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

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.”

Direct download: FC160501.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:17am EST

What comes to mind when you think of political campaign strategies? Stump speeches? Collecting endorsements? Putting out TV commercials slamming opponents? Regardless, what probably doesn’t come to mind is big data.

In today’s social media-driven world, we’re putting a lot of information about ourselves on the internet. And increasingly, campaigns are taking advantage of all that information in some surprising ways.

Fordham Conversations Host Katie Meyer talks with NPR Political Reporter Scott Detrow, who’s been covering the campaign tech beat for months. Scott’s also a Fordham alum, and a former WFUV reporter

Direct download: FC160424.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:40am EST

You may not be familiar with the name Edward Gorey, but the work of this 20th century artist and author is legendary.  Gorey lived in New York City in the 1950’s and 1960s where he illustrated works like Dracula by Bram Stoker, The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells, and Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. That book was later turned into the Broadway Musical “Cats,” one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history.  Gorey was also well-known for his animated introduction to the PBS series Mystery!  He also won a Tony Award for his designs in the Broadway production of Dracula.  Later, Gorey retired as a “reluctant recluse,” according to Fordham Professor Travis Russ.  He is the founding member of “The Life Jacket Theatre Company,” which is bringing Gorey’s legendary life to the stage. Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Writer/Director Travis Russ and actor Andrew Dawson, who plays one version of the endearing artist in “Gorey: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey.”  

Direct download: FOCON160417.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:49pm EST

In 1946 Ed Rohs was left at a Catholic orphanage in pre-World War II Brooklyn.   That's where he spent the next 19-years of his life going from one institution to another until he was “unceremoniously dumped out into the world.”   Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Rohs about his book “Raised by the Church.”  It delves into the history of orphanages, and Rohs speaks for some of the thousands of baby-boomers taken in by the catholic institutions in New York City.

Direct download: FC160410.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:20am EST

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