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

Host Galen Godbey discusses the small but vibrant community of roughly 7,000 Indian Americans living in the Lehigh Valley.

Joining Galen are guests who work with the Indian American Association of the Lehigh Valley (IAALV), current Vice President Rajib Baruah and former board member Nitin Laud. Both guests have made the difficult, exciting, and hopeful transition from living in their home country to now living and working in the United States.

(Original air-date: 11/3/2016)

Business History Lessons on LV Discourse

Nov 10, 2016

On this edition of Lehigh Valley Discourse, host John Pearce is joined by historian Dr. Brennan Pursell, a humanities and business professor at DeSales University to bring us business history lessons.

Dr. Pursell answers fascinating questions such as: Where did money come from?  What about the concepts of credit and debt?  How did the banking industry begin?  What are the roles of stocks and bonds? 

Michael Krasja, Professor of Business at Penn State Lehigh Valley, and Dean Gary Kaskowitz, Chair of the Department of Economics and Business at Moravian College, join host Galen Godbey to discuss new leadership models. 

(Original air-date: 10/20/2016)

What's going on these days at The Swain School (pre-school through 8th grade) in Allentown? The new Head of School, Dr. Shannan Boyle Schuster, joins Lehigh Valley Discourse host, John Pearce, to tell us.

Learn about a parenting education series of three sessions coming soon. They are free and open to the public. 

(Original air-date: 10/13/2016)

Getting Ready for CROP Hunger Walks on LV Discourse

Oct 6, 2016

CROP Hunger Walks in Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton are coming up on October 9. Host John Pearce will be joined by guests the Rev. Dianne Kareha, Matt Piszell, and Julie Demotte, who will explain the history and objectives of these walks to help feed the hungry. 

Listen to learn how you can participate. 

(Original air-date: 9/29/16)

On this edition of Lehigh Valley Discourse, John Pearce explores three varied and interesting topics: Medieval Magic and Medicine; Shakespeare and the Lincoln Assassination; Immigration in the USA, 19th and 20th centuries. 

Three students at Cedar Crest College present their research, done in the Honors Program, led by Dr. Joy Karnas

(Original air-date: 8/25/2016)

Gift of Life Donor Program on LV Discourse

Sep 30, 2016

John Pearce's guest is Howard Nathan, President and CEO of the Gift of Life Donor Program, a nonprofit organization serving Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware that partners with 130 acute care hospitals to offer families from around the region the option of organ and tissue donation.

John Pearce also speaks with two organ donor recipients live in the studio about this life-saving service.

(Original air-date: 9/22/2016) 

Moravian College's 16th President, Dr. Bryon Grigsby, joins host Sally Handlon on this week's Lehigh Valley Discourse.

Handlon and Dr. Grigsby talked on WDIY shortly after his inauguration in April 2014; now it's time to revisit and learn what's new, expanding, and changing for Bethlehem's oldest college.

(Original air-date: 9/15/2016)

Were you aware that Lehigh University, in addition to its engineering and wrestling fame, is also nationally and internationally known for its College of Education?

Gary Sasso, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Education, joins community host Sally Handlon to talk about the achievements of this college over its past 100 years as well as discussing the future of education.

(Original air-date: 8/18/2016)

Dr. Kamran Afshar discusses the results of the Kamran Afshar-Greater Chamber of Commerce's survey of Lehigh Valley businesses conducted in July 2016. Joining Dr. Afshar to analyze the results are Bruce Palmer, CPA and shareholder at the accounting firm Buckno, Lisicky & Company, as well as Chad Paul, president and CEO of Ben Franklin Technology Partners.