Lehigh Valley Discourse

Provocative, informative and newsworthy;  Lehigh Valley Discourse brings you the people and the issues that move and shape our region.  With rotating guest hosts, you’ll hear engaging conversation about many subjects affecting the Lehigh Valley.  Listen every Thursday evening from 6 to 7 pm following NPR’s All Things Considered or catch up with a podcast on wdiy.org

Dr. Kamran Afshar discussed the October 2017 results of the Kamran Afshar/Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber quarterly economic review of Lehigh Valley businesses.

Joining him was Michelle Griffin Young, the Executive VP of Government and External Affairs at the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce as well as the producer of Business Matters at WFMZ-TV; John Hayes, the Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer at New Tripoli Bank; and Jack Pfunder, the CEO of Manufacturers Resource Center.

WeatherTrends 360's Bill Kirk on LV Discourse

Nov 3, 2017

So what is up with this weather?  It seems like there have been more natural disasters this past year than in the past, but is that really true? 

Host Sally Handlon and her guest Bill Kirk, CEO and founder of WeatherTrends 360, discussed weather events, weather history, and the 2017-18 winter.   (Original air-date: 10/19/17)

On this edition of Lehigh Valley Discourse, host John Pearce talks with Dr. Shannan Schuster who is in her first year as Head of School at The Swain School and has already implemented initiatives to foster learning from pre-K through 8th grade.

They discuss what's happening at The Swain School and described the three-part Parenting Education Series, open to the public.  The Swain School in Allentown has a history dating back to 1929. It is one of the premier private schools in the Lehigh Valley.

(Original air-date: 10/12/2017)

Host Sally Handlon spoke with guests Richard Master, the Chairman and CEO of MCS Industries, and Vince Mondillo, the producer/director/writer from Mondillo Productions, about their second Fixit Healthcare documentary entitled “Big Pharma" Market Failure.”  

They discussed the marketing of pharmaceutical drugs, drug costs, and more. (Original air-date: 9/14/2017). 

International Peacemaking was the topic of this Lehigh Valley Discourse

 John Pearce's guest Rev. Samuel Akhtar serves a multi-cultural congregation in Illinois that is primarily made up of immigrants. He came to the United States from Pakistan 16 years ago, and he talked about his congregation and international peacemakers. The International Day of Peace is September 21 every year. (Original air-date: 10/5/2017)

Nurture Nature Center on LV Discourse

Oct 11, 2017

John Pearce discussed the work of the Nurture Nature Center in Easton with Executive Director Rachel Hogan Carr and Science Director Dr. Kathryn Semmens.  

Founded in 2007 after massive and repeated flooding of the Delaware River Basin, the Nurture Nature Center's work with flooding remains as timely as ever. The Center has since established itself as a national leader in flood education along with offering a variety of science and art-based programming for the general public. (Original air-date: 9/21/2017)

Laurie Siebert hosts the third installment of our new quarterly feature on Lehigh Valley Discourse, "Lessons with Leaders," which spotlights business and community leaders in their fields throughout the Lehigh Valley.  On this program, Laurie talks with Rick Anderson, President and CEO of St. Luke’s University Health Network.

Rick Anderson shares his life lessons and reflects on his work at the helm of the nationally-ranked non-profit regional health network.

(Original air-date: 9/28/2017)

Host Sally Handlon looks at the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley who are celebrating their 100th year of providing support to the community through nonprofits. President David Lewis and Vice President Marc Rittle share the history, current impacts, and future direction  of the organization.  

(Original air-date: 9/7/2017)

John Peace was joined by guest Brennan Pursell, PhD, MBA, to discuss the phenomenal success of Germany's economy. He also explained how Germany has become Europe's leading economy. 

Know-how, product quality, innovation, and cultural priorities are key, in Germany as well as Austria and Switzerland.  (Original air-date: 8/24/2017)

Kamran Afhsar returned on this special edition of Lehigh Valley Discourse to once again present the results of the Kamran Afshar--Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber quarterly economic review of Lehigh Valley businesses.

Kamran was joined for a discussion on the state of the Valley's economy by Neal Koplin from Peoples Security Bank & Trust (Executive Vice President and Lehigh Valley & Delaware Region President) as well as Joshua Dodd from Univest Bank & Trust (Senior Vice President).

(Original air-date: 8/31/2017)

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