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.

Bernie O'Hare and Mike Molovinsky on LV Discourse

Jul 17, 2018

Alan Jennings has returned to hosting a monthly edition of Lehigh Valley Discourse on WDIY.  His guests for this program are Lehigh Valley bloggers Bernie O’Hare of Lehigh Valley Ramblings and Mike Molovinsky of Molovinsky on Allentown.

(Original air-date 7/12/18) 

Co-Op Work Spaces on LV Discourse

Jul 2, 2018

Host Sally Handlon explores the growing prominence of co-op work spaces on this edition of Lehigh Valley Discourse. Guests Santiago Rivera of SoBe CoWorks along with Jennifer and Gary Lader of CoWork 414 discuss the past, present, and future of co-worker trends and opportunities in the 21st century work space.

Current opportunities for independent contractors and freelance professionals in the Lehigh Valley are also discussed.

(Original air-date: 6/21/2018)

Bpeace's Pathways to Business Program on LV Discourse

Jun 25, 2018

Host Pamela Varkony looks at the Business Council for Peace's (Bpeace) 'Pathways to Business' program which assists chosen female Syrian refugees in the country of Lebanon, as well as Bpeace's event in Allentown, Pathways to Business: A Refugee Journey.

Joining Pamela in the studio are Wynona Heim, Bpeace's International Development Consultant; Athena Katsaros, master mentor and leadership coach; and Ann Callison, Managing Director of London-based Morgan Stanley.

(Original air-date: 6/14/2018)

J.B. Reilly on Lessons with Leaders

Jun 18, 2018

CEO and President of City Center Investment Corporation, J.B. Reilly, joins host Laurie Siebert on this edition of Lessons with Leaders, the new quarterly feature of Lehigh Valley Discourse. 

Lafayette College's Dr. John Kincaid on LV Discourse

Jun 11, 2018

John Pearce welcomes guest Dr. John Kincaid, political scientist at Lafayette College, for a broad discussion about our governmental system in today’s world.

What is a “federal” form of government? Who decides about: guns for school personnel; legalization of marijuana; sanctuary cities; gerrymandering; taxing out-of-state purchases? Dr. Kincaid discusses these and more. (Original air-date: 5/24/2018)

Peace Activist Kathy Kelly on LV Discourse

Jun 4, 2018

Non-violent peace activism is our topic.  Kathy Kelly is co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

She has fascinating stories to tell, having lived in war zones in Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon, Bosnia and Nicaragua. She has been to prison for her beliefs. How has she managed not to pay U.S. income tax since 1980?

(Original air-date: 5/31/2018)

Richard Master, Chairman & CEO of MCS Industries, and Vince Mondillo, Producer/Director/Writer at Mondillo Productions, join host Sally Handlon to discuss their recently released third documentary related to the health care crisis in the US.

Big Money Agenda: Democracy on the Brink focuses on the dynamics of the healthcare reform gridlock in Congress.

(Original air-date: 5/17/18)

Dr. Kamran Afshar discussed the April 2018 results of the Kamran Afshar/Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber quarterly economic review of Lehigh Valley businesses.

Joining Dr. Afshar were guests Neal Koplin (Executive Vice President and Lehigh Valley/Greater Delaware Region President at Peoples Security Bank & Trust), John Hayes (Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of New Tripoli Bank), Kerry Wrobel (President at Lehigh Vally Industrial Park), Mike Axiotis (President of Lehigh Valley Restaurant Group and Red Robin).

(Original air-date: 5/10/2018)

Professor Sujatha Fernandes on LV Discourse

May 3, 2018

Sujatha Fernandes, professor of Political Economy and Sociology at the University of Sydney, spoke with host Jack Lule about her new book, "Curated Stories: The Uses and Misuses of Storytelling."

They also discussed her research which combines social theory and political economy, her world travels, and more.

(Original air-date: 5/3/18)

An unusual hiking ministry is this week's topic. The Church of the Mountain in Delaware Water Gap, PA, does this outreach ministry to hikers of the Appalachian Trail.

Guests Rev. Sherry BlackmanLarry Beck and Dave Childs tell how their church congregation developed this ministry and how congregants keep it going year after year. Why do hikers make these mountain hikes? You may be surprised at some of their reasons.

(Original air-date: 04/26/18)