Lehigh Valley Discourse

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.)

Pawlowski on Pawlowski on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Jul 12, 2013

Ed Pawlowski is on a winning streak:  The Neighborhood Improvement Zone, authored and shepherded through the state legislature by Senator Pat Browne to provide powerful incentives for redevelopment of two key pieces of Allentown, is driving more than $500 million in new development; his proposal to cover the unaffordable pension obligations for city retirees by leasing the city's water system to Lehigh County Authority generated more than $200 million; the Philadelphia Phantoms will be joining the Lehigh Valley IronPigs as the top minor league franchises of the Phillies and Flyers, respect

On this week’s program, the topic is The New Face of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution).  Co-hosts John Pearce and Ray Schwab will chat with three local DAR members from the chapter in Easton:  Jan Beck, Lelane Hoose, Lisa Hummell.  Join us to learn about this venerable, patriotic organization.

If you haven’t read a newspaper or driven to Allentown in the past year, you might feel a bit like Rip Van Winkle, should you go there.  Where there had been little new, there is a lot of activity – construction, new business, new residential units, restaurants… cranes are the new mechanical birds migrating to the city. The energy level is high and it is gathering attention for all the right reasons.

Lewis and Clark on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Jun 14, 2013

This week the topic is Lewis and Clark and Me.  Co-hosts John Pearce and Ray Schwab welcome writer and historian Peter Osborne to the studio.  He will share many facets of this famous expedition, sent out by President Thomas Jefferson, 1803-1806.  There is much more to the story than what we learned as school children. (Original air date June 13, 2013.)