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

Wanda Wood on LV Discourse

Oct 24, 2014

Wanda Wood discusses her experiences living in a village in Malawi, southeast Africa, where she promotes improvements for the inhabitants.  She also discusses her work done in the village including starting a school, building a church, restoring wells for water, and more.

(Original air-date 10/23/2014)

Discover Lehigh Valley is celebrating it's 30th anniversary "building the Lehigh Valley into a bustling leisure and business travel destination while boosting the local economy as the official destination marketing organization for Lehigh and Northampton counties." Michael Stershic, President of Discover Lehigh Valley,  discusses accomplishments and future challenges in the leisure and business travel industry.

(Original air-date 10/16/2014)

Rabbi Seth Phillips on LV Discourse

Sep 26, 2014
Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley

Host John Pearce welcomes Rabbi Seth Phillips to the microphone. Rabbi Seth tells of his many experiences as a US Navy Chaplain, serving Marines in Okinawa, plus three trips to Iraq to support troops there. What is the future of religion?  Rabbi Seth tackles this question and many others.

(Original air-date 9/25/2014)

Marriott Renaissance GM Scott Bullock on LV Discourse

Sep 25, 2014

Almost a year ago (10/2013), Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett was in Allentown and announced that The Marriott Corporation would be joining our downtown Allentown development by locating one of their premier hotels with the PPL Center- Marriott Renaissance. This will be their 3rd location in PA, and 1 of 162, worldwide.

Host Sally Handlon talks with Scott Bullock, General Manager, about the Marriott's newest venture in the Lehigh Valley, scheduled to open in early 2015.

(Original air-date 9/18/2014)

In recognition of the United Nations' International Day of Peace (September 21), our guest is Monica Willard, a Lehigh Valley resident, who is the United Nations Representative for the United Religions Initiative.  Host John Pearce explores how this annual Day of Peace began and evolved, and how it is being celebrated including the "Peace Wave around the world."

(Original air-date 9/11/2014)

What do the following PA companies have in common - Wavefront Research, Dynalene, General Sciences Inc., RDA Inc, Daniel H. Wagner Associated?  One clue - remember organizations like Bell Labs and NASA?

Learn more about their common threads - SBIR and STTR - as David Dunn of Lehigh University's Small Business Development Center  joins host Sally Handlon.

(Original air-date 9/4/2014)
 

Jim Palmquist & Mary Jane Long from AARP on LV Discourse

Aug 28, 2014

AARP -- You'll be surprised at the broad range of activities and causes that this organization embraces, supporting those over 50 years of age.  Did you know that half of AARP members are not retired?  Host John Pearce's guests this week, Jim Palmquist, AARP president for PA, and Mary Jane Long, Regional Lead for the Lehigh Valley, tell of the breadth of AARP. 

(Original air-date 8/28/2014)
 

International Business Development on LV Discourse

Aug 21, 2014

Whether intentional or not, all businesses today have international exposure through the internet. Businesses that are seeking to expand their markets beyond the Lehigh Valley or US, need to understand the different "rules of the game." 

Distance Learning on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Aug 14, 2014

John Pearce explores distance learning and distance education with guests Gaetan Giannini, Dean of the School of Adult and Graduate Education (SAGE) at Cedar Crest College, and Deb Booros, Dean of Lifelong Learning at DeSales University.

(Original air-date 8/14/2014)

Host John Pearce discusses charter schools for arts education.  Joining him in the studio is Dr. Thomas Lubben, founder of the Lehigh Valley Charter H.S. for the Performing Arts (Bethlehem) and founder of the Arts Academy Charter Middle School (Salisbury Twp.) and Carrie Moore, Alumnae Outreach Coordinator at Cedar Crest College and president of the board, Berks Arts Academy Charter H.S. (Reading).

(Original air-date 7/24/2014)

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