A Conversation about Politics with Tim Penny

Fordham Libertarians President Jacob Linker had the opportunity to have an over the phone conversation with former Minnesota Congressman Tim Penny. It may not seem particularly far-fetched for a former Democratic congressman to become a libertarian Cato Institute Fellow after leaving elected office. The ideological overlap between Democrats and libertarians extends to issues such as civil liberties, immigration, and drug policy. But fiscal policy? Such a Democrat would have to be fairly unique. Former Minnesota Congressman Tim Penny is that unique figure. His record is by far one of the…

Larry Pressler: A Relic of Conservatism

What is your most outrageous college dorm story? Here’s mine. It was a warm but windy Wednesday afternoon. After the high winds caused my fruit punch to splatter all over my beloved peacoat, I furiously opened the door to my room to vent about the weather. It is a usual routine and, admittedly, a bad habit of mine to complain about things that are completely out of my control. But something was different. Jacob Linker, the president of the College Libertarians and a personal friend of mine, invited an unusual…

Civil Rights, Then and Now: A Conversation with Rev. Al Sharpton

FPR Copy Chief Anastasia Lacina sat down with Rev. Al Sharpton on February 26, 2018 to discuss gun control, mass shootings, and the future of the civil rights movement. Al Sharpton is a civil rights leader and baptist minister, and the current host of PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton on MSNBC and the radio talk show Keepin’ It Real. DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in this interview do not necessarily reflect those of Fordham Political Reiview, its various members, or the interviewer in question. Anastasia Lacina: Thank you so much for coming…

A Conversation with Hawk Newsome, Founder of Black Lives Matter for the Greater New York Area

Black Lives Matter activist Hawk Newsome sat down with digital editor Montgomery Yu after his talk at Fordham University to discuss the police brutality in America, systemic racism, and the future of the Black Lives Matter movement. Hawk Newsome is a former county committee member of New York’s District 79 and founder of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, unaffiliated with the NYC chapter of Black Lives Matter. (The following transcript has been edited for clarity from the original audio, which is also available.)   The first question that…

A Conversation with Roger Stone: An Assessment of his Legacy

Managing editor Marisa Gomez sat down with Roger Stone, after his talk at Fordham University, to discuss his political legacy, past controversies, and the future of politics in the U.S. Marisa: Gomez: You’ve been involved in politics for almost 45 years now, correct? Roger Stone: Yes. Marisa: Why did you begin to participate in politics and why was it important to you? Roger: Well, I originally wanted to be an actor and then I figured out that politics was show business for ugly people. It has a lot of the same…

Democracy in Peril: A Conversation with National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke

Charles C.W. Cooke sat down with editor-in-chief Matthew J. Santucci to discuss the Brexit vote, the Trump phenomenon, and the role of the federal government after his talk at Fordham University. Charles is the editor of National Review online, author of “The Conservatarian Manifesto” and frequent guest on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher”.  Thank you for taking time to meet with me tonight. Being English, I wanted to start off by gaining your perspective on the Brexit vote. What are the parallels that one can draw between that vote (that movement) and Trump’s “silent majority”?…

How to Really Change the World: An interview with Shiza Shahid

Shiza Shahid grew up in Pakistan where she started volunteering at a prison at age 13. Since then, she has continued her outreach on a much larger scale. As the co-founder and former CEO of the Malala Fund, Shiza Shahid was instrumental in Malala Yousafzai’s growth and success and the success of the organization. Shahid continues using her business knowledge from Stanford and her passion for service to promote women’s education and the betterment of the world through socially conscious businesses. You said that you became involved in social justice…

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…