Fordham Conversations
Tapping into the Fordham University community to discuss and uncover issues that impact our world locally and beyond.

As the American population ages, so does its population in the prison system. That has created particular challenges for members of the LGBT community that are incarcerated.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Tina Maschi, a Fordham University professor and former prison social worker who studies aging prisoners. Maschi shares research from her study “Coming Out of Prison: an exploratory study of LGBTQ Elders in the criminal justice system.” 

Also, Randy Killings and Mark Pelipiche share what it was like to grow older while in New York’s Criminal Justice System.  A programming note, Mark wants our listeners to know he has a speech impediment that might be noticeable during this interview.

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PROMO: Fordham University Professor Lyn Slater has been making a name for herself on social media. She has hundreds of thousands of followers on her blog and Instagram page Accidental Icon | For Women who Live Interesting but Ordinary Lives. The model and fashion influencer is also using her platform to draw attention to what she says is discrimination against older adults in American culture.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Author Debra Caruso Marrone. They discuss her book Fordham University and the United States: A History.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with members of The Curran Catholic School Leadership Academy. Its goal is to prepare students from Fordham University, and other colleges, for the realities of leading a Catholic school

Dr. Noelle Beale is Regional Superintendent for the Catholic Schools of Central Westchester. Gina-Marie Fonte is a Principal in the Archdiocese Of New York and a Curran Fellowship Graduate. Finally, Amy Rodriguez is principal at Immaculate Conception School and currently a Curran Fellow.

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Fordham Conversation’s host Robin Shannon sits down with Nicholas Tampio, Associated professor of Political science at Fordham University.  He says it’s time to ditch the standardized tests used for college admissions.  Tampio also offers other ideas to measure learning.

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Fordham Conversations host Kyle McKee talks television
with acclaimed critic Matt Zoller Seitz, the co-author of TV:
(The Book) 2 Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of
All Time.

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Fordham Conversation Host Robin Shannon talks with NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan.

The Fordham Alumni discusses the NYPD's goals for 2019 and other challenges facing the largest police department in the country.

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The economic vitality that is visible at The Brooklyn Navy Yard today is a far cry from the way it once looked. For almost two centuries it was a shipbuilding facility. After being decommissioned in the 1960s, it became an industrial park. Now The Brooklyn Navy Yard is a mixed use complex that’s home to a growing number of eateries, Tech companies, film production studios and other business. Its also the focus of a new documentary.

Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon talks with Mark Street, Program Director of the Visual Arts Program at Fordham University. His documentary “Morning, Noon, Night; Water, Land and Sky,” is an abstract exploration of the resurrection of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

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Once a semester a group of Fordham students are picked to learn how to create and share, impactful, powerful stories about their lives. “Our Story at Fordham University” falls under Fordham's Social Innovation Collaboratory. It is an action-based network designed to use creativity and critical thinking to address some of the world’s problems and needs.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Rosie McCormack and Sally Brander of “Our Story at Fordham University.” They are joined by Carey Weiss, Director of The Fordham Social Innovation Collaboratory.

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The casual golf fan is concerned with who wins the major events on the PGA tour or how they brand themselves. But what about the preceding events? How hard is it to reach the big stage and how difficult is it to stay there? “Making the Cut: Life Inside the PGA Tour System” by John Fortunato seeks to answer these questions. With in-depth interviews and compelling narratives this book uncovers the true story behind these athletes and the true nature of the PGA System.

Fordham Conversations Host Emmanuel Berbari talks with Author and Fordham University Professor John Fortunato about his new book “Making the Cut: Life Inside the PGA Tour System.”

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Miracle in Rwanda is an Off-Broadway play based on the real-life story of Immaculée Ilibagiza. She was able to survive the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi to become a motivational speaker and New York Times bestselling author.   

 Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with two people responsible for bringing Miracle in Rwanda to the stage.  Fordham University Lincoln Center Artist-in-Residence George Drance directed Miracle in Rwanda.

A Fordham University alumnus, Malaika Uwamahoro is the star of the off-Broadway play at The Lion Theatre in Manhattan.

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Often we hear that beauty comes from within, but it turns out
the way you look can affect how other people react to you, for
better and for worse.

Fordham Conversations Host Chris Williams talks with the author of Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful. Daniel Hamermesh dissects how attractive people fare better economically.

Then, Fordham professors Laura Gonzalez and Yuliya Komarova
talk about their research with online social lending and why
being more attractive could hurt when it comes to securing a
loan.

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Transgender people face numerous health disparities when it comes to quality healthcare.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Celia Fisher, director of the Center for Ethics Education at Fordham University. 

Fisher discusses the discrimination and special health needs in the Transgender community.  

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After hours of interviews and soul-searching questions, over a dozen courageous people were able to share their stories of overcoming homelessness and other trauma for the book "Sacred Shelter: Thirteen Journeys of Homelessness and Healing." Robin Shannon, host of Fordham Conversations, was joined by three women who helped make this book happen. Deborah Canty and Sophia Worrell were once homeless in New York. They survived sexual abuse and domestic violence, and went on to graduate from a life-skills program and now use their stories to inspire others. Susan Greenfield, Ph.D., professor of English at Fordham University, served as the book's editor. 

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with award winning actor Michael Potts.  Known for his roles in The Wire and The Book of Mormon, Potts is currently in the Broadway musical Prom. The show tells the story of a student in Indiana who was unceremoniously sidelined from attending her prom, and the press swarm that followed. Michael Potts is also joining the Fordham University faculty as the Denzel Washington Chair in Theatre.
 
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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon discusses  depression and visually impaired older adults with Dr. Amy Horowitz, a professor of social work at Fordham University.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks Elyn Saks.  The esteemed University of Southern California Law Professor discusses how she became an Ivy League grad, legal scholar, endowed professor all while coping with schizophrenia. Dr. Saks also discusses the book she co-authored called “Informed Consent to Psychoanalysis: The Law, the Theory and the Data.” It examines informed consent to psychoanalysis and is currently out by Fordham Press.

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Fordham University's annual Women's Philanthropy Summit hosted hundreds of alumni, students and faculty to network and reflect on work and the power of giving. Keynote speaker Kirsten Swinth, an associate professor of history and American studies at Fordham University, discussed societal challenges for women. She also discussed her book, "Feminism's Forgotten Fight: The Unfinished Struggle for Work and Family." Fordham Conversations offers an abridged version of Professor Swinth's speech.

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There are breakthroughs in science that make it easier for those who can’t become parents to do so. But it’s also raising complex questions for women in India who become surrogates for families in America. Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Dr. Daisy Deomampo. The Fordham University Assistant Professor discusses her research and book “Transnational Reproduction: Race, Kinship, and Commercial Surrogacy in India.”

 

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon discusses the evolution of rock and rap and the influence that young New York City kids, who helped create the music, have had on American culture. Dr. Mark Naison is Professor of History and African American Studies at Fordham University.  He created the class “From Rock and Roll to Hip Hop: Urban Youth Cultures in Post War America.” His plan is to encourage partnerships with Bronx schools relating to the course

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The on-line video game Fortnite has exploded in popularity. But what lessons does it teach American children?

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Nicholas Tampio. The tenured associate professor of Social Science at Fordham University wrote the article “Fortnite could be teaching us the wrong lessons about how to be good citizens.”

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The 60's original soundtrack Star Trek describes space as the final
frontier. But Dr. Kirk Bingaman says there is another frontier we are only beginning to understand: our inner space.

Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon talks to the Associate
Professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Religion and
Religious Education. Dr. Kirk Bingaman authored "The Power of Neuroplasticity for Pastoral and Spiritual Care." His research has led him to understand how mindful meditation and prayer can help us manage our negative thoughts and actually change the neurological makeup of our brains.

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a prominent cultural attraction known for its grand architecture; however, it has a rich musical history that is no as prominent.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon revisits a conversation with Salvatore Basile about his book Fifth Avenue Famous: The Extraordinary Story of Music at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Then, WFUV’s Kacie Candela talks with Monsignor Donald Sakano, Pastor of the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral. They discuss Archbishop John Hughes who, in the19th-century, laid the cornerstone of St. Patrick's Cathedral, founded Fordham University, and earned the nickname, "Dagger John"

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon continues her conversation with three of the people who took part in creating the book “Sacred Shelter: Thirteen Journeys of Homelessness and Healing.”  It follows the lives of formerly homeless New Yorkers, who graduated from a life-skills program and now help others by sharing their experience with healing and forgiveness.

Fordham Professor Susan Greenfield served as Editor. James Addison and Dennis Barton were two of the 13 people who shared their experience with addiction, homelessness, transformation and hope.

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In a city as big as New York, homeless people can easily fade to the background and be pushed to the sidelines. A few have learned to share their experience and help other’s heal. That's what inspired the new book “Sacred Shelter: Thirteen Journeys of Homelessness and Healing,” which follows the lives of formerly homeless New Yorkers. They graduated from a life-skills program and shared their journey on a path of discovery, forgiveness and growth.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon is joined by three people who took part in creating “Sacred Shelter: Thirteen Journeys of Homelessness and Healing.”

Fordham Professor Susan Greenfield served as Editor of the book. James Addison and Dennis Barton were two of the 13 people who shared their experience with addiction, homelessness, transformation and hope.

 

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Fordham Conversations is remembering Dr. Olivia J. Hooker, the first black woman in U.S. Coast Guard and the last known survivor of the Tulsa Race Riot.
 
Fordham Conversation Host Robin Shannon talked with Dr. Hooker's nephew Kirkland Ward, who shares his memories of the woman he called Aunt Teek.
 
Then, we hear an interview with Dr. Hooker that Robin Shannon did in 2009.  
 
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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon and Fordham Professor Dr. Mark Naison discuss the evolution of rock and rap and the influence that young city kids, who helped create that music, have had on American culture. Naison is Professor of History and African American Studies at Fordham University, where he also directs the Bronx African American History Project. He created the class “From Rock and Roll to Hip Hop: Urban Youth Cultures in Post War America” with the goal of encouraging partnerships with Bronx schools relating to the course.

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ESPN sports columnist and best-selling author Ian O’Connor is out with a biography on Bill Belichick, one of the most successful and controversial coaches in NFL history.  

 On this Week’s Fordham Conversations, Vinny DeBellis and Emmanuel Berbari from WFUV Sports sit down with Ian O’Connor to discuss his book “Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time.” Afterward, Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with DeBellis and Berbari to get the scoop on what they didn’t put in their interview.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon spoke with members of The Veteran's Writing Workshop, a successful writing program that helps veterans in New York share their stories through anthologies.

Robin spoke with founder and instructor David Surface on how he created the program. She later sat down with Julia Rust, Natalie Edelhause and Laura Rossi to discuss their contributions to the anthology "On The Home Front," the first writing workshop with family members of veterans. 

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Fordham Conversations Host Kacie Candela sat down with Westchester County executive George Latimer. Latimer, a Fordham alumnus, has been in New York local and state politics for over three decades. Latimer started out on the Rye City Council and served in both chambers of the state house before defeating incumbent Rob Astorino for the Westchester County Executive seat in 2017. 

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For Fordham Conversations Host Chris Williams it's all about food and how it’s more than just a source of energy. Fordham Professor Jonathon Appels talks about the lack of discourse around food culture, and his own experience with food. Also, Emma Boast (program director at the Museum of Food and Drink) talks about a project aimed at opening a museum dedicated to food in New York City.

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Growing up and attending high school is difficult enough without at the same time navigating one’s gender identity. A new study offers insight on the plight of transgender teens.       

Fordham Conversations Host Marina Kopf is joined by Fordham Professor Dr. Eric Chen and Fordham Graduate School of Education doctoral student Hannah Sugarman and they spearheaded a new study on Transgenders students, in hopes that their findings would help others

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon speaks with The Dean and CEO of Northwestern University in Qatar.  Dr. Everette Dennis discusses the new study “Media Use in the Middle East”.  It looks at The Arab Uprising’s impact on media habits in the Middle East.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with author Deanna Singh. The Fordham University Alumni discusses what inspired her to write her first children’s picture book “I Am A Boy of Color.”  Singh describes it as “a tribute to the beauty and power boys of color possess.” 

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Fordham Professor Dr. Mohammad Nejad.

They discuss his “Negative Word-of-Mouth” Study.  It looks at what can happen to a company’s profits when a  dissatisfied customer begins to express that with so-called “NWOM.”

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Fordham Conversations Host Chris Williams talks to people who, in one way or another, have gone back to college

Cira Vernazza is Director of Fordham University's College at 60 program. Vernazza talks about how the university has special classes designed for people 60 and older.

Then, students Judy Bowman, Timothy Kiehn, and Peg Smith-Loeb discuss the benefits of taking college courses after retirement.

Finally, Taylor Harris talks about moving back to her alma mater and her McSweeney's column "Big Mom on Campus: Raising 2 Kids in a College Dorm."

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There’s a painful, chronic disease that affects millions of women in the U.S. But it’s rarely talked about and even doctor’s say it’s often misunderstood. Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside, causing pain and sometimes infertility.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Social Worker, Advocate and Fordham Alumni Casey Berna. She discusses her battle with endometriosis and her documentary “Endo-truth: The Impact of Endometriosis and Infertility on Mental Health.”

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New York City has one of the oldest police departments which was established in 1845. It also has the largest police force in the nation, with about 55-thousand employees.  

 Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon is joined by the person who supervises those officers.  NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan is the highest ranking uniformed officer of the Police Department.  Chief Monahan will take us behind the scenes of the NYPD to discuss gun laws, community policing, body-worn cameras.  The Fordham Alumni will also share what it was like growing up the Bronx.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Author, businessman and computer programmer Kingston Temanu. The Fordham University Gabelli School of Business graduate talks about his latest book “Get to know your backyard Opportunity.” In it, he explains how to pick up key business and life skills with a short 21-Day interview project.  He also discusses The Kilimanjaro app he created.  It connects all things-African in New York City, including restaurants, stores, events and people.

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On this week’s Fordham Conversation we delve into music and more music.

WFUV's Kacie Candela followed the story of Frank Werner and Travis Pike. The two crossed paths in the 60s to play music, only to have the music they recorded decades ago resurface and pressed on vinyl. 

Then WFUV’s Patrick Russomanno spoke with Fordham Professor Nate Sloan about his podcast “Switched on Pop.”  The podcast examines the making and meaning of popular music.

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Every year, thousands of people trek hundreds of miles from France to Spain as part of the Camino de Santiago.  This pilgrimage to the legendary burial site of St. James is taken by Christians to connect more deeply with their faith. Nonreligious travelers have been known to take the journey for the historic scenery, as a challenging hike, or to meet people from all over the world.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with a group from Fordham University that walked the Camino de Santiago.   Dr. Richard Gyug is a Fordham Professor of history and medieval studies who created the course that takes Fordham students on the trip. Dr. David Myers is Professor of History and Chair of the Department. He has taken the five times. Cristina Iannarino is a Bronx native and a recent graduate from Fordham’s Rose Hill campus. She shares details of her journey.  Rachel Podd is a Fordham graduate student and PhD candidate in History. She was a chaperone on three trips.

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A new report looks at how subsidized housing may affect the health of Latinos.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Fordham Professor Dr. Emily Rosenbaum and Albert Einstein College of Medicine Assistant Professor Dr. Earle Chambers. The professors collaborated on a study that identifies how public housing may affect the health of Latinos living in the Bronx.

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Fordham University has started a clinic that offers legal services to start-ups.  Bernice Grant is the Senior Director of the Entrepreneurial Law Program, and Founding Director of the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic. She sits down with Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon to discuss how the clinic benefits new companies and students entering the field of law.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon discusses the adventures Bronxville resident Renato Frison experienced  on a motorcycle trip from New York City to Brazil. 

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Global Outreach (GO!) is a program at Fordham University that encourages student to travel and experience different cultures through service and immersion. Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Nemesis Dipre and Bailey Barnett, two Fordham students that participated in the program. Paul Francis, the director of the Global Outreach program, is also interviewed. Community, Simple Living, Social Justice and Spirituality are the four pillars of the program.

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2018 marks 20 years since the Good Friday Agreement quelled decades of violent sectarianism in Northern Ireland. Fordham Conversations Host John Rogan talks with former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, who chaired the peace talks that lead to the Good Friday Agreement. Senator Mitchell talks about how the peace process overcame North Ireland's strife-plagued past

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Fordham Alum Loretta Tofani won a Pulitzer Prize for her 1982 investigation of rape in a Maryland jail for the Washington Post. She joins Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon to reflect on her groundbreaking story. Tofani also discusses her career highlights and offers advice for up-and-coming journalists

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With each generation of veterans, comes different needs and challenges for the organizations created to assist them.  

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks Dan McSweeny, President of the United War Veterans Council. He discusses what his organization is doing to help veterans readjust to civilian life.   Dan McSweeny is also a Fordham University Alumni.

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The word "neuroscience" might make you think of science fiction, but recent developments in the field are making changes in the legal world. New developments in the science bring up questions about the human brain, addiction and even free will.

 Fordham Conversations Host Patrick Russomanno talks with Fordham Law Professor Deborah Denno about how recent developments in neuroscience are affecting America’s legal system.  She explores the role neuroscience plays in legal cases and current events, as well as the role it might play in the future.

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A recent poll found blindness ranked 4th as the condition most feared by Americans, following Aids, Cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.  This condition can be especially difficult for New Yorkers who begin to lose their sight as they age.  Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Dr. Amy Horowitz with Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Services. She shares her research on depression and late life vision loss.

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On this week's Fordham Conversations, Host Alen Kanlic talks with two researchers about what they are doing to treat autism. Fordham University's Amanda Leeder discusses how brothers and sisters of autistic kids can be a key element in treatment. Then, Fordham University's Xiaoming Lou discusses her research on memory processing and how to develop it with kids with autism.

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WFUV’s  Andrew Seger traveled to Morocco to look into the issue of disability.  Like other developing  countries people with disabilities often struggle to find a job because of legal barriers and social stigmas. Morocco is no exception— more than half of disabled Moroccans are unemployed. But, that could be changing in Rabat, the capital where there is an innovative restaurant staffed entirely by Moroccans living with down syndrome.

WFUV’s Ben Carrizzo shares his documentary on the neurological condition known as Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD.  It’s both an exploration of the condition, as well as Ben’s personal experience dealing with it.

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Whether you're a member of a social club, or a member of a community, there are pros and cons to membership.

Fordham Conversations Host Chris Williams talks with Alan Linn who is the owner of the Norwood Club on West 14th St in Manhattan. Norwood is one of the most exclusive social clubs in New York City and was designed as a place for creative minds to come together. Then, urban planner and Fordham professor Cecil Bakalor discusses how city projects might not be the best thing for members of the Bronx community.

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Fordham Conversations Host Katie Fisher is joined by Fordham
Professor of Chemistry Dr. Joan Roberts. They discuss the cause of
seasonal affective disorder and the powerful impact light has on health.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon is joined by members of the Fordham Foundry. 

Albert Bartosic, Shaun Johnson, Amy Jung and Milton Sussberg are part of this entrepreneurial hub that provides support for startup businesses.  

They also sponsor a “Pitch Challenge” competition that provides startups an opportunity to pitch their businesses and social-enterprise ideas to an accomplished panel of judges for prize money.

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Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon explores independent media produced in the Bronx.

 First we hear from Fordham University Freshman Kaycie Santiago who highlights the history of her High School in the documentary, “Mirror Mirrors? The Past and Present of Preston High School.”  This Bronx native offers her unique perspective as a researcher and historian on the Roman Catholic school for girls located in the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx.

 Then, we hear from Fordham Alum Marisa White who is The Director of Creative Services at BronxNet.  This Bronx native discusses the importance of Public Access television and the opportunities it provides for residents in the borough.

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Arguably the Internet is one of the greatest tools for communication. But there is also a downside to Internet activity, especially for young users.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Cameron
Russell and Joel Reidenberg with The Center on Law and Information
Policy at Fordham Law School or CLIP. They discussed their pilot
program that offers privacy education geared to middle school students.

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Qatar is considered one of the wealthiest countries in the world and traditionally one of the most conservative. Yet western culture is beginning to influence younger generations, especially when it comes to news.   Dr. Everett Dennis is helping train the next generation of journalist in the rapidly changing field of cross-platform media. He is Dean and CEO of Northwestern University in Qatar. Dr. Dennis is also former chair of the Communication and Media Management department at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business. 

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Dr. Dennis about what it’s like to teach journalism in a conservative country.  They also discuss an NU-Q study on entertainment consumption habits in the Middle East, including the popularity of Hollywood content and its perceived morality – or lack thereof.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon and Fordham Professor Dr. Mark Naison take a literary trip through the gritty streets of the South Bronx with Naison's book “Pure Bronx”.   It’s a story of a young couple and the means they use to try and escape the poverty, desperation, and frustration that can sometimes come with living in New York City’s poorest borough.  There’s also a cast of characters that provide an opportunity for the reader to see the South Bronx through a variety of different, ethnic points of view.  

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Social Stigma can take on many forms. It may be an unpleasant remark, a strange look or even the refusal of employment. Fordham Conversations Host Will Germain tries to understand the phenomena of stigma by talking with Tina Maschi. She is The President of the national Organization of Forensic Social Work. Maschi is also a professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of social service.

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Jane Austen’s novels are still intriguing modern day audiences, over 200 years after they were penned. Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon continues her discussion with Dr. Susan Greenfield, professor of English at Fordham University.

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Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park are popular novels by English Author Jane Austin. But they have also been reworked and reinvented by modern audiences two centuries after they were written.  

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with guest Dr. Susan Greenfield, professor of English at Fordham University about the lasting appeal of Jane Austen

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Football is more than just a game to most Americans. Whether we play it or watch it football can be a reflection of America’s character. And sometimes that reflection is hard to take. Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Anthropology Professor Hugo Benavides about the culture of American Football in relation to symbolism, gender and more.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon is joined by members of The Life Jacket Theatre Company to discuss their new show “America is Hard to See.” The show is about a rural community for sex offenders in Palm Beach County, Florida called Miracle Village.

 Travis Russ is a Fordham University Associate Professor and founding Artistic Director of Life Jacket Theatre Company.

 Amy Hayes is an actor, singer and dancer who recently joined Life Jacket Theatre Company.

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Every year, thousands of people trek hundreds of miles from France to Spain as part of the Camino de Santiago.  This pilgrimage to the legendary burial site of St. James is taken by Christians to connect more deeply with their faith. Nonreligious travelers have been known to take the journey for the historic scenery, as a challenging hike, or to meet people from all over the world.

 Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with a group from Fordham University that walked the Camino de Santiago.   Dr. Richard Gyug is a Fordham Professor of history and medieval studies who created the course that takes Fordham students on the trip. Dr. David Myers is Professor of History and Chair of the Department. He has taken the five times. Cristina Iannarino is a Bronx native and a recent graduate from Fordham’s Rose Hill campus. She shares details of her journey.  Rachel Podd is a Fordham graduate student and PhD candidate in History. She was a chaperone on three trips.

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Fordham Conversations Host Patrick Russomanno sits down with The
New York Times bestselling author Father James Martin. They discuss his book, Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT
Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and
Sensitivity.

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The 60's original soundtrack Star Trek describes space as the final
frontier. But Dr. Kirk Bingaman says there is another frontier we are only beginning to understand: our inner space.

Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon talks to the Associate
Professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Religion and
Religious Education. Dr. Kirk Bingaman authored "The Power of Neuroplasticity for Pastoral and Spiritual Care." His research has led him to understand how mindful meditation and prayer can help us manage our negative thoughts and actually change the neurological makeup of our brains.

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There’s a new initiative at Fordham University that’s helping to tell the stories of Italians and Italian Americans throughout the 20th century who called the Bronx their home.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Dr. Kathleen LaPenta, Dr. Mark Naison and Dr. Jacqueline Reich about the Bronx Italian American History Initiative

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In the early part of the 20th century over 30 states took part in a social movement that used forced sterilization on American’s deemed “genetically inferior.”  North Carolina was one of the first states to implement the eugenic program, but also one of the first to try and seek justice for victims.  A new film tracks their efforts.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with filmmaker and journalist Dawn Sinclair Shapiro about her documentary, “The State of Eugenics.”

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Authors and Professors Virginia Burrus and Karmen Mackendrick. They discuss their book “Seducing Augustine: Bodies, Desires, Confessions.” The publication from Fordham Press interprets St. Augustine’s autobiography Confessions from a seductive and passionate point of view. 

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One of the oldest surviving instruments in America is located in a nondescript church in Manhattan's NoLiTa neighborhood. It was built in 1868 by Henry Erben. Fordham Conversations Host Kacie Candela talks with organist Jared Lamenzo about the Erben Organ that has produced music for tens of thousands of masses, weddings and funerals in the 150 years it has been in operation. 

Kacie Candela also speaks with Monsignor Donald Sakano about the history of Old St. Pat's and Archbishop John Hughes - a 19th-century Catholic who laid the cornerstone of St. Patrick's Cathedral, founded Fordham University, and earned the nickname, "Dagger John."

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:57pm EDT

The Trump administration has rescinded The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  DACA lets undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children remain in the country under certain restrictions.  Now time is running out for Congress to decide what to do legislatively. Deciding what’s next for this group of so-called Dreamers has become a polarizing issue for many Americans.

 Fordham University President Father Joseph McShane joins Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon to discuss why Catholic leaders consider supporting Dreamers part of their social justice mission.

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Most professionals will tell you networking is an essential part of business and some people are better at it than others when it comes to forming and maintaining these strong circles of contacts.  But what’s the underlying psychology behind networking? 

 Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Dr. Michelle Weber, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Management system in Fordham University's Gabelli School of Business. She offers suggestions for getting into the right networking frame of mind; explains how to network creatively and offers tips for anyone who is shy or just doesn’t like the idea of networking.

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Hidden behind 19th-century brick walls along NoLiTa’s Prince and Mulberry streets in Manhattan is the only Catholic cemetery in Manhattan.

Fordham Conversations Host Kacie Candela tours the hallowed ground and catacombs of Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral with North graveyard Tour Guide Tommy Wilkinson. It’s the final resting place of some prominent New Yorkers.

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When John Aldridge fell off his commercial fishing boat 40 miles
from the eastern tip of Long Island, he didn't expect to make it out of the water. Now, he and his fishing partner Anthony Sosinki are proud to call themselves Montauk's only fishermen with a book and a movie deal.

Fordham Conversations host Andrew Seger talks with both John and
Anthony about their experience while, on the ship "Anna Mary."

We also hear from Commander Jonathan Theel of the US Coast Guard. He was the Chief of Response at the Long Island Sound Sector at the time John went missing, and headed the rescue mission.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with author Deanna Singh. The Fordham University Alumni discusses what inspired her to write her first children’s picture book I Am A Boy of Color.  Singh describes it as “a tribute to the beauty and power boys of color possess.” 

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with award-winning actress, playwright, and director, Regina Taylor. The Dallas-born star is known for her role as Lily Harper in the 90’s TV series I’ll Fly Away. That earned her a Golden Globe win.  Taylor’s preformed in a number of films including Lean on Me, Clockers and Courage Under Fire. Now the Denzel Washington Endowed Chair in Theatre at Fordham is here to share her experience, advice and tell us  about bringing her play "Magnolia" to a New York City audience.  Welcome to Fordham Conversations Regina.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Dr. Celia Fisher about the various health disparities the Transgender community faces, such as stigma, discrimination and lack of access to quality healthcare. Celia B. Fisher, Ph.D., is the Marie Ward Doty University Chair in Ethics, Professor of Psychology, and founding Director of the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education.

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It's all about food and how it’s more than just a source of energy. Fordham Conversations host Chris Williams talks with Fordham Professor Jonathon Appels about the lack of discourse around food culture. He also shares his own experience with food.  Then Program Director at the Museum of Food and Drink, Emma Boast, talks about a project aimed at opening a museum dedicated to food in New York City.

 

 

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In the U.S. a persons with a disability is less likely to complete high school, more likely to experience unemployment and even have a higher levels of material hardships.  And on a global scale the diagnosis is sometimes worse.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Dr. Sophie Mitra.  The Fordham University Associate Professor in Economics talks about the association between disability and poverty.

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Many conversations about America's history reiterate’s the idea that the progressive north led the opposition to slavery against the racist South.  But in fact, many of the nation’s Ivy League universities had profitable connections to slavery.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Dr. Craig Steven Wilder. His latest book "Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities" explores the connection between Ivy League schools and the slave trade.

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People may know the nation of Qatar for its international airline, “Qatar Airways” or its international news station Al Jazeera. But recently, an alleged fake news story has caused several nations to cut political and economic ties with the small, yet wealthy nation.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Dr. Everette Dennis, Dean and CEO of Northwestern University in Qatar. They dig deeper into the recent tensions that led to the embargo. They talk about news network Al-Jazeera’s role in the region. They also discuss the new media teaching and production facilities at NU-Q that’s unique to the region.

 

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon discusses “The Black Suns: An Astrophysics Adventure” with the documentary’s co-producer Carla Jackson. It follows 2 African American Scientists as they travel to different countries to track a series of solar eclipses.  The award winning film also touches on the importance of diversity in the fields of Science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Carla Jackson is also Fordham University’s Theatre Program administrator. 

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What characteristics define “twenty somethings” and should there be a new way to measure maturity?  Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon looks into this with Author and Clark University Professor Jeffrey Arnett. They discuss a new life stage being called “emerging adulthood,” which happens between adolescence and adulthood.  Also, Professor of Theology and Director of the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, Christine Firer Hinze and Fordham MA student Paul Schutz of Systematic Theology share their experience from a conference about the relationship between twenty-somethings and the Catholic Church.

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Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon looks into the often ignored physical, emotional, and sexual abuse of Elderly people.

The chief program officer of city Meals on Wheels shares that she wants her volunteers to be able to identify abuse in order to better the quality of life for older individuals.

Dr. Patricia Brownell a scholar at the Ravazzin Center of Aging at Fordham University explores the exploitation and abuse of elderly women on a global platform.

Dr. Tina Maschi Associate Professor at Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service sheds a light on elder abuse in prisons.

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Fordham Conversations Host Chris Williams discusses what makes humans so infatuated with the freaky, unknown, and disgusting by exploring the history of side shows, literary monsters, and phobias.

Adam Rin teaches side show classes at Coney Island to keep the side show tradition alive and to celebrate differences.

Rebecca June teaches medieval studies at Fordham University and provides insight into the role monsters play in literature and society. 

 Dean Mckay is a psychology professor at Fordham who researches disgust and and its relationship to fear. 

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Fordham Conversations Host Chris Williams is exploring the phenomenon of Love through scientific, literary, and philosophical perspectives.

 Dr. Jay Wade of the Fordham psychology department proposes that in order to get someone to love you, you need to show them that you love them.

 Fordham English Professor Phillip Sicker shares that the most interesting and desirable love stories involve complicated obstacles and trying hardships.

 Dr. John Davenport of the Fordham philosophy department explains the human need for love in order to feel complete, and the differences between the early philosophers understanding of love verses romantic modern love.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon is shining a spotlight on young people who are making a difference in their communities through volunteer efforts.

 Fordham University’s Eva Li is a Peer Health Exchange volunteer. She’s trained to teach health workshops at some of New York City’s underfunded and understaffed public high schools

 Sarah Cocuzzo is the Community Liaison and Innovation Manager for the Peer Health Exchange.  Their  mission is to give teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. The group does this by training college students to teach health in public high schools that lack health education. In the studio is

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Social Worker, Advocate and Fordham Alumni Casey Berna. She discusses her battle with endometriosis and her documentary “Endo-truth: The Impact of Endometriosis and Infertility on Mental Health.”

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We often think of the afterlife in terms of heaven and hell. But what about the afterlife on earth? Fordham Conversations Host Chris Williams looks into how some people believe life after death takes place here on earth. Fordham University Professors Joshua Schapiro and Mary Erler discuss reincarnation and the idea of an earthly Heaven. Anthony Bellov with the Merchant House Museum in downtown Manhattan talks about how the house's original owners may have never left.

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David Spampinato and Dan DiOrio join John Furlong to discuss Gleyber Torres and the Yankees, Jacob DeGrom and the Mets, and the thrilling NL West battle between Colorado, Los Angeles, and Arizona. Will any of those three miss the playoffs?

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talk with Carol Bonomo Albright and Christine Palamidessi Moore about their anthology “American Women, Italian Style: Italian-Americana’s Best Writings on Women" (Fordham Press). Their collection brings together writers with a wide range of backgrounds, outlooks, ideas, and experiences to examine the history of Italian women in America.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Fordham Professor Mary Bly about William Shakespeare’s influence on pop culture.  Bly is a Shakespearean scholar who took her passion for the English poet and playwright to create the class “Shakespeare and Popular Culture.” 

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon and her guest explore two pests that have shown up around New York.  Research scientist and Fordham Alumni Dan Molloy discusses a pesky species of mussel that haunts some of New York’s waterways.  Fordham University Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Jason Munshi-South, talks about his research with rats.

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The Veterans Writing Workshop helps veterans tell their stories by providing professional-level writing workshops in the NYC area free of charge to U.S. veterans. Not only is the workshop a successful writing program for veterans, it also offers the families of vets to express themselves.

 Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with writers Julia Rust, Natalie Edelhause and Laura Rossi who share their stories in the anthology “On The Home Front.” It’s the first Writing Workshop with family members of veterans. Also, David Surface, the Founder and instructor of the Veterans Writing Workshop discusses the program. 

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When many Americans think of Egypt, they might think of mummies, pyramids, and the Nile River. And although Egypt has a rich cultural history, it’s also a really important player in international politics. Egypt is one of the U.S.’s most valued allies in the Middle East. With a new administration in the White House, there is a possibility that relationship could change.

Fordham Conversations Host Kacie Candela talks with Fordham University Alumni James Ketterer, dean at Bard College and expert on the Middle East, about why Egypt may be more important to U.S. foreign policy than you think.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with two Fordham University students who were chosen for The Social Impact 360 Fellowship program, which helps young entrepreneurs develop socially-conscious businesses.  Makena Masterson founded Snoxsocks, a company that sells non-skid socks for charity. Michelle Berardino developed The Wallep, an epi-pen alternative for the fashion-conscious.

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Mir Ghouri and Rich Franco join Christian Hoban to discuss Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick vs. Athletico Madrid, Juventus's chances to reach the Champions League final, and Kylian Mbappe's future at Monaco. Plus, is the race for 4th place in the EPL more exciting than the title race?

 

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon and Fordham Professor Dr. Mark Naison discuss the evolution of rock and rap and the influence that young city kids, who helped create that music, have had on American culture.  

Naison is Professor of History and African American Studies at Fordham University, where he also directs the Bronx African American History Project. He created the class “From Rock and Roll to Hip Hop: Urban Youth Cultures in Post War America” with the goal of encouraging partnerships with Bronx schools relating to the course.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Author and Fordham Alumni
Valerie Irick Rainford. In her book “Until the Brighter Tomorrow: One Woman's
Courageous Climb from the Projects to the Podium,” She recounts her emotional
journey following her mother’s suicide.

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