Journalism in the Age of Trump: A Conversation with Marvin Kalb

In a career spanning more than three decades, Marvin Kalb has worked at both CBS and NBC News, where he served as moderator of “Meet the Press” from 1984 to 1987. He holds numerous awards for his work, which earned him a spot on President Richard Nixon’s “enemies list.” Kalb is also the author or coauthored 12 books and the host of The Kalb Report. What do you think is the biggest challenge facing journalists today? I believe the biggest challenge is to find a workable financial system for sustaining…

Tonight’s Fordham Debate Topics, Explained

As the spring semester comes to a close, Fordham’s College Democrats and College Republicans meet for a final debate at 7:00 p.m. in Flom Auditorium. Hosted by Fordham Political Review, the debate features a bipartisan discussion on immigration and two partisan debates, one on Merrick Garland’s confirmation as Supreme Court justice and the other on recent religious freedom laws. Here’s what you need to know about the topics. Immigration Reform In 2014, there were 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States, down from the 12.2 million in 2007, and…

FPR Conversations: Steve Forbes

Steve Forbes is a two-time presidential candidate and the chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media. He recently sat down with FPR Editor-in-Chief Ben St. Clair to discuss his latest book, Reviving America, and the consequences of his free market and flat tax proposals. You’ve talked a lot about the inherent morality of a free market in relation to your idea of “Big Government.” Can you explain how free markets exhibit morality? I guess first: What do you mean when you talk about markets as being “moral”? Well markets are people, so…

How the Tax Code Can Help Bridge the Racial Wealth Gap

As a volunteer income tax preparer in the Bronx, I’ve worked with residents whose adjusted gross income often drops below the federal poverty line. Many of them are black, and their tax returns usually involve one or two sources of wage income or Social Security benefits. Rarely have they accumulated interest or capital gains, so their wealth is all but non-existent. Unfortunately, this is the story for many black households who hold up to nearly 13 times less wealth than their white counterparts. For them, though, tax season is not…

Finding God Even in Politics: An Interview with Fr. James Martin, S.J.

Fr. James Martin is a Jesuit priest, author of more than 10 books, and editor-at-large for America Magazine. His latest books are Jesus: A Pilgrimage, Seven Last Words and a novel called The Abbey. He sat down with FPR’s editor-in-chief, Ben St. Clair, to talk about Jesuit spirituality and its place in politics. As a religious figure, and as a Jesuit, do you feel that you have a role — or a duty, even — to comment on political life? I try to stay as far away from political commentary…

Here’s what you need to know for tonight’s Fordham debate

Tonight’s debate (7 p.m. in Flom Auditorium) between Fordham’s College Democrats and Fordham’s College Republicans will consist of three rounds. The first will feature a bipartisan discussion on the Trans-Pacific Partnership in which a members from each club will work collaboratively to argue both sides. The second and third rounds will consist of traditional one-on-one debates in which a member from each club will take their party’s side on gun control and student debt. Here’s what you need to know about the issues. Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)…

FPR Interviews – Jon Favreau

Before speaking at Fordham University on Monday night, President Obama’s former director of speechwriting, Jon Favreau, sat down with Ben St. Clair, FPR’s editor-in-chief, to talk about writing, the art of political speeches, and what gives him hope today. Did you hope to have a career in writing when you were growing up? I don’t know. I loved writing when I was growing up, so I think I always figured writing would be a big part of my career. From the time I was very young — elementary school —…

America’s Gun-Wielding Ideology

You might think that after mass shootings like the recent ones in Texas, Arizona, and Oregon, the American public would turn away from guns, embracing gun control as a way to reduce gun violence. But you would be wrong. In 2013, year after a gunman killed 20 first graders in Newtown, Connecticut, the opposite occurred: those in favor of controlling gun ownership remained relatively steady, while those who supported gun rights increased by six percent. Less than a year after the shooting, Congress failed to pass national gun law reforms…