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

Host John Pearce welcomes Leaders Dan Miller and Haley Arena-Miller from the The Lehigh-Pocono Committee of Concern's "Young People Making Peace" summer day camp.  They discuss the activities this year's camp offers including singing, drumming, and games, with an emphasis on peacemaking. The 2016 camp runs from July 18-22 at First Presbyterian Church in Allentown.

(Original air-date: 6/23/2016)

The annual "Celebration of Reading" event is held by Cops 'n' Kids Lehigh Valley every spring at Northampton Community College's Fowler Family Southside Center in South Bethlehem. 2016's event was bigger than ever featuring music, food, children's activities, and the distribution of free books to kids.

WDIY spoke with Cops 'n' Kids Lehigh Valley President, Beverly Bradley; Bethlehem Mayor, Bob Donchez; and some of the many volunteers that make the event possible every year.

(Original air-date: 6/22/2016)

Host John Pearce discusses support for people with mental illness. Guests Michael Stolarik and David Yadush explain their role in this critical area in society:  Extended Acute Care.  With state hospitals mostly closed, learn what help there is for integrating folks with mental illness in our communities.

(Original Air-Date: 5/26/16)

Host Galen Godbey discusses the incubator and accelerator programs available for entrepreneurs in the Lehigh Valley which are driving innovation. His guests are Steve Boerner, Director and Co-Founder of Hatch House entrepreneurial center in South Bethlehem, and Dr. Mark Lang, Executive Director of the Charter Partners Institute, which works with the LVenture School Initiative in the Lehigh Valley.

(Original air-date: 6/9/2016)

May is Small Business Month. Community host Sally Handlon discusses financing opportunities for businesses in the Lehigh Valley with Chris Hudock, Director, The Rising Tide Loan Fund and John Kingsley, VP Finance at Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation. Find out where the money is and the type of support that is available to you as a start up or existing business.

(Original air-date: 5/19/2016)

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)