Lehigh Valley Discourse

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.)

Hungry for Answers on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Oct 1, 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.)

Join host Pamela Varkony and her powerhouse panel for a discussion of “The Changing Publishing Industry”.  Whether a creator or a consumer of the written word, you won’t want to miss this insider’s view of how technology and social media have turned the publishing world inside out. Joining Pamela will be Cindy Ratzlaff, twenty-five year publishing veteran who Forbes Woman called “One of the Twenty Most Influential Women on Entrepreneurship”; Chris Lambiase, SVP, Group Publishing Director of Rodale Inc.; and John Timpane, Philadelphia Inquirer Media Editor and book reviewer.

Co-hosts John Pearce and Ray Schwab welcome three guests on the topic meeting the challenges of mental illness and suicide prevention in the Lehigh Valley.  Guests include Diane Gilroy, volunteer with NAMI-LV (National Alliance on Mental Illness), psychologist Dr. Peter Langman and psychiatrist Dr. Laurence Karper. (Original air date August 29, 2013.)

Hosts John Pearce and Ray Schwab do an exit interview with our executive director, Dr. Bill Dautremont-Smith.  Bill is stepping down from this position after a run of 5+ years, leaving WDIY as a much stronger radio station. You will be impressed by Bill's resumé; his energy is evident as he talks about his tenure as executive director and his plans for the future. (Original air date August 22, 2013.)

Allentown’s downtown is not the only area reinventing itself.  Join guests Michael Hefele, Allentown’s Director of Planning & Zoning, and America On Wheels’ Executive Director Linda Merkel and Director of Development and Marketing Sheryl Hawk as they discuss the plans for Allentown’s Riverfront as well as what it’s like to be an organization anchoring that area. (Original air date August 15, 2013.)

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