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…

Compassion, Crossings, and Refugees: A Conversation with Dr. Alexander van Tulleken

Dr. Alexander van Tulleken is the Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow at Fordham University’s Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs. He has worked with Doctors of the World, Merlin, and the World Health Organization on various humanitarian crises around the world. Dr. van Tulleken and his twin brother, Chris, have produced several public health-related television series and, most recently, a BBC documentary about the medical problems Middle Eastern refugees face called Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis. Dr. van Tulleken recently spoke with Copy Chief and Executive Editor Katherine Labonte about his work…

Reflections on Race, Education, and Economic Equality: A Conversation with Dr. Cornel West

Dr. Cornel West, professor emeritus of Princeton University and author of over 30 books, is one of the most prolific political activists in the African American community today. An advocate for social justice, the labor movement, and bridging the achievement gap, he is an outspoken advocate for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. Dr. West sat down with junior editor Matthew J. Santucci after giving a talk at Fordham University with Adolph Reed Jr. about the state of higher education, race relations, and the 2016 presidential election. So first I would…

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…

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 —…

FPR Interviews – Jedediah Bila

Before speaking to a group of Fordham students last week, political pundit and author Jedediah Bila sat down with FPR editor Marisa Gomez to talk about her career, the 2016 elections, and women in politics. Thank you so much for joining me today! It’s an honor to have this opportunity. First off, you seem very, very passionate about politics. It is especially evident in all of your tweets, which are often really funny too! Thank you. But, I wanted to know where your passion for politics came from. My house…

FPR Interviews – Rob Sisson

Rob Sisson is the president of ConservAmerica, a non-profit dedicated to restoring the Republican Party’s legacy of environmental conservation and educating stakeholders on conservative approaches to today’s climate and energy challenges. After speaking to Fordham University’s College Republicans, Mr. Sisson sat down with FPR executive editor John Craig and editor-in-chief, Ben St. Clair. John Craig: What do you see as the most important step the U.S. can take to improve the environment? I think the U.S. needs to take leadership on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the Republican Party is in a sweet…

FPR Interviews – Dana Perino

The Fordham College Republicans welcomed their second guest speaker of the Fall 2014 semester this past Thursday — former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino. Ms. Perino, before presenting her lecture in Keating 3rd Auditorium, sat down with the FPR’s Benjamin Shull for an exclusive interview. Poll after poll this election year shows Republicans to be a slight favorite to win the Senate on November 4th. While it may be unrealistic to expect that the GOP can enact a significant amount of its agenda with President Obama still in the…