Retrospect: The Fordham Observer Podcast
Take an in-depth look at the issues facing Fordham University with Retrospect, the official podcast of The Fordham Observer, as we interview guests, share powerful stories and foster active debate. Hosted by Kevin Christopher Robles.
info_outline “We’re Still Fighting” - SJP, Leaving Ailey and Navigating New York 09/07/2019
“We’re Still Fighting” - SJP, Leaving Ailey and Navigating New York Veer Shetty, representing Students for Justice in Palestine, breaks down why it took five years of legal battles for Fordham to approve their club and what they hope the future will bring. Marina Vergara speaks about her choice to leave the Ailey program. Loreen Ruiz compares her hometown of San Francisco to bustling New York City. Hosted by Kevin Christopher Robles. Produced by Alyssa Morales. Music by Michael Appler and Jeff Umbrell. Relevant Reading: Students For Justice in Palestine Win Historic Lawsuit A Girl in Flux A Tale of Two Cities: San Francisco vs. New York
info_outline "Give Them a Reason" - Dean Wertz, OverheardAtFordham and Farewells 05/11/2019
"Give Them a Reason" - Dean Wertz, OverheardAtFordham and Farewells Interim Dean Frederick J. Wertz speaks about his experience filling the shoes of Rev. Robert R. Grimes, S.J. as Fordham Lincoln Center searched for a new dean. Andy Vega takes @OverheardAtFordham to task for supposed "fake news." The outgoing editors behind The Observer and Retrospect look back at their time on the newspaper.
info_outline "Something You're Proud Of" - Trans Housing, The Shakespeare Company and Banana Pancakes 04/18/2019
"Something You're Proud Of" - Trans Housing, The Shakespeare Company and Banana Pancakes Diamantina Kefalas talks about her experience as a trans woman in Fordham's dorms. Carli Freeman and Shannie Rao discuss their original musical, "The Shakespeare Company." Asst. Sports & Health Editor Lena Weidenbruch invites us to cook banana pancakes with her in her McMahon apartment.
info_outline "They Deserve The Best" - Eloisa James, Elections and Vegans 04/04/2019
"They Deserve The Best" - Eloisa James, Elections and Vegans Kevin Christopher Robles, Jeff Umbrell and Retrospect's new producer Alyssa Morales tackle a number of issues: Associate Dean Mary Bly comes on to discuss her double life as an English professor and as world-famous romance novelist Eloisa James; former USG President Leighton Magoon gives his two cents on student government and the election process; Drew Bernstein airs the concerns of the frustrated and underserved vegan population of Fordham Lincoln Center.
info_outline "They Can Always Go Here" - Rankings, Self-Care and Coffee Houses 03/14/2019
"They Can Always Go Here" - Rankings, Self-Care and Coffee Houses Jeff Umbrell and Kevin Christopher Robless discuss the importance of rankings with News Editor Jordan Meltzer. Assistant Opinions Editor Evan Vollbrecht and Sports & Health Editor Luke Osborn debate the merits of self-care practices. Finally, Kevin sojourns up to Rose Hill to visit Rodrigue's Coffee House to illuminate why Lincoln Center deserves such a space.
info_outline "From Every Angle" - Crossword Crossroads 02/28/2019
"From Every Angle" - Crossword Crossroads Jeff Umbrell and Kevin Christopher Robles discuss The Observer's famous crossword with Fun & Games Editor Dan Nasta. Then, Opinions Editor Emeritus John McCullough talks of his gonzo experience at Winter Ball. Finally, David Fresolone speaks about being the newest member of Stove's Cabin Crew and how the club puts on shows.
info_outline "Let's Talk About Sex" - Valentine's Day Special Feature 02/20/2019
"Let's Talk About Sex" - Valentine's Day Special Feature Join Jeff Umbrell and Kevin Christopher Robles as they embark on a Valentine's Day journey: Marielle Sarmiento communicates the woes of dating apps; Danny Magaldi tests out some Fordham-themed pickup lines; and students talk about how their Valentine's went.
info_outline "How Tenacious We Were" - Breaking Down the Future 02/14/2019
"How Tenacious We Were" - Breaking Down the Future Jeff Umbrell and Kevin Christopher Robles speak with Gabe Samandi who breaks down the potential of the Class of 2023, set to become the highest-achieving and most diverse class in Fordham history. Then, Sophie Partridge-Hicks talks about the de-tripling of McMahon Hall apartments and the consequences this has had on students. Finally, Roxanne Cubero speaks to the legacy of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company.
info_outline "Savior Complex" - A Continuing Resolution 01/31/2019
"Savior Complex" - A Continuing Resolution On the first episode Retrospect Season 2: Freshman Etta Shaw talks about her struggles after the government shutdown forced her to take a leave of absence. Then, musician Chesca Mac gives the first live performance on the podcast. Finally, Nicole Perkins illuminates the mysteries of a certain windy hallway.
info_outline "A Momentous Term" - Presidents, Deans and Finals 12/13/2018
"A Momentous Term" - Presidents, Deans and Finals On this episode of Retrospect, Kevin Christopher Robles and Jeff Umbrell hear from USG President Demetrios Stratis after a tumultuous fall semester. Carmen Borca-Carillo discusses the worryingly empty information session about the search for a new dean, and Ashley Simpson gives an inside look into the daily life of an Ailey student.
info_outline "Think Twice" - A Debate on Society 11/21/2018
"Think Twice" - A Debate on Society On this episode of Retrospect, Kevin Christopher Robles and Jeff Umbrell moderate a debate on socialism between Gabe Samandi and Brandon Sapienza. Then, Owen Roche talks about his issues with Thanksgiving, and Adriane Kong discusses her experience as a student with a disability.
info_outline "Make Your Voice Heard" - Midterm Elections Special Feature 11/10/2018
"Make Your Voice Heard" - Midterm Elections Special Feature On this episode of Retrospect, Jeff Umbrell and Kevin Christopher Robles speak with Fordham Students about their voting experiences in the 2018 midterm elections. Hear from students who voted absentee, went home to vote and voted here in NYC.
info_outline "We Proved You Wrong" - The Show Must Go On 11/02/2018
"We Proved You Wrong" - The Show Must Go On On this episode of Retrospect, Kevin Christopher Robles and Jeffrey Umbrell discuss the student drag show with Jack Bugbee and Ky Hayward. Then, Chloe Rice tells a scary story about the Rose Hill campus. Finally, Brandon Sapienza vents his anger and frustration about the MTA.
info_outline "You Have a Choice" - The Kavanaugh Fallout 10/18/2018
"You Have a Choice" - The Kavanaugh Fallout On this episode of Retrospect, Kevin Christopher Robles and Jeffrey Umbrell speak with Courtney Brogle about the Kavanaugh walkout. Also, a discussion of Antigonick's social relevancy with lead actress Brittani Murphy, and Luke Osborn explains the prevalence of eating disorders among queer men.
info_outline "Overcoming Hurdles" - A Taste of the Presidency 10/02/2018
"Overcoming Hurdles" - A Taste of the Presidency Episode 1 of The Observer's new podcast, where we take an in-depth look at some of our biggest recent stories. Kevin Christopher Robles and Jeffrey Umbrell speak with Demetrios Stratis, USG president, and sample food from grocery stores around NYC.