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

LV Discourse Covers Services for Older Adults

Dec 4, 2015

Services for older adults is our topic.  Two representatives from Lehigh Valley Aging in Place (LVAIP) enlightened all of us on positive living as we grow older.  They are Frank DeRosa and Kim Garrison.  Learn why “in place” is so important.

(Original air-date: 12/03/15)

Helping Bethlehem's Homeless on LV Discourse

Dec 1, 2015

Host John Pearce welcomes David Bair, founder of Helping Bethlehem's Homeless. They discuss the 500 member organization, Bair's passion for his work, and the issue of homelessness in the city.

(Original air-date: 11/26/15)

Celebrating the upcoming holidays, the communities of the Nazareth-Bath and Whitehall areas have developed their own unique traditions. The Chambers of Commerce in those communities help to be a unifying force for these and other community activities.  Nazareth-Bath Chamber President Tina Smith and Whitehall Area Chamber Executive Director Ann Marie Slavick joined Sally Handlon to discuss both the upcoming holiday and the Chamber’s role in their respective business communities.

(Original air-date: 11/19/2015)

Stories of Allentown’s past is our topic.  Co-hosts John Pearce and historian Frank Whelan interview attorney Malcolm Gross about his grandfather and father, both mayors of Allentown.  Gross’ book, Two Mayors and a Lawyer (2013), tells much of Allentown in the past century.

(Original air-date: 11/12/15)

Dr. Kamran Afshar presents a special edition Lehigh Valley Discourse featuring a roundtable discussion on the results of Kamran Afshar Associates, Inc.'s quarterly economic review of Lehigh Valley businesses. Dr. Afshar welcomes Jack Pfunder, Executive Director of Manufacturing Resource Center, and Tom Demshock, Broker at Fishburn Realty. 

(Original air-date: 11/05/15)

Honoring Veterans by Aiding Veterans on LV Discourse

Oct 30, 2015

Jason (Jake) Leone, founder of Vets for Vets, a private non-profit organization located in Pennsburg, Pa. dedicated to assisting homeless veterans, and Tom Applebach, Director of the Lehigh County Office of Veterans Affairs, joined host Pamela Varkony.
 

Nathan Kline, founding member of the L.V. Military Affairs Council, and Lisa Kaye, Women's Veteran's Coordinator for Monroe County, were interviewed by phone for the program, which focused on the many services and support groups available for veterans in the greater Lehigh Valley.

(Original air-date: 10/29/15)

Immigration, Youth & Their Education on LV Discourse

Oct 24, 2015
Muhlenberg College

 

Immigration, youth and their education - our topic is one that is hotly debated these days.  Host John Pearce's guest, Dr. Erika Sutherland, teaches Spanish at Muhlenberg College and has been very active in our community for two decades.  Learn about DACA, a Presidential mandate concerning recent immigrants.

(Original air-date: 10/22/2015)

Organic Food & Vertical Gardening on LV Discourse

Oct 2, 2015
Carr, E. 2014

Do you know where and when the organic food movement started? Do you know what a vertical garden is or why they are so important?

Host Sally Handlon welcomes guests Aaron Kinsman, Jesse Barrett, and Cynthia James from the Rodale Institute as they address these questions and more while sharing the outreach efforts of the Institute.

(Original air-date: 10/1/2015)

Natural Awakenings

With this program, host Sally Handlon introduces a new feature for her 3rd Thursday Lehigh Valley Discourse show.  Periodically, she will bring Lehigh Valley small business adventurers to the studio to share their story of what led to their small business endeavor, lessons learned, advice and challenges.

Our first adventurer is Reid Boyer, Publisher of Natural Awakenings magazine.  Reid shares his journey from corporate sales to becoming an entrepreneur publisher. Entrepneurial

(Original air-date: 09/17/2015)

Malcolm Gross, Esq. talks about a Pennsylvania hero from Civil War days:  Rep. Thaddeus Stevens.  He championed public education in Pennsylvania and was fiercely anti-slavery at a time when that stance was not popular.  Stevens had President Lincoln’s ear, and the two did not always agree.

(Original Date 09/24/15)

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