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The Italian American Podcast

The Italian American Podcast
196 episodes
The first and finest podcast for Italian Americans... delivering history, discussion, and connection with smarts, heart, and a lot of laughs. 🇮🇹🇺🇸

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IAP 187: Italian Food: Separating Memory from Myth with Special Guest Karima Moyer-Nocchi

When Italian Americans are gathered, it's usually a safe bet that the conversation will turn to the topic we seem to love most… the culinary delights that are Italian food! In fact, many of us like to recall enjoying delectable homemade meals with the famiglia … while discussing what we plan to …

IAP 186: More Amore: Exploring the Great Italian American Songbook with Special Guest Jenna Esposito

If the places we hold dear were to be set to music, then the soundtrack for New York’s Little Italy would be sung by this week’s guest, Jenna Esposito. Known as the “Voice of Little Italy,” this passionate Italian American has performed across the country and in some of the most hallowed music venu…

IAP 185: Let's See if I am Eligible to Become an Italian Dual Citizen with Help from De Sapio Dual Citizenship Services

If you’re a proud Italian American, it’s probably something you’ve thought about at least once or twice... the prospect of Italian dual citizenship! Italian law states that citizenship is transferred “Jus sanguinis,” or by the right of blood, so the more than 20 million Americans of Italian desce…

IAP 184: The Gold Star of Italianess Listener Awards

Presepi, pomodori, produce and pane on Pasqua— what ties these alliterative phrases together you ask?  Well, they are some of the ways in which three very special Italian American Podcast listeners have worked to revive and celebrate beloved hallmarks of our Italian American heritage. During this…

IAP 183: Conversations on Columbus: An Unprecedented Response

On Tuesday, April 6, 2021, Philadelphia Councilmember Mark F. Squilla, The 1492 Society, and the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations all joined forces to file a lawsuit in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Philadelphia Mayor Jame…

IAP 182: Stereotypes in Italian Media: Le Indagini di Lolita Lobosco: A Case Study

On February 21, 2021, a new television series entitled “Le Indagini di Lolita Lobosco” ("The Investigations of Lolita Lobosco") premiered on Rai, the national public broadcasting company of Italy. Inspired by a series of novels by Gabriella Genisi, the show follows assistant superintendent Lolita…

IAP 181: That's Alotta Zeppole: Is St. Joseph's Day the Hottest Trend in Italian America?

For many Italian American families, St. Joseph’s Day is one of the most beloved holidays of the year.  However, since our earliest immigrations to these shores, it’s also been a holiday that has seemed a bit under the radar! The celebrations and traditions surrounding this event vary based on whe…

IAP 180: Memorializing the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire with Special Guests Mary Anne Trasciatti and Edvige Giunta

One hundred and ten years ago, on March 25, 1911, a conflagration engulfed the top three stories of a nondescript building in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.  The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire caused the deaths of 146 garment workers, most of whom were recent Italian and Jewish immigrant women an…

IAP 179: Italy's Forgotten Monarch: Queen Margaret of Sicily-- With Special Guest Jacqueline Alio

We’re celebrating International Women’s Day by exploring one of Italian history’s most-neglected protagonists, Margaret of Navarre, the Norman Queen of Sicily. We’re joined by Jacqueline Alio, an Italian American now living in Palermo, Sicily, who has written a dozen books on Sicilian history, fo…

IAP 178: Buona Sera Louisiana! With Charles Marsala and Lena Prima

On this week’s episode of the Italian American Podcast, we’re going back to the Big Easy to chat with our friends Lena Prima and Charles Marsala to get an inside look at their new web-TV series, "Buona Sera Louisiana," a weekly show about the Italian culture of the Pelican State and beyond! These…

IAP 177: The Mysteries of Carnevale in Venezia with Special Guest Anita Sanseverino

For many visitors, the stereotypical image of Venice is, perhaps, the famed Venetian mask; but most casual observers are probably unaware of the fact that this postcard-perfect symbol has its roots in the centuries-old festivities that are the Carnevale of Venice. In this week’s episode, we’re jo…

IAP 176: Italian America United! A Call to Action For All Italian Americans, with Special Guest Mr. Basil Russo

In the last United States Census, 18.25 million people self identified as Italian or Italian American. Demographers believe there are more than 21 million Americans of Italian descent spread throughout the nation.  By some calculations, we are the fifth-largest ancestry group in the United States… …

IAP 175: Wine Made Easy and Everything Else Made Slightly More Complicated with Special Guest Gianluca Rottura

Wine is one of the oldest and most familiar pleasures on earth, but this potent potion still has the power to intimidate even her most ardent admirers!  Fear not, there is an Italian American coming to the rescue to return the joys of understanding wine to the masses! Gianluca Rottura, the propri…

IAP 174: La Passione Italiana -- A Conversation with Dianne Hales

If you were to ask those of us behind the Italian American Podcast what it is that drives us or what keeps us coming back to create a new show week in and week out, it's a safe bet that you’d get a unanimous answer… Passione!   That borderline-obsessive passion that we share for what we do is a f…

IAP 173: America's Last Little Italy: The Hill -- A Conversation With Filmmaker Joseph Puleo

Italian enclaves around the country pride themselves on carrying the title of “Little Italy," but one young Italian American from St. Louis, Missouri, believes his community is the last true Little Italy -- and he’s made an incredible film to prove it! In this week’s episode, we’ll visit “The Hil…

IAP 172: The Creators of My Cheap Italian Home on Why It's Time to Find Your Italian Dream Home

Have you ever thought about dropping everything and moving to Italy? If you’re like us, chances are you’ve thought about it at least once this week, and probably more than most people! Maybe you’re not ready for a full relocation... Can you picture yourself in a charming vacation home in your fav…

IAP 171: The King Who Would Be a Saint: Francesco II, King of the Two Sicilies, with Special Guest Lou Mendola

On December 11, 2020, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, the outgoing Archbishop of Naples, Italy, announced that he was opening a case on the beatification of King Francesco II of the Two Sicilies.  If approved, the Vatican will begin an investigation into the “heroic virtues” of the King, which is the fir…

IAP 170: The Italian American Podcast's 2020 Christmas Musical Revue

Since this is the final episode before the Feast of the Seven Fishes and Christmas arrive in earnest, we’re sending you into the holiday in style with our Italian American Christmas Musical Revue! As many of us will be celebrating a more sedate version of our favorite holiday this year because ma…

IAP 169: A Christmas Movie for Italian America? Feast of the Seven Fishes: A Conversation with the Brothers Behind the …

It’s Christmas time in Italian America, and with many of us hunkered down in the house this year, there’s a good chance you’re burning through your favorite holiday movies at a faster pace than normal. What if there was a Christmas movie out there made by and for Italian Americans?  Well, look no f…

IAP 168: For and By Italian Americans: Getting to Know the Italian American Leadership Network with Founder Victoria Pa…

Italian American identity means different things to different people, and the “Italian American Experience” is oftentimes a very personal definition for each individual.  At one point or another, it's safe to say most of us have felt a certain “otherness” setting us apart from the mainstream.  If y…

IAP 167: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame with Special Guest NIASHF Pre…

For many of us, looking ahead to the year 2021 represents a possible return to “normal”… but in the heart of one of Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhoods, a more than 40 year-old Italian American institution is gearing up to reclaim its rightful spot on the Italian American map! This week, host Jo…

IAP 166: Tips for the Italian American Small Business Owner with Special Guest Matt Rizzetta

Shop small and #SupportItalianAmerican Small Business! With Thanksgiving arriving this week, the unofficial start of the 2020 Holiday Shopping Season has arrived, and it's sure to be one unlike anything we’ve seen before. With another lockdown seemingly looming on the horizon, and online shoppi…

IAP 165: Mal'Occhio -- Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Evil Eye with Special Guest Agata De Santis

The Mal’Occhio… the Evil Eye… It's a concept that lives deep in the collective psychology of Italian America, but is it science or superstition? The answer depends on what you believe, as you’ll hear in this week’s episode when we sit down with Italo-Canadian filmmaker and author Agata De Santis,…

IAP 164: "Live" Q&A Show with Special Guests from The New Neighborhood, Part 2

This week we're bringing you Part Two of our first ever “Live” question-and-answer episode direct from our “New Neighborhood” online membership group! The New Neighborhood is a place for all Italian Americans… a vibrant, close-knit community centered around our private Facebook group, where our m…

IAP 163: The Italian American Almost-Presidents of the United States-- With Special Guest Thom Woodley of the Fail to t…

With Election Day tomorrow, it’s a star-spangled celebration on this week’s episode as we're joined by special guest Thom Woodley of the "Fail to the Chief" podcast to discuss the Italian American "Almost-Weres" of United States Presidential history. Sure, we have yet to see a Paesano or a Paesa…

IAP 162: "Live" Q&A Show with Special Guests from The New Neighborhood, Part 1

As Italian American Heritage Month draws to a close, we’re presenting our first ever “Live” question-and-answer episode direct from our “New Neighborhood” online membership group! The New Neighborhood is a Place for all Italian Americans … a vibrant, close-knit community centered around our priva…

IAP 161: The Future of Our Story: Young Italian Americans in Film and Television with Taylor Taglianetti of NOIAFT

For young Taylor Taglianetti, founder of the National Organization of Italian Americans in Film and Television (NOIAFT), her many encounters with the generosity of the Italian American community have made her life's work about paying it forward. This week, we sit down with Taylor to discover how …

IAP 160: Conversations on Columbus: Conclusions?

Happy Columbus Day, everybody!  That is, if you’re one of the folks who still celebrates Columbus Day because, appropriate to today’s often contentious designation, we’re presenting the sixth and final segment of our “Conversations on Columbus” series exploring the life and legacy of Christopher Co…

IAP 159: Conversations on Columbus: The Defense

Happy Italian American Heritage Month, Paesani !  We’re kicking off our favorite month of the year by bringing you Part Five of our “Conversations on Columbus” series exploring the life and legacy of Christopher Columbus.  This week we’re presenting the voices who’ve set out to defend the legacy o…

IAP 158: Conversations on Columbus: Columbus and Italian America

As October approaches, we’re returning for part four of our “Conversations on Columbus” series exploring the life and legacy of Christopher Columbus, and this week we’re examining the long and complex relationship between the Italian American community and the Genovese navigator who has become a sy…