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

Pearl S. Buck International on LV Discourse

May 18, 2017

Host Pam Varkony explores the work of Pearl S. Buck International and the global impact of this organization named for humanitarian Pearl S. Buck.

Joining her for the discussion is Janet Mintzer, CEO; Linda Bishop, Chief Marketing Officer, of Pearl S. Buck International; Attorney Gina Rubel; and Julie Henning, a teacher and the last child to live with Pearl Buck.

(Original air-date: 5/11/17)

Dr. Kamran Afshar presents the results of the Kamran Afshar-Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce quarterly survey of Lehigh Valley businesses

Host John Pearce welcomes guests Ashleigh Strange (who hosts All Things Considered on WDIY on Thursdays), Ben Worsham, and Mike Quashne who are active in the Lehigh Valley area's Civil Air Patrol.

Sponsored by the US Air Force, volunteers perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter-drug missions. Its focus is to promote leadership and citizenship.

(Original air-date: 4/27/17)

As an annual tradition, Cedar Crest College President Carmen Twillie Ambar will join community host Sally Handlon sharing the recent accomplishments and future plans of the college including the 150th anniversary events in 2017.  

 The new strategic plan has been approved and the shovels are poised to expand the college footprint. Tune in and learn about all the excitement on campus! 

You may have heard of Doctors Without Borders, but the topic of this edition of Lehigh Valley Discourse is a newer humanitarian organization with a presence in the Lehigh Valley called Engineers Without Borders, which partners with communities in developing nations and implements sustainable engineering solutions.   

IronPigs Celebrate 10th Anniversary on LV Discourse

Mar 24, 2017

With opening day just two weeks away, host Steve Aaronson welcomes the voice of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Matt Provence, and Sales Manager Peter Kandianis

2017 is the 10th Anniversary Season for the team, with lots of special events and activities.  Steve and his guests discuss all of that, as well as the on-field possibilities for the 'Pigs in 2017.

(Original air-date: 3/23/17)

Monocacy Chapter of Trout Unlimited on LV Discourse

Mar 10, 2017

Host Steve Aaronson welcomes guests from the Monocacy Chapter of Trout Unlimited

The topics are fly fishing and conservation -- and the Fly Fishing Film Tour that is coming to Steel Stacks on March 28th and 29th.

(Original air-date: 3/9/17)

Achieving Entrepreneurial Success on LV Discourse

Mar 7, 2017

Guest Dr. Brennan Pursell joins host John Pearce to talk of small business successes and the top eight problem areas for entrepreneurs.

Dr. Pursell also discusses the nuts and bolts of how to make a successful small business, as well as pitfalls to avoid. 

(Original air-date: 2/23/17)

Mike Gausling on Lessons with Leaders

Mar 3, 2017

Lessons with Leaders is a new quarterly feature of Lehigh Valley Discourse hosted by Laurie Siebert which will spotlight business and community leaders in their fields throughout the Lehigh Valley. The goal for the program is to be a reflection of how leaders are inspired, driven, supported, and ultimately successful. Lessons with Leaders will share with our community, our guest's dreams, setbacks and successes, as well as the hard work it took to accomplish their dream, their vision.

Host John Pearce talks with Dr. James Bloom, professor of English at Muhlenberg College. Bloom discusses higher education and its critics, today's students, and courses he has taught, such as "Reading the NY Times" and "Jewish Humor."

He has written five books and is working on his sixth, Reading the Male Gaze in Literature and Culture. 

(Original air-date: 2/9/2017)

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