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

Northampton Community College expanded its Bethlehem presence in 2005 by creating an urban campus in a former Bethlehem Steel office complex in south Bethlehem.  On this edition of Lehigh Valley Discourse, host Sally Handlon revisits that early decision and subsequent growth of this campus.

Sally's guest is Dr. Paul Pierpoint, Vice President Community Education and Dean of the South Bethlehem Fowler Campus.

(Original air-date: 1/19/2017)

The Ups & Downs of Polling on LV Discourse

Jan 30, 2017

John Pearce welcomes guest Dr. Christopher Borick, Director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion, to tell us about the ups and downs of polling.

In the recent Presidential election, how did most polls err in predicting the winner? Dr. Borick is Professor of Political Science and a nationally recognized public opinion researcher.

(Original air-date: 1/12/2017)

A Tribute to Those We Lost in 2016 on LV Discourse

Jan 20, 2017

John Pearce presents our annual tribute to notables who have died during the year, from local folks to national and international stars in politics, sports, music, and theatre.

Guest Francisco joins host John Pearce for a nostalgic look at famous people who are no longer with us.

(Original air-date: 12/29/2016)

Host John Pearce welcomes guest, Andrew Zellers-Frederick, Executive Director of the Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society, to discuss a new initiative.  It's an American Revolutionary War Roundtable, to which everyone is invited - people who are very knowledgeable about that war as well as novices.

The initial meeting at Sigal Museum in Easton is set for Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 6:30pm.

(Original air-date: 1/5/2017)

St. Luke's Provider News Network

St. Lukes University Hospital Network has been serving the Bethlehem area for 143 years...and over this time has expanded well beyond the Lehigh Valley. And, that "service" is not only in-patient and emergency care, it includes our communities.

Join host Sally Handlon as she talks with Dr. Bonnie Coyle, MD, MS and Director of Community and Preventive Health, about the community support and the collaborative outreach provided by St. Lukes' through her departments. 

(Original air-date: 12/15/2016)

Host John Pearce welcomes guest Dr. Margaret Christian, professor of English at Penn State-Lehigh Valley, who has studied many sermons from 16th century England.

She discusses these sermons from Elizabethan society after King Henry VIII created the Church of England. Believe it or not, there are parallels between those times and our own, as Dr. Christian explains. 

(Original air-date: 12/8/16). 

The topic of this edition of Lehigh Valley Discourse is Pennsylvanian author John Updike, who is considered to be one of the giants of U.S. 20th-century literature.

Host John Pearce is joined by Dr. Jack DeBellis, professor emeritus at Lehigh University and a leading scholar on Updike, who discusses Updike's life and literary pursuits. 

(Original air-date: 12/1/2016)

Host John Pearce is joined by Pam Bechtel and JoAnn Nenow, Meals on Wheels Executive Directors for Northampton and Lehigh counties, respectively. They discuss Meals on Wheels, now 45 years old in the Lehigh Valley, and its service to the community. 

The meals provided make it possible for many senior citizens to remain in their homes as they age. Hear stories of people receiving two meals daily and learn how you can become a volunteer.

(Original air-date: 11/24/2016)

Host Dr. Kamran Afshar reviews the results of the Kamran Afshar - Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce survey of local businesses, which was conducted in October. 

He is joined by guests Tony Iannelli (Chamber president), Jack Pfunder (president of Manufacturer Resource Center), and Josh Dudd (Senior VP at Univest Bank & Trust Co.) to discuss the results. 

(Original air-date: 11/10/16)

Host Galen Godbey discusses the small but vibrant community of roughly 7,000 Indian Americans living in the Lehigh Valley.

Joining Galen are guests who work with the Indian American Association of the Lehigh Valley (IAALV), current Vice President Rajib Baruah and former board member Nitin Laud. Both guests have made the difficult, exciting, and hopeful transition from living in their home country to now living and working in the United States.

(Original air-date: 11/3/2016)