Lehigh Valley Discourse

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.)

"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.

Diabetes on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Aug 2, 2013

Tonight’s topic is diabetes and ways to manage the disease. Host Basabi Basu welcomes Dr. Bankim Bhatt, M.D., an endocrinologist at St. Luke’s Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, and Robin Gayle, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator from St. Luke’s Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology. (Original air date August 1, 2013.)

Dr. Ted Schick on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Jul 30, 2013

Co-hosts John Pearce and Ray Schwab chat with Dr. Ted Schick, philosopher and professor at Muhlenberg College. The  topic: The profound influence of Aleister Crowley, writer and occultist, on guitarist Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin). Join us as we explore the universe's hidden forces, magic, the occult. (Original air date July 25, 2013.)

Promise Neighborhood on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Jul 19, 2013

Although public education is available to all youth, the preparation of youngsters to start school varies widely.   Some of the children may be enrolled in a formal Pre-K program; some may have engaged families or extended families.  But what if they don’t?  How can the child without those experiences adapt and excel?  One answer that is locally being explored is Promise Neighborhoods.  Join host Sally Handlon as she explores this new approach with guests Edward Meehan and Dr. Kamran Afshar. (Original air date, July 18, 2013.)

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