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.

Host Sally Handlon spoke with guests Richard Master, the Chairman and CEO of MCS Industries, and Vince Mondillo, the producer/director/writer from Mondillo Productions, about their second Fixit Healthcare documentary entitled “Big Pharma" Market Failure.”  

They discussed the marketing of pharmaceutical drugs, drug costs, and more. (Original air-date: 9/14/2017). 

International Peacemaking was the topic of this Lehigh Valley Discourse

 John Pearce's guest Rev. Samuel Akhtar serves a multi-cultural congregation in Illinois that is primarily made up of immigrants. He came to the United States from Pakistan 16 years ago, and he talked about his congregation and international peacemakers. The International Day of Peace is September 21 every year. (Original air-date: 10/5/2017)

Nurture Nature Center on LV Discourse

Oct 11, 2017

John Pearce discussed the work of the Nurture Nature Center in Easton with Executive Director Rachel Hogan Carr and Science Director Dr. Kathryn Semmens.  

Founded in 2007 after massive and repeated flooding of the Delaware River Basin, the Nurture Nature Center's work with flooding remains as timely as ever. The Center has since established itself as a national leader in flood education along with offering a variety of science and art-based programming for the general public. (Original air-date: 9/21/2017)

Laurie Siebert hosts the third installment of our new quarterly feature on Lehigh Valley Discourse, "Lessons with Leaders," which spotlights business and community leaders in their fields throughout the Lehigh Valley.  On this program, Laurie talks with Rick Anderson, President and CEO of St. Luke’s University Health Network.

Rick Anderson shares his life lessons and reflects on his work at the helm of the nationally-ranked non-profit regional health network.

(Original air-date: 9/28/2017)

Host Sally Handlon looks at the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley who are celebrating their 100th year of providing support to the community through nonprofits. President David Lewis and Vice President Marc Rittle share the history, current impacts, and future direction  of the organization.  

(Original air-date: 9/7/2017)

John Peace was joined by guest Brennan Pursell, PhD, MBA, to discuss the phenomenal success of Germany's economy. He also explained how Germany has become Europe's leading economy. 

Know-how, product quality, innovation, and cultural priorities are key, in Germany as well as Austria and Switzerland.  (Original air-date: 8/24/2017)

Kamran Afhsar returned on this special edition of Lehigh Valley Discourse to once again present the results of the Kamran Afshar--Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber quarterly economic review of Lehigh Valley businesses.

Kamran was joined for a discussion on the state of the Valley's economy by Neal Koplin from Peoples Security Bank & Trust (Executive Vice President and Lehigh Valley & Delaware Region President) as well as Joshua Dodd from Univest Bank & Trust (Senior Vice President).

(Original air-date: 8/31/2017)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley has been a guiding light to many children since 1971. Over these years, their youth and families have grown and changed but the philosophy and impact of BBBS 1-1 mentoring programs remains consistently powerful.


Sally speaks with BBBS CEO Susan Bartels and Board Member and BIG, Bruce Eames, about the history, impacts, and future direction of the organization that assists over 400 Lehigh Valley young boys and girls.

(Original air-date: 8/17/2017)

The Future of Leisure, Tourism & Sport on LV Discourse

Aug 10, 2017

This week's guests are Geoffrey and Galen Godbey, co-authors of the new book The Future of Leisure, Tourism and Sport which considers the near future and ways that all forms of leisure, particularly sport and tourism, will be affected by accelerating change.

(Original air-date: 8/3/2017)

This year marks the 500th anniversary of a seminal moment in the Protestant Reformations:  Martin Luther protested Church abuses in his 95 theses.  Guest Dr. Craig Atwood, Professor of Moravian Theology and Ministry, takes us through the life of this major figure in Christianity.

(Original air-date: 7/27/2017)