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

New York Harbor has a long history that starts way back in the 1600s. It’s home to all kinds of species and wildlife, but throughout the 19th and 20th centuries the harbor was filled with trash and sewage sending the harbor on a downward trajectory. But now, it’s making a comeback and things are looking better. Today on the show we’re talking to John Waldman. He’s the author of Heartbeats in the Muck: The History, Sea Life, and Environment of New York Harbor which is now available from Fordham University Press. Also on the show, WFUV's Kris Venezia has a story about how New York's waterways can be used for transportation. 

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Host Robin Shannon sits down with cultural anthropologist and Performance and African American Studies Dr. Aimee Cox to talk about what makes hip hop what it is. 

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This week, author Linda Francis Lee talks about her new novel The Glass Kitchen. It's the story of a woman who leaves Texas after a tumultuous divorce and has to make a new life for herself in New York City with her sisters. She decides to open a restaurant reminiscent of the one her grandmother ran in Texas, called the Glass Kitchen. Fordham University professor Mary Bly (who writes romance novels under the pen name Eloisa James) joins the conversation to discuss the novel's Shakespearean roots. 

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On this week’s show on we hear from two members of a new Broadway show inspired by the life and music of Tupac Shakur, Holler If Ya Hear Me. Both actor Saul Williams and playwright Todd Kreidler sit down to talk the show’s message, Tupac Shakur’s legacy, and how both of those found a way to mix on the stage.

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This week, we’re going inside the minds of psychopaths. There isn’t a way to diagnose someone as a “psychopath,” there’s only a test to determine how many psychopathic traits a person has. Forensic clinical psychologist and Fordham professor Barry Rosenfeld helps clear up the idea of how psychopathy is measured and the potential to treat it. Then, Dr. James Fallon author of “The Psychopath Inside” talks about his own experience as a borderline psychopath.

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On this week’s show wehear from Nat Horne, an original member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.  He shares his experiences growing up in the segregated south and his move to Broadway.

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The technology of the future is happening right now and this week on Fordham Conversations, Chris Williams hosts a "science fair" themed show that highlights innovations in technology. Senior Producer Alen Kanlic talks 3D printing with Fordham University assistant professor Stephen Holler. Then, Chris Williams explores applications of virtual reality with developers and enthusiasts in the field. And finally, Cityscape's Veronica Volk finds out about "smart cities" and how we can use technology to solve NYC's problems with author Anthony Townsend and independant developer/VP of a digital advertising firm Will Turnage.
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Elaine Congress is the Associate Dean for Continuing Education and Extramural Programs in the Fordham Graduate School of Social Service andAllan Luks is the Director of the Fordham Center for Nonprofit Leadership.  They discuss The future of non-profits and the skills needed to run them.”

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Scott Samuelson, author of The Deepest Human Life: An Introduction to Philosophy for Everyone talks about why he teaches Plato to plumbers at a community college in Iowa. You can read his piece in The Atlantic and also visit his website
Then Eva Badowska, Fordham University’s Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, talks about why a liberal arts degree is vital to the workforce and how statistics tell us liberal arts majors are better off in the long run.
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Author and Fordham Professor Dr. Mary Bly discuss her class Publishing Theory and Practice.” It introduces students to the world of publishing. She also offers advice for writers looking to become published author.

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