Lehigh Valley Discourse

From wide-eyed children to a homeless child, this is the season for and about children.  The real test of our humanity is how we as a society treat the little innocents. On Lehigh Valley Discourse this week, host Alan Jennings welcomes Jane Ervin, CEO of Community Services for Children, and Marci Ronald, Vice President for Community Impact at the United Way.  Listen in on the discussion of how well the Lehigh Valley fares in its treatment of our children, not just during the holidays but year-round.  (Original air date December 12, 2013.)

Poetry Out Loud on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Dec 9, 2013

Poetry Out Loud is our topic this evening’s program.  Host John Pearce welcomes local poet Marilyn Hazelton and Kathy Odorizzi from the Allentown Art Museum.  What is the poetry contest to be held at the museum?  Why poetry in an art museum anyway?  Join us to learn about this adventure.

After turkey and football, it’s time to talk politics! Hosts John Pearce and Ray Schwab welcome Dr. Jack Treadway, Professor Emeritus, Kutztown University to the program to talk about trends in local and state politics, and analyzes the climate of both. Join us Thanksgiving evening to learn more.  (Original air date November 28, 2013.)

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.

Local Election Results on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Nov 15, 2013

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.

The Affordable Care Act on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Nov 8, 2013

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.)

The Iron Pigs on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Nov 6, 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.)

Immigration Reform on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Oct 25, 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 on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Oct 18, 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.)

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