Lehigh Valley Discourse

Thursdays, 6:00-7:00pm

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 discusses the results of the Kamran Afshar-Greater Chamber of Commerce's survey of Lehigh Valley businesses conducted in July 2016. Joining Dr. Afshar to analyze the results are Bruce Palmer, CPA and shareholder at the accounting firm Buckno, Lisicky & Company, as well as Chad Paul, president and CEO of Ben Franklin Technology Partners.

The Fé Foundation on LV Discourse

Aug 4, 2016

Host John Pearce welcomes Fé Foundation president, Alvaro Diaz, along with two students who have benefited from this program: Maximo de la Cruz (Dieruff High School) and Karla Quintanilla (Parkland High School).

The Fé Foundation is an initiative of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of the Lehigh Valley which aims to to inspire tomorrow's leaders by teaching entrepreneurship to high school students.

(Original air-date: 7/28/2016)

Muhlenberg College President John Williams on LV Discourse

Jul 26, 2016

Host Sally Handlon talks with Muhlenberg College President, John Williams about his first year at the college and in the Lehigh Valley as well as the business of higher education. Joining with Dr. Williams is Mike Bruckner, VP for External Affairs and Community Relations, who is celebrating his 20th year at Muhlenberg College.

(Original air-date: 7/21/2016)

U.S. Army War College Representatives on LV Discourse

Jul 8, 2016

In Central Pennsylvania, eighteen miles southwest of Harrisburg, lies the U.S. Army War College, where America's military leaders are developed and educated for service at a strategic level in the global application of land power. Lehigh Valley Discourse host Pamela Varkony spent four days in early June attending the War College's 2016 National Security Seminar. What she learned about the threats facing us and the men and women who are protecting us is the topic on this edition of Lehigh Valley Discourse.

Host John Pearce welcomes Leaders Dan Miller and Haley Arena-Miller from the The Lehigh-Pocono Committee of Concern's "Young People Making Peace" summer day camp.  They discuss the activities this year's camp offers including singing, drumming, and games, with an emphasis on peacemaking. The 2016 camp runs from July 18-22 at First Presbyterian Church in Allentown.

(Original air-date: 6/23/2016)

The annual "Celebration of Reading" event is held by Cops 'n' Kids Lehigh Valley every spring at Northampton Community College's Fowler Family Southside Center in South Bethlehem. 2016's event was bigger than ever featuring music, food, children's activities, and the distribution of free books to kids.

WDIY spoke with Cops 'n' Kids Lehigh Valley President, Beverly Bradley; Bethlehem Mayor, Bob Donchez; and some of the many volunteers that make the event possible every year.

(Original air-date: 6/22/2016)

Host John Pearce discusses support for people with mental illness. Guests Michael Stolarik and David Yadush explain their role in this critical area in society:  Extended Acute Care.  With state hospitals mostly closed, learn what help there is for integrating folks with mental illness in our communities.

(Original Air-Date: 5/26/16)

Host Galen Godbey discusses the incubator and accelerator programs available for entrepreneurs in the Lehigh Valley which are driving innovation. His guests are Steve Boerner, Director and Co-Founder of Hatch House entrepreneurial center in South Bethlehem, and Dr. Mark Lang, Executive Director of the Charter Partners Institute, which works with the LVenture School Initiative in the Lehigh Valley.

(Original air-date: 6/9/2016)

May is Small Business Month. Community host Sally Handlon discusses financing opportunities for businesses in the Lehigh Valley with Chris Hudock, Director, The Rising Tide Loan Fund and John Kingsley, VP Finance at Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation. Find out where the money is and the type of support that is available to you as a start up or existing business.

(Original air-date: 5/19/2016)

Montclair State University Professor Mark Clatterbuck who specializes in Indigenous Religions of North America and high school art history teacher David Sommers join host John Pearce to discuss teaching religions at college and high school levels from an art, literature, history, and sociology perspective.

(Original air-date: 5/12/2016)

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