Lehigh Valley Discourse

Thursdays, 6:00-7:00pm

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:

Voting and Election Special Panel | LV Discourse

17 hours ago

Alan Jennings highlights voting and the upcoming general election with guests Molly Reynolds, Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution; RC Di Mezzo, Press Secretary for the Lincoln Project; Jeff Timmer, Co-Founder of Republicans and Independents for Biden; and Governor Christine Todd Whitman, National Chairwoman for Republicans and Independents for Biden.

Sally Handlon discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the arts in a conversation with Jeff Parks, Chair of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, author, and former president of ArtsQuest. 

Host Alan Jennings talks to the Democratic candidates for the PA House of Representatives in two districts that are up for grabs this year due to the retirement of the incumbents: Tara Zrinski in the 138th District Kevin Branco in the 131st District.

Karen El-Chaar & New Teen Hosts | LV Discourse

Sep 25, 2020

John Pearce welcomes WDIY Classics host Karen El-Chaar to the interview chair and introduces us to WDIY's newest on-air hosts bringing a youth focus to the airwaves.

With the election just 60 days away, how safe is our voting process? What role might Hispanics play in the upcoming election? Alan Jennings begins his election year coverage by talking to Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure, Lehigh County Controller Mark Pinsley, and Delia Marrero of the Hispanic Center of the Lehigh Valley.

Parkland High School

Host Prathysha Kothare speaks with John Cirucci, an adjunct research professor at Arizona State University and retired chemical engineer with Air Products. They discuss climate change, sustainability, and the impact of COVID-19 on energy usage and carbon footprints.

Entrepreneur Juan Martinez | LV Discourse

Aug 28, 2020

Entrepreneurship is our topic. Morning Call columnist and business owner Juan Martinez tells us about his journey emigrating to the U.S. and establishing his chain of five Don Juan Mex Grill restaurants in the Lehigh Valley.

Alliance for Sustainable Communities - Lehigh Valley

Host Sally Handlon speaks with Peter Crownfield, intern coordinator for the Alliance for Sustainable Communities Lehigh Valley, and Kate Volpe, Lehigh University senior and 2019-20 intern. They discuss how the Alliance's internship program has changed in recent years as well as highlight the Alliance’s mission to improve our community.

Host Alan Jennings welcomes Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Schlossberg (D) and licensed therapist Liz Younger to discuss legislative developments in the field of mental health. Alan also talks with Michael Duck, the creative genius behind the Lehigh Valley Song Project and its inspiring new song/video “Lehigh Valley Be Free.”

How are the Lehigh Valley's businesses doing?  Dr. Kamran Afshar welcomes guest Tony Iannelli, CEO and President of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, to discuss the results of the latest quarterly economic survey of Lehigh Valley businesses.