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 online.

J.B. Reilly on Lessons with Leaders

Jun 18, 2018

CEO and President of City Center Investment Corporation, J.B. Reilly, joins host Laurie Siebert on this edition of Lessons with Leaders, the new quarterly feature of Lehigh Valley Discourse. 

Lafayette College's Dr. John Kincaid on LV Discourse

Jun 11, 2018

John Pearce welcomes guest Dr. John Kincaid, political scientist at Lafayette College, for a broad discussion about our governmental system in today’s world.

What is a “federal” form of government? Who decides about: guns for school personnel; legalization of marijuana; sanctuary cities; gerrymandering; taxing out-of-state purchases? Dr. Kincaid discusses these and more. (Original air-date: 5/24/2018)

J.B. Reilly to Appear on WDIY's Lessons with Leaders

Jun 5, 2018

CEO and President of City Center Investment Corporation, J.B. Reilly, will be the next guest on Lessons with Leaders, the new quarterly feature of WDIY's Lehigh Valley Discourse hosted by Laurie Siebert. The interview is set to premiere on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 6 PM. 

Peace Activist Kathy Kelly on LV Discourse

Jun 4, 2018

Non-violent peace activism is our topic.  Kathy Kelly is co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

She has fascinating stories to tell, having lived in war zones in Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon, Bosnia and Nicaragua. She has been to prison for her beliefs. How has she managed not to pay U.S. income tax since 1980?

(Original air-date: 5/31/2018)

Richard Master, Chairman & CEO of MCS Industries, and Vince Mondillo, Producer/Director/Writer at Mondillo Productions, join host Sally Handlon to discuss their recently released third documentary related to the health care crisis in the US.

Big Money Agenda: Democracy on the Brink focuses on the dynamics of the healthcare reform gridlock in Congress.

(Original air-date: 5/17/18)

Dr. Kamran Afshar discussed the April 2018 results of the Kamran Afshar/Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber quarterly economic review of Lehigh Valley businesses.

Joining Dr. Afshar were guests Neal Koplin (Executive Vice President and Lehigh Valley/Greater Delaware Region President at Peoples Security Bank & Trust), John Hayes (Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of New Tripoli Bank), Kerry Wrobel (President at Lehigh Vally Industrial Park), Mike Axiotis (President of Lehigh Valley Restaurant Group and Red Robin).

(Original air-date: 5/10/2018)

Professor Sujatha Fernandes on LV Discourse

May 3, 2018

Sujatha Fernandes, professor of Political Economy and Sociology at the University of Sydney, spoke with host Jack Lule about her new book, "Curated Stories: The Uses and Misuses of Storytelling."

They also discussed her research which combines social theory and political economy, her world travels, and more.

(Original air-date: 5/3/18)

An unusual hiking ministry is this week's topic. The Church of the Mountain in Delaware Water Gap, PA, does this outreach ministry to hikers of the Appalachian Trail.

Guests Rev. Sherry BlackmanLarry Beck and Dave Childs tell how their church congregation developed this ministry and how congregants keep it going year after year. Why do hikers make these mountain hikes? You may be surprised at some of their reasons.

(Original air-date: 04/26/18)

This week's show featured a conversation about our growing Lehigh Valley Hispanic community with Jose Antonio Ortiz, entrepreneur, TV producer/host, and actor.

Ortiz and host Sally Handlon discuss the growth of this segment and cultural nuances which the business community needs to understand when marketing to this community.

(Original air-date: 04/19/18)

Dr. Erika Sutherland Talks Immigration on LV Discourse

Apr 12, 2018

This week's topic is one that is often in the news: immigration. Our guest, Dr. Erika Sutherland, professor of Spanish at Muhlenberg College, has been actively supporting immigrants for 20 years. 

Which children are protected by DACA? What exactly is "sanctuary"? If you help an undocumented person, are you breaking the law?

She also talks about an upcoming event on April 28 where all can learn more about the topic.

(Original air-date: 04/05/18)