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

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)

Lehigh Valley Beer Week (Pt. 2) on LV Discourse

Feb 17, 2017

In the second program this week leading up to the fifth Lehigh Valley Beer Week opening on Feb. 18, Bill Dautremont-Smith discusses it from the business perspective and explores the exploding craft brewing industry here in the Lehigh Valley that LVBW has helped to bring about. 

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

Dr. Afshar welcomes guests from area businesses for a roundtable discussion on the results and the state of the Lehigh Valley's economy. 

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

A fascinating project is ongoing at Muhlenberg College's Trexler Library: digitizing letters from students who were serving in armed forces abroad during WWII.

Host John Pearce welcomes guests Susan Falciani and Dr. Kate Ranieri to discuss what these letters reveal about that era. The students abroad were eager to hear of happenings at the college and in Allentown. Current students of media studies create documentaries based on the many stories from the 1940s.

(Original air-date: 1/26/2017)

Northampton Community College expanded its Bethlehem presence in 2005 by creating an urban campus in a former Bethlehem Steel office complex in south Bethlehem.  On this edition of Lehigh Valley Discourse, host Sally Handlon revisits that early decision and subsequent growth of this campus.

Sally's guest is Dr. Paul Pierpoint, Vice President Community Education and Dean of the South Bethlehem Fowler Campus.

(Original air-date: 1/19/2017)

The Ups & Downs of Polling on LV Discourse

Jan 30, 2017

John Pearce welcomes guest Dr. Christopher Borick, Director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion, to tell us about the ups and downs of polling.

In the recent Presidential election, how did most polls err in predicting the winner? Dr. Borick is Professor of Political Science and a nationally recognized public opinion researcher.

(Original air-date: 1/12/2017)

A Tribute to Those We Lost in 2016 on LV Discourse

Jan 20, 2017

John Pearce presents our annual tribute to notables who have died during the year, from local folks to national and international stars in politics, sports, music, and theatre.

Guest Francisco joins host John Pearce for a nostalgic look at famous people who are no longer with us.

(Original air-date: 12/29/2016)

Host John Pearce welcomes guest, Andrew Zellers-Frederick, Executive Director of the Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society, to discuss a new initiative.  It's an American Revolutionary War Roundtable, to which everyone is invited - people who are very knowledgeable about that war as well as novices.

The initial meeting at Sigal Museum in Easton is set for Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 6:30pm.

(Original air-date: 1/5/2017)

St. Luke's Provider News Network

St. Lukes University Hospital Network has been serving the Bethlehem area for 143 years...and over this time has expanded well beyond the Lehigh Valley. And, that "service" is not only in-patient and emergency care, it includes our communities.

Join host Sally Handlon as she talks with Dr. Bonnie Coyle, MD, MS and Director of Community and Preventive Health, about the community support and the collaborative outreach provided by St. Lukes' through her departments. 

(Original air-date: 12/15/2016)

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