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.

This week's show featured a conversation about our growing Lehigh Valley Hispanic community with Jose Antonio Ortiz, entrepreneur, TV producer/host, and actor.

Ortiz and host Sally Handlon discuss the growth of this segment and cultural nuances which the business community needs to understand when marketing to this community.

(Original air-date: 04/19/18)

Dr. Erika Sutherland Talks Immigration on LV Discourse

Apr 12, 2018

This week's topic is one that is often in the news: immigration. Our guest, Dr. Erika Sutherland, professor of Spanish at Muhlenberg College, has been actively supporting immigrants for 20 years. 

Which children are protected by DACA? What exactly is "sanctuary"? If you help an undocumented person, are you breaking the law?

She also talks about an upcoming event on April 28 where all can learn more about the topic.

(Original air-date: 04/05/18)

A mathematician with a sense of humor? Surely you jest. Actually, our guest this week was just that: Dr. William Duham, historical mathematician. He traces math's roots back to Africa, 40,000 years ago.

He talked about why mathematicians are often absent-minded, and about women's role in the discipline.

(Original air-date: 03/29/18)

Well-known journalist Glenn Kranzley talks about his official history of Northampton County, "Still Changing, Still Home - Northampton County Since the 1950s" (2017). Kranzley joins host John Pearce to reflect on the profound changes in the county and Lehigh Valley since 1950 including transportation, population makeup, religious groups, economy, education, and the environment.

Kranzley also talks about his 41 years with the Globe-Times and The Morning Call.

(Original air-date: 03/22/18)

Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez on LV Discourse

Mar 22, 2018

Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez, who recently provided a "state of the city" presentation to Bethlehem's community leaders, joins host Sally Handlon to discuss that presentation which covers accomplishments in his first term and his vision for the next four years.

(Original air-date: 3/15/2018)

Kiwanis Club of Allentown on LV Discourse

Mar 20, 2018

The Kiwanis Club of Allentown celebrates 100 years in existence this year, including a gala on February 10.

Club leaders Tom HarpEnos Martin and Todd Siegfried tell us of the club's history and the many ways the Kiwanis Club of Allentown helps children from pre-school through high school.

(Original air-date: 02/22/18)

Dr. Jessica Cooperman on LV Discourse

Mar 19, 2018

Guest Dr. Jessica Cooperman of the religion studies department at Muhlenberg College talks about spiritual needs of U.S. soldiers and sailors in WWI.

The 20th century saw the rise of chaplaincy for non-Protestants, i.e. Jewish and Roman Catholic men in military service. NGOs such as the YMCA, Knights of Columbus and Jewish Welfare board all played roles to assure worship services and counseling for all military men.

(Original air-date: 03/08/18)

It's time for the annual Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation Update.

President and CEO Don Cunningham joins host Sally Handlon to explore the state of the Lehigh Valley today, discussing recent accomplishments and giving insight into the recently adopted three-year strategic plan.

(Original air-date: 02/15/18)

Moravian expert Rev. Dr. Craig Atwood on LV Discourse

Feb 22, 2018

Where did the Moravians come from and why did they move to the Lehigh Valley?

Host John Pearce welcomes the Rev. Dr. Craig Atwood, an expert on Moravians around the world. Atwood is a professor at Moravian Theological Seminary and author of the book Community of the Cross: Moravian Piety in Colonial Bethlehem. He has lectured in several countries and brings his expertise to you, our listeners.

(Original air-date: 02/08/2018)

Affordable Housing on LV Discourse

Feb 15, 2018

Affordable housing for individuals with modest income is our topic.

Host John Pearce interviews Mike Handzo, project coordinator of Lehigh Valley Land Trust, about opportunities to own a home. Plus, homeowner Rebecca Trautman explains how her life changed when she was helped to acquire her own place.

(Original air-date: 1/25/2018)