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

Montclair State University Professor Mark Clatterbuck who specializes in Indigenous Religions of North America and high school art history teacher David Sommers join host John Pearce to discuss teaching religions at college and high school levels from an art, literature, history, and sociology perspective.

(Original air-date: 5/12/2016)

Quarterly Economic Review on LV Discourse

May 14, 2016

Dr. Kamran Afshar discusses the results of KAA, Inc.'s latest quarterly economic review of Lehigh Valley businesses. The survey of Lehigh Valley businesses taken in April 2016 guaged their expectations about the economy and plans for hiring and expenditures here in the Lehigh Valley for the next six months. Joining Dr. Afhsar are guests Tony Iannelli, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce; Ed Meehan, The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust; and Stephen Patterson, TD Bank. 

(Original air-date: 05/05/16)

Discussing Nursing Education on LV Discourse

May 5, 2016

Nursing, and particularly nursing education is our topic.  John Pearce's guests are heads of nursing departments in the Lehigh Valley: Dr. Wendy Robb of Cedar Crest College and  Barbara Lupole of Lehigh Carbon Community College.

 We talk about the history of nursing, what nursing curricula look like today, varied opportunities for nurses in the workplace, how to know if you are a good candidate for nursing, and more.

(Original air-date: 04/28/16)

What if there was a way to reduce the cost of health care for individuals, families, organizations and businesses without reducing the quality of care?

Join community host Sally Handlon in a conversation with Richard Master, founder, Chairman & CEO of MCS Industries and David Steil, business owner and former PA legislator on a recently released documentary entitled Fix It - Healthcare at the Tipping Point.

(Original air-date: 04/21/16)

Cedar Crest College Professors Scott Hoke of the Criminal Justice program and Christine Carpino of the Political Science department join host Galen Godbey to discuss key findings of the recent Lehigh Valley Research Conference.

(Original air-date: 03/31/16)

As a tradition during Women's History month, Cedar Crest College President Carmen Twillie Ambar joins host Sally Handlon sharing the past, present and future direction of the college. There have been a number of firsts for the college which will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2017.  Learn about all the excitement on campus!

(Original air-dater: 3/17/2016)

Host John Pearce looks at Allentown as a city, 1950s to the present. Our guest, Jory Berkwits, is the author of My Bittersweet Homecoming (2015) based on his return to his childhood city after almost 40 years away from Allentown. A stroll thru the past and how this city has changed over a half century. 

(Original air-date: 03/10/16)

Theology Professor Virginia Wiles on LV Discourse

Mar 16, 2016

Creativity, games and fun in education might be the title of this week's topic. Dr. Virginia Wiles, professor of Theology, has fun telling us of her escapades as a teacher and preacher. She asks, "If it's not fun, why do it?" On a more serious note, Dr. Wiles is a stroke survivor, and tells what it's like to recover.

(Original air-date: 3/3/2016)

Bill Hunter, Lehigh University's Primary Representative to the United Nations, and Director of the LU/UN Partnership, joins host Galen Godbey to discuss experiential education as enabled by Lehigh's Global Union program and UN NGO (non-governmental organization) status.

(Original air-date: 1/28/2016)

Discussing Abraham Lincoln on LV Discourse

Mar 4, 2016

John Pearce welcomes guests Joseph Garrera and Jill Youngken of the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum to discuss the life of Abraham Lincoln. How was Mr. Lincoln as a lawyer? Why are women attracted to his memory even today? What roles did Pennsylvania play in Mr. Lincoln's life? All this and more are discussed on this edition of Lehigh Valley Discourse.

(Original air-date: 2/25/16)

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