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Fordham Conversations

Fordham Conversations: The Secrets Behind Christmas Traditions

by Chris Williams
Christmas tree.

orangejon, Flickr

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. 

Fordham Conversations: Privacy Eduction

by Robin Shannon, Alen Kanlic
Kids on Computers

Enokson, flickr

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 Conversations: Thanksgiving Stress

by Chris Williams
Turkey pin

Jennie Ivins, Flickr

This week, we have stories about why people stress out during Thanksgiving, and how to make it run more smoothly. Mary Clingman from the Butterball Hotline shares her experience as a turkey expert and some of the stories she's heard from stressed out callers as they prepare Thanksgiving dinner. Then, Fordham University history professor Dr. Steven Stoll talks about the first Thanksgiving and why people had reason to be stressed.

Fordham Conversations: Strike a Chord for Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens

by Robin Shannon, Chris Williams, Alen Kanlic
Left - Dr. Dale Butler, Right - Tony Butler

Robin Shannon

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.

Fordham Conversations: Spiritual Sleepers and Hidden Meanings of Songs

by Chris Williams
Music notes

Daniel Paxton, Flickr

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. 

(This episode originally aired July 20, 2013)

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