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

Stacey Milo & Teri Madison on LV Discourse

Jun 29, 2015

Along with starting and owning a business, home ownership also continues to be synonymous with the American Dream. Join community host Sally Handlon and guests Stacey Milo, Executive Director Teri Madison, Home Ownership Center Manager as they share the evolving history and role of the Neighborhood Housing Services of the Lehigh Valley.

(Original air-date: 06/18/2015)

In the first half of the show, Jack Lule speaks with Carmen Twillie Ambar, President of Cedar Crest College in Allentown. Then, John Pearce talks with Penn State Professor Galen Godbey.

(Original air-date: 06/11/2015)

Lehigh Valley Heritage Musuem on LV Discourse

Jun 5, 2015

Host John Pearce welcomes Jill Youngken, Assistant Director, and Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Historical Society, to discuss the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum in Allentown.

(Original air-date: 6/4/2015)

Host John Pearce welcomes out-going Muhlenberg College President Peyton R. Helm.  Having served at the college in Allentown since July 2003, Helm discusses his tenure at the institution, his experience as president, and his future plans.

LV Meet the Buyers Expo on LV Discourse

May 29, 2015

David Dunn, Government Marketing Director at LU SBDC, and David Grow, VP National Penn Bank, join host Sally Handlon to discuss the collaborative effort of the 10 business organizations behind the Lehigh Valley Meet the Buyers Expo.

This unique event provides small businesses the opportunity to network face-to-face with larger contacts throughout the Lehigh Valley. The second bi-annual Lehigh Valley Meet the Buyers Expo will take place on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem.

Host Jack Lule welcomes Northampton County Executive John Brown to discuss the path that lead him to his career in politics and his current position in Northampton County.

(Original air-date: 4/30/2015)

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)