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

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. Today on the show we’re talking to 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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This week Fordham Conversations features stories about membership. Whether you're a member of a social club, or a member of a community, there are pros and cons to membership. First, we talk to Alan Linn. He's the owner of the Norwood Club on W 14th St in Manhattan. Norwood is one of the most exclusive social clubs in NYC, designed as a place for creative minds to come together. Then, urban planner and Fordham professor Cecil Bakalor talks about how city projects might not be the best thing for members of the Bronx community.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon visits The Fordham Museum of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Art.  There she discusses the largest gift of art in the university's history with Fordham’s Curator of University Art, Jennifer Udell. 

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Author and Fordham Alumn Robert Hinkley.  His book “Time to Change Corporations: Closing the Citizenship Gap.” details ways to make corporations more socially responsible.  Then WFUV’s Jake Neher talks to the Really Terrible Orchestra of Westchester, a not-for-profit ensemble of musical amateurs that are proud to be “musically disadvantaged.”

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon discusses the often-uncomfortable yet important topic of palliative care with Dr. Phil Pizzo. 

It’s a holistic approach to helping patients through serious illnesses or end of life decisions. 

Dr Pizzo also tells us about a new program at Stanford University that helps people figure out their second act in life.

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Qatar is considered one of the wealthiest countries in the world and traditionally one of the most conservative. Yet western culture is beginning to influence younger generations, especially when it comes to news.   Dr. Everette Dennis is helping train the next generation of journalist in the rapidly changing field of cross-platform media. He is Dean and CEO of Northwestern University in Qatar. Dr. Dennis is also former chair of the Communication and Media Management department at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business. On this week’s Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon and Dr. Dennis discuss what it’s like to teach journalism in a conservative country.  We also discuss an NU-Q study on entertainment consumption habits in the Middle East, including the popularity of Hollywood content and its perceived morality – or lack thereof.

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Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon looks into 20-somethings, there journey into adulthood and their relationship with the church.  Dr. Jeffrey Arnett, Author and Psychology professor at Clark University in Massachusetts, discuss “Emerging Adulthood.”  He coined the phrase to describe a new phase of late adolescence.  Then Fordham University's Christine Firer Hinze and Paul Schutz discuss twenty-somethings and the church.

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It turns out Baby Boomers have different attitudes towards home ownership than Millennials (the generation born between 1980 and 2000), and they’re buying different types of houses. Fordham Conversations Host Chris Williams talks with Jessica Lautz, Director of member and consumer research at the National Association of Realtors, talks about a buyer and seller generational trends. Then, Fordham Professor Emily Rosenbaum explains why some people are waiting until they are older to own a home and how this compares to previous generations.

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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.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Fordham Alumni Valerie Irick Rainford. Her latest book is "Until the Brighter Tomorrow: One Woman's Courageous Climb from the Projects to the Podium." In her auto-biography, Irick-Rainford takes us through her challenging young life, through two devastating deaths to her inspiring and impressive career firsts.

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