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

Fordham Conversations Host Patrick Russomanno sits down with The
New York Times bestselling author Father James Martin. They discuss his book, Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT
Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and
Sensitivity.

Direct download: FC180107.mp3
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There’s a new initiative at Fordham University that’s helping to tell the stories of Italians and Italian Americans throughout the 20th century who called the Bronx their home.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Dr. Kathleen LaPenta, Dr. Mark Naison and Dr. Jacqueline Reich about the Bronx Italian American History Initiative

Direct download: FC171224.mp3
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In the early part of the 20th century over 30 states took part in a social movement that used forced sterilization on American’s deemed “genetically inferior.”  North Carolina was one of the first states to implement the eugenic program, but also one of the first to try and seek justice for victims.  A new film tracks their efforts.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with filmmaker and journalist Dawn Sinclair Shapiro about her documentary, “The State of Eugenics.”

Direct download: FC171210.mp3
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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Authors and Professors Virginia Burrus and Karmen Mackendrick. They discuss their book “Seducing Augustine: Bodies, Desires, Confessions.” The publication from Fordham Press interprets St. Augustine’s autobiography Confessions from a seductive and passionate point of view. 

Direct download: Focon171203.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:17pm EDT

One of the oldest surviving instruments in America is located in a nondescript church in Manhattan's NoLiTa neighborhood. It was built in 1868 by Henry Erben. Fordham Conversations Host Kacie Candela talks with organist Jared Lamenzo about the Erben Organ that has produced music for tens of thousands of masses, weddings and funerals in the 150 years it has been in operation. 

Kacie Candela also speaks with Monsignor Donald Sakano about the history of Old St. Pat's and Archbishop John Hughes - a 19th-century Catholic who laid the cornerstone of St. Patrick's Cathedral, founded Fordham University, and earned the nickname, "Dagger John."

Direct download: FC171119.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:57pm EDT

The Trump administration has rescinded The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  DACA lets undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children remain in the country under certain restrictions.  Now time is running out for Congress to decide what to do legislatively. Deciding what’s next for this group of so-called Dreamers has become a polarizing issue for many Americans.

 Fordham University President Father Joseph McShane joins Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon to discuss why Catholic leaders consider supporting Dreamers part of their social justice mission.

Direct download: Focon171112.mp3
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Most professionals will tell you networking is an essential part of business and some people are better at it than others when it comes to forming and maintaining these strong circles of contacts.  But what’s the underlying psychology behind networking? 

 Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Dr. Michelle Weber, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Management system in Fordham University's Gabelli School of Business. She offers suggestions for getting into the right networking frame of mind; explains how to network creatively and offers tips for anyone who is shy or just doesn’t like the idea of networking.

Direct download: FC171105.mp3
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Hidden behind 19th-century brick walls along NoLiTa’s Prince and Mulberry streets in Manhattan is the only Catholic cemetery in Manhattan.

Fordham Conversations Host Kacie Candela tours the hallowed ground and catacombs of Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral with North graveyard Tour Guide Tommy Wilkinson. It’s the final resting place of some prominent New Yorkers.

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When John Aldridge fell off his commercial fishing boat 40 miles
from the eastern tip of Long Island, he didn't expect to make it out of the water. Now, he and his fishing partner Anthony Sosinki are proud to call themselves Montauk's only fishermen with a book and a movie deal.

Fordham Conversations host Andrew Seger talks with both John and
Anthony about their experience while, on the ship "Anna Mary."

We also hear from Commander Jonathan Theel of the US Coast Guard. He was the Chief of Response at the Long Island Sound Sector at the time John went missing, and headed the rescue mission.

Direct download: FC171022.mp3
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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with author Deanna Singh. The Fordham University Alumni discusses what inspired her to write her first children’s picture book I Am A Boy of Color.  Singh describes it as “a tribute to the beauty and power boys of color possess.” 

Direct download: FC171015.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:55am EDT