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.

Bill Hansell on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Dec 7, 2012

Bill Hansell has a remarkable history. He has held either elective or appointed positions at all levels of government, including advising local governments throughout the world. By definition, he is an expert. But he may be facing his most, uh, challenging position: Lehigh County Executive.  Join Alan Jennings as he welcomes Bill Hansell to Lehigh Valley Discourse.

Envision Lehigh Valley on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Nov 30, 2012

Host Sally Handlon welcomes Holly Edinger to the program to discuss Envision Lehigh Valley; a public outreach effort designed to engage the citizens of Northampton and Lehigh Counties to create a truly sustainable Lehigh Valley.

Host John Pearce welcomes author Peggy Campbell and Anthony Maricini of Connexions Art Gallery in Easton. The two are working on an Art Collaboration program.

Listen and learn this week’s program as Charlene Donches Mowers, Executive Director, Bethlehem Museums and Sites discusses the changes occurring within the Historic Bethlehem Partnership and the exciting opportunities ahead – for the business community, for our residential community, and for 2012 holidays!

Rep. Jennifer Mann on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Nov 9, 2012

Among the changes that the 2012 election will bring is a new representative for Pennsylvania’s 132nd district, long served by Jennifer Mann.  Representative Mann was elected at the age of 28 and served seven terms.  She has lots to say and Alan Jennings, host of Lehigh Valley Discourse, will be giving her a venue to do so this Thursday.  The two will talk about her experiences, the difference she made, her regrets, what’s wrong and what’s right about politics in the 21st century, and the implications of the first election in 14 years in which her name isn’t on the ballot.

Hosts Steve Aaronson and John Pearce welcome the Voice of The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, Matt Provence, and Director of Promotions and Entertainment Lindsey Knupp.  Join them for a lively discussion about the 2012 baseball season -- and a look ahead to 2013.  You may even get an inside look at who will replace Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg as Iron Pigs manager next season.

Host John Pearce chats with guest Dr. Franklin Sherman about his book, Bridges:  Documents of the Christian-Jewish Dialogue.  Dr. Sherman is a scholar who has studied these documents since the end of WWII.

Venture Idol Featured on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Oct 19, 2012

In early 2000s, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of NE PA introduced a program to help its clients get in front of venture capitalists.  This provided two very special and important opportunities. First, it helped to guide and prepare start- up ventures in their ability to present their business and investment case.  Second, it helped to make venture capitalists aware of the business innovations taking place in the Lehigh Valley.

If, indeed, children are our future, as so many like to say, what might that future look like, given the many challenges our children face: declining resources for education, intervention when they are victimized by predators, and nutrition programs, neighborhoods that are unsafe and so much more.  With an election just a few weeks away, the public policy debate appears to be ignoring this critically important but voiceless constituency.

The Economy the Focus of Lehigh Valley Discourse

Oct 9, 2012

The economy is bad.  The economy is good.  It needs to be stimulated.  It needs to be left alone.  It's good for Obama.  It's good for Romney. With the discussion leading up to the November election focusing on the economy, host Alan Jennings welcomes guests Kamran Afshar, economist, and Tony Ianelli, CEO of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.