Fordham Conversations
Tapping into the Fordham University community to discuss and uncover issues that impact our world locally and beyond.
With the advent of new therapies, people with HIV and AIDS are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. But that happy result is revealing something far less promising, and the group that seems to be affected more than most is right here in New York City. We talk with Fordham psychologist Monica Rivera Mindt about the situation, why it's developed and what can be done about it. Also, visiting the AIDS quilt.
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We may not realize it when we're eating mince pie, decorating the tree, and singing carols, but a lot of our Christmas traditions come from the Medieval world. And so too does the modern world—at least according to Thomas Cahill. We speak with him about his book "Mysteries of the Middle Ages and the Beginning of the Modern World."

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This week on Fordham Conversations, climate change, evolution and resurrection with Fordham plant biologist Steve Franks. Also, a look at why companies seem so much greener than they used to be...even though they might not be.
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When Georgia and Russia suddenly went to war this summer, many had their suspicions about the war's real causes--was this a proxy war between Russia and the US? Was it all about oil? Or, was it because Russia can't get no respect? This week on Fordham Conversations, we speak with journalist, former CBS Moscow Bureau chief and Fordham professor Beth Knobel: She covered the war for CBS, and who says it's more about the latter than we might imagine.
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A couple of days ago, most of us sat down and ate a huge meal in honor of some of the first immigrants to America... but what about more modern immigrants? We'll talk about one aspect of acclimation – housing – and look at how immigrants, and their children and grandchildren, fare in the New York housing market.
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When you see the latest teen pop vixen, you might worry for the future of teen girls...but maybe they're savvier than we think. We talk with Fordham Anthropologist Oneka LaBennett about how one group of girls, West Indian teens in Brooklyn, use pop music, TV and even their accents to their own ends.

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Hello, Clarice! From Sam Spade to Hannibal Lecter, we look at crime novels, that thing they do to us, and what they say about the way we look at families. Lenny Cassuto, Fordham english professor and the author of "Hard Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories", joins me in the studio.
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What makes a man? And are you a 98-pound weakling if you decide to go to the doctor when you have a cold? And is your answer to that last question different depending on whether you're black, white or Asian? We look at health, ideas of masculinity, and race, with Fordham psychologist Jay Wade.
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We try to answer this question, and look at how we might know, with voter behavior expert Monika McDermott. And, just when we think we can't take it anymore, a little comic relief.
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In honor of Halloween, we talk about terrifying women in poetry and literature: Poet Janet Kaplan reads some of her favorite poems about witches, sirens and creepy nighttimes, and author Jeffrey Weinstock talks about scary stories, and the women who write them.
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