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

Sister Simone Campbell on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Feb 8, 2013

Sister Simone Campbell was the leader of the "Nuns on the Bus," the group of activist Roman Catholic nuns who followed U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman and vice presidential canidate Paul Ryan, challenging his proposal to dramatically reduce spending for anti-poverty programs while cutting taxes for Americans in the highest income brackets.  She will speak at Northampton Community College on Thursday, February 7, at 7:30 PM.  Before she does that, though, she will be Alan Jennings's guest on Lehigh Valley Discourse, live at 6 PM on WDIY.

Philanthropy on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Feb 5, 2013

As the Lehigh Valley mourns the passing of philanthropist Linny Fowler, we'd like to re-post the program she participated in last December.

TEACH Rwanda on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Feb 1, 2013

On this program the topic is TEACH Rwanda.  Co-hosts John Pearce and Ray Schwab interview the co-founders of this organization, Janet Brown and Cindy Grieshaber.  The Country Director, James Iyamuremye, will also join us.  TEACH Rwanda provides teacher education and children's enrichment to schools in Rwanda.  Join us for an enlightening discussion about an area of the world many of us know too little about. (Original air date January 31, 2013.)

Civil Rights the Focus of Lehigh Valley Discourse

Jan 25, 2013

With the national holiday celebrating the life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., just days away, Alan Jennings will turn the attention of listeners to the civil rights movement.  Sheila Michaels, a veteran of the civil rights movement who worked for SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) and CORE (Congress for Racial Equality) in the early 1960's, knew and worked with some of the top leaders of the movement and has been featured among the movement's leaders in social history archives kept by various universities.

Can anyone really understand the trends in business and weather…or the impact of one upon the other? Join host Sally Handlon and her guests Bill Kirk, founder and CEO Weather Trends International  and John McGran, Editor of LV Business, to hear what they have to say about 2012 trends and 2013 predictions for business, weather and the impacts of each other.

Bill Hansell on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Dec 7, 2012

Bill Hansell has a remarkable history. He has held either elective or appointed positions at all levels of government, including advising local governments throughout the world. By definition, he is an expert. But he may be facing his most, uh, challenging position: Lehigh County Executive.  Join Alan Jennings as he welcomes Bill Hansell to Lehigh Valley Discourse.

Envision Lehigh Valley on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Nov 30, 2012

Host Sally Handlon welcomes Holly Edinger to the program to discuss Envision Lehigh Valley; a public outreach effort designed to engage the citizens of Northampton and Lehigh Counties to create a truly sustainable Lehigh Valley.

Host John Pearce welcomes author Peggy Campbell and Anthony Maricini of Connexions Art Gallery in Easton. The two are working on an Art Collaboration program.

Listen and learn this week’s program as Charlene Donches Mowers, Executive Director, Bethlehem Museums and Sites discusses the changes occurring within the Historic Bethlehem Partnership and the exciting opportunities ahead – for the business community, for our residential community, and for 2012 holidays!

Rep. Jennifer Mann on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Nov 9, 2012

Among the changes that the 2012 election will bring is a new representative for Pennsylvania’s 132nd district, long served by Jennifer Mann.  Representative Mann was elected at the age of 28 and served seven terms.  She has lots to say and Alan Jennings, host of Lehigh Valley Discourse, will be giving her a venue to do so this Thursday.  The two will talk about her experiences, the difference she made, her regrets, what’s wrong and what’s right about politics in the 21st century, and the implications of the first election in 14 years in which her name isn’t on the ballot.

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