Lehigh Valley Discourse

Thursdays, 6:00-7:00pm

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

Dr. Brett Hendrickson on LV Discourse

Apr 24, 2015

Host John Pearce welcomes the Rev. Dr. Brett Hendrickson, an assistant professor at Lafayette College, to discuss Southwestern Mexican-Americans. John and Brett explore their religious practices and alternative medicine, including traditional healing. 

(Original air-date: 04/23/2015)

U.S. Small Business Administration on LV Discourse

Apr 20, 2015

Michael Kane, the Deputy Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Eastern PA District Office, joins host Sally Handlon. They discuss the role of the U.S. Small Business Administration in working with Lehigh Valley businesses and leaders, as well as some of the new programs to be introduced later this year. 

(Original air-date: 04/16/2015)

Rev. Sherry Blackman's "REV-IT-UP" on LV Discourse

Apr 8, 2015

Host John Pearce welcomes Reverend Sherry Blackman back to Lehigh Valley Discourse to discuss her recent work, REV-IT-UP, Tales of a Truck Stop ChaplainRev. Blackman details her experience in truck-stop ministry, exploring the ins and outs of the trucking industry as well as the intriguing personal lives of the individuals she meets on a daily basis.  More information available at her website.

ArtsQuest's New CEO on LV Discourse

Mar 31, 2015

After 31 years, the leadership baton of ArtsQuest has been passed from the founding president/CEO Jeff Parks, to Kassie Hilgert. Host Sally Handlon and Kassie talk about her career path and the future direction of ArtsQuest as it reinforces its mission to use the arts and culture as key elements of economic development for our urban communities.

(Original air-date: 3/26/2015)

President of Cedar Crest College on LV Discourse

Mar 23, 2015

Cedar Crest College President Carmen Ambar joins host Sally Handlon to share the exciting accomplishments that Cedar Crest has achieved, especially in the last two years, as they lead up to their 150th anniversary in 2017. Just recently, College Choices listed Cedar Crest as one of the top women’s schools in the United States!

(Original air-date: 03/19/2015)

The Allentown Rotary Club on LV Discourse

Mar 19, 2015

Local historian Frank Whelan, author of 100 Years of Service above Self: The Allentown Rotary Club 1914 - 2014, and current Rotary Club of Allentown club president, Christine Bauder, discuss the club's current projects and history (and, in the process, some of the history of Allentown).

(Original air-date 3/12/2015)

Author Jeffrey Finegan joins host John Pearce in the studio to discuss the life and death of George Washington.  Learn about our first President: his military service, love of farming, his slaves – all told from the point of view of Washington’s personal physician, Dr. James Craik. 

(Original air-date: 2/26/15

Wild Creek Reservoir's Potential on LV Discourse

Mar 12, 2015

Many know of the Bethlehem Authority as the quality water source for the City of Bethlehem and 10 surrounding communities.  Aside from providing water, the Wild Creek reservoir has the potential to provide alternative energy support. Bethlehem Authority Exec. Steve Repasch and The Nature Conservancy’s Josh Parrish, join host Sally Handlon.

(Original air-date: 3/05/2015)

Women on Boards and in Business on LV Discourse

Mar 4, 2015

Jane Wells Schooley, principal of Northstar Team Development and Different Maker Coach, and Lehigh University Associate Professor of Management Corinne Post join Sally Handlon in the studio to discuss how the levels women attain either on the corporate ladder, or in the board room still remain disproportionate to their overall numbers.

How to Run for Local Office on LV Discourse

Feb 16, 2015

How does a person run for local office? Which procedures must be followed? Our topic this week comes from the League of Women Voters: Running for Local Office -- a workshop. Join host John Pearce and guests, including Ken Mohr. 

(Original air-date: 02/12/2015)

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