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

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)

Business History Lessons on LV Discourse

Nov 10, 2016

On this edition of Lehigh Valley Discourse, host John Pearce is joined by historian Dr. Brennan Pursell, a humanities and business professor at DeSales University to bring us business history lessons.

Dr. Pursell answers fascinating questions such as: Where did money come from?  What about the concepts of credit and debt?  How did the banking industry begin?  What are the roles of stocks and bonds? 

Michael Krasja, Professor of Business at Penn State Lehigh Valley, and Dean Gary Kaskowitz, Chair of the Department of Economics and Business at Moravian College, join host Galen Godbey to discuss new leadership models. 

(Original air-date: 10/20/2016)

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 speaks with two organ donor recipients live in the studio about this life-saving service.

(Original air-date: 9/22/2016)