Hosted by Pamela Varkony, the program begins with Pennsylvania's Lt. Gov. Jim Crawley. He calls into the program to discuss the changes associated with the transportation bill. Here is a map of highways and bridges that will see improvements, as referenced in the program. Lt. Gov. Crawley discusses other issues facing our state.
Some very interesting local elections this year will lead to major changes in how we are governed. And, yet, too few of these races are determined by anything even close to a majority of voters. Consequently, only a handful of them will determine who will guide us for the next several years. Host Alan Jennings will be joined by Jim Flagg, editor of The Express-Times, and Bernie O'Hare, whose blog, "Lehigh Valley Ramblings," is the most-watched in the region. They will discuss who won, who lost, who really won, who really lost and how our lives will be affected over the next few years.
Bewildered by all the good and bad news about ObamaCare, also known as the Affordable Care Act? Tune in to hear Allentown attorney, Mark Aurand, who's practiced healthcare law for decades, as he clears away the confusion. Mark has made it his goal to understand ObamaCare thoroughly and be able to explain the essential points to the rest of us. You'll gain surprising insights on accessing affordable, high-quality health insurance plans, plus which of the current sensational news stories you can just ignore. (Original air date November 7, 2013.)
It's time to say good-bye to baseball for 2013, as co-hosts John Pearce and Steve Aaronson welcome Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs announcer Jon Schaeffer. They'll take a look back at the 2013 season, and discuss the prospects for 2014. Other topics will include the role of the Iron Pigs in the community and coming changes at Coca Cola Park. (Original air date October 31, 2013.)
Our topic this week is young immigrants, immigration reform and our nation's future." Co-hosts John Pearce and Ray Schwab welcome as their guest Dr. Erika Sutherland of Muhlenberg College. She has been active in the Lehigh Valley's Latino community for 15 years, and brings her perspective on the important issue of immigration to the USA. Join us for much information and thoughtful discussion. (Original air date October 24, 2013.)
Matt Cartwright is nearing the end of his first year representing a gerrymandered congressional district that includes Easton and the Slate Belt. His voting record is as Democratic as the other congressman who represents the region, Charlie Dent, is Republican. Join Alan Jennings as he hosts Congressman Matt Cartwright on Lehigh Valley Discourse. They will talk about his impressions of Congress as an institution, the issues of our time and where he stands on them and what makes him tick. (Original air date October 17, 2013.)
Moravian College' sixteenth president, Dr. Bryon Grigsby, will join host Sally Handlon as they talk about the college, Dr. Grigsby’s first months as president and his thoughts on higher education in the 21st century. Dr. Grigsby is the fourth college president to visit Lehigh Valley Discourse this year, to share his thoughts and vision. (Original air date October 10, 2013.)
"Hungry for Answers: Food Insecurity in the Lehigh Valley. and beyond" is the topic this week’s program. Co-host John Pearce and Ray Schwab welcome three guests who work on the problem of undernourishment: Rev. Dianne Kareha, chaplain at Luthercrest, Marcie Lightwood, Trinity Soup Kitchen and Janet Ney, CACLV (Community Action Committee of the L.V.). Join us to hear about hunger in our own country -- a serious problem. (Original air date September 26, 2013.)
Lafayette College’s seventeenth president, Dr. Alison Byerly will join host Sally Handlon as they talk about the College, Dr. Byerly’s first three months as President and her thoughts on higher education in the 21st century. (Original air date September 19, 2013.)
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.)