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An unusual hiking ministry is this week's topic. The Church of the Mountain in Delaware Water Gap, PA, does this outreach ministry to hikers of the Appalachian Trail.

Guests Rev. Sherry BlackmanLarry Beck and Dave Childs tell how their church congregation developed this ministry and how congregants keep it going year after year. Why do hikers make these mountain hikes? You may be surprised at some of their reasons.

(Original air-date: 04/26/18)

Pianist Fred Hersch on Milestones

Apr 26, 2018

Host Rob Stevens interviewed jazz pianist Fred Hersch, who will bring his trio to Lafayette College's Williams Center on April 18.

The broadcast also featured selections from saxophonist Dave Liebman and pianist Bobby Avey, who will perform as a duo at Miller Symphony Hall's "Jazz Upstairs" on April 20. Plus, South African legend, pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, who will play with his group Ekaya and guest trumpeter Freddie Hendrix at Lehigh University's Zoellner Arts Center on April 24.

(Original air-date: 04/16/18)

This week's topic was about how 90% of seniors, according to a survey by AARP, wish to remain in their homes - but those desires are often derailed by declining physical and cognitive abilities. The question of whether they can stay often causes conflict between parents and their adult children.

At the Movies: Isle of Dogs

Apr 26, 2018

"Isle of Dogs" marks director Wes Anderson's return to the stop-motion animation technique he used in "Fantastic Mr. Fox" - however, this film is more for adults than for children. It features the voice talents of Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Greta Gerwig, Francis McDormand, Scarlett Johansson, and F. Murray Abraham. "Isle of Dogs" has astounding visuals - the dogs are puppets with amazing detail, including their fur, eyes and ears. The film is so unusual that it should be seen and admired, if not totally enjoyed. 

Previewing the 2018 Emmaus Film Festival on LV Arts Salon

Apr 26, 2018

Hosts George Miller and Kate Scuffle previewed the upcoming 2018 Emmaus Film Festival. They talked to Stephanie Gardner, who is presenting the festival along with Brandon Lay of Living Proof Pictures, who is one of the participating filmmakers.

This year's festival takes place on Saturday, May 5th at the Emmaus Theatre and has been specially curated into a program, "The Masks We Wear," which focuses on celebrating the women of independent cinema from the Lehigh Valley and around the world. 

(Original air-date: 04/23/18)

This week's show featured a conversation about our growing Lehigh Valley Hispanic community with Jose Antonio Ortiz, entrepreneur, TV producer/host, and actor.

Ortiz and host Sally Handlon discuss the growth of this segment and cultural nuances which the business community needs to understand when marketing to this community.

(Original air-date: 04/19/18)

SouthSide Arts & Music Festival on LV Arts Salon

Apr 19, 2018

This week's show was devoted to the upcoming SouthSide Arts & Music Festival, taking place April 20-21, 2018 in Bethlehem. In addition to live music, the festival will showcase visual and performance art in both expected and unexpected places.

Joining hosts George Miller and Kate Scuffle were guests Stacie Brennan, senior director of visual arts education for ArtsQuest, and James West, who sculpted "Split Infinity," a 2,000-lb. bronze sculpture that is one of the festival centerpieces.

(Original air-date: 04/09/18)

13th Annual Student Poetry Project Winners on LV Arts Salon

Apr 19, 2018

Hosts Paul Willistein and George VanDoren welcomed the three first-place winners of the 13th Annual Student Poetry Project to read their poems live on the air and discuss their writing.

This year's winning poems are:

The topic of this week's show was loss - the loss of a loved one, a family member, a child or a parent. How do we cope with our grief?

Eleanor's guest this evening is Kenneth J. Doka, author of Grief Is a Journey: Finding Your Path Through Loss. Dr. Doka is a licensed mental health counselor and a professor of gerontology at the Graduate School of the College of New Rochelle. Dr. Doka is also senior consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America and an ordained Lutheran minister.

(Original air-date: 04/16/18)

Economic Pulse: Week of 4/6/18

Apr 12, 2018

A weekly look at the trends driving our nation's economy as well as the Lehigh Valley's economy.

Economic Pulse with Dr. Kamran Afshar airs Fridays at 5:44 pm and Mondays at 7:41 am.

(Original air-date: 04/06/2018)