Becky Bradley is the new executive director of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, replacing Mike Kaiser, who retired this summer after more than 40 years as its executive director. As a woman, as a newcomer, as a former city planner, as a young professional, she is breaking the mold. In a region that is growing, sprawling, segregated by class and race, with a market that is usually growing so fast it is hard to plan ahead, Becky will be facing plenty of challenges. Alan Jennings hosts. (Original air date September 12, 2013.)
Join host Pamela Varkony and her powerhouse panel for a discussion of “The Changing Publishing Industry”. Whether a creator or a consumer of the written word, you won’t want to miss this insider’s view of how technology and social media have turned the publishing world inside out. Joining Pamela will be Cindy Ratzlaff, twenty-five year publishing veteran who Forbes Woman called “One of the Twenty Most Influential Women on Entrepreneurship”; Chris Lambiase, SVP, Group Publishing Director of Rodale Inc.; and John Timpane, Philadelphia Inquirer Media Editor and book reviewer.
Co-hosts John Pearce and Ray Schwab welcome three guests on the topic meeting the challenges of mental illness and suicide prevention in the Lehigh Valley. Guests include Diane Gilroy, volunteer with NAMI-LV (National Alliance on Mental Illness), psychologist Dr. Peter Langman and psychiatrist Dr. Laurence Karper. (Original air date August 29, 2013.)
Hosts John Pearce and Ray Schwab do an exit interview with our executive director, Dr. Bill Dautremont-Smith. Bill is stepping down from this position after a run of 5+ years, leaving WDIY as a much stronger radio station. You will be impressed by Bill's resumé; his energy is evident as he talks about his tenure as executive director and his plans for the future. (Original air date August 22, 2013.)
Allentown’s downtown is not the only area reinventing itself. Join guests Michael Hefele, Allentown’s Director of Planning & Zoning, and America On Wheels’ Executive Director Linda Merkel and Director of Development and Marketing Sheryl Hawk as they discuss the plans for Allentown’s Riverfront as well as what it’s like to be an organization anchoring that area. (Original air date August 15, 2013.)
Ron Swinfard is the CEO of the largest employer in the Lehigh Valley, Lehigh Valley Health Network. The pressure of implementing the Affordable Care Act, also known as "ObamaCare," falls on him more than, perhaps, any other individual in the region. People are restless about their health care options, physicians are unhappy about the market and its impact on their profession, and competition between the big hospital systems leads some to wonder what the real motives are in health care these days.
Tonight’s topic is diabetes and ways to manage the disease. Host Basabi Basu welcomes Dr. Bankim Bhatt, M.D., an endocrinologist at St. Luke’s Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, and Robin Gayle, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator from St. Luke’s Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology. (Original air date August 1, 2013.)
Co-hosts John Pearce and Ray Schwab chat with Dr. Ted Schick, philosopher and professor at Muhlenberg College. The topic: The profound influence of Aleister Crowley, writer and occultist, on guitarist Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin). Join us as we explore the universe's hidden forces, magic, the occult. (Original air date July 25, 2013.)
Although public education is available to all youth, the preparation of youngsters to start school varies widely. Some of the children may be enrolled in a formal Pre-K program; some may have engaged families or extended families. But what if they don’t? How can the child without those experiences adapt and excel? One answer that is locally being explored is Promise Neighborhoods. Join host Sally Handlon as she explores this new approach with guests Edward Meehan and Dr. Kamran Afshar. (Original air date, July 18, 2013.)
Ed Pawlowski is on a winning streak: The Neighborhood Improvement Zone, authored and shepherded through the state legislature by Senator Pat Browne to provide powerful incentives for redevelopment of two key pieces of Allentown, is driving more than $500 million in new development; his proposal to cover the unaffordable pension obligations for city retirees by leasing the city's water system to Lehigh County Authority generated more than $200 million; the Philadelphia Phantoms will be joining the Lehigh Valley IronPigs as the top minor league franchises of the Phillies and Flyers, respect