when he first entered the White House.

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