Fordham Conversations
Tapping into the Fordham University community to discuss and uncover issues that impact our world locally and beyond.
You might be cursing sugar right now for your winter weight gain. But back in the 17th century, sugar was a luxury item that people couldn't stop talking about...and it had a much bigger effect on the development of the modern world than you might think. We talk to Fordham professor Kim Hall about what sugar means to us today, and what it meant back then.
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Who really owns the music you buy online? A Conversation with Fordham Professor Tom McCourt, co-author of "Digital Music Wars: Ownership and Control of the Celestial Jukebox."
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People place bets on it; nominees are covered in the tabloids; and the award is given out at a black-tie gala that's broadcast nationally on TV.  Is it the oscars?  No! It's the Booker Prize. We talk with Fordham professor Nicola Pitchford about the literary prize, and why it's so important to the British.

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Hugo Benavides grew up watching Latin American soap operas -telenovelas-on TV in New York and Equador. But he never thought that when he grew up, he'd be studying them. We talk to Benavides about telenovelas, and about the US-Mexico border melodramas called  "Narcodramas".

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What image comes into your mind when you think of someone in prison? Chances are it's not an image of a woman. But there are about 200,000 women incarcerated in the United States, and they have health needs that the prison system, which was designed for violent male offenders, isn't prepared to face. We talk to Fordham Professor Jeanne Flavin about her reseach and work with women prisoners.

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Abu Ghraib and other incidents abroad have brought misbehavior in the US Military into sharp relief...but what about at home? We'll talk to Fordham Professor Mary Ann Forgey about a project she's working on with the Army, to improve social workers' ability to deal with reports of domestic violence. --Aired 12/9/2006
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With support for the war in Iraq severely waning and a new democratic legislature in power, the stories that we hear from Washington and in the media might be different ones this year than they have been for the last few. We talk to to author and Fordham professor Robin Anderson about the stories we've been telling about this war, and the stories we tell about others. Her new book is "A Century of Media, A Century of War." --Aired 1/22/2007

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With the end of the year approaching, and with it about a million lists of the superlatives of 2006, we'll hear from the former publisher of another superlative--The Nation, America's oldest weekly magazine. He's written a memoir of his time at The Nation. Also, a few of our favorite things. --Aired 12/23/2006
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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. --Aired 1/6/2007

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The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe was a huge blockbuster and introduced many to CS Lewis as a writer of adventure stories. But an off-off-broadway production is taking a stab at some of Lewis' less child-friendly work. We talk to Magis artistic director, Fordham artist-in-residence, and Jesuit Priest, George Drance. --Aired 1/13/2007
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