Ron Swinfard is the CEO of the largest employer in the Lehigh Valley, Lehigh Valley Health Network. The pressure of implementing the Affordable Care Act, also known as "ObamaCare," falls on him more than, perhaps, any other individual in the region. People are restless about their health care options, physicians are unhappy about the market and its impact on their profession, and competition between the big hospital systems leads some to wonder what the real motives are in health care these days.
Host Ellis Finger welcomes Charisse Baldoria, classical pianist and professor at Bloomsburg University, to the studio. She will be performing as part of the Vesper Concert Series at 5pm at the Central Moravian Church. (Original air date August 7, 2013.)
Host Keith Kelleher welcomes teenage singer-songwriter Lily Mae, whose voice has been compared to Joni Mitchell, to the studio for an interview and live performance prior to her performance at 5pm at Musikfest on the Lyrikplatz stage, for which WDIY is the media sponsor.
Host Mike Space welcomes band members from the Whiskeyhickon Boys to the studio for a live performance prior to their show on Main Street at Musikfest later that night. They are also performing at Liederplatz on Friday.
Host Silagh White welcomes Steven Liu, director of El Sistema Lehigh Valley. The organization, operated by the Allentown Symphony Association, provides instruments and teaches classical music to underprivileged youth in the Lehigh Valley. (Orignal air date August 5, 2013.)
Host Bill Dautremont-Smith welcomes Sofia Rei to the studio for an interview and live performance. She is an internationally acclaimed Argentinian jazz and world music vocalist. She will be performing at Plaza Tropical at 6pm tonight, and then onto Lincoln Center on Thursday.
Host Carlos Benjamin welcomes John Gorka to the studio for an interview and live performance, prior to his two appearances during Musikfest, the first during the opening ceremony at 6pm, and then at 9pm on the Liederplatz stage later that evening. (Original air date August 2, 2013.)
Host George Fennell interviews highly-acclaimed pianist Robin Spielberg, who is best known for her classical music, American standards and her own original material. She is also author of the book Naked on the Bench. Robin will be performing on August 5that the Central Moravian Church as part of Musikfest 2013.
Host Rick Weaver welcomes Carlos Nunez to the program for an interview and live performance prior to his appearance at Musikfest on Friday at 6:30pm at Plaza Tropical. Carlos is a world-renowned Spanish performer on the gaita (traditional Galician bagpipes).