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.

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.

The Morning Call

Alan Jennings continues his spotlight on local politics with Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure Jr.. McClure, a Democrat, unseated incumbent Republican John Brown in the 2017 county election.

How are the Lehigh Valley's businesses doing? How is the regional economy being impacted by planning and development? Host Kamran Afshar hosts a roundtable discussion on the results of the latest quarterly economic survey of Lehigh Valley businesses.

John Pearce and guest Andrew Zellers-Frederick discuss the U.S. war for independence and the Lehigh Valley's upcoming Revolution Roundtable.

Alan Jennings discusses Slate Belt Rising, a six-year effort spearheaded by the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley which is aiming to bring over $1 million in projects to revitalize the economies of Wind Gap, Pen Argyl, Bangor and Portland.

The Executive Director of Last Chance Ranch Animal Rescue in Quakertown, Jackie Burke, joins host Shamus McGroggan to discuss the work of her organization as well as the partnership running during the 2019 Spring Membership Drive.

WDIY's new quarterly feature Teen Scientist hosted by Rhea Malhotra returns with her secong guest, Parkland High School Senior Nehali Gupta. Plus, John Pearce spotlights Liberty High School students.