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

Penn State Schuylkill

On this edition of Lehigh Valley Discourse, host John Pearce's guest is Dr. Charles Cantalupo, Distinguished Professor of English, Comparative Literature and African Studies at Penn State - Schuylkill.

Dr. Cantalupo discusses the art of translating, his passion for Africa (particularly Eritrea and its literature), the best parts of teaching and his love of Bethlehem, PA.

(Original air-date: 6/22/2017)

David Yanoshik of Penn State Lehigh Valley on LV Discourse

Jun 27, 2017

David Yanoshik, Director of Business Development at Penn State Lehigh Valley, talks with host Sally  Handlon regarding the recent initiatives where this campus and community have partnered and excelled.

Bethlehem Steel FC on LV Discourse

Jun 15, 2017

The topic for this edition of Lehigh Valley Discourse is professional soccer in the Lehigh Valley.

Steve Aaronson welcomes Rory Muth and Chris Dillon from Bethlehem Steel FC to discuss the history of the club and the current status of the sport in our area.

(Original air-date: 6/8/17)

David Jaindl on Lessons with Leaders

Jun 8, 2017

Laurie Siebert hosts the second installment of our new quarterly feature on Lehigh Valley Discourse, "Lessons with Leaders." On this program, Laurie talks with Lehigh Valley developer and business leader, David Jaindl.

Our topic, mental illnesses, is very much in the news:  Are state hospitals still an option?  Nowadays we hear of "recovery."  What does that mean?  How are Lehigh and Northampton counties involved?

John Pearce's guests are county administrators for mental health, Andrew Grossman (Northampton County) and Richard Orlemann (Lehigh County).

(Original air-date: 5/25/17)

Spotlighting Three Lehigh Valley Leaders on LV Discourse

May 25, 2017

Host Sally Handlon focuses her program on three Lehigh Valley leaders. Sally welcomes guests Pamela Varkony, recent recipient of the Pearl S. Buck Foundation's 2017 Woman of Influence, Dr. Mark Erikson, president of Northampton Community College, and Dr. Bryon Grigsby, president of Moravian College.

Dr. Erikson and Dr. Grisby recently shed their roles and challenged themselves beyond their comfort levels to participate in the Lehigh Valley's Dancing with the Stars.

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! 

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