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, our quarterly feature hosted by Laurie Siebert featuring interviews with local leaders in a variety of fields. Click here for an archive of Teen Scientist, our quarterly feature hosted by Moravian Academy high school student Rhea Malhotra exploring innovative scientific advances from a teen perspecitve.


This week's Lehigh Valley Discourse falls a day before the start of Ramadan, so the show focuses on Islam and the importance of the holy month for Muslims.

Shamus McGroggan | WDIY

John Pearce welcomes archaeologist, author, and Northampton Community College professor Edward Henning to discuss the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution in the Lehigh Valley.

Host Alan Jennings speaks to the leaders of two national groups who are working to reinvest funds into low-income neighborhoods and fight poverty.

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Alan Jennings talks with Congresswoman Susan Wild (PA-07) via phone about the Lehigh Valley's COVID-19 response including the stimulus package recently passed by congress and how that will help area residents.

Shamus McGroggan | WDIY

Host John Pearce discusses suicide prevention with guests Allison Frantz, Coordinator of Lehigh County's Suicide Prevention Task Force, and Richard Orlemann, Deputy Director of Lehigh County's Mental Health Administration.

Shamus McGroggan | WDIY

So, what is a food co-op? And who is behind the current initiative to start the Bethlehem Food Co-Op? Host Sally Handlon sits down with Jenn Dize and Joe Klinkhoff as they define this venture, discuss the committed volunteers, and outreach efforts that are occurring.



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Host Alan Jennings welcomes guest Marci Lesko, Executive Vice President of the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, to discuss unmet needs in the Lehigh Valley and the issues the United Way is confronting.

Lehigh Valley Reads on LV Discourse

Mar 10, 2020

Host Greg Capogna talks with Jill Pereira, Vice President of Education at the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, and Angela Zanelli, PBS39 Campaign Director for Lehigh Valley Reads, about the new children's literacy initiative.


Rev. Dr. James Jackson on LV Discourse

Mar 5, 2020
Shamus McGroggan | WDIY

Host John Pearce talks with Rev. Dr. James Jackson, pastor and professor, about "Understanding the Black Church and the African-American Experience in the USA."

Greg Capogna | WDIY

Host Alan Jennings takes another look at the non-profit Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley with gang member-turned-activist Hasshan Batts along with two gang members who are now working with Batts' organization: Jose Rivera and Keify McNear.