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

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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