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

Robert "Bob" Dotson is a New York Times bestselling author, teacher and television journalist. Last year he retired from his long running series, "The American Story with Bob Dotson," on the NBC "Today" Show after 40 years. 

He has won hundreds of awards and shown a commitment to training students with a series of video workshops that began over 30 years ago. 

And he’s continued that tradition in a number of ways, including writing the book "Make It Memorable," which is one of the most widely used textbooks on broadcast writing. 

Bob Dotson paid a visit to Fordham University's campus in the Bronx where he displayed his fantastic, storytelling ability and offered great advice to a classroom full of excited journalism students.  

Direct download: FC160626.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00am EDT


This week on Fordham Conversations Bronx Borough Historian Lloyd Ultan discusses the history of the Grand Concourse. Then Patrice Kane, Head of Archives and Special Collections at Fordham's Library talks about one of the Bronx's most famous residents, Edgar Allen Poe.

Direct download: FOCON160619.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:57am EDT


I bet you never thought the Harlem Shake has a spiritual message built into it, but Fordham University Professor Thomas Beaudoin says it's a "Spiritual Sleeper," a song with a hidden meaning. This week on Fordham Conversations, Professor Beaudoin talks about other Spiritual Sleepers and his Rock and Theology Project.

Direct download: FOCON160612.mp3
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WFUV's Will Germain talks with veterans Carlos Gonzalez, Ameer Vincent and Dan Hodd about what it's like to join the military serve overseas and then go back to school at Fordham. 

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Fordham University Alumni and Author Joseph Finora to discuss his murder mystery "Red Like Wine, The North Fork Harbor Vineyard Murders."

 

Direct download: FC160522.mp3
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On this week’s Fordham Conversations we hear from NPR Correspondent Lynn Neary. The veteran reporter reflects on her career and offers advice to young Journalist.

Direct download: FOCON160515.mp3
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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Fordham Professor Dr. Emily Rosenbaum and Albert Einstein College of Medicine Assistant Professor Dr. Earle Chambers. The professors collaborated on a study that identifies how public housing may affect the health of Latinos living in the Bronx.

Direct download: FC160508.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:51am EDT

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 EDT

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.”  

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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 EDT