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

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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Science fiction is one of the more popular genres in literature, and arguably one with considerable cultural influence. But what goes into writing a great science fiction story? Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Paul Levinson, professor of media and communication studies at Fordham University.   The award-winning science fiction author also shares his advice on writing. 

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Elder abuse is a crime that can go unnoticed if unchecked. It affects one of the most vulnerable populations, by making seniors victims of financial, physical, and often sexual abuse. Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon puts a spotlight on elder abuse, and steps that can be taken to deter it.

We first travel to a Citymeals-on-Wheels elder abuse awareness training. Volunteers are being trained to recognize signs of abuse, what questions to ask, and what to do if abuse is suspected.

Dr. Patricia Brownell discusses the abuse older women suffer internationally. Dr. Tina Maschi, an associate professor at Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service discusses similar abuse in prisons.  Maschi is also Executive Director of the "Be the Evidence Project." 


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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Fordham University’s Patrick Verel to talk about his new book “Graffiti Murals: Exploring the Impacts of Street Art.”  In it, he takes us on a journey to discover how some graffiti murals are created and what role they play in cities like, New York, Trenton, and Jersey City.  We also explore the complex relationship between street artists, property owners and city politics.

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The Eternal Space is a two-man play that tells the story of an unlikely friendship that develops during the demolition of the old New York Penn Station during the mid-1960s. Fordham Conversations Host

Robin Shannon sits down with Playwright & Producer Justin Rivers and Producer Dennis McCarthy.

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Someone once said that no man fights the same war as another. If that’s true, than the Veterans Writing Workshop is a way for those who have been through battle to express themselves and share their experiences. Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Veterans Writing Workshop Founder, David Surface. We also hear from Vietnam Veteran Rod Carlson and Korean War Veteran Vincent Speranza. Both share their war experiences in the anthology “Afterword’s: from War and Home." 

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What does it take to be a monster? They hide under the bed, lurk in the shadows, and scare us half to death.But is there more to monsters than just screams and frights?Fordham Conversations Host Chris Williams sits down with Fordham University Professors Rebecca June and Paul Levinson to talk about medieval monsters, real life monsters, and more.
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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Fordham University Professor of Art History Dr. Barbara Mundy to discuss the work of painter Frida Kahlo and the significance of Mexican art.  Also Producer Blake Christy takes listeners on a tour of the New York Botanical Gardens exhibition, "Frida Kahlo: Art. Garden. Life."

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Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon sits down with members of The Faux-Real Theatre Company.  They are performing "Lysitrata" at The Nuyorican Poets Café. It’s a comedy on how the women of early Greece used the battle of the sexes to end a war.

Some members of The Faux-Real Theatre Company include: Mark Greenfield, Director and Fordham Professor. Tony Naumovski, Musical Director and performers Joy Kelly and Emma Orme.

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Berto Colon’s been on TV shows like “The Good Wife,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Madame Secretary,” and “HBO’s “Two Night Stand.”  But arguably his most popular role is the character of Cesar on The award-winning Netflix series “Orange Is The New Black. Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with the Actor and Fordham Alumni to discuss his character on the show, how he became an actor, and one of his biggest regrets.

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Host Alen Kanlic showcases some of Fordham Conversations best features and interviews.  Will Germain talks with military veterans about their experience returning to school after serving overseas.  Mary Wilson reports on Fordham Law students who  kept audio diaries about their fact finding mission in Nepal.  Robin Shannon sat down with Katy Raymond who was part of Fordham University’s first study abroad program in South Africa.  Vivadiana Castelan interviewed kids who are training to be reporters. She also talks with New Yorkers who make careers out of can collecting.

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Jean Laughton traded her career as a New York City casting director for the life of a rancher in South Dakota.  Now she’s out with the photo exhibit “My Ranching Life” which is on display at Fordham’s Lincoln Center.  Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Jean Laughton to discuss her exhibit, being a photographer and why she doesn’t like the term “Cowgirl.”

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In his last two and a half years as leader of the Roman Catholic Church, the popularity of Pope Francis has continued to grow among Catholics and non-Catholics.  The 78-year old embraces social issues like immigration, poverty and the environment. Now he’s bringing his message to the United States.  Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon discusses the Pope's visit, and his popularity, with Vice President for University Mission and Ministry, Msgr. Joseph Quinn, Fordham Associate Professor Michael Pirson, and Fordham University senior Nicholas Sawicki, who has interned at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See.  

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What happens when you put a group of Fordham University graduate business students in front of a live audience to share unscripted stories about their lives?  You get “The Storytelling Project.”   Chris Watts, Jonathan Schenker and Alfie Warn talk with Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon about their experience taking part in the project.  Plus, Associate Professor Dr. Travis Russ discusses what it was like to develop this groundbreaking course.



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Fordham University’s Eva Li is a Peer Health Exchange volunteer. She’s trained to teach health workshops at some of New York City’s underfunded and understaffed public high schools. On this edition of Fordham Conversations, Li, along with Community Liaison and Innovation Manager, Sarah Cocuzzo sit down with Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon. They discuss Peer Health Exchange’s mission, and the need teens have for a platform to talk about sensitive health Issues and concerns.

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Host Chris Williams talks to people who, in one way or another, have gone back to college. Cira Vernazza, director of Fordham University's College at 60 program, talks about how the university has special classes designed for people 60 and older. Three of the students in the program (Judy Bowman, Timothy Kiehn, and Peg Smith-Loeb) discuss the benefits of taking college courses after retirement. Then, Taylor Harris talks about moving back to her alma mater and her McSweeney's column "Big Mom on Campus: Raising 2 Kids in a College Dorm." 

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Fordham has launched a center that offers an executive education for leaders of nonprofit groups. The Fordham Center for Nonprofit Leaders is the brainchild of Allan Luks, who serves as its director. Elaine Congress the- Associate Dean for Continuing Education and Extramural Programs in the Fordham Graduate School of Social Service. They sit down with Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon to discuss the best way for business and service to merge

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On This week’s Fordham Conversations we’ll hear from  Author Ed Rohs about his book “Raised by the Church” where he talks about the history of orphanages, and speaks for some of the thousands of baby-boomers taken in by the catholic institutions in New York City.

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Social Stigma can take on many forms.  It may be an unpleasant remark, a strange look or even the refusal of employment.  On today's Fordham Conversations WFUV's Will Germain try to understand the phenomena of stigma by talking with Tina Maschi. She’s President of the national Organization of Forensic Social Work, and a professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of social service.

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This week, Fordham Conversations is all about spies and surveillance. WFUV's Connor Ryan reports on NYC's surveillance cameras and how some people feel their privacy is being invaded. Then, Chris Williams talks to Spy Store NYC owner Bob Leonard about different types of spying equipment and the reasons for using them. Fordham University professor Al Auster discusses how spies have been portrayed in film, and how that differs from actual espionage.

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Internationally famed street artist J.R. has created a global participatory art project that gives anyone a chance to make a statement, with their picture.  The INSIDE OUT project has traveled around the world and now to Fordham University.  On this week’s Fordham Conversations, Host Robin Shannon discusses the project with Fordham Professor Rosemary Wakeman, Associate Professor of Visual Art Mark Street and members of The Inside Out team.

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We are examining the issue of poverty through different vantage points. Host Robin Shannon sits down with Fordham Professor Sophie Mitra, an Associate Professor at Fordham University in the Economics Department. They discuess the relationship between disability and poverty. But first we take a look at youth and homelessness. Some sixty thousand people are homeless in New York City-- the highest amount since the great depression. Experts say the shelter system is overburdened. Reporter Emrys Eller takes us along as he talks with young people who sleep in unusual places to avoid city shelters.

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Author and Fordham Professor Dr. Mary Bly discuss her class Publishing Theory and Practice.” It introduces students to the world of publishing. She also offers advice for writers looking to become published author.

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The International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia as a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin.  But members of a boarding school for dyslexic students in Dutchess County, New York don’t use the term “disability.”   They prefer to call it a “way to learn differently.”  On this week’s Fordham Conversations we discuss the issue of dyslexia with three people who have first-hand knowledge of the condition. Fordham Alumn, Kevin Pendergast is the Headmaster of the Kildonan School, a boarding School that empowers students with dyslexia. Dave Flink is the Executive Director of Eye-to-Eye, a national grass roots mentoring program. August Hunt is in his senior year at Kildonan

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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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On this week’s Fordham Conversations we explore two pests that have shown up around New York.  Research scientist and Fordham Alumni Dan Molloy discusses a pesky species of mussel that haunts some of New York’s waterways.  We also hear from Fordham University Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Jason Munshi-South.  He tells us about his research with rats.

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Ever wonder why some subways are numbered and some are lettered? Or, when the MTA came into existence? How about how will the 2nd Ave. subway benefit the city of New York? On this weeks Fordham Conversations we hear from Andrew Sparberg,the author of “From a Nickle to a Token: The Journey from Board of Transportation to MTA” (Fordham Press).  It’s a comprehensive look at New York’s transit system from its inception to the 1960s. 

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Sixteen and seventeen year old New Yorker's can't vote, buy tobacco or even rent a car. But they are tried as adults in New York's Criminal Justice System. This makes the Empire State and North Carolina the only two states to do so. On today's show we will talk to members of a coalition that is working to keep teens out of the adult justice system. We will also hear from Fordham Professor Keith Cruise, who studies the mental and physical toll of teens who are tried as adults. But first we will talk to the Director and Campaign Manager of the Juvenile Justice Project at the Correctional Association of New York-- Gabrielle Horowitz- Prisco and Angelo Pinto. They are part of a coalition that is trying to raise the age. 

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The AP's Jim O'Connell joined Kris Venezia and Matt Moro to discuss the first three days of the March Madness tournament. They talked about number one seeds, the Atlantic 10 conference, who they have winning the tournament and took questions from callers. 

O'Connell predicts that Villanova will come out on top.

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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 we discuss teaching 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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Most of us have heard about the winter blues, but do you know where the saying comes from? Every year, millions of Americans suffer from mild to severe cases of the winter blues, a condition known as seasonal affective disorder, or what’s commonly referred to as SAD. On this week's Fordham Conversations, WFUV's Katie Fisher is joined by Fordham University Professor of Chemistry Joan Roberts who's an expert on SAD. Dr. Robert's talks about the cause of seasonal depression and the powerful impact light has on health.

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Behind every Veteran is their family and an urge to cherish their memory. This week on Fordham Conversation's we are discussing the Veteran's Writing Workshop's new anthology "On The Homefront." The Veteran's Writing Workshop is a program started by David Surface that lets New York Veteran's share their stories. The program is a successful writing workshop, but it also offers a little more. Robin Shannon will be talking to some of the writers of "On The Homefront," Julia Rust, Natalie Edelhouser, and Laura Rossi, as they share their personal stories about having their fathers serve in the US military.


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A recent poll found blindness ranked 4th as the condition most feared by Americans, following AIDS, Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease.  The effects can be especially difficult for New Yorkers who begin to lose their sight as they age.  On this week's Fordham Conversations we hear from Dr. Amy Horowitz with Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Services. She shares her research on depression and late life vision loss.

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They hide under the bed, lurk in the shadows, and scare us half to death. But is there more to bring a monster than screams and frights? WFUV's Chris Williams sits down with Fordham University Professors Rebecca June and Paul Levinson to talk about medieval monsters, real life monsters, and more.

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Why do we fall in love? Is it science, emotions, or both?Love comes in many forms, but what exactly is it, and why is it so powerful? WFUV's Chris Williams takes a look at love from scientific, literary, and philosophical perspectives while seeking answers about the nature of love and its existence. Guests include Fordham Professors Dr. Jay Wade, Dr. Philip Sicker, and Dr. John Davenport.

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In this edition of Five on Three, Anthony Pucik, Matt Moro and Brendan Bowers discuss the current state of the NHL trade market. They break down the recent Sabres and Jets trade and discuss how injuries to starting goaltender have affected the market for backups. Also, they talk about the Devils, Islanders and Rangers and what those three teams might look for in the market. 

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This week on Fordham Conversations we hear from Matthew Maguire, the director of the Fordham Theater Program

He talks about the notable history of the program and Denzel Washington's past with theater at Fordham University. 

But first, we talk to actor and director Kenny Leon. He was the Fordham University Denzel Washington Endowed Chair for Theater in 2014. 

Music Used:

Empire State of Mind: Alicia Keys/ Jay Z

Something Good Can Work- Two Door Cinema Club

Uptown Funk- Bruno Mars 

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On this week’s Fordham Conversations, Alumni Relations Director Caitlin Tramel discusses the oral history project “Fordham Voices.” We also here from some Fordham Alumni on their college experience and how it helped shape them into the people they are.  You can listen to Fordham Conversations, Saturdays at 7am on 90.7 WFUV.  (Show's Original Broadcast January 16, 2010)

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Body Text: Many converations about America's history reiterates the idea that the progressive north led the opposition to slavery against the racist South.  But in fact, many of the nation’s Ivy League universities had profitable connections to slavery. Dr. Craig Steven Wilder explores the connection between Ivy League schools and the slave trade in his latest book "Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities."

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Dr. Olivia Hooker talks about surviving The Tulsa Oklahoma Race Riot of 1921 and becoming the first African-American woman to enlist in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War 2.  We also hear from Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins who proposed and helped pass a legislative resolution in the New York State Senate honoring Dr. Hooker for her achievements and contributions to both the women’s and the civil rights movements. 

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Social Stigma can take on many forms.  It may be an unpleasant remark, a strange look or even the refusal of employment.  On today's Fordham Conversations WFUV's Will Germain try to understand the phenomena of stigma by talking with Tina Maschi. She’s President of the national Organization of Forensic Social Work, and a professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of social service.

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