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.

Kicking off Women's History Month, host Pamela Varkony will interview two of the Lehigh Valley's trailblazers, Diane Wittry, composer, author, entrepreneur, and the first woman conductor of the Allentown Symphony, as well as Dr. Stephanie Olexa, scientist, philanthropist, and the only woman to serve as president of the Lehigh Valley Angel Investors. Join Pamela and her guests for this live conversation. (Original air date March 7, 2013.)

John Pearce talks with Andrey Beskorovainiy and Allen Smith, both of whom are involved in a Russian Ministries "twinning" project, which has been developed to overcome cold war and denominational stereotypes between Russia and the U.S.

Islam the Focus of Lehigh Valley Discourse

Mar 4, 2013

This week’s topic is Judaism and Islam in the United States. Co-hosts John Pearce and Ray Schwab will interview Dr. Sharon Albert of Muhlenberg College. She teaches religion studies and lectures on Islam.  Listeners will have an opportunity to call-in during the program with their questions. (Original air date February 28, 2013).

Host Sally Handlon welcomes Dr. Alice Gast, President of Lehigh University, which was recently ranked 38th in the nation by US News & World Reports annual report of national universities  which are research institutions that award degrees at every level.  She will be discussing the University and its path to the future as well as other aspects of running this higher education business. (Original air date February 21, 2013.)
 

Sister Simone Campbell on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Feb 8, 2013

Sister Simone Campbell was the leader of the "Nuns on the Bus," the group of activist Roman Catholic nuns who followed U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman and vice presidential canidate Paul Ryan, challenging his proposal to dramatically reduce spending for anti-poverty programs while cutting taxes for Americans in the highest income brackets.  She will speak at Northampton Community College on Thursday, February 7, at 7:30 PM.  Before she does that, though, she will be Alan Jennings's guest on Lehigh Valley Discourse, live at 6 PM on WDIY.

Philanthropy on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Feb 5, 2013

As the Lehigh Valley mourns the passing of philanthropist Linny Fowler, we'd like to re-post the program she participated in last December.

TEACH Rwanda on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Feb 1, 2013

On this program the topic is TEACH Rwanda.  Co-hosts John Pearce and Ray Schwab interview the co-founders of this organization, Janet Brown and Cindy Grieshaber.  The Country Director, James Iyamuremye, will also join us.  TEACH Rwanda provides teacher education and children's enrichment to schools in Rwanda.  Join us for an enlightening discussion about an area of the world many of us know too little about. (Original air date January 31, 2013.)

Civil Rights the Focus of Lehigh Valley Discourse

Jan 25, 2013

With the national holiday celebrating the life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., just days away, Alan Jennings will turn the attention of listeners to the civil rights movement.  Sheila Michaels, a veteran of the civil rights movement who worked for SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) and CORE (Congress for Racial Equality) in the early 1960's, knew and worked with some of the top leaders of the movement and has been featured among the movement's leaders in social history archives kept by various universities.

Can anyone really understand the trends in business and weather…or the impact of one upon the other? Join host Sally Handlon and her guests Bill Kirk, founder and CEO Weather Trends International  and John McGran, Editor of LV Business, to hear what they have to say about 2012 trends and 2013 predictions for business, weather and the impacts of each other.

Bill Hansell on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Dec 7, 2012

Bill Hansell has a remarkable history. He has held either elective or appointed positions at all levels of government, including advising local governments throughout the world. By definition, he is an expert. But he may be facing his most, uh, challenging position: Lehigh County Executive.  Join Alan Jennings as he welcomes Bill Hansell to Lehigh Valley Discourse.

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