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How will the next stimulus package impact the economy?

Dr. Kamran Afshar takes a look at this and more in his synopsis of the week's economic news and trends across the Lehigh Valley and the nation.

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In the newest edition of Your Financial Choices, host Laurie Siebert will continue the tax filing topics and discuss: “Children and education funding tax considerations." 

WDIY News welcomes back Dr. Jeffrey Jahre of St. Luke's University Health Network for another coronavirus update on the facts surrounding recent COVID-19 variants, vaccine distributions, staying vigilant, and double-masking. 

WDIY News' Marcie Lightwood explores the international group GreenFaith, whose March 11 event "Sacred People, Sacred Earth" draws attention to bold, new climate justice actions carried out by people of diverse religions around the world, including here in the Lehigh Valley. 

"Nomadland" is a critically-acclaimed hybrid documentary and narrative-fiction film about Americans who’ve chosen to live and travel in RVs in the American West. Frances McDormand stars as a widow and displaced worker who takes to the highway in her van. Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the drama.

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Host Michael Drabenstott dives into the latest dessert craze with Sean Darby, co-owner of Khanisa's Pudding in Easton. Sean shares how it all started with his wife Khanisa and a banana pudding recipe plus the risks and rewards of starting a small business before and during the pandemic.

Host Michael Drabenstott speaks with Kim Kmetz, Main Street Manager of the Easton Main Street Initiative who shares an update on the Easton food scene with the initiatives that have helped area small businesses through the pandemic, and upcoming programs and events to check out and support.

The Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters (PAB) has announced that WDIY's Teen Scientist has won the 2021 Excellence in Broadcasting Award for Outstanding Public Affairs Program/Series.

Is the pent up demand of last year going to cause an economic boom this year? Dr. Kamran Afshar looks at this and more in the week's economic news for the Lehigh Valley.

John Pearce looks at the fascinating story of 19th century African American preacher, Mrs. Zilpha Elaw, with guest Dr. Kimberly Blockett, Associate Professor of English at Penn State Brandywine who has written two books on her compelling story.