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

Labor Day is the historic "out-of-the-gates" day for elections.  While many have been paying attention for some time, over the next several weeks the candidates and their parties and surrogates will be pummeling voters with attempts to convert them to their side or fire up their side to get out and help them win. In this week’s show, host Alan Jennings discusses the 2012 election with guests Tom Carroll, vice chair of the Northampton County Republican Committee, and Walt Garvin, chair of the Northampton County Democratic Committee.

On the program, hosts John Pearce and Ray Schwab interview three guests from the School of Sacred Ministries, which promotes peace through understanding of the world's faiths and traditions. Dan Hazelton, Annie Marans, Peyton Petty address what is meant by "interfaith"?  They also discuss how the school has impacted their lives. 

Dr. Thrygve Meeker on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Aug 28, 2012

Host John Pearce interviews scientist and Allentown resident Thrygve R. Meeker, PhD.  Dr. Meeker has led a fascinating life, from Pennsylvania farm boy through two degrees in physical chemistry to supervisor at AT&T Bell Laboratories.  He will share his many life adventures.

Mayor Pawlowski on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Aug 13, 2012

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has a problem.  Actually, like all mayors trying to make their cities viable in Pennsylvania, the mayor has big problems.  Having cut city spending to the bone, he still has major obligations such as meeting its pension obligations for retired city workers. So Mayor Pawlowski is proposing some bold measures, including unloading some major operations to private and/or outside interests. Join host Alan Jennings as he welcomes the Mayor to Lehigh Valley Discourse to discuss plans for the city.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has a problem. Actually, like all mayors trying to make their cities viable in Pennsylvania, the mayor has big problems.  Having cut city spending to the bone, he still has major obligations such as meeting its pension obligations for retired city workers.  So Mayor Pawlowski is proposing some bold measures, including unloading some major operations to private and/or outside interests. Join host Alan Jennings as he welcomes the mayor to this week’s program to discuss plans for the city.

Hosts John Pearce and Ray Schwab interview Barbara Kowitz, executive director of the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society.  They delve into the organization's long history, its services to the public, its highlights from the past and present, and its future objectives.

LVEDC Executives on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Jul 16, 2012

Business has never been more unusual. On this week's program  the spotlight will be on Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation - where we've been and where we are headed as a business community. Host Sally Handlon welcomes Don Cunningham, LVEDC President & CEO and Don Bernhard, LVEDC Board Chair to this week's program.

Join host Alan Jennings as he welcomes guest Scott Parsons, first-year county legislator who  defeated Ron Angle last year to join Northampton County Council, and Vic Mazziotti, who was part of an organized block of conservatives elected to the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners.

Staffing can be an employer’s greatest challenge.  It is a big step to hire an employee and very expensive if you hire the wrong person. 

There are resources in our community that can help business owners and the community.  On Thursday’s Lehigh Valley Discourse  we spotlight two – AARP Employment Center and Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.  Join host Sally Handlon with guests Terry Eyler and Ann Burke as they discuss these often overlooked staffing resources.

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