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

Twi is one of the most widely spoken languages in the West African nation of Ghana.  Beginning this summer Fordham will be the only University in New York City to teach it.  On this week’s Fordham Conversations we learn about the Twi language and Ghana’s cultural influence from Professor Mark Naison, who Chairs Fordham’s department of African and African-American studies and Kojo Ampah, Founder of The African Cultural Exchange student group at Fordham.

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Eliot Spitzer was cut from CNN's prime-time lineup this week.  Spitzer spent less time as a TV host than he did as governor of  New York.  As many await word on Spitzer’s next move,  today’s  Fordham Conversations will take us back to an interview  between director of the Forum on Law, Culture and Society at Fordham Law, Thane Rosenbaum and Eliot Spitzer.

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Veteran news man Dan Rather recently paid a visit to Fordham University where he share stories about growing up in Texas, his first big news story  and offered advice for aspiring journalist. 

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Host and Fordham Senior Lauren Naymie talks with Fordham Alumni and NPR Correspondent Lynn Neary. The veteran reporter reflects on her career and offers advice to young Journalist. Listen to Fordham Conversations Saturdays at 7am on 90.7 WFUV or www.wfuv.org.

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Don't leave your family's dirty laundry lying around Dr. Nicholas Paul – although unless your lineage goes back to the middle ages, chances are he's not interested.  Paul studies medieval noble families, and he does so by reading the official histories those families recorded about themselves.  But it's tough to say what those stories can really tell us about a world so many centuries away – and tougher still to draw comparisons to families then and now.  "The value is in the difference," says Paul.

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Keith Alan Howey still carries his tape recorder with him.  It's habit by now, after a year of searching for interviews to include in his Master's thesis on the causes of homelessness among veterans.  Howey's a military veteran himself, and a Fordham sociology student who spent the past year asking himself: Why do so many veterans slip through the cracks?  And how come I didn't?

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Michael Pirson is a fugitive of the business world and a founding member of the Humanistic Management Network.  Put profits before human well-being at your own peril, he warns.  But try making that case to CEOs – or an undergraduate finance student. 

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Pelham Picture House Prepares to Reopen

As the Pelham Picture House prepares for it's March reopening Fordham Conversations revisits an earlier interview with its Executive Director Jennifer Christman and John Calvelli, the newly installed Board Chair.

A historic independent Westchester Movie Theater is saved from demolishment by a community of people who  banded together.  This week on Fordham Conversations, we hear from Fordham Alumni John Calvelli who spearheaded efforts to save this not-for-profit movie house.  We also hear what’s ahead for The Pelham Picture House from its Executive Director Jennifer Christman.

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Dr. Beth Knobel co-wrote “Heat and Light: Advice for the next generation of Journalists” with CBS News legend Mike Wallace.

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Louis Papa on Egypt’s Revolution

WFUV's Erin McLaughlin speaks with Fordham Graduate Louis Papa. The Long Island resident is studying Arabic at the American University in Cairo and got to see firsthand the events that have been unfolding in Egypt.

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Robin Andersen does work on vacation – or she vacations at work.  Such is the plight of a researcher focused on wildlife eco-tourism.  Andersen explains how eco-tourism can turn holiday vacationers into lifelong environmentalists.

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Fordham Professor of History Dr. Richard Gyug discusses what happened during a study tour in northwestern Spain along the historic and modern Camino de Santiago.  Plus, A veteran discusses how making the GI Bill into law is one thing, but making the law work is another.  Then, Fordham Senior Kate McGee travels New York City talking to amateur and professional piano players enjoying a community art project.

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Sizing Up Sierra Leone

Melissa Labonte went on a 10-day research trip to Sierra Leone. She came back with a shakedown survival story and a renewed distaste for the movie "Blood Diamond." Also, Sarah Gambito on this year's Kundiman Asian American Poetry Retreat, and how it all began. Influences include: Donald Trump.

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Director of the Forum on Law, Culture and Society at Fordham Law (http://www.forumonlawcultureandsociety.org/) Thane Rosenbaum speaks with Former New York Governor, political commentator and CNN host Eliot Spitzer.

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A historic independent Westchester Movie Theater is saved from demolishment by a community of people who  banded together.  This week on Fordham Conversations, we hear from Fordham Alumni John Calvelli who spearheaded efforts to save this not-for-profit movie house.  We also hear what’s ahead for The Pelham Picture House from its Executive Director Jennifer Christman.

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Host and Fordham Alumni John Rogan recaps some of this week’s local elections. He then talks with Fordham University Political Science Professor Tom DeLuca about the national political scene in the wake of the Republicans taking control of the House of Representatives.

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Host Ben Allen speaks with two political experts about the candidates who are trying to make their case to voters ahead of election day.  Steve Kornacki is the news editor for Salon.com and Fordham Alumni Christina Greer is an assistant professor of political science at Fordham University.  Fordham Conversations can be heard every Saturday at 7am on 90.7 WFUV and at www.wfuv.org.

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Fordham Conversations (Saturday, August 28, 2010): Ana Marie Forsythe is the Acting Director of The BFA Ailey School. Dr. Edward Bristow is Co-Director of Fordham’s Department of History and co-founder of the Ailey/Fordham BFA degree program. They discuss the life and legacy of Denise Jefferson, the director of the Ailey School and co-founder of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance.

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Vince Lombardi is one of football's most accomplished and respected coaches. On this week’s Fordham Conversations, Author John Eisenberg discusses his book “That First Season,” and explains how Fordham Alum Vince Lombardi took the worst team in the NFL, The Green Bay Packers, and set them on the path to glory.

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This week, conversations with three different Fordham alumni -- all in transition, and all in pursuit of meaningful work: a philosopher-turned-musician, a stockbroker-turned-teaching assistant, and a painter-turned-lawyer.

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Melissa Labonte went on a 10-day research trip to Sierra Leone.  She came back with a shakedown survival story and a renewed distaste for the movie "Blood Diamond."  Also, Sarah Gambito on this year's Kundiman Asian American Poetry Retreat, and how it all began.  Influences include: Donald Trump.

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Dr. Beth Knobel discusses “Heat and Light: Advice for the next generation of Journalists,”  a book she co-wrote with CBS News legend Mike Wallace.  You can listen to Fordham Conversation Saturday at 7am on 90.7 WFUV.

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This week on Fordham Conversations, Authors and Professors Virginia Burrus and Karmen Mackendrick discuss their book “Seducing Augustine: Bodies, Desires, Confessions.”  This recent publication from Fordham Press interprets St. Augustine’s autobiography Confessions from a seductive and passionate point of view.  You can hear Fordham Conversation’s every Saturday at 7am on 90.7 WFUV.

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This Saturday on Fordham Conversation; Cathedral historian and Author Salvatore Basile discusses his book "Fifth Avenue Famous: The Extraordinary Story of Music at St. Patrick’s Cathedral."  The newly published book  was just released by Fordham  Press.  You can hear Fordham Conversation’s every Saturday at 7am on 90.7 WFUV-FM.

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Global Outreach Director Paul Frances, Global Outreach Team leader Christine Gosney and program participants Nicole Deters discuss Fordham University’s Global Outreach service program. An opportunity for students to travel and learn about issues of social, economic, political and environmental injustice and what they can do about it. 

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On Fordham Conversations for Saturday, March 13th  we’ll hear from Benjamin Cole, an assistant professor of management at Fordham who once worked for Toyota in Tokyo. Dr. Cole discusses Toyota’s recall troubles and the company’s corporate culture. Listen to Fordham Conversations on 90.7 WFUV-FM.

 

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Twi is one of the most widely spoken languages in the West African nation of Ghana.  Beginning this summer Fordham will be the only University in New York City to teach it.  On WFUV’s Fordham Conversations we learn about the Twi language and Ghana’s cultural influence from Professor Mark Naison, who Chairs Fordham’s department of African and African-American studies and Kojo Ampah, Founder of The African Cultural Exchange student group at Fordham.  You can hear Fordham Conversations every Saturday at 7am on 90.7 WFUV-FM and WFUV.org.

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On WFUV's Fordham Conversations we hear from Dr. Kevin Cahill, Director of the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University. Dr. Cahill recently moderated an expert panel discussion on the Haiti Earthquake crisis and humanitarian action.  Listen to Fordham Conversations Saturday mornings at 7am on 90.7 WFUV-FM

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The Heart Show

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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This week on WFUV's  Fordham Conversations with Robin Shannon: Ralph Nader discusses how to become expert consumers, active citizens and demanding taxpayers by gaining control in the marketplace. "Losing control and regaining control in a consumer marketplace.”
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On this week’s Fordham Conversations, Marjuan Canady discusses the history of African-American Images in film.  The actress is a 2008 Fordham Graduate who holds degrees in theatre, African and African-American studies. We also find out what parents and kids have to say about the controversy surround the new Disney Film “The Princess and the Frog.”

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Are you thankful for 600-year-old choirbooks?  Carmelite priest and musicologist James Boyce gives us a look and a listen.  Followed by sober career advice from Shasa Dobrow, who says your sense of calling is out to get you.

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Vince Lombardi's first year with the Green Bay Packers Vince Lombardi is one of football's most accomplished and respected coaches.  The Brooklyn native and Fordham University Alum is known for his inspirational speeches and no-nonsense coaching methods that helped transform under-dog teams into successful winners. On this week’s Fordham Conversations, Author John Eisenberg discusses his new book “That First Season,” and explains how Lombardi took the worst team in the NFL, The Green Bay Packers, and set them on the path to glory.
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Interview with a Vampire Writer: Andrew Valentine's Bitter Things Move over Anne Rice.  On this week’s Fordham Conversations we’ll hear Host Robin Shannon’s interview with a vampire…writer!  Author and Fordham Grad Andrew Valentine takes us on a mysterious journey in his latest novel “Bitter Things.”  We also discuss vampire history, culture and the reason he decided to use Fordham University as a backdrop in his story.
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The Internet has shaken the foundations of both politics and news.  Are colleges next?  So says Zephyr Teachout, former director of online organizing for Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign.  Then, a story of getting started--from journalist Beth Knobel.  Host: Mary Wilson.

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The Bronx, the immigration experience, and the pleasures of wordplay, with poet Janet Kaplan.
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We talk with author Christina Baker Kline about her new novel, “Bird In Hand" (William Morrow), kids, adulthood, and moving to New Jersey. 
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We all joke about stalking people or having stalkers...but what,actually, is stalking? And how can we stop it or at least reduce the risk that it will escalate into violence? We speak with Fordham psychologist Barry Rosenfeld about his work with stalking offenders.
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The Grand Concourse at 100: We look at the Concourse as an inspiration for art, with the Bronx museum's Sergio Bessa; and we look back at the history of the street with author Constance Rosenblum.

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Comics: Good or Evil? We speak with comics author and editor Alisa Kwitney about Young Adult comics for girls; and with author David Hajdu about the comic book-related panics of the 1940s and ‘50s.
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To kids' consternation and many parents' relief, it's time again for school...this week, we look at schooling in some less-explored corners of America--at immigrants and education with Fordham sociologist Emily Rosenbaum, and at Teach for America in one of the nation's toughest schools, with author Donna Foote.
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This week on Fordham Conversations, we go on a bee hunt in New York City's largest park, with Fordham biologist and pollinator expert Kevin Matteson.
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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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New York City's schools are notoriously troubled, but within that we can find stories of scrappy schools that turned themselves around. One such school is Brooklyn elementary school PS 335, in Bedford Stuyvesant. We speak with principal Laverne Nimmons about the school, the neighborhood and how they're helping their students overcome often-difficult circumstances.
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This week on the show, we look at intellectual property law, where it's going, and why we should be nervous about that--my guest is James Boyle, the author of "the Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind" (Yale).  Also, how to avoid your summer being an endless nightmare of mosquito bites, with Fordham researcher Tom Daniels.
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Now that the seemingly endless rain has (knock wood) let up, we step outside again, with conversations about green building, and about how common plants are being affected by climate change.
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This week on Fordham Conversations, two looks at what housing speculation does to neighborhoods. My guests are Beryl Satter, author of "Family Properties: Race, Real Estate and the Exploitation of Black Urban America" (Metropolitan Books), and Jim Buckley, the executive director of the University Neighborhood Housing Program in the Bronx.
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If someone were to ask you to describe yourself, what would you say? If you're a member of an ethnic or racial minority, chances are it's more likely to include your race...but that might change at different times of the day. We talk with Fordham psychologist Tiffany Yip about ethnic identity among New York City teens.
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We talk about angels—and why they’re probably not what we think—with Fordham theologian Clair McPherson. Also, getting to know Brooklyn’s Hasidic community with Fordham anthropologist Ayala Fader.

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Allen Jones grew up in the projects in one of the nation's most famously tough neighborhoods, dealt drugs, went to prison, went to prep school, and played European pro basketball...and now he's a banker in Luxembourg. His memoir, co-written with Fordham professor Mark Naison, is forthcoming from Fordham University Press--we talk with Naison about Jones' strange life trajectory, the early day's of NYC public housing, and the massive importance of schoolyard basketball.
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From Harriet the Spy to Harry Potter, books for young readers are not only a big part of our childhoods, but also big business. This week on Fordham Conversations, we talk about writing young adult fiction with Fordham professor and author James VanOosting. He's the author of several young adult novels. Also, remembering what we read as kids and why it stays with us now.
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A lot of people would joke that the phrase "legal ethics" is an oxymoron, but in fact it's the subject of a great deal of debate among legal scholars. We speak with Fordham Law professor and legal ethicist Bruce Green about how our system works, what lawyers have to do to be ethical, why it's such a complicated area, and why it's so hard for those who've been wrongly convicted to get out of prison.
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Before waterfront redevelopment, and before waterfront decay, New York's waterfront was a world of its own. As part of WFUV's new Strike a Chord campaign, we look at that world--New York's longshoremen, organized crime, and how it inspired a classic film. Our guest is James Fisher--his book "The Irish Waterfront and the Soul of the Port", is forthcoming from Cornell University press.

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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 new book "Satire TV".
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With the advent of new therapies, people with HIV and AIDS are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. But that happy result is revealing something far less promising, and the group that seems to be affected more than most is right here in New York City. We talk with Fordham psychologist Monica Rivera Mindt about the situation, why it’s developed and what can be done about it. Also, visiting the AIDS quilt.

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When you see the latest teen pop vixen, you might worry for the future of teen girls...but maybe they're savvier than we think. We talk with Fordham Anthropologist Oneka LaBennett about how one group of girls, West Indian teens in Brooklyn, use pop music, TV and even their accents to their own ends.

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We hear a lot about Afghanistan, but how much do we really know about
it? We speak with Matthew McGarry--he's the Country Representative for
Catholic Relief Services in Afghanistan--about the challenges facing
the country and relief workers, and what life's like for average
Afghanis.
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A look at education in some less-explored corners of America--at immigrants and education with Fordham sociologist Emily Rosenbaum, and at Teach for America in one of the nation's toughest schools, with author Donna Foote.
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With its plastic grass, egg-carrying bunnies, and profound religious meaning, Easter is a strange mix of the ancient and the modern. We’ll look at the ancient roots of some of our modern traditions with author Thomas Cahill. We’ll also look at one very modern Jewish tradition—Passover Coke.
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Planning on spending Saturday watching movies in the dark, eating bon bons and feeling tragic? This is just the show to start your day--we talk unrequited love, melodrama, campiness and Morrisey with author Daniel Contreras. He's the author of "What Have You Done To My Heart?: Unrequited Love and Gay Latino Culture."


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With the Catholic church struggling to recruit and retain clergy, it may be harder than ever for those "in the religious life" to explain their decisions to the public, and to their families. David Ranghelli's film "The Calling" explores this question. This week on Fordham Conversations, we speak with Ranghelli about his film and its subjects.

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We all joke about stalking people or having stalkers...but what, actually, is stalking? And how can we stop it or at least reduce the risk that it will escalate into violence? We speak with Fordham psychologist Barry Rosenfeld about his work with stalking offenders.

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You may know New Zealand mainly as the stunning setting of the "Lord of the Rings" films, but it's a real place with real problems--including domestic violence, of which it has one of the highest rates in the developed world. With researchers from Fordham Law School's Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, we visit New Zealand to look at what the nation's Maori communities are doing to combat that violence.
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The economy has many of us thinking hard about what we buy, why, and
the place that buying stuff occupies in our lives. We talk with
theologian Tom Beaudoin about consumption and faith--Beaudion is the
author of the book "Consuming Faith: Integrating Who We Are With What
We Buy." Also, a look at consumer needs and the Sabbath. 

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Comic books today are a bigger part of mainstream popular culture than they've been for a very long time. But comics have often been both subversive, and scandalous! We speak with author David Hadju about the comic book scare of the 1940s and '50s, and we talk about the relationship between horror comics and political protest in Brazil.

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One of Barack Obama's first acts as President
was to issue an executive order requiring the closure of
Guantanamo--but that's a lot more complicated than it sounds. We talk
with Fordham Law professor Martha Rayner about the complexities,
rights, and wrongs of shutting Guantanamo down.

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What's the point of marriage? Well, sure, there's love...but in many places and times marriage has served lots of different purposes, from making business contacts to playing politics. We talk with historian Carina Ray about the complexities of love, marriage and commerce in the Colonial British Gold Coast, and we travel to Queens and the
village to look at how young South Asians are looking for love.

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When we settle in with our fried snacks and beer to watch the BIGGEST FOOTBALL GAME OF THE YEAR tomorrow, what will we really be looking at? We speak with Fordham anthropologist Hugo Benavides about why we love football so much, and what that says about the way we think about race, manhood and war.

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We hear a lot about the stress that kids are under today--too many activities, too much pressure to get into college, but what kind of stress does it cause if you're a kid who's abused, or who's a witness to violence, or whose parents are heavy drug users? We speak with Fordham social work professor Tina Maschi about teenagers in the justice system, what they've been through, and what we can do to better deal with the situation.
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Does what's going on with the economy, the bailout and Bernard Madoff make you so mad you just want to scream and throw things? Well, in 1999, that's how tens of thousands of people felt about the World Trade Organization, and their protests of its Seattle conference--and the extraordinary police response--became known as the Battle of Seattle. A look at those protests and what they mean to us today, with Fordham sociologist Heather Gautney.
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Is that a glass ceiling above my head, or am I just seeing things? We speak with Fordham management professor Roslyn Chernesky about women in management today, and why she says we haven't made as much progress as expected.
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There doesn't seem to be too much hassle every year with the birth of the New Year (except for the hangover)...but Fordham sociologist Jeanne Flavin says that birth is one of increasingly few that's allowed to go unmolested by the criminal justice system. In her new book, "Our Bodies, Our Crimes: The Policing of Women's Reproduction in America (NYU Press, 2008)" Flavin argues for a rethinking of the idea of reproductive rights.

 

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With the advent of new therapies, people with HIV and AIDS are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. But that happy result is revealing something far less promising, and the group that seems to be affected more than most is right here in New York City. We talk with Fordham psychologist Monica Rivera Mindt about the situation, why it's developed and what can be done about it. Also, visiting the AIDS quilt.
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We may not realize it when we're eating mince pie, decorating the tree, and singing carols, but a lot of our Christmas traditions come from the Medieval world. And so too does the modern world—at least according to Thomas Cahill. We speak with him about his book "Mysteries of the Middle Ages and the Beginning of the Modern World."


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This week on Fordham Conversations, climate change, evolution and resurrection with Fordham plant biologist Steve Franks. Also, a look at why companies seem so much greener than they used to be...even though they might not be.
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When Georgia and Russia suddenly went to war this summer, many had their suspicions about the war's real causes--was this a proxy war between Russia and the US? Was it all about oil? Or, was it because Russia can't get no respect? This week on Fordham Conversations, we speak with journalist, former CBS Moscow Bureau chief and Fordham professor Beth Knobel: She covered the war for CBS, and who says it's more about the latter than we might imagine.
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A couple of days ago, most of us sat down and ate a huge meal in honor of some of the first immigrants to America... but what about more modern immigrants? We'll talk about one aspect of acclimation – housing – and look at how immigrants, and their children and grandchildren, fare in the New York housing market.
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When you see the latest teen pop vixen, you might worry for the future of teen girls...but maybe they're savvier than we think. We talk with Fordham Anthropologist Oneka LaBennett about how one group of girls, West Indian teens in Brooklyn, use pop music, TV and even their accents to their own ends.

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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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What makes a man? And are you a 98-pound weakling if you decide to go to the doctor when you have a cold? And is your answer to that last question different depending on whether you're black, white or Asian? We look at health, ideas of masculinity, and race, with Fordham psychologist Jay Wade.
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We try to answer this question, and look at how we might know, with voter behavior expert Monika McDermott. And, just when we think we can't take it anymore, a little comic relief.
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In honor of Halloween, we talk about terrifying women in poetry and literature: Poet Janet Kaplan reads some of her favorite poems about witches, sirens and creepy nighttimes, and author Jeffrey Weinstock talks about scary stories, and the women who write them.
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With the economic climate being what it is at present, many of us may find ourselves with less flexible work schedules than we once had. But if we find ourselves working night shifts, or different shifts every week, how will it effect our families? We talk with Fordham sociologist Chris Morett about his work on shiftwork and work-life balance.
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Culture and community, over a beer: We visit KGB bar in the east village—where they've been hosting free readings most nights for years—and talk with owner Denis Woychuk about changes in the neighborhood, his colorful clientele, and why culture should be free.
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We look at the idea of “greening” New York, through green space and green architecture. Also, a look how one guy is using New York’s already-existing park space.

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We look at the recent changes in the legal status of the Guantanamo detainees, and at the process of determining what's happened to former detainees who may have been psychologically effected by their experiences.
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What do we see when we look in the mirror? We talk about the new anthology "About Face" (Seal Press) with editor and Fordham writer in residence Christina Baker Kline, and contributor Jennifer Baumgardner—she talks in the book about her ill-fated outing into the world of beauty pageants.
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Do video games rot kids' brains, or do they make them smarter? And how do you even figure out what kids know, anyway? Computer gaming and academic testing, this week on Fordham Conversations.


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Does the fact that you bought that Prada knockoff bag on Canal Street mean that you got a fabulous bargain, or just that you get what you pay for? With Fashion Week clomping all over the city's catwalks in its super high heels this week, we'll take a look at fashion and the law.
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This Labor Day weekend, we look at an event that was a catalyst for both labor organizing and factory safety improvements, and the worst workplace disaster until September 11, 2001: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911.
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What inspires you to travel? Fun, adventure, maybe a desire to learn something about someplace different? This week on the show, we look at what it takes to do research in exotic locales, with Fordham biologist Alan Clark--he's just returned from the Costa Rican rainforest.
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When we think of the internet, our vision is often of something of an e-utopia of personal freedom, albeit one marred by annoying pop-up ads. But is the internet actually making us less free, at least from our past indiscretions? 
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Maybe in the last few years, you've noticed more Mexican restaurants around and tortillas for sale in the supermarket, or seen people playing a different kind of music in the subway...They're all part of the explosion in New York's Mexican population that's been occurring in the last two decades. We talk with CUNY's David Badillo about this newer wave of immigration and how Mexicans are making New York theirs.
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Dispatches from foreign lands: We talk with reporter and author Bryan Mealer about his time in Congo--His book "All Things Must Fight To Live: Stories of War and Deliverance in Congo" is out from Bloomsbury--and we hear from filmmakers Doug Carr and Eddie Boyce. They traveled with Fordham Law School’s Crowley Scholars on their 2007 mission to Malawi to study the effects of AIDS on women there...and they reported back with the 2007 film "The Face of AIDS".
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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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When we think of bullies, we tend to think of things like bigger boys stuffing a smaller boy into a locker. But when girls bully, it's a lot more covert, and some say a lot crueler. We'll talk with JoAnne Dornfeld Januzzi, the principal of Henry H. Wells Middle School in Brewster, about her research on how girls bully, and what we can do about it.
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