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A weekly half-hour public affairs radio program that taps into the Fordham community to discuss and uncover issues that impact our world near and far. Sunday on 90.7 WFUV at 6am

Mission: A weekly half-hour public affairs radio program that taps into the Fordham University community to discuss and uncover issues that impact our world near and far. Saturdays at 6am on 90.7 WFUV-FM.

Fordham Conversations host Robin Bobbie Shannon talks with Dr. #AnneHoffman and Dr. #JasonMorris about their Fordham Uni...
03/03/2020

Fordham Conversations host Robin Bobbie Shannon talks with Dr. #AnneHoffman and Dr. #JasonMorris about their Fordham University course Diverse Biology/Shared Humanity. In it, students explore empathy through science, literature, music and more.

Catholic School Leadership: The Next Generation
02/26/2020

Catholic School Leadership: The Next Generation

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with author Deanna Singh. The Fordham University Alumni discusses what in...
02/17/2020
I Am a Boy of Color | WFUV

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with author Deanna Singh. The Fordham University Alumni discusses what inspired her to write her first children’s picture book I Am A Boy of Color.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with author Deanna Singh.

Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon talks with Dr. Craig Steven Wilder about the connection between Ivy League scho...
02/11/2020
Slavery, Racism, and Higher Education | WFUV

Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon talks with Dr. Craig Steven Wilder about the connection between Ivy League schools and the slave trade.

Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon talks with

Deborah A. Batts, First Openly Gay Federal Judge, Dies at 72
02/10/2020
Fordham Law Mourns Death of Hon. Deborah Batts, First African American Faculty Member

Deborah A. Batts, First Openly Gay Federal Judge, Dies at 72

The Fordham Law community is mourning the death of Honorable Deborah Batts, the Law School’s first African American faculty member and a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. Batts passed away in her sleep on February 2, 2020, at the age of 72. She is survived by her wife, Dr....

This week's Fordham Conversations examines the Stars Wars universe and its religious and spiritual influences.The panel ...
02/04/2020
Fordham Conversations: Jedi & Jesuits | WFUV

This week's Fordham Conversations examines the Stars Wars universe and its religious and spiritual influences.
The panel discussion "Jedi & Jesuits: Explore the Deep Side of a Galaxy Far, Far Away" and was put on by the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture in partnership with Fordham Campus Ministry.

David Goodwin, Assistant Director at the Center, moderated the event. The panelists are Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service journalist, Kathryn Reklis, Associate Chair of Graduate Studies and theology professor at Fordham University and Jim McDermott, LA-based Jesuit and screenwriter.

This week's Fordham Conversations examines the Stars Wars universe and its religious

Father James Martin, author and editor at large of America magazine, has made headlines for his outreach to the LGBT com...
01/29/2020
Building a Bridge Between The Church and The LBGTQ Community | WFUV

Father James Martin, author and editor at large of America magazine, has made headlines for his outreach to the LGBT community. Martin is the author of Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter Into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity. He sits down with Fordham Conversations guest host Patrick Russomanno to discuss the relationship between LGBTQ Catholics and the Church.

Father James Martin, author and editor at large of America magazine, has made headlines for his outreach to the LGBT community.

Fordham Conversations host Robin Bobbie Shannon is joined by Natural Sciences Department Chair #JasonMorris, Ph.D to dis...
01/21/2020
Thicker Than Mud | WFUV

Fordham Conversations host Robin Bobbie Shannon is joined by Natural Sciences Department Chair #JasonMorris, Ph.D to discuss his new novel @ThickerThanMud. The book tells the story of Adam Drascher, a Jewish archeology professor who stumbles upon an ancient discovery while on a dig in Israel. This begins his journey through a crime, a cover up, a family secret, and both losing and finding love.

Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon is joined by Natural Sciences Department Chair

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with actor #LaTanyaRichardsonJackson.  The Tony Award nominee joined the ...
01/17/2020

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with actor #LaTanyaRichardsonJackson. The Tony Award nominee joined the #Fordham University Theater Program last fall as the new #DenzelWashingtonEndowedChair in Theater. Richardson Jackson discusses her career, activists past and her 40-year marriage to Samuel L. Jackson.

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01/13/2020
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This game show host and his wife are this year’s Fordham Founder’s Award recipients.

Who are Alex and Jean Trebek?

The Trebeks were honored earlier this week at a presidential reception at the Bel-Air Country Club.

Fordham Conversation Host Robin Bobbie Shannon talks with Author David Goodwin. The Assistant Director at #Fordham Unive...
01/07/2020
Left Bank of the Hudson: Part 2 | WFUV

Fordham Conversation Host Robin Bobbie Shannon talks with Author David Goodwin. The Assistant Director at #Fordham University’s Center on Religion and Culture discusses his book “Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street.

In part one, we discussed the history of the tobacco company turned New Jersey warehouse and its historic connection to New York City.

In part 2, the discussion starts as the Jersey City warehouse is being turned into an artist colony. We also dig deeper into the battle over art and development.

Fordham Conversation Host Robin Shannon talks with Author David J. Goodwin.

Fordham Conversation Host Robin Bobbie Shannon talks with Author #DavidJGoodwin. The Assistant Director at Fordham Unive...
12/30/2019
Left Bank of the Hudson: Part 1 | WFUV

Fordham Conversation Host Robin Bobbie Shannon talks with Author #DavidJGoodwin. The Assistant Director at Fordham University’s Center on Religion and Culture discusses his book Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street:

This is part one of a two-part show where we discussed the history of the tobacco company turned New Jersey warehouse and its historic connection to New York City.

Fordham Conversation Host Robin Shannon talks with Author

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Bobbie Shannon  sits down with Author, businessman and computer programmer Kingston Tem...
12/23/2019
Get to Know Your Backyard Opportunity | WFUV

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Bobbie Shannon sits down with Author, businessman and computer programmer Kingston Temanu. The Fordham University Gabelli School of Business graduate talks about his latest book “Get to know your backyard Opportunity.” In it, he explains how to pick up key business and life skills with a short 21-Day interview project. He also discusses The Kilimanjaro app he created. It connects all things-African in New York City, including restaurants, stores, events and people.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Author, businessman and computer

Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon talks with Loretta Tofani, a reporter for The Washington Post who won a Pulitze...
12/17/2019
A Conversations with Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist Loretta Tofani | WFUV

Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon talks with Loretta Tofani, a reporter for The Washington Post who won a Pulitzer Prize for her 1982 investigation of rape in a Maryland jail. Tofani, who is also a Fordham Alum, discusses her career highlights and offers advice for journalists.

Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon talks with

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Bobbie Shannon talks with author and humorist @danzevinauthor about his latest book and...
12/10/2019

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Bobbie Shannon talks with author and humorist @danzevinauthor about his latest book and YouTube series, Very Modern Mantras: Daily Affirmations for Daily Aggravations. (Dan shown here with his son Leo).

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with members of the #TrojanWomenProject about the revival of the play The...
12/06/2019
The Trojan Women Project | WFUV

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with members of the #TrojanWomenProject about the revival of the play The Trojan Women put on by the Experimental Theatre Club La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club. Onni Johnson is artistic director of the Trojan Women Project. Daniela Markaj is an actress in the project and George Drance is Fordham University Lincoln Center Artist-in-Residence.

Robin Shannon, host of Fordham Conversations, sat down with members of

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon is joined by Fordham University Associate Professor Travis Russ’ and Gabelli Sc...
11/25/2019

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon is joined by Fordham University Associate Professor Travis Russ’ and Gabelli School of Business graduate students Chris Watts, Jonathan Schenker and Alfie Warn. They share the stories that helped them to improve and build upon their communication and persuasion skills in Russ’ The Storytelling Project class.

Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon discusses censorship, digital privacy, freedom of speech and cultural preservat...
11/21/2019
Media and the Middle East | WFUV

Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon discusses censorship, digital privacy, freedom of speech and cultural preservation with NU-Q dean and CEO Everette Dennis. These topics are among some of the subjects examined in the sixth annual NU-Q’s Middle East Media Use Survey.

Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon discusses censorship, digital privacy

Fordham Conversations host Robin Bobbie Shannon talks with producer and Fordham alumni Vivienne Perry. Her documentary, ...
11/14/2019
The Changin Times of Ike White | WFUV

Fordham Conversations host Robin Bobbie Shannon talks with producer and Fordham alumni Vivienne Perry. Her documentary, The Changin' Times of Ike White @ikewhitefilm follows the life of a musical prodigy whose story takes a number of dramatic twists.

Artist Ike White was a musical prodigy, but his talents seemed to be both a blessing and a curse.

Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon sits down with Bob Abate who collects the oral history of combat soldiers who h...
11/05/2019
Bob Abate: The Journey of a WWII Veteran Interviewer | WFUV

Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon sits down with Bob Abate who collects the oral history of combat soldiers who have served in World War II. The Fordham University Alumni, Veteran and Yonkers resident shares his experience gathering the unique and remarkable stories of these soldier whose numbers are dwindling quickly.

Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon sits down with Bob Abate who collects the oral

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with four members of the Fordham University Community who are part of...
10/29/2019
Global Goals: Advice For Transforming Our World. | WFUV

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with four members of the Fordham University Community who are part of the Gabelli School of Business - Undergraduate. They recently took part in a forum on ways that everyday people can help achieve the UnitedNations Sustainable Development Goals.

#LerzanAksoy is associate dean for undergraduate studies and professor of marketing at Fordham University's Gabelli School of Business.

#KatherineMilligan, Gabelli Fellow and Head of Gender and Diversity, Bamboo Capital Partners

#JerryWhite, Gabelli Fellow, Fordham University and Nobel Peace Prize Co-Recipient

#PatrickStruebi, Gabelli Fellow, Fordham University and Founder of Fairtrasa

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with four members of the Fordham Univ

Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon sits down with Biology Instructor Jamie Parker and Anatomy student #NicoleMargi...
10/21/2019
Pre-Med & Music: Rethinking Science through A Hip Hop Battle | WFUV

Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon sits down with Biology Instructor Jamie Parker and Anatomy student #NicoleMargiotta . They discuss how putting on a live music competition helps pre-med students better express themselves.

One Fordham University instructor is using music to expand how his student’s think about science.

Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon talks with the author of the new book #TheresNoCryinginNewsrooms: What Women Ha...
10/17/2019
There’s No Crying in Newsrooms | WFUV

Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon talks with the author of the new book #TheresNoCryinginNewsrooms: What Women Have Learned about What It Takes to Lead.” #KristinGradyGilger is Senior Associate Dean at the #WalterCronkiteSchoolofJournalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State.

A new book explores the ways gender and leadership plays out in organizations, especially news organizations.

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10/16/2019

Fordham University

One of our own is going to be a contestant on ⁦‪Jeopardy!‬⁩ tonight at 7pm. Good luck to Ed Condon, FCRH ‘84 ‬⁩ #GoRams

Clergy abuse, women in the church and a moral economy are topics of discussions hosted by Fordham University’s Center on...
10/10/2019

Clergy abuse, women in the church and a moral economy are topics of discussions hosted by Fordham University’s Center on Religion and Culture. Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon sits down with Fordham Center on Religion and Culture Director David Gibson and Assistant Director David Goodwin. They discuss these events, upcoming discussions and how the Center on Religion and Culture sets out to explore the complex relationship between faith and contemporary life.

Fordham Athletics Mourns Loss of Alumnus and #NYPD Officer Brian Mulkeen
09/30/2019
Track & Field Mourns Loss of Alumnus Brian Mulkeen - Fordham University Athletics

Fordham Athletics Mourns Loss of Alumnus and #NYPD Officer Brian Mulkeen

Bronx, N.Y. – (September 29, 2019) – The Fordham Track & Field program is sadden to hear that Bronx police officer and former Fordham track & field performer Brian Mulkeen (GSB '08) passed away early Sunday morning, after being shot in the line of duty. Our deepest condolences go out to Brian's ...

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon discusses the relationship between disability and socioeconomic status with Dr....
09/26/2019
Disability & Socioeconomic Status | WFUV

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon discusses the relationship between disability and socioeconomic status with Dr. Sophie Mitra. She is a Professor of Economics at Fordham University.

In the U.S.

(Had a great conversation awhile back with musical director and #Fordham U professor  #MohamedAlsiadi about the musical ...
09/25/2019

(Had a great conversation awhile back with musical director and #Fordham U professor #MohamedAlsiadi about the musical heritage of Syria. Now he has an upcoming concert)

Enjoy the #MiddleEastern and #NorthAfrican Concert and Lecture Series next week. The #Aleppo Ensemble will perform ‪on Wednesday, October 2‬ at ‪Lincoln Center‬ (McMahon Hall Lounge 109) with singer Faraj Abyad, and ‪on Thursday, October 3‬ at Rose Hill (Tognino Hall, Duane Library 2nd Floor) with singers Faraj Abyad and Sumar Frejat. Concerts begin ‪at 6pm‬.

These college kids enjoy million-dollar views from their NYC dorms, including one #Fordham University sophomore.
09/19/2019
These college kids enjoy million-dollar views from their NYC dorms

These college kids enjoy million-dollar views from their NYC dorms, including one #Fordham University sophomore.

New York University freshman Mira Fink’s dorm room far exceeded her expectations. Her single in a suite looks directly onto Greenwich Village’s Washington Square Park, NYU’s de facto quad that’s fr…

Congrats to Travis Russ and everyone at Life Jacket Theatre Company.  America is Hard to see is the #1 Play of the Edinb...
09/18/2019
Theatre review: America Is Hard To See, Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh

Congrats to Travis Russ and everyone at Life Jacket Theatre Company. America is Hard to see is the #1 Play of the Edinburgh Fringe! I had the pleasure of interviewing Travis about this rural community for sex offenders in Palm Beach County, Florida called Miracle Village.

Life Jacket Theatre is a New-York-based company committed to creating theatre from real events, particularly those involving “undertold stories about marginalised and underrepresented populations."

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Andrew Sparberg, author of “From a Nickle to a Token: The Journe...
09/12/2019
Nickle to a Token | WFUV

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Andrew Sparberg, author of “From a Nickle to a Token: The Journey from Board of Transportation to MTA.”

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Andrew Sparberg.

I have interviewed this group a few times.  #DavidSurface and his group are doing wonderful work. The Veterans Writing W...
09/03/2019

I have interviewed this group a few times. #DavidSurface and his group are doing wonderful work.

The Veterans Writing Workshop (VWW) FALL semester is open for registration. To register online, and for more information, please visit our website at https://veteranswritingworkshop.org/register.html.

There are hundreds of thousand missing persons in the FBI’s database.  For many people, the methods of finding their los...
08/28/2019
Missing Persons: Challenging methods of finding lost loved ones | WFUV

There are hundreds of thousand missing persons in the FBI’s database. For many people, the methods of finding their lost loved ones are as mysterious as their disappearances. Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Privacy and Information Consultant Bob Gellman. He discusses some of the legal and ethical challenges in searching for missing people. Gellman is a Senior Fellow, Center on Law and Information Policy, Fordham University School of Law 2012-13.

But first WFUV’s Rob Palazzolo talks to Dr. Arnita Fowler. Her son went missing almost 20 years ago, and due to a lack of resources for locating missing adults and a bureaucratic mess, she didn’t recover his body from Hart Island for 4 years. Fowler has been trying to reform the system for locating missing persons in the New York.

There are hundreds of thousand missing persons in the FBI’s database. For many people, the methods of finding their lost loved ones are

Freedomland: The rise and fallOn June 19, 1960 a short-lived, history-themed amusement park opened on what now sits co-o...
08/12/2019

Freedomland: The rise and fall
On June 19, 1960 a short-lived, history-themed amusement park opened on what now sits co-op city in the Bronx. Freedomland U.S.A. was considered, by some, to be the East Coast’s version of Disneyland. However, Journalist and author Michael R. Virgintino disagrees saying “Unlike Disneyland, the story of Freedomland does not have a happily ever after."

In part 2 of the interview about the book, Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Michael R Virgintino about Freedomland’s developmental stages, and the circumstances that befell The World's Largest Entertainment Center.

On June 19, 1960 a short-lived, history-themed amusement park opened on what now sits co-op city in the Bronx. Freedomla...
08/05/2019
Freedomland USA. Part 1 | WFUV

On June 19, 1960 a short-lived, history-themed amusement park opened on what now sits co-op city in the Bronx. Freedomland U.S.A. was considered, by some, to be the East Coast’s version of Disneyland. However, Journalist and author Michael R. Virgintino disagrees saying “Unlike Disneyland, the story of Freedomland does not have a happily ever after."

In part one of the interview about the book, Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Virgintino who takes us on an audio tour of the history-themed amusement park.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Ed Rohs about his own experience of being raised by priests and nuns...
07/22/2019
Raised by the Church | WFUV

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Ed Rohs about his own experience of being raised by priests and nuns in New York City pre-World War II and his book “Raised by the Church.”

In 1946 Ed Rohs was left at a Catholic orphanage in pre-World War II Brooklyn. He spent the next 19-years of his life going from one in

Fordham Conversations Host Chris Williams explore The Grand Concourse. This four-and-a-half-mile boulevard is a major th...
07/16/2019
Up and Down the Bronx's Grand Concourse | WFUV

Fordham Conversations Host Chris Williams explore The
Grand Concourse. This four-and-a-half-mile boulevard is a
major thoroughfare in the Bronx. Bronx Borough Historian,
Lloyd Ulatan, discusses the history of Grand Concourse
including its Art Deco buildings and the Loews Paradise
Theater. Then, Patrice Kane, head of Fordham archives and special collections, talks about a bell with a special
connection to former Bronxite Edgar Allen Poe.

Fordham Conversations Host Chris Williams explore The Grand Concourse.

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