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

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)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley has been a guiding light to many children since 1971. Over these years, their youth and families have grown and changed but the philosophy and impact of BBBS 1-1 mentoring programs remains consistently powerful.

 

Sally speaks with BBBS CEO Susan Bartels and Board Member and BIG, Bruce Eames, about the history, impacts, and future direction of the organization that assists over 400 Lehigh Valley young boys and girls.

(Original air-date: 8/17/2017)

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)

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