Political Parties, Propaganda, and Disenfranchisement: Frances Fox Piven on Voter Suppression

Frances Fox Piven is a social activist and professor of political science at the CUNY Graduate Center. She co-founded the National Welfare Rights Organization and the Human Service Employees Registration and Voter Education Campaign, which successfully pushed for the passage of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. She has written 12 books, often with the collaboration of her late husband Richard Cloward, and currently serves as one of eight honorary chairs for the Democratic Socialists of America. Dr. Piven recently sat down with FPR columnist MacKenzie Stuart before speaking…

The Voice of the 99%: Reflections on the politics, culture, and legacy of Occupy Wall Street

Marisa Holmes sat down with FPR editor Matthew J. Santucci after the screening of her film All Day, All Week at Fordham University to discuss the inception of Occupy Wall Street, its impact on progressive policy, and the sate of American politics in 2016. First and foremost, I want to thank you for coming here today and for showing us your film. I want to start off by talking about your childhood: what was the political activity in your house like; where was it that you first got involved with…

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…