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. Click here for an archive of Lessons with Leaders.

Other programs rotating on Thursdays at 6 PM:

Sally Handlon welcomes Victoria Alercia-Casella, licensed professional counselor, to discuss how she has created a book, I Am Loving the Me That I'm Choosing to Be, to help everyone from teens to adults focus and maintain a positive path and mindset—something that has, at times, been hard to come by during the pandemic.

Host Sally Handlon sits down with local entrepreneur and author Peter Christian to discuss the best ways to approach business interactions. Christian sheds some light on the subject by sharing his 40+ years' experience through his two recently-published books - Influences and Influencers and What About the Vermin Problem? 

Alan Jennings welcomes Lehigh Valley politicians in an exclusive interview to discuss their reactions to the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol and the political aftermath; plus, how Harrisburg has discord similar to Washington, D.C.

Host Sarit Laschinsky explores the impact of COVID-19 on South Whitehall Township and the impact of a recent $1.5 million gift to Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley.

John Pearce and co-host Francisco review 2020 In Memoriam with tributes to notable Lehigh Valley residents; athletes; stars of stage, TV, and screen; musicians; authors; and more.

Christmas Customs with Marlene Merz | LV Discourse

Dec 24, 2020

On this special edition of Lehigh Valley Discourse, host John Pearce welcomes Marlene Merz to discuss the various Christmas customs that we practice as we celebrate the holiday season. With topics ranging from holiday music and gift giving to the history of old Saint Nick and even personal family traditions, John and Marlene invite you to join them as they explore what Christmas really means.  

Host Sally Handlon welcomes Anne Corley Baum, Lehigh Valley business leader and author of the book series Small Mistakes, BIG Consequences to talk about the different personalities one might encounter on the job and in life, as well as Baum's journey to become an author.

Host Sally Handlon is joined by Dr. Tracy Hill, Director and Principal of Center Street Center for a conversation on the emotional and mental impacts created by 2020, and insight on how to understand and cope with these challenges.

Alan Jennings talks with two local young men of color with uplifting and inspiring perspectives--Joel Paulson, a graduate of Saucon Valley High School and student at Swarthmore College, and Wilberto Sicard, graduate of William Allen High School and Lehigh University, now heading to Yale Law School.

John Pearce sits down with attorney and historian Malcolm J. Gross to discuss the Gettysburg Address and President Abraham Lincoln. He also shares the impact of General Harry Clay Trexler on the Lehigh Valley.