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:

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.

Magdalena Ksepka

Lehigh Valley Discourse with host James Johnson brings three of the Valley's civil rights leaders together to discuss the moment of our time: social injustice, police brutality, and systemic racism.


Rev. Dr. Larry Pickens & Sally Handlon | LV Discourse

Jul 27, 2020

James Johnson welcomes Rev. Dr. Larry Pickens and Sally Handlon to Lehigh Valley Discourse. Rev. Pickens shares his journey with faith, his experience with systemic racism, and his perception on the recent social movements for justice and equality.  Sally Handlon brings to WDIY her personal stories on health, wellness, and diet with her first published book: Your Journey to Aging Well - Drink, Move, Eat, Sleep.


Shamus McGroggan | WDIY

Guest Wanda Wood is known as "Mama Wanda" in a village in the African country of Malawi. Now residing in the Lehigh Valley, Wood joins host John Pearce to discuss the nine years she spent volunteering in Malawi in her retirement where she oversaw the construction of a church and a school for poor villagers.

Alison DelRe

John Pearce welcomes two guests: from the 18th century, Dr. Benjamin Franklin; from the 21st century, Christopher Black, historian/thespian.  You'll hear many facts about one of our country's foremost forefathers. Dr. Franklin even sings a song for us. This one is for the history buffs!

Lehigh Valley Roller Derby | LV Discourse

Jun 19, 2020
Shamus McGroggan | WDIY

Roller Derby is alive and well in the Lehigh Valley and across the country. Host John Pearce welcomes skaters Kim Dwyer, Michelle Messa and Kyla Szemenyei to talk about the sport, not only on the rink, but the camaraderie and sisterhood in life.

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