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

There are breakthroughs in science that make it easier for those who can’t become parents to do so. But it’s also raising complex questions for women in India who become surrogates for families in America. Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Fordham University Assistant Professor Dr. Daisy Deomampo about her research and book “Transnational Reproduction: Race, Kinship, and Commercial Surrogacy in India.”

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Most football fans know the success story of Coach Vince Lombardi’s days with Green Bay and Coach Tom Landry’s days with Dallas. But what may not be as well known are the details of their shared relationship. That is until now. WFUV’s Ricky Cibrano and Kyle Kesses sit down with Author Ernie Palladino to discuss his book Lombardi and Landry: How Two of Pro Football’s Greatest Coaches Launched their Legends and Changed the Game Forever.

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On this week's show, Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon is joined by Tony Award nominated Stephen McKinley Henderson.  To call him an actor is an understatement.  You’ve seen him on the big screen in “Lincoln,” and Tower Heist, to name a few. He’s been on the small screen in HBO’s The Newsroom and on Law & Order and he’s most notable for his stage work which includes multiple August Wilson’s plays.  Besides his roles in TV, film, and stage, He was welcomed by Fordham University’s theater program as the newest Denzel Washington Endowed Chair in Theater. 

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Football is more than just a game to most Americans. Whether we play it or watch it football can be a reflection of America’s character. And sometimes that reflection is hard to take. Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Professor of Anthropology Hugo Benavides about the culture of American Football in relation to symbolism, gender and more.

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As the American population ages, so does its population in the prison system. That’s created particular challenges, especially for members of the LGBT community that are incarcerated. Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon talks with two people who have experienced these challenges firsthand.  Randy Killings and Mark Pelipiche share what it was like for them to grow older while in New York’s Criminal Justice System.  Also, Fordham Professor Dr. Tina Maschi shares research from her study “‘Coming Out’ of Prison: An Exploratory Study of LGBT Elders in the Criminal Justice System.”

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This week on Fordham Conversations we're talking about combating cybercrime. Fordham professor Frank Hsu talks about how cybersecurity works and Fordham's new Cybersecurity masters program.We'll also hear from an expert from the Citizens Crime Commission of NYC about how cybercrime affects New Yorkers.  Chris Williams Hosts

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Sometimes it can be hard to be thankful when the stress of creating the perfect holiday gets in the way. This week Fordham Conversations is about Thanksgiving stress, from making sure the turkey is perfect to learning how one of the holiday's biggest traditions runs so smoothly. Mary Clingman from the Butterball Hotline shares her experience as a turkey expert and some of the stories she's heard from stressed out callers as they prepare Thanksgiving dinner. Then, Fordham University history professor Dr. Steven Stoll talks about the first Thanksgiving and why people had reason to be stressed. Finally, Bill Schermerhorn (creative director of the Macy's Parade) explains how to pull off a parade that gets bigger and bigger each year. 

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On today's episode, Fordham Conversations host Kyle McKee talkes television with acclaimed critic Matt Zoller Seitz, the co-author of TV: (The Book) 2 Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time.

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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? This week on Fordham Conversations, 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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On this week's show, Fordham Conversations host Kyle McKee talks with historian Angel Hernandez about the legendary gothic writer Edgar Allan Poe.  While Poe is known for his poems and short stories like The Raven, The Tell Tale Heart, Anabelle Lee, and The Bells, few may realize his deep connection to New York City, and especially the Bronx.  Angel Hernandez is the Director of Programs and External Affairs at the Bronx County Historical Society.  He joins the show to talk about Poe’s writing, life, legacy, as well as Bronx History.

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