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.

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)

'Tis the season, and Santa Claus was this show's topic. Guest Richard Hope discussed his book, Santa Claus: Guidebook for Grownups.

Hope and host John Pearce traced the very beginnings of this fascinating character, who started as St. Nicholas 1,700 years ago. The saint's popularity soared in medieval Europe, through modern Europe, and eventually to the U.S. This tradition makes a fascinating story.

(Original air-date: 11/23/17)

Host John Pearce discussed Buddhism on this program. Guests Claude AnShin Thomas, a Zen Buddhist monk, and his assistant, KenShin, a Buddhist nun, have taught at Moravian College this semester.

They talked about Buddhism, its aims, and its practices. Monk Claude AnShin was raised in the Methodist church and nun KenShin was raised as a Lutheran. They both shared stories about how they made their way to Buddhism.     (Original air-date: 11/30/2017)

"Not your ordinary diner" founder Billy Kounoupis has just released his third book, The IT Factor: Mindset of an Entrepreneur.

The Life of George Washington on LV Discourse

Nov 27, 2017

Guest Jeffrey Finegan, Sr. loves studying the life and times of George Washington.

Finegan talked about his recently published book, My Dear Général: The Extraordinary Relationship between George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette.  How did the Frenchman become such a friend of Washington?  Did Lafayette's involvement in our Revolutionary War really have an impact? Listen to this fascinating story to find out.  (Original air-date: 10/26/17)  

Dr. Kamran Afshar discussed the October 2017 results of the Kamran Afshar/Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber quarterly economic review of Lehigh Valley businesses.

Joining him was Michelle Griffin Young, the Executive VP of Government and External Affairs at the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce as well as the producer of Business Matters at WFMZ-TV; John Hayes, the Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer at New Tripoli Bank; and Jack Pfunder, the CEO of Manufacturers Resource Center.

WeatherTrends 360's Bill Kirk on LV Discourse

Nov 3, 2017

So what is up with this weather?  It seems like there have been more natural disasters this past year than in the past, but is that really true? 

Host Sally Handlon and her guest Bill Kirk, CEO and founder of WeatherTrends 360, discussed weather events, weather history, and the 2017-18 winter.   (Original air-date: 10/19/17)

On this edition of Lehigh Valley Discourse, host John Pearce talks with Dr. Shannan Schuster who is in her first year as Head of School at The Swain School and has already implemented initiatives to foster learning from pre-K through 8th grade.

They discuss what's happening at The Swain School and described the three-part Parenting Education Series, open to the public.  The Swain School in Allentown has a history dating back to 1929. It is one of the premier private schools in the Lehigh Valley.

(Original air-date: 10/12/2017)