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

The Future of Leisure, Tourism & Sport on LV Discourse

Aug 10, 2017

This week's guests are Geoffrey and Galen Godbey, co-authors of the new book The Future of Leisure, Tourism and Sport which considers the near future and ways that all forms of leisure, particularly sport and tourism, will be affected by accelerating change.

(Original air-date: 8/3/2017)

This year marks the 500th anniversary of a seminal moment in the Protestant Reformations:  Martin Luther protested Church abuses in his 95 theses.  Guest Dr. Craig Atwood, Professor of Moravian Theology and Ministry, takes us through the life of this major figure in Christianity.

(Original air-date: 7/27/2017)

The Lehigh Valley is receiving regional, national and international attention. Why? Who is looking at the Lehigh Valley's strong economic rebound after the loss of major manufacturing operations?

Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation President/CEO Don Cunningham joins host Sally Handlon to share his insight as to the Lehigh Valley's business attraction, challenges and positive efforts over the past several years.

(Original air-date: 7/20/2017)

Indian-American student entrepreneur Aryaman Khandelwal and Penn State Lehigh Valley Professor Michael Krajsa join host Galen Godbey to discuss the development of a new healthcare app in use in rural India, and the Penn State Lehigh Valley Launch Box program, education, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

(Original air-date: 7/6/2017)

John Pearce invites three Lehigh Valley students to share what they found while researching and writing  their History Day reports for this year. You will be impressed with theses students' grasp of history.

John Pearce's  guests are high schoolers Jacob Roth (The Home Tax Rebellion of 1799-1800) and Catelyn Fitzgerald (Susan B. Anthony) plus middle schooler Prathesha Kothare (Oskar Schindler).

(Original air-date: 6/29/2017)

Penn State Schuylkill

On this edition of Lehigh Valley Discourse, host John Pearce's guest is Dr. Charles Cantalupo, Distinguished Professor of English, Comparative Literature and African Studies at Penn State - Schuylkill.

Dr. Cantalupo discusses the art of translating, his passion for Africa (particularly Eritrea and its literature), the best parts of teaching and his love of Bethlehem, PA.

(Original air-date: 6/22/2017)

David Yanoshik of Penn State Lehigh Valley on LV Discourse

Jun 27, 2017

David Yanoshik, Director of Business Development at Penn State Lehigh Valley, talks with host Sally  Handlon regarding the recent initiatives where this campus and community have partnered and excelled.

Bethlehem Steel FC on LV Discourse

Jun 15, 2017

The topic for this edition of Lehigh Valley Discourse is professional soccer in the Lehigh Valley.

Steve Aaronson welcomes Rory Muth and Chris Dillon from Bethlehem Steel FC to discuss the history of the club and the current status of the sport in our area.

(Original air-date: 6/8/17)

David Jaindl on Lessons with Leaders

Jun 8, 2017

Laurie Siebert hosts the second installment of our new quarterly feature on Lehigh Valley Discourse, "Lessons with Leaders." On this program, Laurie talks with Lehigh Valley developer and business leader, David Jaindl.

Our topic, mental illnesses, is very much in the news:  Are state hospitals still an option?  Nowadays we hear of "recovery."  What does that mean?  How are Lehigh and Northampton counties involved?

John Pearce's guests are county administrators for mental health, Andrew Grossman (Northampton County) and Richard Orlemann (Lehigh County).

(Original air-date: 5/25/17)

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