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

We are examining the issue of poverty through different vantage points. Host Robin Shannon sits down with Fordham Professor Sophie Mitra, an Associate Professor at Fordham University in the Economics Department. They discuess the relationship between disability and poverty. But first we take a look at youth and homelessness. Some sixty thousand people are homeless in New York City-- the highest amount since the great depression. Experts say the shelter system is overburdened. Reporter Emrys Eller takes us along as he talks with young people who sleep in unusual places to avoid city shelters.

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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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The International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia as a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin.  But members of a boarding school for dyslexic students in Dutchess County, New York don’t use the term “disability.”   They prefer to call it a “way to learn differently.”  On this week’s Fordham Conversations we discuss the issue of dyslexia with three people who have first-hand knowledge of the condition. Fordham Alumn, Kevin Pendergast is the Headmaster of the Kildonan School, a boarding School that empowers students with dyslexia. Dave Flink is the Executive Director of Eye-to-Eye, a national grass roots mentoring program. August Hunt is in his senior year at Kildonan

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This week Fordham Conversations features stories about membership. Whether you're a member of a social club, or a member of a community, there are pros and cons to membership. First, we talk to Alan Linn. He's the owner of the Norwood Club on W 14th St in Manhattan. Norwood is one of the most exclusive social clubs in NYC, designed as a place for creative minds to come together. Then, urban planner and Fordham professor Cecil Bakalor talks about how city projects might not be the best thing for members of the Bronx community.

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On this week’s Fordham Conversations we 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.  We also hear from Fordham University Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Jason Munshi-South.  He tells us about his research with rats.

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Ever wonder why some subways are numbered and some are lettered? Or, when the MTA came into existence? How about how will the 2nd Ave. subway benefit the city of New York? On this weeks Fordham Conversations we hear from Andrew Sparberg,the author of “From a Nickle to a Token: The Journey from Board of Transportation to MTA” (Fordham Press).  It’s a comprehensive look at New York’s transit system from its inception to the 1960s. 

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Sixteen and seventeen year old New Yorker's can't vote, buy tobacco or even rent a car. But they are tried as adults in New York's Criminal Justice System. This makes the Empire State and North Carolina the only two states to do so. On today's show we will talk to members of a coalition that is working to keep teens out of the adult justice system. We will also hear from Fordham Professor Keith Cruise, who studies the mental and physical toll of teens who are tried as adults. But first we will talk to the Director and Campaign Manager of the Juvenile Justice Project at the Correctional Association of New York-- Gabrielle Horowitz- Prisco and Angelo Pinto. They are part of a coalition that is trying to raise the age. 

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The AP's Jim O'Connell joined Kris Venezia and Matt Moro to discuss the first three days of the March Madness tournament. They talked about number one seeds, the Atlantic 10 conference, who they have winning the tournament and took questions from callers. 

O'Connell predicts that Villanova will come out on top.

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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. Everette 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. On this week’s Fordham Conversations we discuss teaching journalism in a conservative country.  We 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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Most of us have heard about the winter blues, but do you know where the saying comes from? Every year, millions of Americans suffer from mild to severe cases of the winter blues, a condition known as seasonal affective disorder, or what’s commonly referred to as SAD. On this week's Fordham Conversations, WFUV's Katie Fisher is joined by Fordham University Professor of Chemistry Joan Roberts who's an expert on SAD. Dr. Robert's talks about the cause of seasonal depression and the powerful impact light has on health.

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