Alan Jennings

Host Alan Jennings welcomes Silagh White, adjunct professor in Lehigh University's Baker Institute, to listen back to iconic protest songs and discuss their cultural importance. White is also Director of Arts Engagement and Community Cultural Affairs.

(Original air-date 6/12/2014)

Easton Mayor Sal Panto, Jr. on Lehigh Valley Discourse

May 5, 2014

Host Alan Jennings welcomes Easton Mayor Salvatore Panto, Jr. to Lehigh Valley Discourse.

Sal Panto's name is almost synonymous with "mayor" in the city of Easton between his stint in the 1980's and his current term.  He is a booster of the city while being one of the most outspoken advocates for regionalism, even when the benefits for the city are not so apparent.

Bob Donchez and Tom Perez on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Apr 18, 2014

Host Alan Jennings speaks with longtime Bethlehem city council member Bob Donchez just three months into his term as mayor talking about his plans for his mayoral term and the city's health and vitality.


Alan Jennings will also be speaking with Tom Perez, Secretary of US Dept. of Labor, talking about long-term unemployment benefits. 

Host Alan Jennings speaks with PA Rep. Ryan Mackenzie and Mike Schlossberg about finishing their rookie years as legislators. These two talented, smart, hard-working twenty-somethings are rare among partisans these days: they get along, they work together, and they want to get something accomplished.  The conversation includes such topics as a reflection on their first year in office, their assessment of Pennsylvania politics and their peers in the legislature, some prognostication on the session ahead, including the 2014 elections, and much more. (Original air-date January 9, 2014).

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.)

"ObamaCare" on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Aug 9, 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.

Pawlowski on Pawlowski on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Jul 12, 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

On Thursday, June 6th, the Lincoln Leadership Academy, a charter school founded by former public school principal Sandra Figueroa, will hold its first-ever commencement exercises.  That evening at 6 PM, Ms. Figueroa will be joined by two of her graduates on Lehigh Valley Discourse, hosted by Alan Jennings.

The City of Bethlehem has a hotly contested race for mayor featuring two sitting City Council members.  In a city in which Democrats vastly outnumber Republicans, this primary election is likely to choose the next mayor.  J. William Reynolds and Robert Donchez will join host Alan Jennings on this week’s program.

(Lehigh Valley, PA)  WDIY’s weekly public affairs program Lehigh Valley Discourse will feature the candidates for Northampton County Executive on Thursday’s program, 6-7pm.