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

On this week's Fordham Conversations we hear from Forhdam Alumni and Author Valerie Irick Rainford. She's discussing her book "Until the Brighter Tomorrow: One Woman's Corageous Climb from the Projects to the Podium".

Rainford recounts her emotional journey to find a "brighter tomorrow" following her mother's suicide and her passionate desire for her book to bring others to their own "brighter tomorrow"

Music Used:

Magic- Coldplay

Ink- Coldplay

O- Coldplay

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This week, we have stories about why people stress out during Thanksgiving, and how to make it run more smoothly. Mary Clingman from the Butterball Hotline shares her experience as a turkey expert and some of the stories she's heard from stressed out callers as they prepare Thanksgiving dinner. Then, Fordham University history professor Dr. Steven Stoll talks about the first Thanksgiving and why people had reason to be stressed. Finally, Bill Schermerhorn (creative director of the Macy's Parade) explains how to pull off a treasure holiday tradition that gets bigger and bigger each year. 

 
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Early in the morning of November 16th 1989 a group of soldiers entered a Catholic college campus in San Salvador and forced six Jesuit priests from their beds. They then shot and killed them along with their housekeeper and her daughter. It all happened during the decade long civil war that ravaged El Salvador. The murders provoked international outrage.

We are joined by three guests to discuss the massacre, the priests' mission and their legacy.

- Dr Michael Lee- Associate Professor of Theology at Fordham

- Dr. Jim McCartin- Associate Professor and Director of Fordham Center on Religion and   Culture

- Father Neil Connolly- Pastor at Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church

Music featured:

Apocolyptica- Nothing Else Matters

Apocolyptica- One

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Suicide is a delicate health issue. When it comes to men who think about it, attempt it or actually commit suicide, addressing the issue has especially unique challenges. 

 
The latest statistics report more women than men attempt suicide, but more men actually succeed at killing themselves, and at a growing rate.  In honor of National Suicide Prevention Week, we  examine the issue of male suicide. 
 
We hear about a mental health and suicide prevention campaign that tackles the somber issue of suicide with a smile. Jarrod Hindman is Director of the Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention. His group partnered with others in developing the Man Therapy Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Campaign. We sat down with a Jeanette Mason, who helplessly watched as her boyfriend jump to his death. Last we talked with Fordham University Professor Daniel Coleman. His research examines gender stereotypes and the link between masculinity and mental health.  
 
Direct download: FC091413_MP3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:30am EST

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