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

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.

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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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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.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:45am EDT

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.

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With the rise of social media, we have fewer and fewer hard copies of letters, photos, and other documents. So what happens in the future? Will all of this be preserved? Will there be too much of it to sort through? Fordham Conversations Host Chris Williams talks to Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge, graduate researcher at Fordham University and producer of the Footnoting History podcast, about how historians preserve memories and how this is changing.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:42am EDT

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with members of The Bronx
Greenmarket Hot Sauce about their business- and community-building partnership. It utilizes community gardens around the Bronx while enabling new refugees to help revitalize urban spaces.

Daniel Fitzgerald is Vice President of operations at The Bronx Greenmarket Hot Sauce.

Julia Fitzgerald is Vice President of sales at The Bronx Greenmarket Hot Sauce

Sheryll Durrant is a Managing Gardener at Kelly Street Gardens. She is also The Farm Coordinator at New Roots Community Farms, part of International Rescue Committee (IRC)

 

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New York Harbor has a long history that starts way back in the 1600s. It’s home to all kinds of species and wildlife, but throughout the 19th and 20th centuries the harbor was filled with trash and sewage sending the harbor on a downward trajectory. But now, it’s making a comeback and things are looking better.

Fordham Conversations Host Chris William talks with John Waldman. He’s the author of Heartbeats in the Muck: The History, Sea Life, and Environment of New York Harbor which is now available from Fordham University Press.

Also on the show, WFUV's Kris Venezia has a story about how New York's waterways can be used for transportation.

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A brutal civil war divides Syria with devastating human toll. Thousands of people there have already died and millions are stranded as refugees. But the civil war is also putting the culture and music of the country in jeopardy.

Fordham Conversations host, Patrick Russomanno talks with Fordham Professor
Mohamed Alsiadi. They're discussing the musical heritage of Syria and the professor's efforts to preserve it. He is a classically trained musician who was born and raised in Aleppo, Syria. He currently lives in New York City. Professor Alsidai performs classical Syrian music with the Malek Jandali Trio.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Author and Fordham Professor Dr. Mary Bly. They 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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Fordham Conversations' host Robin Shannon talks with humorist and author Dan Zevin, who has a new set of books called “The Little Miss and Mr. Me Me Me Parody Series."  They mimic the popular "Mr. Men" and "Little Miss" children's books.  We also hear from Fordham Alumni Tim Rozmus. He helped brainstorm the new series and also offers the millennial point of view on the book's characters. The series which includes “Little Miss Overshare,” “Mr. Selfie," "Little Miss Basic," and "Mr. Humblebrag” are published by Three Rivers Press.

 

Direct download: FC170219.mp3
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