Lehigh Valley Discourse

Provocative, informative and newsworthy;  Lehigh Valley Discourse brings you the people and the issues that move and shape our region.  With rotating guest hosts, you’ll hear engaging conversation about many subjects affecting the Lehigh Valley.  Listen every Thursday evening from 6 to 7 pm following NPR’s All Things Considered or catch up with a podcast online.

Pay Equity Issues on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Apr 19, 2013

When you think of all the advances made since 1963, we tend to remember all the positive changes in technology, transportation, research…but what about advances for the people that help make that occur.  Fifty years ago Betty Freidan published the Feminine Mystic and Congress passed the Equal Pay Act. Join host Sally Handlon on this week’s show as she explores the pay equity issue with Stephanie Hnatiw, Executive Direction of the YWCA of Bethlehem, Toni Hoffman, co-chair, Easton AAUW and Chet Mostellar, president Mostellar & Associates.

On this week’s program, WDIY will present a unique approach to the age-old candidates’ debate.  Host Alan Jennings will present the Democratic candidates for Northampton County Executive.  The format will dispense with the rigid structure common to candidate debates in favor of a no-rules, conversational approach.  John Callahan, Lamont McClure and Glenn Reibman will have a wide-ranging discussion of the issues, covering the economy, fiscal austerity, especially in an era when state and federal assistance are diminishing, open space preservation, their approach to governing, and how the co

(Lehigh Valley, PA)  WDIY’s weekly public affairs program Lehigh Valley Discourse will feature the candidates for Northampton County Executive on Thursday’s program, 6-7pm.

Gun Control on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Apr 5, 2013

Tonight's topic is gun control. Co-hosts Gloria McVeigh and John Pearce have invited guests Brian Monaghan and John Vivian to weigh in on this important issue.  They hold differing views.  Listeners will be able to call in with comments and questions. (Original air date April 4, 2013.)

John Pearce and Steve Aaronson join forces to welcome Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs broadcaster Jon Schaeffer and Marketing/Promotions Manager Morris Morioka.  Opening Day is just a week away, so it's a perfect time to take a look back at the 2012 season and a look ahead to what's in store for 2013.  Play Ball!

What is this changing landscape for higher education?  How can a women’s college adjust to these “rapids of change?”  Join host Sally Handlon for this discussion with Cedar Crest College President Carmen Twillie Ambar and Women’s Leadership Institute Coordinator Arlene Peltola on this week’s program.

Sustainability on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Mar 15, 2013

“Sustainability” has become one of those buzzwords that almost everyone is using.  But it might not mean the same thing to everyone.

Kicking off Women's History Month, host Pamela Varkony will interview two of the Lehigh Valley's trailblazers, Diane Wittry, composer, author, entrepreneur, and the first woman conductor of the Allentown Symphony, as well as Dr. Stephanie Olexa, scientist, philanthropist, and the only woman to serve as president of the Lehigh Valley Angel Investors. Join Pamela and her guests for this live conversation. (Original air date March 7, 2013.)

John Pearce talks with Andrey Beskorovainiy and Allen Smith, both of whom are involved in a Russian Ministries "twinning" project, which has been developed to overcome cold war and denominational stereotypes between Russia and the U.S.

Islam the Focus of Lehigh Valley Discourse

Mar 4, 2013

This week’s topic is Judaism and Islam in the United States. Co-hosts John Pearce and Ray Schwab will interview Dr. Sharon Albert of Muhlenberg College. She teaches religion studies and lectures on Islam.  Listeners will have an opportunity to call-in during the program with their questions. (Original air date February 28, 2013).