Fordham Conversations
Tapping into the Fordham University community to discuss and uncover issues that impact our world locally and beyond.
This week, we look at how retailers, the government and others know so much about us--an exploration of data mining, with Fordham computer scientist Gary Weiss. Also, the future of reputation in the internet age.
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Do you get your news from Jon Stewart? Do you know the meaning of the word "truthiness"? You're not alone – satire shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report inform the way we think like never before. We talk with Fordham communication and media studies professor Jonathan Gray about the phenomenon, why it's happening, and why now. He's one of the editors of the book Satire TV (NYU Press).
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Vaccinations are more than just a necessary “ouch” for kids and flu-avoidant adults…they’re a major public health issue, especially right now. We talk with Fordham economist Troy Tassier about what we know, and what we think we know, about epidemics and vaccines. Also, saying goodbye to one of the Bronx’s most high-flown residents.

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Hello, Clarice! From Sam Spade to Hannibal Lecter, we look at crime novels, that thing they do to us, and what they say about the way we look at families. Lenny Cassuto, Fordham english professor and the author of "Hard Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories", joins me in the studio.

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