July 19 - 25, 2021
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Last Week Around the Valley
WDIY staff and volunteers spent the past weekend at the Burnside Plantation in Bethlehem for Historic Bethlehem Museum and Sites' Blueberry Festival and Market-to-Go. It was great seeing everyone that stopped by to say hi and grab some free WDIY merch. Next, we'll be out in Downtown Allentown at Blues, Brews, and Barbecue on Saturday, July 31st. See you then!
Program Highlights
Host: Kyra Kelly
Monday, 5:44 p.m. during NPR's All Things Considered
Host Kyra Kelly welcomes a fellow 8th grade student to talk about the effects and impact social media has on young people's mental health...both good and bad.
Host: Silagh White
Monday, 6 - 6:30 p.m.

Calling all singers in the Lehigh Valley! Silagh White welcomes to the program local author Frank Demilt with his recent book The Blueprint: The Bible for Becoming a Successful Performing Musician in the Digital Age. The book is soup (what equipment to have in your home studio, or should you even have a home studio) to nuts (how to sustain a career once you’ve hit stardom) on how to become a vocal recording artist.
Monday, 6:28 p.m. during Lehigh Valley Arts Salon

The pandemic-delayed Black Widow is the 24th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Scarlett Johansson stars with Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz, who team up to do battle in the latest MCU installment. Paul Willistein of Lehigh Valley Press reviews the action-adventure-science fiction film.
Host: Greg Capogna and Edward Meehan
Monday, 6:30 - 7 p.m.

Greg Capogna and Rider-Pool Trust Executive Director Edward Meehan welcome back Lehigh Valley Health Network CEO and President Dr. Brian Nester. Together, they talk about how the Dorothy Rider Pool Healthcare Trust will evolve into the Leonard Parker Pool Institute of Health along with The Pool Center for Analytics under the LVHN umbrella to battle social determinants of health locally.
Host: Rob Reagan
Monday, 9 - 11 p.m.

Tune in during the first hour of the program for a feature on "Trumpet Icons Gone Too Soon".... with renowned horn players Clifford Brown, Booker Little, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw, and Roy Hargrove. You can expect a good number of vocal selections - mostly newer - in hour two, including Nancy Reed (recorded at the Deer Head Inn with pianist Billy Test), Roseanna Vitro (a new release, although recorded in the 80's with pianist Kenny Barron), Kristen Korb, and Nnenna Freelon.
Monday, 11 p.m. - 1 a.m.

This week, the Blues Cruise visits some hot places. Houston with Juke Boy Bonner, L.A. with Johnny Otis, most of Texas with Zuzu Bollin, Melvin Daniels and Pee Wee Crayton. A stop in the Windy City with the Butterfield Blues Band, Memphis with James Luther Dickinson and Boston with James Montgomery. It's good to get out of town and blow the stink off as long as you take WDIY 88.1 and wdiy.org along with you. No half fares for children or squares.
Host: Brooke Gladstone
Tuesday, 6 - 7 p.m.

This week's show: As You Like It

As numbers of the vaccinated rise, theaters around the country are once again opening. In celebration, this week’s show is all about Shakespeare, including how the quintessentially English Bard became an American icon, and what a production in Kabul, Afghanistan meant to the community that produced it.
Host: Dave Fry
Tuesday, 7 - 9 p.m.

This week's show features newly archived sets from Peggy Seeger ('05), Skyline ('86), Norman and Nancy Blake ('94), Vance Gilbert ('17), and The Fairfield Four ('93). Dave Fry will also do a special set with the band California, featuring the late Byron Berline on fiddle.
Host: Doug Ashby
Tuesday, 11 p.m. - Wednesday 1 a.m.

Roots After Hours is hanging out in NYC in the 1960s and '70s. We'll hear from the Velvet Underground and Lou Reed, the architects of modern rock. And of course the NY Dolls and Johnny Thunders. We'll crawl into the CBGB's scene with Television and Patti Smith. The Roots Reggae segment will feature the vocal majesty of Ken Boothe.
Wednesday, 6 - 7 p.m.

Laurie Siebert and her guest, William Henderson, VP / Head of Investments at Valley National Financial Advisors (VNFA) will discuss: Q2 Market Review. Laurie and William will take listener questions during the show at 610-758-8810, as well as those submitted online in advance or during the show at yourfinancialchoices.com.
Host: John Pearce
Thursday, 6 - 7 p.m.

John Pearce sits down with renowned Lehigh Valley poet and teaching artist Marilyn Hazelton who recalls her family's history from Ellis Island to Erie and how she discovered journaling as a way to work through the anxiety, confusion, and stress of the pandemic.
Host: Rick Weaver
Thursday, 7 - 9 p.m.

Celtic Faire will climb into its way-back machine and check out some offerings from the old Green Linnet label, including Galician band Milladorio, Gerald Trimble, and the late great Scottish fiddler Johnny Cunningham.
Host: Bill Fox
Thursday, 11 p.m. - Friday, 1 a.m.

The Special Focus for July is Modulator ESP, a.k.a. Jez Creek of Nottingham, UK. Modulator ESP has been described as "vintage synth overload to propel you into the outer reaches of the cosmos.” When Modulator ESP discovered that there was more to EM than TD, Schulze, Jarre, Pickford, and Shreeve when he found bands that were doing retro-styled improvisational EM, it came as a revelation to him. This propelled him to play live without playing along to backing tracks.

On the next Galactic Travels™, the month-long focus on Modulator ESP continues. The Featured CD at Midnight will be Astral Drift.

You will also hear new music by Jon Durant and Stephan Thelen on Alchemy Records, by An Moku and Joel Gilardini on Bullflat3.8 Records, by Gert Emmens on Groove Unlimited Records, and by Colin Rayment.
Friday, 6 - 7 p.m.

This week's show: The Biology of Sex

Many of us were taught biological sex is a question of female or male, XX or XY ... but it's far more complicated. This hour, TED speakers explore what determines our sex. Featuring:

  • Emily Quinn, artist and activist
  • Molly Webster, features producer and guest host at Radiolab (Gonads)
  • Lisa Mosconi, neuroscientist and the author (The XX Brain: The Groundbreaking Science Empowering Women to Maximize Cognitive Health and Prevent Alzheimer's Disease)
  • Karissa Sanbonmatsu, principal investigator at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the New Mexico Consortium
Host: Ophira Eisenberg
Saturday, 10 - 11 a.m.

This week's show: We Ship It

RuPaul's Drag Race alum Peppermint on becoming a "lip sync assassin," games with Couples Therapy hosts Naomi Ekperigin and Andy Beckerman, and Miracle Workers' Geraldine Viswanathan and Karan Soni
Host: Bill Rudman
Sunday, 9 - 10 p.m.

This week's show: Opening the Sondheim Encyclopedia (Part 1)

A visit with Rick Pender, author of The Stephen Sondheim Encyclopedia — the first time an American songwriter has been so honored. This is a four-part mini-series that includes 41 songs by the Master.
Latest Features from WDIY
Community Events from WDIY Partners
July 23 - July 31, 2021
Civic Theatre of Allentown | Allentown, PA
Friday, July 23, 2021 | 6 PM
• Sellersville Theater | Sellersville, PA
Friday, July 23, 2021 | 9 PM
• Sellersville Theater | Sellersville, PA
• Now through August 1, 2021
• DeSales University | Center Valley, PA
• Now through September 12, 2021
• Allentown Art Museum | Allentown, PA
If you are a WDIY member who has contributed at least $60 for the year or you are actively supporting WDIY as a Sustaining Member, you are eligible for WDIY's Member Ticket Giveaway! If you are not receiving this member benefit on Sundays, please email shamusm@wdiy.org.