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

What's going on these days at The Swain School (pre-school through 8th grade) in Allentown? The new Head of School, Dr. Shannan Boyle Schuster, joins Lehigh Valley Discourse host, John Pearce, to tell us.

Learn about a parenting education series of three sessions coming soon. They are free and open to the public. 

(Original air-date: 10/13/2016)

Getting Ready for CROP Hunger Walks on LV Discourse

Oct 6, 2016

CROP Hunger Walks in Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton are coming up on October 9. Host John Pearce will be joined by guests the Rev. Dianne Kareha, Matt Piszell, and Julie Demotte, who will explain the history and objectives of these walks to help feed the hungry. 

Listen to learn how you can participate. 

(Original air-date: 9/29/16)

On this edition of Lehigh Valley Discourse, John Pearce explores three varied and interesting topics: Medieval Magic and Medicine; Shakespeare and the Lincoln Assassination; Immigration in the USA, 19th and 20th centuries. 

Three students at Cedar Crest College present their research, done in the Honors Program, led by Dr. Joy Karnas

(Original air-date: 8/25/2016)

Gift of Life Donor Program on LV Discourse

Sep 30, 2016

John Pearce's guest is Howard Nathan, President and CEO of the Gift of Life Donor Program, a nonprofit organization serving Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware that partners with 130 acute care hospitals to offer families from around the region the option of organ and tissue donation.

John Pearce also speak with two organ donor recipients live in the studio about this life-saving service.

(Original air-date: 9/22/2016) 

Moravian College's 16th President, Dr. Bryon Grigsby, joins host Sally Handlon on this week's Lehigh Valley Discourse.

Handlon and Dr. Grigsby talked on WDIY shortly after his inauguration in April 2014; now it's time to revisit and learn what's new, expanding, and changing for Bethlehem's oldest college.

(Original air-date: 9/15/2016)

Were you aware that Lehigh University, in addition to its engineering and wrestling fame, is also nationally and internationally known for its College of Education?

Gary Sasso, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Education, joins community host Sally Handlon to talk about the achievements of this college over its past 100 years as well as discussing the future of education.

(Original air-date: 8/18/2016)

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.