Fordham Conversations
Tapping into the Fordham University community to discuss and uncover issues that impact our world locally and beyond.
This week on Fordham Conversations is about the monstrous, the grotesque, human oddities, and why we’re drawn to things that aren't the norm. Adam Rinn grew up on Coney Island and now he teaches a sideshow class for people who want to learn to eat fire, walk on broken glass, or survive an electric shock. He talks about how someone can learn these oddities and the history of freak shows. Rebecca June teaches medieval studies at Fordham University and provides insight into the role monsters play in literature and society. Dean McKay, psychology professor at Fordham, does a lot of research disgust, how it affects us and its relationship to fear. 
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Fordham Alumni and Author Joseph Finora discusses his new book “Red Like Wine: The North Fork Harbor Vineyard Murders”. The murder mystery novel is based on Long Island.

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This week on Fordham Conversations we're talking about combating cyber crime. Fordham Professor of Computer and Information Science Frank Hsu talks about how cybersecurity works and how to combat cyber crime. We'll also hear from Richard Aborn, President of the Citizens Crime Commission of NYC about how cyber crime affects New Yorkers. 

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Jim O'Connell, national college basketball writer for the Associated Press talked with Nolan Silbernagel and Mike Watts about the strengths of each of the FInal Four teams. He discussed Kentucky's impressive freshmen and how the team is just hitting its stride. Jim also broke down the keys to UConn's unlikley run. Finally, he gave his thoughts on who his thinks will win it all.

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Elder abuse is a crime that can go unnoticed if unchecked, affecting one of the most vulnerable among us by making them victims of financial, physical, and often sexual abuse. On this week’s Fordham Conversation, we put a spotlight on Elder Abuse, and learn how it’s perpetrated and what can be done to stop it.  We’ll hear from Dr. Patricia Brownell on the abuse older women suffer internationally. We’ll also hear about elder abuse in prisons from Tina Maschi, an Associate professor at Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service. We also travel to a Citymeals-on-Wheels elder abuse awareness training for volunteers.  They’re learning to recognize signs of elder abuse, what questions to ask, and what to do if abuse is suspected.

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This week on Fordham Conversations, Clarence Ball (professor in the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University) talks about his work on the Emmy Award winning documentary,Looking Over Jordan: African Americans in the Civil War. The documentary explores what it was like to be a slave during one of the most tumultuous times in American history. 
 
Some African Americans fought for the north, while others were stuck on plantations even after the war was over. He talks about the slave experience during the Civil War as well as his work on the documentary, and what he found while researching that surprised him.
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On this week’s Fordham Conversations we hear how an artist and a blogger are bringing attention to the issue of gun violence in their own personal ways. 

 

Mexican Artist Pedro Reyes discusses his performance and community engagement art project “Palas por Pistolas: Shovels for Guns,” while Fordham University’s Dr. Jo Anna Isaak and Father Gregory Waldrop discuss bringing the project to New York City.  We also hear from NYU Professor Antonius Wiriadjaja, who has chronicled the experience of being the innocent victim of a drive-by shooting.

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It's Oscar weekend! And this week's Fordham Conversation is all about the Academy Awards. Fordham Conversations producer Alen Kanlic talks to Matt Atchity, Editor in Chief of Rotten Tomatoes, to find out about movie reviews and how those affect nominations. Then, Chris Williams talks to Fordham professor Damian Lyons about how love and technology intersect as depicted in the Best Picture nominee, "Her."

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Elder abuse is a crime that can go unnoticed if unchecked, affecting one of the most vulnerable among us by making them victims of financial, physical, and often sexual abuse. On this week’s Fordham Conversation, we put a spotlight on Elder Abuse, and learn how it’s perpetrated and what can be done to stop it.  We’ll hear from Dr. Patricia Brownell on the abuse older women suffer internationally. We’ll also hear about elder abuse in prisons from Tina Maschi, an Associate professor at Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service. We also travel to a Citymeals-on-Wheels elder abuse awareness training for volunteers.  They’re learning to recognize signs of elder abuse, what questions to ask, and what to do if abuse is suspected.

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How do historians preserve memory? 
 
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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Human trafficking is often associated with large sporting events, like the Super Bowl.  So in preparation for the game The Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment has joined a number of groups who are working to raise awareness about the issue and deter this form of modern day slavery.  

Sister Pat Daly is a Dominican Sister of Caldwell and Executive Director of the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment.  She’s joined by Margot Morris, the Associate Program Director of the organization.  We also hear from Kate Combellick, a clinical associate professor of communications and media management at the Fordham Schools of Business. She explains the possible economic reasons someone may become a victim of human trafficking.

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This week on Fordham Conversations we take a literary trip through the gritty streets of the South Bronx with Fordham Professor Dr. Mark Naison and his new book “Pure Bronx”.   It’s a story about a young couple and the means they use to try and escape the poverty, desperations, and frustration that can sometimes come with living in New York City’s poorest borough.  There’s also a cast of characters that provide an opportunity for the reader to see the South Bronx through a variety of different, ethnic points of view. 

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This week on Fordham Conversations is all about art in the Bronx. David Storey, visual art professor at Fordham University, talks about art's relationship to New York City and how it has spread to the outer boroughs. Then, Chris Williams travels to the BronxArtSpace in Mott Haven on the opening night of the 'Portals and Interventions' exhibit. He talks with curator Linda Cunningham and artists Marita Ibanez, Rosemarie Fiore, Vidal Centeno, and Xavier Figueroa.

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Dr. Joseph Ponterotto’s latest book “A Psychobiography of Bobby Fisher” attempts to understand the mind of arguably the world’s most famous chess player.  Also, WFUV’s Viridiana Castelan reports on a group of Bronx students whose meet-and-greet with Yankee’ shortstop Derek Jeter encouraged them to immerse themselves in reading.

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This week, Fordham Conversations is about housing and how people from different generations go about buying a house. 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. 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 University was once a stomping ground for U.S. President’s, war heroes and leaders in a number of prestigious fields.

The Jesuit institution, formerly known as St. John's, has a long and storied history. Students faced with fighting each other during the American Civil War. The greenland around Keating Hall (shown above) served as a training ground for students heading off to the western front in WWII. We learn this and more on this week's Fordham Conversations with guest Debra Caruso as she discusses her book Fordham University and the United States: A History.

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On this week’s show, Fordham Professor Maureen Tilley tells us all about Christmas traditions and the stories behind them, some you may know and some you may not. From the horrifying folkloric Krampus to the reason we celebrate on December 25, why we exchange presents, and why Santa lives in the North Pole. Dr. Tilley is a professor of theology and medieval studies. 

 
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Fordham University professor of Law and Founder and Director of the Fordham Urban Law Center, Nestor Davidson discusses  the legal questions that arise as cities begin to grow.

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This week on Fordham Conversations, Fordham Philosophy professor William Jaworski talks about reconciling the spiritual world with the physical world. He discusses the Aristotelian concept of "hylomorphism" and how's he's adjusted it for the modern world. 


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Arguably the Internet is one of the greatest tools for communication and it gives the user the ability to communicate and connect with others. But there’s also a downside to being that “connected,” especially for kids who may not be aware of how their Internet activity is going to affect them in the future.
 
Fordham Law Center on Law and Information Policy released a first-ever curriculum for privacy education geared to middle school students.
 
Fordham Law student volunteers taught the pilot program last spring at PS191 in New York City, and now Fordham Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP) is launching a partnership with volunteers from about a dozen universities who will teach the program in middle schools across the country.
 
The Volunteer Privacy Education Program was developed by Fordham CLIP as part of Jordan Kovnot's Privacy Fellowship and under the leadership of Fordham Law School Professor Joel Reidenberg, the founding director of Fordham CLIP. The spring program will be led by Cameron Russell, Fordham CLIP's Executive Director.School’s Center for Law and Information Policy.

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For people who feel like their income can't support their nutrition, food pantries and soup kitchens can shoulder the weight free of charge. That "free" comes at a heavy cost, with some of these pantries and kitchens requiring upwards of millions to operate annually. As part of WFUV’s Strike a Chord campaign, this week's Fordham Conversations looks at the growing need for food pantries and soup kitchens.
At the top of the show, WFUV's Chris Williams spoke with a woman who’s a regular guest at the food pantry St. John's Bread and Life.

Then Robin Shannon talks with Tony Butler and Dr. Dale Lindquist. Butler is the executive director of the St. John's Bread and Life food and public assistance program. He shares what it's like to operate a food pantry on a shoe-string budget. St. John's Bread and Life is one of three food pantries featured in "Our Daily Bread: Feeding the Hungry in New York City." The documentary was developed by Dr. Lindquist, Managing Director of the Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty at the Graduate School of Social Service Fordham University. He speaks on how food pantries can run on divergeant philosophies and yet remain succesful on their own terms.

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You probably never thought the Harlem Shake craze has a deeper spiritual meaning, but Fordham University Theology Professor Thomas Beaudoin says it's a "Spiritual Sleeper," a song with a hidden meaning. This week on Fordham Conversations, Professor Beaudoin talks about other Spiritual Sleepers and the Rock and Theology project. 

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A showcase of some of our best features and interviews.

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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This week Robin Shannon sits down with Fordham Professor Dr. Emily Rosenbaum and Albert Einstein College of Medicine Assistant Professor Dr. Earle Chambers. The professors collaborated on a study that identifies how public housing may affect the health of Latinos living in the Bronx.

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Today on Fordham Conversations we’ll talk to Daniel Campo, author of The Accidental Playground out now from Fordham University Press. It’s about what happened when Brooklyn residents gathered at the Brooklyn Waterfront, which was then an unofficial, do-it-yourself park. He talks about how the "unpark" was used in the late 90s and early 2000s and how it's changed since state officials got involved. 

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Fordham University Instructor Stefanie Vuotto is one of the principal investigators of a new study that highlights the role of homelessness and the crime of human trafficking.

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This week on Fordham Conversations we’ll take a look the University Neighborhood Housing Program (UNHP). It’s an organization dedicated to keeping housing affordable in the Northwest Bronx and New York City. The organization is cosponsored by Fordham University and the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition. Jim Buckley, executive director of the UNHP, talks about the challenges of keeping housing in the Bronx affordable.  Dr. Brian Byrne, Vice President of Fordham University Lincoln Center and UNHP board member, talks about how things have changed since the organization began in 1983. 

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This week on Fordham Conversations we talk to Mark Street about his film Hasta Nunca and how it was made. The film tells the story of a middle aged DJ in Uruguay who hosts a call-in radio show. Throughout Hasta Nunca, people reveal their secrets and insecurities on air. 

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There are a lot of opinions about the news media, the future of broadcast journalism and what constitutes professional reporting. On this week’s Fordham Conversations we explore these questions and more by listening to past interviews from former hosts. Fordham Professor Dr. Bill Baker talks with Mary Wilson on how to save the ailing print industry. Then, News legend Sam Donaldson talks with WFUV’s Claudia Morell about citizen journalism and its questionable influence on the new industry. Finally, WFUV’s Lauren Naymie talks to Fordham Alumni Lynn Neary about how she got her start in radio.

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During this year’s HOPE Week (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) community service initiative Yankees ballplayers lent a hand to an animal rescue organization, comforted children with “Pillow of Love,” took a stand against bullies, and threw a birthday party for the homeless. On this week’s Fordham Conversations Guest Host Kris Venezia talks with Fordham’s Nolan Silbernagel, Eric Mollo, Kenny Ducey, Nick Logerfo and Bobby Gubin about their experience interviewing the player and organizations involved in Hope Week. We also hear extended versions of the Hope Week series that ran on WFUV.

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Do you know who's watching you? 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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The sunny season encourages people to  pack their bags and take off on summer trips. On this week's Fordham Conversations, we’ll look back at past interviews with guests who’ve traveled "Beyond the Tri-State. Renato Frison rode from Bronxville to Brazil on his motorcycle. Filmmakers Jeff Azize  and Michael Campo discuss their trip to Peru to take care of abused orphans. Fordham Professor Robin Andersen discusses ecotourism in Curacao.

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WFUV's Claudia Morell talks about school bullying and teen suicide with Loyola High School English and Philosophy teacher Christian Gregory and Fordham University Psychology Professor Doctor Peggy Andover. Mr. Gregory completed a cross country bike tour to raise awareness about the problems of bullying. And, Doctor Andover is a cognitive behavioral psychologist whose research focusses on the risk factors and differences between non-suicidal  self-injury (NSSI) and attempted suicide."

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike just won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. Chris Williams talks to one of the play's producers, John Johnson, who graduated Fordham in 2002. Johnson talks about what theater-goers can expect from the play, his responsibilities as a producer, and how he became interested in theater. 

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Every quarter WFUV’s Strike a Chord campaign examines an issue that’s important to you. This time we are delving into the need to combat mental health stereotypes with University of Southern California Law Professor Elyn Saks.  She discusses how she became an Ivy League grad, legal scholar, endowed professor all while coping with schizophrenia. 

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Host Robin Shannon talks with Fordham University’s  Julianny Gomez and Dr. Aimee Cox about the term “Ratchet.”  Julianny’s research examines how the derogatory term has been adopted as a way for young African Americans to police, embarrass and degrade one another.

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Joseph Kelly is a Fordham University alum from the International Political Economy and Development program or (IPED). He’s been working with the Catholic Relief Services and was recently awarded Fordham’s Swanstrom-Baerwald (Swan-strum, BEAR-wald) Award.  It recognizes members of the Fordham community for their commitment to the service of faith and the promotion of justice.

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WFUV’s Claudia Morell talks with ABC News veteran Sam Donaldson. He was awarded the WFUV Charles Osgood Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcast Journalism for 2013. Donaldson is known best for his time as ABC’s White House Correspondent for Presidents Carter, Reagan, and Clinton. Donaldson also covered numerous historical events such as the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Iran-Contra Affair, and President Clinton’s impeachment. He’s anchored several shows, including World News Sunday and Primetime Live with Diane Sawyer. Donaldson wrote a book about his early career and time covering the White House called “Hold On, Mr. President!” where he defends and explains what some have called an aggressive style of reporting. During the interview Donaldson discusses his time in Washington, and examines how news has evolved with the rise of Internet and the 24-hour-news cycle.

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Graduating seniors are heading into the next phase of their lives.  While, many high school graduates are transitioning to college, some college graduates are gearing up for their careers.  On this week's Fordham Conversations we hear from Msgr. Joseph Quinn, Vice President of Mission and Ministry at Fordham University.  We'll discuss how Fordham's Living the Mission campaign can help prepare this generation, for leadership in a global society

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Spring is finally here, and for most of us that’s probably a breath of fresh air.  There’s not only a change in the

temperature but a change in people’s moods.  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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Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive storm of the 2012 hurricane season. It was also the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history. Monday marks six-months since the Superstorm struck our area.  On this week's Fordham Conversations we hear from Fordham alum Kendra Newkirk.  A few days after moving into her new house in Queens, Sandy hit, washing away almost everything Kendra owned. We talk with Kendra just after the storm hit and again a-half-a year later.  But first we also hear from Fordham Professor Mark Naison. He spearheaded an outreach effort to help Kendra recover from Sandy's wrath. 

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Fordham graduate student and WFUV reporter Jake Neher has a conversation with '50s and '60s pop icon Dion DiMucci. Records like "A Teenager in Love," "Runaround Sue," and "The Wanderer" made Dion one of the most popular pre-British Invasion artists in the world. He will talk about his upbringing in the Fordham section of the Bronx, the corner of Belmont and 187th - now called the "Doo Wop Corner" - where he and his group The Belmonts polished some of their early hits, and racial tensions between Bronx-area Doo Wop groups.

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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. 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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Legendary Insight

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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American Catholic religious sisters have had a dramatic impact on the Catholic church. From building parochial schools to pioneering higher education for women, Catholic sisters have expanded their ministries since the Second Vatican Council’s called for renewal in the 1960s. Recently Fordham university hosted a panel discussion that examined how the sisters’ ministry has changed the face of the church and what they are called to do today. On this week's Fordham Conversations, we hear excerpts form "Call and Response": How American Catholic Sisters Shaped the Church Since Vatican 2.

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WFUV’s Strike a Chord campaign is examining the need for more emergency housing during times of crisis.  Housing is just one of the major challenges that remain for Haiti, following a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit the Caribbean country in 2010.  Fordham Professor Dr. Marciana Popescu knows firsthand about the struggles facing the people of Haiti.  She designed a course that takes Fordham students to different countries, where they receive on-site disaster-aid experience.  On this week’s Fordham Conversations, Dr. Popescu shares her observations from one of her many trips to Haiti.

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 2013 marks the bicentennial anniversary of Jane Austen’s beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice. Since its publication 200 years ago, the gravitas of Austen's second book carries has obtained status as an international phenomenon.  WFUV’s Katie Fisher sits down with Fordham University Professor and Jane Austen expert, Susan Greenfield for a candid discussion about the history of Austen’s career, her importance in the literary world, and the impact her writing has in contemporary culture.

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In the post-civil war south, many freed slaves relied on self-help groups known as benevolent societies to  bury their dead.  In a new documentary titled “The Contradictions of Fair Hope” we look at the evolution of one particular Alabama society called "Fair Hope", and why its survival is arguably a struggle between heaven and hell.   On this week’s Fordham Conversations, WFUV’s Robin Shannon talks with the films Executive Producer and Co-Director S. Epatha Merkerson and Cultural Anthropologist and Fordham Professor Aimee Cox.

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Fordham University recently launched a burial database project for enslaved African American.  It allows anyone to submit locations they suspect may be the site of an unmarked grave of slaves. On this week’s Fordham Conversations we hear from Sandra Arnold, the Founding Director of The Burial Database Project of Enslaved African Americans and Staff Member with Fordham’s Department of African and African American Studies.  "We also hear from Dr. Michael Blakey, Professor of Anthropology at William & Mary College and Former Director of the African Burial Ground Project in New York City, and a current adviser to the Burial Database Project of  Enslaved African Americans."

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In a job market that’s improved but still bleak, a top notch résumé, cover letter and strong interviewing skills are essential.  But there’s another way to become the brand of choice for a company. On this week’s Fordham Conversations, Fordham Professor Steve Horowitz discusses the principles of Public Relations and how job-seekers can make themselves more appealing to potential employers through branding.  We also hear from Fordham students Lauren Hutt and Katherine Graham, who went through their own self discovery process to uncover their personal brand.

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Author and Fordham Professor Dr. Mark Naison discusses so-called food desert, his research on health and food disparities in the Bronx, and how the borough is a prime location for cultural tourism.

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On this week’s Fordham Conversations:  We showcase some of the stories and interviews that WFUV student reporters have produced for Fordham Conversations.  Conor Teehan looks at siblings in the macro. Alyssa Taigos interviews the director of Fordham's Job incubator and examines women's soccer in the US post Olympic Gold. Kevin Cline learns about green living in the big city, and Viridiana Castelan examines bottle collecting as a way of life.

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Sex and the Soul

Author Donna Freitas discusses her book "Sex and the Soul: juggling sexuality, spirituality, romance and religion on America’s college campuses.

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The Center for Positive Marketing at Fordham University is preparing for a conference that will focus on a central theme… "Improving the World Around Us Through Marketing."  Host Robin Shannon talks with Fordham Professors Lerzan Aksoy and Dawn Lerman about the upcoming conference and the future of marketing in what some consider a world of consumer doubt.

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This week on WFUV's Fordham Conversations, Author and Professor Drucilla Cornell talks about her book Clint Eastwood and Issues of American Masculinity.  The book, which is available from Fordham Press, views the iconic actor’s films through a feminist and philosophical lens.

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Be a fly on the wall at the Rosedale Achievement Center for Girls in the Bronx.  Then, a hapless exercise in menorah-lighting, with visiting professor Jonathan Sanders.  And as part of WFUV’s Strike a Chord campaign, we’ll hear from Joanna Poz-Molesky, who says dance can strengthen communities. 

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In 1948, a group of Catholic college students, black and white, confronted the archbishop of New Orleans and demanded to know why the Catholic schools of their Crescent City couldn't desegregrate.  It took six years for the New Orleans Province of Jesuits to issue a new policy of racial integration.  And it took another ten years after that to effectively desegregate the Catholic schools and churches.  Father Bentley Anderson, SJ tells the story.

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This week on Fordham Conversations: Fordham Professor Chris Toulouse  discusses his book “Whatever Happened to Zachary,” a ghost story based on his son Zander who was fatally killed in a bicycle accident. 

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The post 9/11 GI Bill paved the way for a number of recent veterans to enroll in colleges and universities across the country. However, many of these veterans returning from active duty face unique challenges that aren't typical of your average student. On WFUV’s Fordham Conversations, I'll be talking with Gary Kucinich and Dan Hodd. These two marines and current college students started “Armed Forces at Fordham.” This student group helps fellow veterans make the transition back into college life. But first I’m talking to Fordham’s Associate Vice President for Veterans Affairs, Dr. Michael Gillan about the FordhamVets Initiative.

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Rock, Pop, and the Poetic Tradition

 Professor Scott Levin has taken the traditional college poetry class and added an interesting twist. He’s combining the poetry of writers like William Blake and T.S. Elliot with musicians such as Bob Dylan and Eminem. Levin says he hopes that the Fordham class Rock, Pop, and the Poetic Tradition will lead to other Fordham professors using more pop culture and non-literary texts in the classroom. Scott Levin currently teaches at Louisiana Tech University.

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Saving the News

Dr. Bill Baker explains how the Internet broke newspapers' business model, and why public media broadcasters should be next in line for a government bail-out.

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WFUV's Will Germain talks with veterans Carlos Gonzalez, Ameer Vincent and Dan Hodd about what it's like to join the military serve overseas and then go back to school at Fordham. 

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Today we showcase stories and interviews that WFUV student reporters at Fordham University have produced, including gay homeless teens, safety and bike sharing program, conversation with musician Dion, and discussion with author Ernie Palladino.

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Author and Fordham professor Dan Zevin discusses his comic memoir “Dan gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Due and Dad. In addition, WFUV Reporter Alen Kanlic takes a look at how crowd-funding has changed the video game industry.

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 Losing a loved one under any circumstances is tragic. But for families who lost a loved one on September 11, 2001  in an act of terrorism, the traumatic nature of their loss can become overwhelming,  even after all these years.  Today on Fordham Conversations, Terry Sears, and The Executive Director of “Tuesday’s Children” talks about the organization which provides programs to families who’ve been directly impacted by the events of 9/11.  Also, Kevin Clyne remembers his mom Susan who died in Tower One of the World Trade Center site.  Kevin is a Fordham University Junior, Member of Tuesday’s Children and also a reporter with WFUV-News.

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Tina Maschi, Ph.D., president of the National Organization of Forensic Social Work and professor of social work, discusses social stigma and the forms it can take.

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Last May, a group of eight students from Fordham Law School went on a fact-finding mission to investigate land access in Nepal.  They were sent by the Crowley Program in International Human Rights at Fordham Law's Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, which sponsors a fact-finding mission to a different country every year.  The Crowley scholars share their experiences, as well as the audio diaries they kept during their time in Nepal.

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The non-profit youth and community development organization “Rocking the Boat” uses traditional wooden boat building and on-water education to help young people develop into empowered and responsible adults.  On this week’s Fordham Conversations we talk with Executive Director Adam Green; on-Water Program Director and Fordham Graduate Rachel Daugherty and Program Assistant Stephanie Cabral.

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Robert Kennedy Jr. recently discusses environmental policy and activism during a visit to Fordham University.  Host Chiara Wegener provides a summary and excerpts from his discussion. 

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A discussion with Emmy Award winning filmmaker Helen Young who’s producing a documentary called “The Bangor 5.”  It follows the case of five unlikely commandos, all over the age of 60, who executed a bold break-in at a military bases near Seattle that stockpiled nuclear weapons.  We also hear from Fordham Student and WFUV reporter Lucas Bifera.  He examines the diverse and growing number of New Yorkers who are studying the world’s most spoken language -- Mandarin Chinese.

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Fordham University recently launched a research center that looks at how marketing can improve consumer’s lives.  On this week’s Fordham Conversations we hear from the Executive Director of the Center for Positive Marketing, Dr. Dawn Lerman and the Director of research, Dr. Luke Kachersky.  We also hear from WFUV’s Connor Ryan on what the new Citi Bike sharing program mean for safety on New York City streets

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Alex Trebek is famous for entertaining millions for over two-decades as the host of Jeopardy!  More recently this pop-culture Icon came to Fordham University to share advice and his story with the Fordham community

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WFUV's Strike a Chord campaign on electoral engagement continues on Fordham Conversations.  Alumnus Dr. Konstantin Augemberg discusses his study examining the influence of personal values on political engagement.  Also, Reporter Jacob Anderson looks at a survey from the group Headcount that examines how music fans may differ in political allegiances and shared values. 

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Authors and Professors Virginia Burrus and Karmen Mackendrick discuss their book “Seducing Augustine: Bodies, Desires, Confessions.” The publication from Fordham Press interprets St. Augustine’s autobiography Confessions from a seductive and passionate point of view.

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Carol Bonomo Albright and Christine Palamidessi Moore discuss their anthology “American Women, Italian Style: Italian-Americana’s Best Writings on Women" (Fordham Press). Their collection brings together writers with a wide range of backgrounds, outlooks, ideas, and experiences to examine the history of Italian women in America. 

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Author and Fordham Alumnus Robert Hinkley talks about his book “Time to Change Corporations: Closing the Citizenship Gap.” In it, he details ways to make corporations more socially responsible.  Then WFUV’s Jake Neher gives us a listen to the Really Terrible Orchestra of Westchester, a group that is proud to be musically disadvantaged.

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Squash in the City

On this Saturday's Fordham Conversations, a profile of CitySquash, a non-profit organization that's changing the demographics of squash teams by recruiting inner-city students to up their game and their grades, and become competitive applicants for elite high schools and colleges.

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Understanding 20-Somethings

What does it mean to be 20-something?  On this week’s Fordham Conversations we explore the changing definition of adulthood with author and Clark University Professor, Dr. Jeffrey Arnett. Then Fordham Theology Professor Dr. Christine Firer Hinze and Paul Schutz, a M.A. student in theology on Fordham’s Rose Hill Campus, discuss the relationship Catholic young adults have with the church. 

 

 

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Fordham Conversations: The Women’s and Civil Rights Movements Olivia Hooker, Ph.D., former professor of psychology at Fordham, who was recently honored by the New York State Senate via legislative resolution, discusses her achievements and contributions to both the women’s and the civil rights movements.   You can hear Fordham Conversation’s every Saturday at 7am on 90.7 WFUV.  You can also friend-us on FaceBook, following us on Twitter and catch up on past shows with our weekly podcast

 

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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. On today’s Fordham Conversations I talk with David Surface, the Founder and instructor of the Veterans Writing Workshop which is sponsored by Fordham University.  We also hear from Vietnam Vet Rod Carlson and Korean War Vet Vincent Speranza. Both have shared their war experiences in the anthology “Afterword’s: from war and home.

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Matthew Maguire will not be tamed.  “Wild Man” is the one-man show of Maguire’s own true-life stories.  He's planning a fourth run of the play in Los Angeles this May, looking for that elusive connection to the audience and a performance that comes from “deeper in the bones.”

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In 1946 Ed Rohs was left at a Catholic orphanage in post-World War II Brooklyn.   That's where he spent the next 19-years of his life going from one institution to another until he was “unceremoniously dumped out into the world.”   In his book “Raised by the Church” Rohs 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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The late newsman Mike Wallace once said a journalist’s responsibility is to "bring both the heat and the light." In fact, Heat and Light is the name of a book Wallace co-wrote with Journalist and Fordham professor, Dr. Beth Knobel.  It's a guide full of advice for the next generation of news gatherers.  On this week’s Fordham Conversations we revisit an interview in which Dr. Nobel discusses “Heat and Light: Advice for the next generation of Journalists” As well as her relationship with Wallace before he passed away April 7, 2012 at the age of 93-years old.

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The Story of Music at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Cathedral historian and Author Salvatore Basile discusses his book "Fifth Avenue Famous: The Extraordinary Story of Music at St. Patrick’s Cathedral." The book was published by Fordham Press.

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By day Renato Frison is a mild-mannered computer support manager at Fordham University's Walsh Library.  But at night he hops on his hog and heads for the open road.  And one time Renato’s wanderlust took him on an 11-thousand mile motorcycle trip from Bronxville, New York to Brazil.

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Once a year, a number of selfless New Yorker’s spend a cold winter’s night canvasing city parks, subways and other public spaces to count the number of people living on New York City streets.  On this week’s Fordham Conversations we discuss the annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimation also known as the HOPE Count with the Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice Director, Sandra Lobo Jost. We also talk with Fordham Junior Jillian Abballe who’s served as both a HOPE Count’s volunteer and group leader.

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Portrait of a Radical Lady

Crystal Eastman was active in all the major social movements of the early 20th century -- as a suffragist, labor activist, pacifist, and rebel journalist.  Amy Aronson is researching Eastman's life story -- an undertaking that has involved three searches for an FBI file and a lot of thinking about human integrity.

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Animal Legal Defense Fund Staff Attorney Matthew Liebman discusses The ALDF’s mission, goals and how this group is advancing

the interests of animals through the legal system.  http://www.aldf.org/

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John Entelis, Ph.D., professor of Middle East Studies at Fordham and Linda Sarsour, community activist, discuss the wide array of issues facing New Yorkers who practice Islam, and those of Middle Eastern descent with Host Jake Neher.

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We hear the Ghosts of broadcasts past. These funny, thoughtful and inspiring clips span the radio life of Fordham Conversations. Some highlights include academic analysis of The Simpsons; a man who turned the tragic loss of his son into an inspiring book and a Fordham alumni in pursuit of meaningful work.Listen Saturday Mornings at 7am on 90.7

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Football Culture

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.  On this week’s Fordham Conversations, Hugo Benavides, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Fordham University discusses the culture of American Football in relation to symbolism, gender and more.

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On this week’s Fordham Conversations we look at two holiday traditions, decorations and Christmas cards. First we visit the Garabedian family’s uniquely decorated holiday house, which is near Fordham's Rosehill Campus.   Then a conversation with Professor Kenneth Ames about his book and art exhibit “American Christmas Cards 1900-1960.”  Both examine how Christmas cards are connected to American history and culture.

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Filmmakers Mike Campo and Jeff Azize of Grassroots Films discuss their documentary “The Human Experience.”  The two share what it was like living homeless on the streets of New York City; spending time at a leper colony in Africa; and taking care of abused orphans in South America.  We also hear from Father Vincent DeCola, who discusses the impact the film had during its showing at Fordham’s Lincoln Center.

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Resurgence: Lincoln Center and the Cormorant

Manhattan’s Lincoln Square has come a long way since a major redevelopment plan began in 1996. One of the many partners helping with Lincoln Square‘s growth has been Fordham University. On This week's Fordham Conversations the President of the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District, Monica Blum talks about the evolution of the area. Then WFUV’s Marisa Galdi looks at the resurgence of the double-crested Cormorant, a bird whose population was almost wiped out.

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Strike A Chord Financial Literacy - Shared Interest

As part of WFUV’s Strike a Chord campaign this week’s Fordham Conversations focuses on financial literacy.  Our guests include Donna Katzin, Executive Director of Shared Interest. This non-profit organization raises capital in the U.S. to help small businesses in South Africa. We also talk to Fordham Junior Katy Raymond. Katy will be visiting South Africa as part of Fordham University’s first study abroad program on the African continent. 

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Today we’re hearing some of the past shows that were developed, produced and hosted by WFUV Journalist in-training. First, Fordham Journalist Lauren Naymie talks with NPR Correspondent Lynn Neary. Then, WFUV’s Erin McLaughlin talks with Long Island resident Luis Papa who got to see Egypts revolution firsthand while in Cairo.Finally, Fordham's Taylor Zimmerman interviews Alex Dorskey  a class she took that combines traditional college poetry with popular music.

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This Saturday on Fordham Conversations, Heart attacks leave a mental mark -- but how to treat victims, if they refuse to step foot on a psychiatry ward? Psychologist Rachel Annunziato found a way. Then, a look at heart trauma in the Charles Dickens classic, Great Expectations with English professor Kathleen Urda.

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The Faux-real’s All-Male version of OEDIPUS REX has been called cutting-edge, classic, serious and seriously silly.   Director and Fordham Professor Mark Greenfield, along with actors Steve Johnson, Jason Scott Quinn and Rafael Miguel discuss how they infuse this classic play with humor for a modern audience.

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Three Student's Stories

WFUV's Viridiana Castelan reports on an organization that trains kids reporters.  Then WFUV's Conor Teehan interviews veteran newsman Brian Williams. Finally, Mary Wilson talks with Keith Alan Howey about his master’s thesis on homeless veterans.

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Ecotourism in Curacao

Fordham University Professor Robin Anderson is researching eco-tourism while writing for a travel guidebook. It took her to Curacao where she discovered all about this island's rich and diverse culture.

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