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 online.

Dr. Jessica Cooperman on LV Discourse

Mar 19, 2018

Guest Dr. Jessica Cooperman of the religion studies department at Muhlenberg College talks about spiritual needs of U.S. soldiers and sailors in WWI.

The 20th century saw the rise of chaplaincy for non-Protestants, i.e. Jewish and Roman Catholic men in military service. NGOs such as the YMCA, Knights of Columbus and Jewish Welfare board all played roles to assure worship services and counseling for all military men.

(Original air-date: 03/08/18)

It's time for the annual Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation Update.

President and CEO Don Cunningham joins host Sally Handlon to explore the state of the Lehigh Valley today, discussing recent accomplishments and giving insight into the recently adopted three-year strategic plan.

(Original air-date: 02/15/18)

Moravian expert Rev. Dr. Craig Atwood on LV Discourse

Feb 22, 2018

Where did the Moravians come from and why did they move to the Lehigh Valley?

Host John Pearce welcomes the Rev. Dr. Craig Atwood, an expert on Moravians around the world. Atwood is a professor at Moravian Theological Seminary and author of the book Community of the Cross: Moravian Piety in Colonial Bethlehem. He has lectured in several countries and brings his expertise to you, our listeners.

(Original air-date: 02/08/2018)

Affordable Housing on LV Discourse

Feb 15, 2018

Affordable housing for individuals with modest income is our topic.

Host John Pearce interviews Mike Handzo, project coordinator of Lehigh Valley Land Trust, about opportunities to own a home. Plus, homeowner Rebecca Trautman explains how her life changed when she was helped to acquire her own place.

(Original air-date: 1/25/2018)

Survey of Lehigh Valley businesses on LV Discourse

Feb 8, 2018

Dr. Afshar released the results of the Greater LV Chamber - Kamran Afshar January 2018 survey of Valley businesses. His guests were Neal Koplin, executive vice president of Peoples Security Bank; Bruce Palmer, managing shareholder for Buckno Lisicky & Company; and Thomas Stoudt, interim executive director of Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority.

Theater for the Sight-Impaired on LV Discourse

Jan 23, 2018

John Pearce discusses theater for the sight-impaired with guests Jessica Bien, Dept. of Theatre & Dance at Muhlenberg College, and James Van Horn.

They explain many ways the blind and nearly blind can understand and enjoy a theatrical performance in this 21st century emphasis that is growing.

(Original air-date: 1/12/2018)

Becky Bradley, Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, joins host Sally Handlon to give an update on the area's planning progress over the last two years.

Bradley also discusses the recent symposium of the future of the Lehigh Valley.

(Original air-date: 1/18/2018)

Watersheds and Conservation on LV Discourse

Jan 8, 2018

Host John Pearce discusses the importance of watersheds and conservation with guests Erin Frederick, Master Watershed Steward Coordinator for Penn State Extension in Lehigh and Northampton counties, and Rebecca Kennedy, project specialist for northeastern PA for PENNVEST and president of the Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley.

They discuss the initiatives concerning water in the Lehigh Valley and how listeners can be trained to join their efforts as a teacher with the Penn State Extension's watershed program.

John Pearce welcomes Cedar Crest College's Dr. Carol Pulham  to discuss Medieval literature and, more specifically, the poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer. Dr. Pulham talks not only of Chaucer's time (14th century), but also of relevance of his thoughts for us today.  Dr. Pulham also reads a short passage from The Canterbury Tales in Middle English.

(Original air-date: 12/21/2017)

Laurie Siebert's guest was Kassie Hilgert, President and CEO of ArtsQuest. Hilgert discussed her career, her beginnings at ArtsQuest, taking over as head of the non-profit organization in 2014, and more.

(Original air-date: 12/07/2017)