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.

World War II: Why does that period of our history continue to draw our attention? How did countries get into this war? What was the role of the Great Depression? 

Greater Valley YMCA's David Fagerstrom on LV Discourse

Aug 5, 2019

Guest David Fagerstrom, President and CEO of the Greater Valley YMCA, discusses the longstanding organization, its history in the Lehigh Valley, and plans for the future.

In this youth-focused two-part edition of Lehigh Valley Discourse, we explore two middle schoolers' fascinating History Day projects, and we speak with the high school students participating in WDIY's 2019 Youth Media Program.

Don Cunningham on Lessons with Leaders

Jul 11, 2019

Our quarterly Lehigh Valley Discourse feature Lessons with Leaders hosted by Laurie Siebert returns.

Single payer health insurance, offered and accepted throughout the world, gets a black eye by US lobbyists and commercial insurance PR. Unlike other “pay to play” areas within our government, this has a greater impact on all US citizens, not just special interest groups.

Alan Jennings continues his focus on Lehigh Valley politics with guest Phillips Armstrong, the Executive for Lehigh County.


Bethlehem's Firefighting History on LV Discourse

Jun 13, 2019

John Pearce talks with guests Nancy Rutman and Karen Samuels, authors of the book Firefighting in Bethlehem, PA, 1741 – 1917.

Master Gardeners on LV Discource

Jun 6, 2019

Serious gardening is our topic. Co-hosts John Pearce and Master Gardener Tom Ritter welcome three master gardeners: Consuelo Almodóvar, Bradley Kunsman and Lois Prytherch.

Linderman Library Discussion on LV Discourse

Jun 6, 2019

Linderman Library, a grand old building, prominent on the Lehigh University campus is our topic. Lois Fischer Black, Ilhan Citak and Alex Japha are librarians / historians who handle not only rare books, but other artifacts going back centuries.

Host Pamela Varkony speaks with two of the Lehigh Valley's most well-known and highly regarded philanthropic organizations.