Fordham Conversations (podcasts)
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: FC170709.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:33am EST

We often think of the afterlife in terms of heaven and hell. But what about the afterlife on earth? Fordham Conversations Host Chris Williams looks into how some people believe life after death takes place here on earth. Fordham University Professors Joshua Schapiro and Mary Erler discuss reincarnation and the idea of an earthly Heaven. Anthony Bellov with the Merchant House Museum in downtown Manhattan talks about how the house's original owners may have never left.

Direct download: FC170702.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:37pm EST

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talk with Carol Bonomo Albright and Christine Palamidessi Moore about their anthology “American Women, Italian Style: Italian-Americana’s Best Writings on Women" (Fordham Press). Their collection brings together writers with a wide range of backgrounds, outlooks, ideas, and experiences to examine the history of Italian women in America.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:01pm EST

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Fordham Professor Mary Bly about William Shakespeare’s influence on pop culture.  Bly is a Shakespearean scholar who took her passion for the English poet and playwright to create the class “Shakespeare and Popular Culture.” 

Direct download: FC171806.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:19pm EST

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon and her guest 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.  Fordham University Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Jason Munshi-South, talks about his research with rats.

Direct download: FC170604.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:46pm EST

The Veterans Writing Workshop helps veterans tell their stories by providing professional-level writing workshops in the NYC area free of charge to U.S. veterans. Not only is the workshop a successful writing program for veterans, it also offers the families of vets to express themselves.

 Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with writers Julia Rust, Natalie Edelhause and Laura Rossi who share their stories in the anthology “On The Home Front.” It’s the first Writing Workshop with family members of veterans. Also, David Surface, the Founder and instructor of the Veterans Writing Workshop discusses the program. 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:31pm EST

When many Americans think of Egypt, they might think of mummies, pyramids, and the Nile River. And although Egypt has a rich cultural history, it’s also a really important player in international politics. Egypt is one of the U.S.’s most valued allies in the Middle East. With a new administration in the White House, there is a possibility that relationship could change.

Fordham Conversations Host Kacie Candela talks with Fordham University Alumni James Ketterer, dean at Bard College and expert on the Middle East, about why Egypt may be more important to U.S. foreign policy than you think.

Direct download: FC170521.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:30am EST

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with two Fordham University students who were chosen for The Social Impact 360 Fellowship program, which helps young entrepreneurs develop socially-conscious businesses.  Makena Masterson founded Snoxsocks, a company that sells non-skid socks for charity. Michelle Berardino developed The Wallep, an epi-pen alternative for the fashion-conscious.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:48am EST

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon and Fordham Professor Dr. Mark Naison discuss the evolution of rock and rap and the influence that young city kids, who helped create that music, have had on American culture.  

Naison is Professor of History and African American Studies at Fordham University, where he also directs the Bronx African American History Project. He created the class “From Rock and Roll to Hip Hop: Urban Youth Cultures in Post War America” with the goal of encouraging partnerships with Bronx schools relating to the course.

Direct download: FC170507.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:45am EST

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Author and Fordham Alumni
Valerie Irick Rainford. In her book “Until the Brighter Tomorrow: One Woman's
Courageous Climb from the Projects to the Podium,” She recounts her emotional
journey following her mother’s suicide.

Direct download: FC170430.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:19pm EST