Lehigh Valley Discourse

Thursdays, 6:00-7:00pm

Celebrating the upcoming holidays, the communities of the Nazareth-Bath and Whitehall areas have developed their own unique traditions. The Chambers of Commerce in those communities help to be a unifying force for these and other community activities.  Nazareth-Bath Chamber President Tina Smith and Whitehall Area Chamber Executive Director Ann Marie Slavick joined Sally Handlon to discuss both the upcoming holiday and the Chamber’s role in their respective business communities.

(Original air-date: 11/19/2015)

Immigration, Youth & Their Education on LV Discourse

Nov 17, 2015
Muhlenberg College


Immigration, youth and their education - our topic is one that is hotly debated these days.  Host John Pearce's guest, Dr. Erika Sutherland, teaches Spanish at Muhlenberg College and has been very active in our community for two decades.  Learn about DACA, a Presidential mandate concerning recent immigrants.

(Original air-date: 10/22/2015)

Stories of Allentown’s past is our topic.  Co-hosts John Pearce and historian Frank Whelan interview attorney Malcolm Gross about his grandfather and father, both mayors of Allentown.  Gross’ book, Two Mayors and a Lawyer (2013), tells much of Allentown in the past century.

(Original air-date: 11/12/15)

Dr. Kamran Afshar presents a special edition Lehigh Valley Discourse featuring a roundtable discussion on the results of Kamran Afshar Associates, Inc.'s quarterly economic review of Lehigh Valley businesses. Dr. Afshar welcomes Jack Pfunder, Executive Director of Manufacturing Resource Center, and Tom Demshock, Broker at Fishburn Realty. 

(Original air-date: 11/05/15)

Honoring Veterans by Aiding Veterans on LV Discourse

Oct 30, 2015

Jason (Jake) Leone, founder of Vets for Vets, a private non-profit organization located in Pennsburg, Pa. dedicated to assisting homeless veterans, and Tom Applebach, Director of the Lehigh County Office of Veterans Affairs, joined host Pamela Varkony.

Nathan Kline, founding member of the L.V. Military Affairs Council, and Lisa Kaye, Women's Veteran's Coordinator for Monroe County, were interviewed by phone for the program, which focused on the many services and support groups available for veterans in the greater Lehigh Valley.

(Original air-date: 10/29/15)

Organic Food & Vertical Gardening on LV Discourse

Oct 2, 2015
Carr, E. 2014

Do you know where and when the organic food movement started? Do you know what a vertical garden is or why they are so important?

Host Sally Handlon welcomes guests Aaron Kinsman, Jesse Barrett, and Cynthia James from the Rodale Institute as they address these questions and more while sharing the outreach efforts of the Institute.

(Original air-date: 10/1/2015)

Natural Awakenings

With this program, host Sally Handlon introduces a new feature for her 3rd Thursday Lehigh Valley Discourse show.  Periodically, she will bring Lehigh Valley small business adventurers to the studio to share their story of what led to their small business endeavor, lessons learned, advice and challenges.

Our first adventurer is Reid Boyer, Publisher of Natural Awakenings magazine.  Reid shares his journey from corporate sales to becoming an entrepreneur publisher. Entrepneurial

(Original air-date: 09/17/2015)

Malcolm Gross, Esq. talks about a Pennsylvania hero from Civil War days:  Rep. Thaddeus Stevens.  He championed public education in Pennsylvania and was fiercely anti-slavery at a time when that stance was not popular.  Stevens had President Lincoln’s ear, and the two did not always agree.

(Original Date 09/24/15)

Penn State Lehigh Valley professor, Dr. Galen Godbey, hosts a discussion on building teamwork, social skills, and confidence in young people. Joining him are guests Irene Blough, foreign language teacher for the Allentown School District and founder of a ballroom dance program for middle school students, and Sis-Obed Torres, Director of Operations at the Lincoln Leadership Academy in Allentown.

(Original air-date: 9/10/2015)

The Effort to Save Chestnut Trees on LV Discourse

Sep 11, 2015

Chestnut trees' blight hit in 1904, and these majestic trees have seen decline in health ever since.  Host John Pearce welcomes guests John Wenderoth and Robert Bohm to tell us about efforts to keep chestnut trees alive and thriving.  It's a whole world most of us are unaware of. 

(Original air-date:   8/27/2015)