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The Morning Call podcast dissects the top news stories from the Lehigh Valley and beyond, talking to reporters and sources about what went on behind the scenes and between the lines as stories unfolded. Further, we delve into the impact of these stories on our community.

The Morning Call podcast dissects the top news stories from the Lehigh Valley and beyond, talking to reporters and sources about what went on behind the scenes and between the lines as stories unfolded. Further, we delve into the impact of these stories on our community.

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The Morning Call podcast dissects the top news stories from the Lehigh Valley and beyond, talking to reporters and sources about what went on behind the scenes and between the lines as stories unfolded. Further, we delve into the impact of these stories on our community.

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@mcall

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English

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610-778-7992


Episodes

Has a billion dollars of development changed the way people view Allentown?

12/18/2019
Downtown Allentown looks a world different than it did less than a decade ago. When former City Hall reporter Emily Opilo started at The Morning Call 7 years ago, the PPL arena was a giant hole in the ground. Has the more than $1 billion of investment and decade of redevelopment made a difference in people's perceptions of Allentown and their desire to spend time downtown? The Morning Call conducted a scientific poll on the matter with Muhlenberg College, and The Morning Call Academy...

Duration:00:24:03

One year later: Where are we at in the opioid crisis?

12/4/2019
The opioid crisis seemed to take center stage in 2018. Officials held press conference after press conference, declared disaster declaration after declaration, handed out Narcan; the media produced special packages and profiles on the epidemic. What has happened since then? Turns out, quite a bit has changed, and quite a few new problems may be on the horizon. We brought together four experts to discuss. This is our breakdown of that conversation. READ:...

Duration:00:18:46

Behind the scenes: The making of Dorney Park's Halloween Haunt

10/29/2019
More than 300 actors, 22 makeup artists, seven haunted weekends. We went behind the scenes and into the "Crypt" where Dorney Park's Halloween Haunt gets made - scab blood, silicone prosthetics and all. The Haunt's final weekend runs Nov. 1-2. The Morning Call Podcast is a production of The Morning Call in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Kayla Dwyer is the host and producer.

Duration:00:22:16

The Allentown diocese, the victim's compensation fund and $323 million of real estate

10/15/2019
Almost a year ago, the Allentown diocese, along with five other catholic dioceses in the state, announced they would set up compensation funds for the victims of sexual abuse by priests in the wake of the scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report. Officials said they’d pay for it by tapping available resources and selling diocese assets. Much of those assets include hundreds of millions of dollars of real estate, mostly untouched. Host Kayla Dwyer speaks with investigative reporter Emily Opilo...

Duration:00:24:59

Allentown car explosion, one year later: What we've learned

9/26/2019
The scene was catastrophic. The circumstances were tragic. But most of all, they were puzzling. Why would a 26-year-old man decide to detonate a car bomb to kill himself, a male passenger and his 2-year-old child? One year after the car explosion that rocked center city Allentown on a Saturday night in September, a team of Morning Call reporters spoke to the families of the victims -- Jacob and J.J. Schmoyer, and David Hallman -- and to federal agents. We know much more about the events...

Duration:00:20:51

What's the deal with grape stomping?

8/30/2019
Morning Call Podcast host Kayla Dwyer has been invited back to the Great Allentown Fair Grape Stomp being held Sunday, Sept. 1, at 3:15 p.m. on Centennial Stage in Ag Hall. For this occasion, we're replaying an old favorite. You might think you know all there is to know about grape stomping -- it's something our ancestors did to make wine, and it lives on as a cultural spectacle at harvest festivals. But that's not the full story. This episode answers some key questions: Is it sanitary? Why...

Duration:00:11:24

LISTEN: Frantic emergency dispatches for Philadelphia shooting that wounded six officers

8/15/2019
LISTEN: The frantic initial emergency dispatches when shooting erupted around 4:30 p.m. Aug. 14 in the Nicetown neighborhood of Philadelphia, during which six police officers were hurt. The armed suspect surrendered after a nearly eight-hour standoff. Audio from Philadelphia Police Dispatch - Northwest via Broadcastify

Duration:00:01:50

In response to mass shootings and threats, Musikfest beefs up and politicians gridlock

8/12/2019
When mass shootings occur, most eyes turn to Capitol Hill, where the same dead-end discussions about gun policy churn, at times with a slightly different spin. Meanwhile, in Bethlehem, close to a million people flocked, as they have for 36 years now, to Musikfest, a sprawling free music festival. After a weekend of deadly mass shootings, we explore two questions: How does Bethlehem keep Musikfest safe, and what has kept politicians from landing on successful legislation in response to these...

Duration:00:20:02

What the mothers have to say about Allentown's violence spree

8/5/2019
Jeani Garcia can tell you where and when all 49 names on her t-shirt died due to violence in Allentown. As violence has gripped the streets in this particularly bloody summer, we turned to the mothers to see how they're helping each other, remembering their children and putting pressure on community leaders to act. Plus, Morning Call reporter Michelle Merlin tells us the circuitous route she took to try to figure out where a mother who suspects her child is involved in a gang can seek help....

Duration:00:20:10

'I choose life': Verizon store worker Michael Davis' life and murder

7/29/2019
Michael Davis' murder had nothing to do with who Michael was, but where he worked: a Verizon store in Forks Township. We covered the case and the trial that sent his killers to prison for life. In this episode, we learn who Michael Davis was. Special thanks to Russ and Noreen for sharing his story. Morning Call reporter Riley Yates and Assistant District Attorney Patty Mulqueen recount the details of the investigation. The Morning Call Podcast is a production of The Morning Call in...

Duration:00:23:23

What will happen to the man who climbed the SteelStacks blast furnaces?

7/22/2019
Jonathan Wallace was up atop the blast furnaces of the former Bethlehem Steel plant for more than 21 hours, risking his own life and that of the first responders who ascended the hazardous hunks of metal to try to get him down. But authorities say he has a history of serious mental health issues, and suspect that they had a lot to do with the nearly day-long ordeal. If that’s the case, what’s the appropriate punishment? On The Morning Call Podcast this week, we explain what crisis...

Duration:00:19:51

Retired FBI agent on the case against Allentown's mayor Ed Pawlowski

7/1/2019
Four years ago this week, FBI agents swarmed Allentown City Hall for documents related to a then-unknown investigation into the city’s mayor, Ed Pawlowski. Today, Pawlowski is serving a 15-year prison sentence for federal corruption crimes. The lead investigator on the case, Scott Curtis, used to investigate mafia bosses in New York City. He rounded out his career with the Allentown corruption case. This week on the podcast, guest host Emily Opilo's interview with Curtis on the snags the...

Duration:00:22:57

She loved being pregnant. So she gave away her uterus.

6/24/2019
Donating a kidney is a life-preserving procedure. Donating a uterus is a whole different story. On this week's episode, health reporter Binghui Huang explains why one local woman decided she wanted to go through this procedure to give another woman the ability to become pregnant. Plus, is there a potential for this to become as mainstream as in-vitro fertilization? The Morning Call Podcast is a production of The Morning Call in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Kayla Dwyer is the host and producer.

Duration:00:16:22

75 years later, the human moments of D-Day

6/6/2019
One of the Lehigh Valley's last known D-Day veterans arrived at Omaha Beach 75 years ago to find it covered with rows of bodies. Despite the carnage, he remembers most distinctly the human moments that occurred before and after, even with the Germans he fought against. For most of his adult life, Kenneth Happel didn't talk about these stories. The Morning Call Podcast is a production of The Morning Call in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Kayla Dwyer is the host and producer.

Duration:00:16:15

Axes and alcohol? How axe throwing gained steam

5/28/2019
Is it just another fad, or America’s next favorite drinking game? For a game involving very sharp objects, axe throwing has a remarkable safety record. Even when paired with alcohol. Lately you’ve been seeing them pop up around the country. Where did it all begin? The answers on this week’s podcast. Guests: Kelly and Stuart Josberger -- Stumpy’s Hatchet House James Belisle -- Betty Borden’s House of Whacks Bob Shupp, Ryan Savage, Chuck Makatura -- Skeggy’s Axe House

Duration:00:14:50

Why high school varsity still wins: A talk with Keith Groller

5/20/2019
"I root for games to end quickly enough so I can make deadline, and I root for a good story. I don’t care who wins." Banquets and halls of fame inductions are usually reserved for athletes and coaches. In April, about 250 members of the Lehigh Valley sports community packed a DeSales University hall to honor two journalists that have covered them for decades: Morning Call sports columnist Keith Groller, and Paul Reinhard, former sports editor who still freelances for The Morning Call. Though...

Duration:00:40:03

From riches to rubble: Back in time and inside Martin Tower

5/13/2019
Picture the Manhattan treatment -- doormen, lobbies of marble, elevator operators -- and take out the bustling surrounding metro. Martin Tower, the former headquarters of Bethlehem Steel, was a scene plucked from an urban downtown and plopped into the flat suburbia of West Bethlehem. Or it was a giant symbol of corporate culture's "inward thinking" and the "deindustrialization of America." Now it’s a hollow shell, soon to be reduced to rubble. From start to finish, we remember the history of...

Duration:00:22:47

An update: The reinstatement of Tamaqua's controversial armed teacher policy

4/22/2019
A policy that would allow teachers to volunteer to carry guns at Tamaqua Area School District was approved quietly by the school board, then garnered a loud community reaction. There were two lawsuits, and the school board suspended the policy pending the outcome of lower court decisions. Just as quietly, the policy is back on, by the interpretation of the school board president in the public comment section of a school-board meeting. Reporter Sarah Wojcik explains. The Morning Call Podcast...

Duration:00:26:17

Stirring the pot in Pennsylvania (replay)

4/15/2019
Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman has been stopping in every county to field public feedback on the possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana in the state. His "listening tour" is expected to wrap up in May. But while recreational marijuana remains criminal in the state, what happens when local municipalities try to decriminalize it? We explored this question when the Lehigh Valley's three cities had such proposals on the table last year. This episode originally ran May...

Duration:00:19:52

How did robocalls get this bad?

4/9/2019
Robocalls today are a fact of life. Americans now receive an average of about 5 billion of them a month, according to YouMail, a robocall blocking service. From just 2017 to 2018 alone, we saw a nearly 60 percent jump overall. How did robocallers go from an occasional nuisance to an all-consuming scam? This week, a history of robocalling and a look at solutions being explored. Guests: Aaron Foss, founder, Nomorobo; David Holley, national correspondent, XConomy; Paul Muschick, columnist, The...

Duration:00:17:57