Lehigh Valley Discourse

Thursdays, 6:00-7:00pm

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:

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.

YWCA on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Sep 27, 2012

2012 marks the 85th anniversary of the YWCA of Bethlehem.    Join host Sally Handlon as she interviews the YW’s current leadership as they discuss the Y’s direction 85 years later and what their future vision holds.

Labor Day is the historic "out-of-the-gates" day for elections.  While many have been paying attention for some time, over the next several weeks the candidates and their parties and surrogates will be pummeling voters with attempts to convert them to their side or fire up their side to get out and help them win. In this week’s show, host Alan Jennings discusses the 2012 election with guests Tom Carroll, vice chair of the Northampton County Republican Committee, and Walt Garvin, chair of the Northampton County Democratic Committee.

On the program, hosts John Pearce and Ray Schwab interview three guests from the School of Sacred Ministries, which promotes peace through understanding of the world's faiths and traditions. Dan Hazelton, Annie Marans, Peyton Petty address what is meant by "interfaith"?  They also discuss how the school has impacted their lives. 

Dr. Thrygve Meeker on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Aug 28, 2012

Host John Pearce interviews scientist and Allentown resident Thrygve R. Meeker, PhD.  Dr. Meeker has led a fascinating life, from Pennsylvania farm boy through two degrees in physical chemistry to supervisor at AT&T Bell Laboratories.  He will share his many life adventures.