Fordham Conversations
Tapping into the Fordham University community to discuss and uncover issues that impact our world locally and beyond.
Sure, their show’s been running longer than any TV sitcom ever has…but that’s not the only reason the Simpsons might be the most successful family ever to wrap things up in 23 minutes or less. We talk to Fordham communication and media studies professor Jonathan Gray about the Simpsons and how they’ve managed to change the way that people all over the world look at TV, and America.
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On October 4, 1947, "Leave it to Beaver" premiered on US television, and space travel premiered in the USSR as the Soviets launched the first Sputnik. We take a look at the roots of Soviet space travel, and America's response to it, with Fordham History professor Asif Siddiqi.

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We tend to think of romani--"gypsies"--as romantic and mysterious; but in Romania, and throughout Europe, they're an ethnic minority that faces widespread discrimination. We talk to Tracy Higgins from Fordham Law School's Joseph R. Crowley Program in International Human Rights, about the problems Romani children face as they try to go to school. 
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One day before Holocaust remembrance day, we look at one family--Holocaust survivor Roma Ben-Atar and her son, Fordham History professor Doron Ben-Atar. Together they wrote a book about Roma's experience in the war...and now Doron's written a play inspired by it.
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We talk to author Eric Klinenberg about his surprisingly optimistic take on media consolidation in America. He's the author of the new book, "Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America's Media."
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In the wake of the first conviction this week of a Guantanamo detainee before a military commission, we talk to Fordham law professor Martha Rayner about the basics of the camp, how the US has come to be in the position we're in, and her work representing detainees.
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A few years ago, Yvette Christianse was doing archival research in South Africa, when she came across a slave woman's story. The story haunted Christianse, and the book she wrote about, Unconfessed, has just been named a finalist for the prestigious Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award.
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In literature, what does it really mean to tell the truth? We explore that question with authors Mary Karr--she's the author of the hugely successful memoir "The Liar's Club"; and Heidi Julavits, whose novel "The Uses of Enchantment" explores the idea of how truth changes when different interests get involved.
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On an early-St. Patrick's Day Fordham Conversations, we talk with author Peter Quinn, about Politics, Jimmy Cagney, and the Irish-American sense of History (or lack thereof.) Also, one Irish-American daughter's memories of her father's favorite drinking song.
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When most of us think of the Civil Rights movement, we think of iconic figures like Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks...southern figures. But there was much more going on in the north than we seem to recall. We talk to Fordham African-American Studies professor Brian Purnell, about the civil rights movement in Brooklyn, and why we should remember it.
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