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IAP 242: Join the My Italy Movement with Special Guest Nikki Taylor of La Dolce Vita Lifestyle Magazine

August 3rd, 2022


“What does Italy mean to you?”

For those of us who think about Italy and our Italianness on a daily basis, it's a question that can force the mind into an exhausting array of mental gymnastics.

To this week’s guest, …

IAP 241: Draghi Departed: What's Next for Italy with Special Guest Umberto Mucci

July 27th, 2022


On Thursday July 21, 2022, Mario Draghi, Italy’s technocratic Prime Minister, resigned from his role as Head of Government. With Italy facing a …

IAP 240: Italian American Lawyers Never Lose Their Appeal!: A Conversation With The National Italian American Bar Association

July 20th, 2022


In modern America, countless thousands of Italian American women and men practice every imaginable discipline of the law.  However, not so long ago, a vowel on the end of one’s surname was likely a barrier to entry to …

IAP 239: There Ain't No Feast Without the Feast Bands!

July 13th, 2022


It’s easy to make the argument that the annual feast is the soul of the Italian American neighborhood, and for the true feast aficionado, it's the …

IAP 238: Joe Avati On Why Laughter Is the Best Medicine... Unless You've Got the Malocchio! (Part 2)

June 29th, 2022


When we scored an interview with famed Italo-Australian comedian Joe Avati, we figured we would be lucky to get 45 minutes with the man many credit …

IAP 237: Joe Avati On Why Laughter is the BEST Medicine... Unless You've Got the Malocchio! (Part 1)

June 22nd, 2022


Until recently, Joe Avati never thought of himself as a “real comic."  This bout of self-deprecation probably comes as something of a surprise to the Italo-Australian's legion of devoted fans, who many years ago dubbed …

IAP 236: A Special Priest, A Special Feast: Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello and Brooklyn's Festa del Giglio

June 15th, 2022


It’s said that Heaven touches Brooklyn, New York, every July… and if you know Brooklyn like we do, then you know that celestial poke occurs at the …

IAP 235: Alzheimer's, Aging, and the Italian American Family with Special Guest Dr. Benedict Albensi, Ph.D, BCMAS, CRQM

June 8th, 2022


Family is the cornerstone of our life as Italian Americans, but what happens when one member of the family is diagnosed with a serious illness?

That’s just one of the topics we cover with this week’s guest, Dr. Benedict …

IAP 234: Are You Committing Crimes Against Italian Food? Examining Italy's Culinary Commandments

May 25th, 2022


Are you guilty of crimes against Italian food?

A recent YouGov survey that polled 20,000 people across 17 different countries decided that Italian …

IAP 233: Red Sauce: A Two-Part Exploration of How Italian Food Became American with Special Guest Ian MacAllen (Part 2)

May 18th, 2022


We’re back for the second half of our incredible conversation with Ian MacAllen, the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American, as we …

IAP 232: Red Sauce: A Two-Part Exploration of How Italian Food Became American with Special Guest Ian MacAllen

May 11th, 2022


Once in a long while, a book comes along and immediately qualifies as a “must have” in the Italian American home library. In Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American, author Ian MacAllen has created one of those …

IAP 231: Traditions in Transition: Italian Catholic Traditions for a New Generation

May 4th, 2022


For countless Italian Americans, many of the best-loved hallmarks of our distinct culture are intrinsically tied to Catholic tradition.  Even for …

IAP 230: Saving the Songs of Southern Italy with Special Guest Alexis Zingale

April 27th, 2022


Of the more than 20 million Americans with Italian roots, approximately 87 percent are of Southern Italian origin.  This massive dispora from Italy’s …

IAP 229: Doing All the Good She Can with Special Guest Adriana Trigiani

April 13th, 2022


With 20 titles to her credit, Adriana Trigiani is one of Italian America’s most profound and authentic voices. This week, she joins us to celebrate the launch of her latest book, “The Good Left Undone,” a generational …

IAP 228: 50 Years Together: The Godfather and the Making of Italian America, Part 2

April 5th, 2022


This week we’re jumping back into the second part of our two-part episode exploring the 50-year relationship between the Italian American community …

IAP 227: 50 Years Together: The Godfather and the Making of Italian America, Part 1

March 30th, 2022


It is considered one of the most influential films of all time, a critical and commercial success, the winner of the 1972 Academy Award for Best Picture, selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry of …

IAP 226: The War in Ukraine: An Italian Perspective

March 22nd, 2022


The Russian invasion of Ukraine has shocked and horrified onlookers around the world, and has brought us closer to the brink of a global conflagration than most observers ever imagined possible in an interconnected and …

IAP 225: It Happened In Italy -- Untold Stories of How the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of the Holocaust with Special Guest Elizabeth Bettina Nicolosi

March 15th, 2022


Imagine Elizabeth Bettina Nicolosi's surprise when she discovered that her grandmother’s Italian village had a secret: over a half century ago, in …

IAP 224: 272 Italian Enclaves and Counting! With Special Guest Ray Guarini

March 8th, 2022


Around here, we’ve become pretty adept at recognizing the symptoms of an Italian American obsession... and this week’s guest can easily be diagnosed within a few moments of first meeting him!

Ray Guarini is the founder …

IAP 223: Celebrating the Festa della Donna with Special Guests Vanessa Racci and Lena Prima

March 1st, 2022


We’re kicking off the month of March, known as Women’s History Month, by catching up with two very talented Italian American women behind a much anticipated event happening this weekend in honor of International Women’s …

IAP 222: More than Just Antoinette's Sister: Queen Maria Carolina of the Two Sicilies with Author Diana Giovinazzo

February 22nd, 2022


Queen Maria Carolina of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies was one of the most fascinating, impactful and, unfortunately, forgotten women in the long story …

IAP 221: Sicily: Recipes Rooted in Traditions with Special Guest Melissa Muller, Part 2

February 15th, 2022


Sicily… for millennia, this island at the crossroads of the world has been drawing peoples from across the globe to its shores, and in the second …

IAP 220: Sicily: Recipes Rooted in Traditions with Special Guest Melissa Muller, Part 1

February 8th, 2022


Sicily… for millennia, this island at the crossroads of the world has been drawing peoples from across the globe to its shores, and in this very …

IAP 219: Love is Blind with Special Guest Tony Cancelosi

February 1st, 2022


“Vision” can mean different things to different people, but for this week’s guest, his life’s work has been inspired by a vision of sharing his Italian family’s inspiring love with the visually impaired.

This week, …

IAP 218: The Devil and the Dolce Vita: Catholic Attempts to Save Italy's Soul, 1948-1973, with Dr. Roy Domenico

January 25th, 2022


It was called the “Economic Miracle," and Italy’s economic expansion after World War II was so rapid -- and her climb from war and poverty to wealth and prosperity so drastic -- that one might be tempted to believe that …

IAP 217: Master Classes for the Masses: Danielle Oteri on Teaching Italian History for All

January 18th, 2022


It’s sometimes the hidden stories that can tell us more about our history than we ever dreamed of.

In this week’s episode, Danielle Oteri of Feast on History talks to us about her latest project, a series of classes …

IAP 216: Italians Swindled to New York with Special Guests Joe Tucciarone and Ben Lariccia

January 11th, 2022


For many Italian American families, the story of an immigrant's sacrifice usually begins in the years between 1880 and 1920, known as the Great Wave of Italian Immigration to the United States.

But for 2,800 unfortunate …

IAP 215: Our Italian American Holiday Recovery Guide

January 4th, 2022


Another holiday season has come and gone here in Italian America.

The fishes have been served, the champagne has been popped, and the lentils have …

IAP 214: Christmas Special 2021

December 22nd, 2021


It’s almost time to say “Buon Natale,” as Christmas is right around the corner! Since this is the final episode before the Feast of the Seven Fishes …

IAP 213: What Makes A House an Italian American Home?

December 14th, 2021


Picture an Italian American family... Where are they gathered?  Are they around the table with a pot of coffee?  Or are they in the kitchen preparing a Sunday meal?  Perhaps they are in the basement pressing grapes or …

IAP 212: Italian Americans in World War II

December 8th, 2021


"Yesterday, December 7, 1941— a date which will live in infamy— the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”

That iconic quote by President …

IAP 211: Red Sauce Redefined: The Italian American Husband and Wife Team with a Michelin Star and an Incredible New Cookbook

November 30th, 2021


For true Italian Americans, love really can blossom over the exchanging of caponata recipes. For Scott Tacinelli and Angie Rito, a shared passion for the tastes of Italian American life didn’t just lead to amore, but to …

IAP 210: Why We're Here: A Most Intimate Episode

November 23rd, 2021


On November 14, the new Governor of New York Kathy Hochul, decided to eliminate the state’s Director of Italian American Affairs position. It just so …

IAP 209: Changing Teachers, Changing Students, Changing the Future: Teach for Italy

November 16th, 2021


It starts with a simple philosophy -- "Better teaching makes better students, and makes a better future."  Today, a better future for Italy is the mission inspiring Nick Autiello and Andrea Pastorelli, two passionate …

IAP 208: The Italian American Veterans Museum, A Special Veterans Day Conversation

November 9th, 2021


As our nation gathers to celebrate Veterans Day this week, and all of us pause to say “grazie” to the millions of brave men and women in uniform who have served our country in war and peace, we’d like to turn our …

IAP 207: Non-Partisan Paesani with Congressmen Bill Pascrell and Mark Amodei, Italian American Congressional Delegation Co-Chairs

November 2nd, 2021


The United States Congress is one of our nation’s most enduring and important institutions, but with partisan politics growing more hostile every …

IAP 206: Simmo 'e Napule, Paisà! Six Volumes, Eight Scholars, 2,322 Pages... A History of Napoli

October 26th, 2021


Napoli… the great urban amphitheater spreading out across its picturesque bay.  Anchored by the steaming hulk of Vesuvius and pushed up to the …

IAP 205: The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles: A Place to Tell Our Story, with Special Guest Marianna Gatto

October 19th, 2021


Imagine a place where you could go and spend the day surrounded by the art and artifacts of the Italian American experience, where you can immerse …

IAP 204: Ritornato: Michael Cavalieri's Film to Honor His Ancestors

October 5th, 2021


Filmmaker Michael Cavalieri doesn’t want to make just another movie.  The passionate and proud Italian American, whose career as an actor spans three decades, decided he had had enough of the stereotypical “Italian …

IAP 203: Saving Southern Italy with Special Guest Valarie D'Elia

September 28th, 2021


It’s no surprise to longtime listeners of the Italian American Podcast just how much we love our Southern Italian roots and this week’s guest, Valarie D’Elia, is seeking to bring our ancestral home to people in a …

IAP 202: La Sceneggiata: Neapolitan Musical Drama From Napoli to New York City

September 21st, 2021


This week’s episode of The Italian American Podcast takes listeners on a journey through the Neapolitan Sceneggiata with special guest Dr. Reba …

IAP 201: Requiem for a National Airline: Saying Arrivederci to Alitalia

September 14th, 2021


If you’ve visited Italy at some point in the last 75 years, and if you arrived in ‘il Bel Paese’ by air, chances are you’ve traveled with Alitalia, which has been the official Italian national airline since 1947.

And, …

IAP 200: A Thousand Years' Worth of Stories: Robert Barbera and the Mentoris Project

September 8th, 2021


If you were set out to tell the stories of every great Italian and Italian American to leave their mark on human history, you could probably speak …

IAP 199: Greetings from Italian California!

August 24th, 2021


Ciao paesani… and Greetings From Italian CALIFORNIA!

This past July, we made our way out West to explore the Italian side of the Golden State, as we …

IAP 198: Do Italian Americans Read? Novelist Christopher Castellani on Writing the Story of the Italian American Experience

August 11th, 2021


For author Christopher Castellani, the proud son of Italian immigrants, the desire to tell the Italian American story through his writing has been a constant motivation. Yet, despite his abundant talent, irrepressible …

IAP 197: In Every Song A Story with Tenor Michéal Castaldo

August 3rd, 2021


When sitting down with a singer of the caliber of Michéal Castaldo, one would expect the conversation to center around the long list of …

IAP 196: The Italian American Girl in the Pink Wheelchair: Dom Sessa on Disability Awareness in Italian America

July 28th, 2021


How is the Italian American experience defined for a person with disabilities? In this week’s episode, we close out the month of July by paying …

IAP 195: "I Survived the Andrea Doria" with Special Guest Pierette Simpson

July 20th, 2021


Nearly 65 years ago, on the night of July 25, 1956, the SS Andrea Doria, the pride of the Italian Line and a symbol of Italy’s burgeoning post-war …

IAP 194: Joe Colombo & The Italian American Civil Rights League: Crime, Conspiracy, and Community Leadership (Part 2)

July 13th, 2021


It’s Part 2 of our two-part episode exploring one of the most unique chapters in Italian American history as we sit down with author Don Capria to explore the life and times of Mafia boss and Italian American community …

IAP 193: Joe Colombo & The Italian American Civil Rights League -- Crime, Conspiracy, and Community Leadership (Part 1)

June 29th, 2021


Exactly 50 years ago this week, on Monday, June 28, 1971, one of the more bizarre chapters in Italian American history unfolded in New York City's …

IAP 192: Il Museo del Cognome: The Museum of Surnames -- A Resource for the Italian Diaspora

June 22nd, 2021


For many Italian American families, the quest to unearth family histories often appears to be a daunting task.  But, in this week’s episode of the Italian American Podcast, we’re joined by an Italian genealogist who …

IAP 191: Her Superhero Dad: How An Italian American Daughter's Love Inspired a Literary Career

June 15th, 2021


When we think about the Italian American experience, our mind floods with images of parents and grandparents, traditions passed on through time with …

IAP 190: Potentially Dangerous: When It Was a Crime to Be Italian -- A Conversation on Italian Internments with Filmmaker Zach Baliva

June 8th, 2021


In the United States of America, it was once a crime to be Italian.

That’s what filmmaker Zach Baliva, director of the forthcoming documentary, “Potentially Dangerous,” reveals to our listeners in this all-new episode …

IAP 189: A "Certified" Success: The Italian American CEO Leading a Wellness Revolution

May 25th, 2021


For many Americans, the gradual reopening of the country means more time out of doors, the slow return to gyms, and the chance to take a good look at how we’ve been treating our bodies during the many months we’ve …

IAP 188: The Past, Present, & Future of Italian Americans in Boxing with Special Guest Coach Dino Spencer

May 18th, 2021


For many Italian Americans, the sport of boxing is synonymous with Italian American pride, thanks to the timeless accomplishments of legendary names like Rocky Marciano, “Boom Boom Mancini,"  Jake La Motta, Carmen …

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

May 11th, 2021


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 …

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

May 4th, 2021


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 …

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

April 27th, 2021


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 …

IAP 184: The Gold Star of Italianess Listener Awards

April 20th, 2021


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 …

IAP 183: Conversations on Columbus: An Unprecedented Response

April 13th, 2021


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 …

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

March 30th, 2021


On February 21, 2021, a new television series entitled “Le Indagini di Lolita Lobosco” ("The Investigations of Lolita Lobosco") premiered on Rai, the …

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

March 23rd, 2021


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 …

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

March 16th, 2021


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 …

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

March 9th, 2021


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 …

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

March 3rd, 2021


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," …

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

February 23rd, 2021


For many visitors, the stereotypical image of Venice is, perhaps, the famed Venetian mask; but most casual observers are probably unaware of the fact …

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

February 16th, 2021


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 …

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

February 9th, 2021


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 …

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

February 2nd, 2021


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… …

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

January 26th, 2021


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 …

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

January 19th, 2021


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, …

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

January 12th, 2021


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 …

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

December 22nd, 2020


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 …

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

December 15th, 2020


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 …

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

December 7th, 2020


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 …

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

December 1st, 2020


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 …

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

November 24th, 2020


Shop small and #SupportItalianAmerican Small Business!

With Thanksgiving arriving this week, the unofficial start of the 2020 Holiday Shopping Season …

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

November 17th, 2020


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 …

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

November 9th, 2020


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 …

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

November 2nd, 2020


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 …

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

October 26th, 2020


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 …

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

October 19th, 2020


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 …

IAP 160: Conversations on Columbus: Conclusions?

October 12th, 2020


Happy Columbus Day, everybody!  That is, if you’re one of the folks who still celebrates Columbus Day because, appropriate to today’s often …

IAP 159: Conversations on Columbus: The Defense

October 6th, 2020


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 …

IAP 158: Conversations on Columbus: Columbus and Italian America

September 29th, 2020


As October approaches, we’re returning for part four of our “Conversations on Columbus” series exploring the life and legacy of Christopher Columbus, …

IAP 157: It's Not an Italian Bookstore! The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of America's Favorite Italian American Bookstore

September 22nd, 2020


As the air begins to chill, and the days grow shorter and shorter, it’s the perfect time of year to snuggle up with a good book— and if you love to …

IAP 156: Understanding the 2020 Italian Constitutional Referendum with Special Guest Umberto Mucci of We the Italians

September 14th, 2020


Well Podcast fans, its time once again to turn our eyes to our beloved Motherland for the continuing drama that is Italian politics, as our cousins …

IAP 155: A Beginner's Guide to Tomato Jarring Italian American Style

August 31st, 2020


As August begins to creep into September, families everywhere are preparing for winter by gathering together to partake in a much-loved Italian …

IAP 154: Conversations on Columbus: The Charges

August 25th, 2020


In this week’s episode of the Italian American Podcast, we're presenting part three of our “Conversations on Columbus” series exploring the life and …

IAP 153: Conversations on Columbus: Straight From the Source 

August 17th, 2020


In this week’s episode of the Italian American Podcast, we’re picking up with Part Two of our “Conversations on Columbus” series exploring the life …

IAP 152: Conversations on Columbus: Introduction

August 3rd, 2020


In this week’s episode of the Italian American Podcast, we’re setting out to tackle an issue that has been at the forefront of conversations surrounding the Italian American identity in the 21st Century. This issue is …

Italian American Podcast Special Announcement

July 27th, 2020


Please listen to this Special Announcement from The Italian American Podcast concerning our upcoming episodes entitled "Conversations on Columbus."

IAP 151: From Spumoni to the Sprinkle Room: Italians and the History of Ice Cream with Special Guest Nick Di Bona of Bona Bona Ice Cream

July 20th, 2020


I scream, you scream, we all scream for… gelato? Or is it ice cream? And what’s the difference anyway? How about we find out?

In this week’s episode, we’re celebrating “National Ice Cream Day” with a look at how …

IAP 150: Italian Americans in Baseball with Special Guest Lawrence Baldassaro

July 13th, 2020


For millions of Americans, hope springs eternal every April when baseball returns!  In this craziest of years, fans of the national pastime are …

IAP 149: Filippo Mazzei and America's Italian Founding Fathers

July 6th, 2020


We have all learned about America’s Founding Fathers… but what about our “Founding Padres?”

In celebration of Independence Day, we’re taking a look at Philip Mazzei, the Italian physician, winemaker, and philosopher …

Updates from Italy with Patrick O'Boyle: Italy Reopened!

June 29th, 2020


In this final installment of “Updates from Italy,” host Patrick O’Boyle tries to find out what’s next for the Bel Paese as it continues to recover from COVID-19 for the rest of 2020 and beyond. This week, Pat is joined …

IAP 148: Padre Knows Best - A Father's Day Conversation with My Italian American Dad

June 23rd, 2020


Buona Festa del Papà, Paesani!

A Happy Father's Day to every Dad, Papà, Nonno, Father-in-Law, and any special guy out there!

There’s no blessing like having an Italian American father -- this week our moderator, John M. …

Updates from Italy with Patrick O'Boyle: Sardegna Reopening

June 19th, 2020


What is it like to be a resident of a popular Italian tourist destination as Italy reopens? That’s the question Pat O’Boyle asks Silvia Giagheddu, …

IAP 147: Sicily: A Multi-Cultural Legacy with Special Guest Lou Mendola

June 16th, 2020


Almost 900 years ago, there existed a land where peoples of all cultures, creeds and colors lent their talents to the building of a nation at the …

Updates from Italy with Patrick O'Boyle: Italy's Youth on Reopening

June 12th, 2020


In our latest episode of “Updates from Italy,” Prof. Patrick O’Boyle sits down with Giovanni Trotta, an Italian young professional who witnessed …

IAP 146: Secrets of the Italian Garden with Special Guest Mary Menniti, Founder of the Italian Garden Project

June 8th, 2020


Mary, Mary... How does your garden grow?

If you're an Italian American, Mary Menniti is the person to answer this question—and many more—in this week’s episode of the Italian American Podcast.

We're sitting down with …

Updates from Italy with Patrick O'Boyle: Italian Healthcare Reopening

June 5th, 2020


For many months, Italy and her healthcare system have been at the epicenter of the most significant global health crisis in modern history.  But, now that the crisis is beginning to ebb, how has the COVID-19 pandemic …

IAP 145: The Feast Must Go On -- Celebrating an Italian American Staple in the Summer of Social Distancing

June 1st, 2020


For many Italian Americans, the start of summer means the start of "Feast Season," but the summer of social distancing looks like it's also destined to be the “summer of no feasts”… or is it?

In this week’s episode, our …

Updates from Italy with Patrick O'Boyle: Italian Tourism Reopening

May 29th, 2020


In this week’s episode of Updates from Italy with Patrick O’Boyle, we talk to Giuseppe Aloi of SIT Italy, the travel company he founded in 1999 that …

IAP 144: 10 Easy Steps to Becoming an Even Better Italian American While You're Stuck at Home

May 26th, 2020


What have you been doing doing your time in “lockdown”?

We here at the Italian American Podcast have been doing what we do best-- working on being as unabashedly Italian American as possible!  Seeing as a big part of …

Updates From Italy with Patrick O'Boyle: Italy Reopening

May 22nd, 2020


As Italy reopens its doors, we at The Italian American Podcast wanted to showcase just how much our Madre Patria has changed as a result of the …

IAP 143: Northern Exposure: Exploring Northern Italian Contributions in the United States, Part 2

May 18th, 2020


In this week’s episode, we’re wrapping up our two-part look at the Northern Italian impact on Italian American life by Italy by criss-crossing these great United States to discover Northern Italian enclaves from …

IAP 142: Northern Exposure: Exploring Northern Italian Contributions in the United States, Part 1

May 11th, 2020


We tend to focus a lot on our Southern Italian roots here at the Italian American Podcast, but today we’re asking..."What’s up North?"

This week’s episode is the first in a two-part series featuring special guest and …

IAP 141: Introducing “Bella Figura—The Tradition of Living Beautifully.” An All-New Podcast with Dolores Alfieri Taranto

May 4th, 2020


What are the ties that bind us together? In this week’s episode, we celebrate the launch of IAP co-host Dolores Alfieri Taranto’s new Podcast, “Bella …

Introducing Anchor!

May 1st, 2020


What listeners can expect as we move to a new podcast platform! You should not notice a difference in your experience, except there might be more …

IAP 140: Coffee and Conversation with Caffè Unimatic

April 27th, 2020


In times like these, our rituals are what keep us connected to “normal” life. In this week’s episode, Elisabeth Cardiello of Caffè Unimatic and Brave Conversations Over Coffee shows us how this ubiquitous beverage can …

Italian American Podcast Movie Watch-Along: MOONSTRUCK

April 20th, 2020


Tired of scraping the bottom of the streaming barrel for something to take your mind off of weeks stuck in the house?

Well… SNAP OUT OF IT, because the Italian American Podcast is bringing you our inaugural “Italian …

IAP139 - Introducing the Inaugural “Italian American Podcast Movie Watch-Along” with Moonstruck

April 20th, 2020


Have the weeks of quarantine got you a little stir crazy?  Well, it’s time to… SNAP OUT OF IT, because the Italian American Podcast is bringing you a little something extra this week!

Welcome to our inaugural Italian …

IAP 138: Buona Pasquetta! An Exploration of Italian American Easter Traditions

April 13th, 2020


Buona Pasquetta Everybody!!!  Today is Easter Monday or “Little Easter"... a day that, in Italy, represents a chance to celebrate the arrival of the Easter Season with friends and family, picnics and parties, and a …

IAP 137: The Italian American Podcast in the Age of Quarantine

April 6th, 2020


How are all our Paesani out there holding up in quarantine?  Is everyone keeping busy? Got enough to eat?  What’s in your stockpile? 

If you’re …

IAP 136: Finding Your Family—Tips and Tricks for the Novice Genealogist

March 30th, 2020


Discovering your past lays out a road map for your future! In this week’s episode, we'll prove that while reconstructing your family history might take effort, the rewards are priceless! 

Podcast co-host Anthony Fasano …

IAP 135: Le Belle Lingue - Dialects, Regional Languages, and Italian American English, Part 2

March 23rd, 2020


If any language proves that there’s room at the linguistic table for everyone... it’s Italian!

This week, we continue our examination of the languages of Italy as we take a closer look at her many Regional Languages and …

IAP 134: Le Belle Lingue – Language, History, and Identity in Italy and the Italian Diaspora, Part 1

March 16th, 2020


It’s often said that language is the living history of a people, and the Italian language has had a very exciting life! In this week’s episode, we dive into the history of the Italian language, from its Latin roots to …

IAP 133: “Coronavirus, Culture, and Cannoli”-- Experiencing Sicily with Allison Scola

March 9th, 2020


 Welcome to Italy—we’re open for business. That’s the message Allison Scola wants to share in this episode of The Italian American Podcast.

With …

IAP 132: “What Is America Without Pasta?” Defending Italian Food with Congressman Lou Barletta

March 2nd, 2020


 What IS America without pasta?  Without prosciutto?  Or parmigiano??  In this episode, we’ll ask those very questions when we’re joined by former Congressman Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania, the new Chairman of the …

IAP 131: “Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We’re Going” -- Examining the Italian American Identity Survey Results. (Part 4)

February 24th, 2020


It’s all over but the counting! It’s our final episode examining the results of our ITALIAN IDENTITY 2020 SURVEY, our amateur analysis of the present …

IAP 130: “Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We’re Going” -- Examining the Italian American Identity Survey Results (Part 3)

February 17th, 2020


It’s Part 3 of our four-part series examining the results of our ITALIAN IDENTITY 2020 SURVEY, our exploration into the hearts and minds of Italian …

IAP 129: “Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We’re Going” - Examining the Italian American Identity Survey Results (Part 2)

February 10th, 2020


We’re back with Part 2 of our multi-episode series examining the results of our ITALIAN IDENTITY 2020 SURVEY, our effort to ask the questions only we …

IAP 128: “Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We’re Going” - Examining the Italian American Identity Survey Results (Part 1)

February 3rd, 2020


At the start of Italian American Heritage Month last October, we created the ITALIAN IDENTITY 2020 SURVEY, which is our effort to ask the questions …

IAP 127: "Our Paper of Record" A Visit with the Couple Behind the Italian Tribune - Marion and Buddy Fortunato

January 27th, 2020


From its humble origins in Newark, New Jersey, for nearly 90 years, the venerable ‘Italian Tribune’ has grown to become perhaps the most important English-language voice in Italian American media.

We’ll meet the …

IAP 126: “Ciao Italia!” A Conversation with the First Couple of Italian American Cooking- Mary Ann & Gaetano Esposito

January 20th, 2020


For 30 years Mary Ann Esposito has been a part of our lives on “Ciao Italia”, American television’s longest running cooking show on PBS. Undeniably, this is the First Lady of the Italian American kitchen. Yet while we …

IAP 125: “Of House & Home- Italian American Style” A Conversation with Celebrity Contractor Eric Eremita

January 13th, 2020


For years, America has gotten to know Eric Eremita as the no-nonsense builder who made hundreds of families’ dream homes a reality on HGTV’s “Love It Or List It” and “Brother vs. Brother”. But now, we’re sitting down …

IAP 124: “A Visit From La Befana & Friends” Two Ladies and a Puppet Saving the World One Cookie at a Time!

January 6th, 2020


A Happy Feast of the Epiphany to all of our paesani our there!

Today is January 6th... La Festa dell’Epifania - which means if you were a good little …

IAP 123: “Somm’thing Worth Drinking on New Year’s Eve” From Prosecco to Passito and the Best Italian Wines In-Between!

December 29th, 2019


New Year's Eve is almost here and we at the Italian American Podcast thought we should bring in a special guest to help us point you in the direction …

IAP 122: “An Italian American Podcast Christmas Reunion”

December 23rd, 2019


Buon Natale Everybody! It’s the most wonderful time of the year, a time for friends, food, famiglia... and the free-flowing conversations bound to …

IAP 121: “Christmas at the Pastry Shop” Building on Family Traditions at Giorgio’s of Hoboken

December 16th, 2019


Hoboken, NJ is considered a Mecca of Italian American Pastry, with something for everyone, from world-famous brands to the most authentic …

IAP 120: “Christmastime on Arthur Avenue” Pasta and Passion with Danielle Oteri

December 9th, 2019


Why is Arthur Avenue, the Little Italy in the Bronx, NY, so unique amongst America’s Italian enclaves?

After a day of filming the newest episode of Greetings From Italian America, Rossella, Pat, and John sit down for a …

IAP 119 : “Introducing Italian America Television” The Italian American Podcast on Your Screens!

December 2nd, 2019


This week, in a special pre-recorded announcement, John and Pat will take a break from their Thanksgiving Eve preparations to sit down for a call to discuss the newest project from the Italian American Podcast... …

IAP 118 : “In the Opera You Get to Sing, Act, AND Eat the Lasagna!” A Conversation with the One-and-Only Cristina Fontanelli

December 1st, 2019


As we approach Thanksgiving and the start of the Christmas Season, John and Pat are spending an afternoon with one of their favorite Italian American friends, the award-winning singer, actress, and opera star Cristina …

IAP 117 : “Hey, I Grew Up This Freaky Way Too…Let’s Laugh About It” A Conversation with “Rocco the Comic”

November 18th, 2019


Rocco Deserto isn’t blaming his mother for making him nuts... he’s just revealing the humor behind his first generation Italian American upbringing!

This week, Rossella and John are joined by the man known to the world …

IAP 116: “Our American Epidemic” An Italian American Perspective on the U.S. Opioid Crisis

November 11th, 2019


The United States population is equivalent to 4.27% of the total world population, yet we consume 90% of the opioids on earth.  Every single day we …

IAP 115 : “Pizza Shop: An Italian-American Dream” An Interview With Filmmaker Antony Osso

November 4th, 2019


On this episode of the Italian American Podcast, we’ll sit down with Filmmaker Antony Osso to discuss his award winning documentary PIZZA SHOP: An Italian-American Dream- an intimate portrait of his family and the …

IAP 114 : “Can’t We All Just, Get Along?” Varied Voices Revisit the Legacy of Christopher Columbus

October 28th, 2019


Italian American Heritage Month is drawing to a close, and for our final episode of October, we’re inviting in a few outside voices to join us as we …

IAP 113 : “Why We Are Neo-Bourbon” An IAP Lecture on the Southern Italian Roots of the Italian American Community

October 21st, 2019


This week we are coming at you from Cleveland, Ohio, one of America’s most passionate Italian communities!

In celebration of Italian American …

IAP 112 : “When Did Columbus Become an Italian American?” An Honest Exploration of the History of the Columbus Day Holiday

October 14th, 2019


Happy Columbus Day everyone!  Or is it “Happy Indigenous Peoples Day”?  Or “Happy Italian American Heritage Day”?

In recent years, a holiday that was …

IAP 111 : “Do You Think We Italian Americans Can Agree on Anything?” Creating an ‘Italian American Identity’ Survey for the 21st Century

October 7th, 2019


For over one hundred episodes, we’ve talked, complained, gossiped, and wondered about the “Italian American Way”, and now it’s time to set pen to paper and see if we can’t figure out exactly what that means in 21st …

IAP 110 : “Are You Surprised That YouTube’s Only Emmy Nomination is for an Italian Girl Teaching Cooking?” A Conversation with Cara Di Falco, Emmy Nominated Star of ‘Cara’s Cucina’

September 30th, 2019


New Jersey native Cara Di Falco is a woman who knows that success is born of passion.  In just three short years, she’s made her online series Cara’s Cucina’ YouTube’s first and ONLY Emmy Nominated cooking show!

Di …

IAP 109: “Leadership, Luncheons, and the Next Hundred Years for the Italian Welfare League” A Discussion with Linda R. Carlozzi, Chair of the Italian Welfare League

September 23rd, 2019


Linda R. Carlozzi is known to many for her stellar legal career (she’s even included on Crain's NY's list of 100 Leading Women Lawyers in New York City). But, to those of us in the Italian American community, her …

IAP 108: “’A Festa ‘E Tutte ‘E Feste’” A Behind the Scenes Look at The Feast of San Gennaro in New York’s Little Italy

September 16th, 2019


It’s mid-September in The Big Apple, and the air is filled with the smell of sausage and peppers and fresh frying zeppole, because 'a festa 'e tutte …

IAP 107: “Could the Italian American Promised Land be in Toronto? ” A Conversation with Italo-Canadian Comedy Superstar Giuseppe the MC

September 9th, 2019


As the summer draws to a close, and the school year begins anew, co-hosts Rossella Rago and John Viola take their first crack at sharing hosting …

IAP 105: “If There’s No Government in Italy… Who’s Running the Place?” A Brief Examination of the August 2019 Italian Parliamentary Crisis

August 26th, 2019


On August 20, 2019, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned from his office, bringing to an end the strange fourteen-month experiment that was …

IAP 104: Ferragosto, Fredo, and the First American Saint- an Italian American Podcast emergency broadcast discussing the week that was in Italian America

August 19th, 2019


ATTENTION FELLOW ITALIAN AMERICANS!  This week marks the first emergency broadcast for the Italian American Podcast.  Although the team was planning …

IAP 103: “Talk About an Underdog Story!” An Interview with Filmmaker Robert Bruzio

August 12th, 2019


On this week’s episode of the Italian American Podcast, host John Viola sits down for an intimate one-on-one with filmmaker Robert Bruzio to discuss …

IAP 102: POWER HOUR: “Am I Allowed to Say… I Only Wanna Date Italians?!?” A Paesan’s Guide to Dating with Rachel Russo- “The Italian American Matchmaker”

August 5th, 2019


Amore is in the air on this week’s episode of the Italian American Podcast, as our panel of co-hosts are joined by a special guest to explore the ins-and-outs of Italian American courtship!

Rachel Russo- Dating …

IAP 101: POWER HOUR: “Bringing Up Bambino” An Amateur Guide to Raising Italian American Kids in 21st Century America

July 29th, 2019


On this week’s episode of the Italian American Podcast, when one of the co-hosts makes a special announcement, the rest of the gang ponder what it …

IAP 100 – The Italian American Podcast 100th Episode Supershow!

July 22nd, 2019


The one-and-only, often imitated never duplicated, original Italian American Podcast presents: the Centenario Spettacolore - 100th Episode Supershow!

IAP 99: It’s Not Arrivederci, It’s Evolution – Our 99th Episode: Looking Back as We Move Forward

July 7th, 2019


In our 99th episode of The Italian American Podcast we highlight some of our favorite clips from our first 98 episodes. We also discuss some of the new and exciting developments which have been going on with The Italian …

IAP 98: POWER HOUR: “Could America’s Mayor Be Any More Italian?” An Intimate Afternoon with Mayor Rudy Giuliani

June 24th, 2019


This week’s episode of the Italian American Power Hour is one for the ages, when most of the gang reassembles in New York City for the chance to …

IAP 97: POWER HOUR: “Who Cares About Education… You Can’t Eat a Book!” An Italian American Take on Education Reform

June 17th, 2019


In this week's episode, Pat and John sit down with Jeanne Abate Allen, the Founder and CEO of the Center for Education Reform.  Considered one of the nation’s most accomplished and relentless advocates for education …

IAP 96: POWER HOUR: Painting for Paisani- Steve Mairella and the art of the Italian American Experience

June 10th, 2019


In this week’s episode of the Italian American Power Hour, Pat and John sit down with Italian American artist Steven Mairella, a proud paisano …

IAP 95: POWER HOUR: Italian American Power Hour Travel Bureau presents “Secrets of the South”- an insider’s guide to a once in a lifetime trip to Southern Italy

May 29th, 2019


Ciao paisani! With Memorial Day come and gone, summer vacation season is upon us and on this week’s episode our Power Hour panel of Italian travel experts share some of their top-secret destinations, deals, and detours …

IAP 94: The Purest Form: Christopher Macchio on Art, Opera, and Using Talent to Serve Community

May 20th, 2019


This is the Italian American Podcast, and in this episode, we talk to PBS-TV Star and Tenor Christopher Macchio about using your talent to serve your community. This is a fun-filled episode with a lot of stories, laughs …

IAP 93: POWER HOUR: “I Like the Way You Say- NOIR” An Interview with Best-Selling Author Marina Di Guardo

April 29th, 2019


In this episode of the Italian American Power Hour, John scores a one-on-one interview with Marina Di Guardo, one of Italy’s best-selling authors and the mother of the most influential influencers in il bel paese! …

IAP 92: What It Would Be like to See Your Italian American Family on Stage with Candice Guardino Italian Bred

April 14th, 2019


This is the Italian American Podcast, and in this episode, we talk to Candice Guardino, star of the one-woman show "Italian Bred" about her upbringing in an Italian American family and the dream she had to become an …

IAP 91: POWER HOUR: “From the Bronx to the Big Easy” Discovering St. Joseph’s Day in New Orleans

April 8th, 2019


In this week's special edition of the Italian American Power Hour host John Viola, just back from the Big Easy, presents a special travel journal …

IAP 90: New Italian Migrations to the United States

March 31st, 2019


In this episode we talk to scholars and researchers Laura Ruberto and Joseph Sciorra about the history of Italian migrations to the United States and …

IAP 89: POWER HOUR: “The Greatest Podcast Never Made!”: Pigs Blood Pudding- You Don’t Know What You’re Missing!

March 11th, 2019


What do you do when three attempts at recording a Power Hour episode fail? You’re about to find out when you listen to “The Greatest Podcast Never Made!”

This week, Pat and John set out to record an episode while making …

IAP 88: POWER HOUR: The Ultimate Italian American Bucket List

February 25th, 2019


Do you keep a list of things you want to do before you “kick the bucket”? If you’re a true believer in Italian Power, you’ll want to hear this week’s …

IAP 87: Listeners’ Questions Answered on Topics Including Italian American Food Traditions, the Italian Culture, Little Italys and Genealogy

February 17th, 2019


This is the Italian American Podcast, and in this episode, we will answer some questions from our listeners on a variety of topics including Italian …

IAP 86: POWER HOUR: Lena Prima’s Prima La Famiglia- an inside look at the artist, the inspiration, and the making of the chart-topping new album

February 10th, 2019


On this week’s episode of The Italian American Power Hour, co-host John Viola heads down to the capital of Sicilian American culture- New Orleans, …

IAP 85: How Traditions and Values Strengthen Character with Former New York Mets Pitcher John Franco

February 4th, 2019


In this episode of the Italian American Podcast, we talk to former Mets pitcher John Franco about his childhood years and the sacrifices that his parents made for him which contributed to his success in his career.  …

IAP 84: POWER HOUR: Greetings from Italian America: Exploring the Italian Community in Buffalo, New York

January 27th, 2019


Ciao paisani! Gear up for an all new episode of the Italian American Power Hour with a brand-new segment we’re calling Greetings from Italian America!  Let’s face it, even though everyone in the Power Hour Team calls …

IAP 83: What Your Blood Tells You – Mickela Mallozzi on Using DNA Testing to Travel to Ancestral Countries

January 21st, 2019


In this episode of the Italian American Podcast, we welcome back our good friend Mickela Mallozzi, four-time Emmy® Award-winning Host and Executive Producer of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi, through which she travels …

IAP 82: POWER HOUR: A Power Hour History of the Italian American Experience, Part 4 of 4: Reading Recommendations for the Discerning Italian American

January 13th, 2019


Buon Anno and Happy 2019 to all of our paisani out there!  This first episode of the New Year is the fourth and final part of our four-part Power …

IAP 81: The Italian American Podcast 2018 Year in Review

December 31st, 2018


In this final episode of 2018 for "The Italian American Podcast," we recap this past year and discuss some of our favorite episode highlights. We also talk about the launching of "The Italian American Power Hour" and …

IAP 80: POWER HOUR: Italian American Power Hour Christmas Eve Spectacular Part 2

December 23rd, 2018


Chingedy ching, hee haw, hee haw! Christmas Eve is right around the corner and there’s no better way to kick off the holiday than joining us back at …

IAP 79: POWER HOUR: Italian American Power Hour Christmas Eve Spectacular Part 1

December 17th, 2018


A great big Buon Natale to all of our paisani out there because this is Part One of the Italian American Power Hour Christmas Eve Spectacular!  Join …

IAP 78: Dr. Christopher Fasano on the Science Behind Blood Memory

December 10th, 2018


This is the Italian American Podcast, and in this episode, Dolores Alfieri Taranto talks to Dr. Christopher Fasano, who is our co-host Anthony …

IAP 77: POWER HOUR: A Power Hour History of the Italian American Experience, Part 3 of 4: Americans of Italian Descent: 1941 – Present

November 29th, 2018


The moment you’ve all been waiting for is finally here! Part Three of the Power Hour’s Four-Part History of the Italian American Experience has arrived.  This week, our entire team reassembles for a boisterous meal at …

IAP 76: The Tragic and the Comic: Mike Vecchione and the Life of an Italian American Comedian

November 11th, 2018


In this episode, we’re speaking with Italian American comedian Mike Vecchione, who has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central and more. We talk about how his family supported his journey to …

IAP 74: POWER HOUR: A Power Hour History of the Italian American Experience Part 1 of 4: Before We Were Italians: 1492 – 1890

October 30th, 2018


Put on your history hats paisani, and gear up for the Power Hour’s version of Italian American history!  This week, in part one of a four-part …

IAP 73: From the Bronx to the Big Leagues: Val DiFebo, CEO of Deutsch New York, on Defying Stereotypes, Working Hard, and Putting Family First

October 24th, 2018


In this episode, we speak with Val DiFebo, CEO of Deutsch New York. We talk about defying stereotypes, working hard, and putting family first, and how doing so has helped DiFebo bring so much value to her career, as …

IAP 72: POWER HOUR: Where Can I Get Brioschi? An Exploration of our Favorite “Italian American” Products

October 16th, 2018


In this fourth episode of the Italian American Power Hour, John, Pat, Stephanie and Rossella, discuss the many familiar brands and Italian American products that are intrinsically and uniquely associated with the …

IAP 71: Inspiring Stories About Italian Heroes Who Saved Lives

September 29th, 2018


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we speak with Mark Sullivan, author of 18 novels including Amazon's most sold book, "Beneath a …

IAP 70: The Power of Hustle: Sarah Centrella on Hard Work and Big Dreams

September 16th, 2018


In this episode, we're speaking with best-selling author, manifesting expert, keynote motivational speaker, and master life coach Sarah Centrella about her book, "Hustle Believe Receive," and how everyone can make their …

IAP 69: “Italian American Women intrinsically feel a sense of their own power” – Dr. Aileen Riotto Sirey on the origins of the National Organization of Italian American Women

September 2nd, 2018


In this episode, we talk with Dr. Aileen Riotto Sirey, one of the founders and the first president of the National Organization of Italian American …

IAP 68: POWER HOUR: Would a Ragù by Any Other Name Taste as Good? – The Ultimate Intellectual Sauce vs. Gravy Debate

August 17th, 2018


This is the second episode of the Italian American Power Hour. These episodes will air periodically and will feature Italian Americans talking about …

IAP 67: The Italian American Podcast – Listeners’ Questions Answered

July 31st, 2018


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we answer a variety of listeners' questions.

We love hearing from our listeners! In fact, we had so many questions come in response to our request, we plan to do more …

IAP 66: POWER HOUR: Do They Still Speak Italian in Italy? An Italian American Guide to Visiting the Motherland

July 17th, 2018


In this episode of "The Italian American Podcast," which is the second episode of "The Italian American Power Hour," we discuss going back to Italy as Italian Americans. We talk about traveling to Italy, the Italian …

IAP 65: The Southern Italian Tradition of Tarantism with Alessandra Belloni

June 20th, 2018


This is the Italian American Podcast and, in this episode, we’re talking to the very talented singer, dancer, percussionist, director and author, Alessandra Belloni. We talk about really interesting topics focused …

IAP 64: POWER HOUR: How Much Should You Put in the Envelope? – Dissecting the Italian American Wedding

June 3rd, 2018


This is the first full episode of the Italian American Power Hour. These episodes will air periodically and will feature Italian Americans talking …

IAP 63: The Conversations That Help Us Keep Our Italian American Traditions Alive

May 20th, 2018


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast , we talk with two guests who are both listeners of the podcast and who both have a passion for their heritage that they have turned into very special projects focused on …

IAP 62: Introducing the Italian American Power Hour

May 6th, 2018


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we will be introducing a brand new segment of the show called the Italian American Power Hour. The …

IAP 61: The conversations that help us keep our Italian American traditions alive

April 9th, 2018


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we talk with two Italian American authors about their connection to their heritage and how they are helping to keep the Italian American traditions alive.

In the main …

IAP 60: The avenues through which we bring our Italian American community together

February 23rd, 2018


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we talk to John Vourlis about a documentary that he produced called:  Breaking Balls, which is a …

IAP 59: The Italian American connection to Jazz Music

February 4th, 2018


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we focus on the Italian American connection to Jazz music. We speak to singer Vanessa Racci about how her grandfather inspired her to embark upon a journey that has …

IAP 57: A Shovel and a Dream – Dan Yaccarino on the Italian American Immigrant Story

January 7th, 2018


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast episode, I speak with Dan Yaccarino, an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator with more than thirty books to his credit. We’re going to talk specifically about one …

IAP 56: Mary Ann Esposito on the Traditions behind Food for Italians and Italian Americans

December 24th, 2017


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we speak with Mary Ann Esposito about her career as a TV chef and the traditions behind food for Italians and Italian Americans. Mary Ann has been teaching people how to …

IAP 55: The Rich Italian American Traditions Steeped in our Food

December 10th, 2017


In this special holiday episode of The Italian American Podcast, I speak with the three winners of our Italian American Recipe Contest that we …

IAP 54: Adriana Trigiani on Kiss Carlo and Italian Family Feuds

November 26th, 2017


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we speak to New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani about her latest book titled Kiss Carlo but more specifically about one of the themes of the book which is …

IAP 53 : Helene Stapinski on the Murder in Matera

November 12th, 2017


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast episode, I have two guests. Firstly I speak with Helene Stapinski, author of the wonderful book

IAP 52: Michael Badalucco on reuniting with his Sicilian relatives

October 29th, 2017


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, I talk with actor Michael Badalucco, a passionate Italian-American and a really funny guy who has …

IAP 51: Marianne Leone on Love, Loss, Art and being a First Generation Italian American

October 15th, 2017


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast episode, we speak with Marianne Leone who is an actress and an author. She wrote an inspirational book about her son (who she lost way too early) entitled Jesse: A …

IAP 50: A visit to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial to see history made

October 1st, 2017


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we are changing it up. I will be taking you on a trip with me and we will be heading to the black hills of South Dakota to attend a ceremony where Luigi del Bianco will …

IAP 49: Preserving Italian enclaves through inspiration and photography with Ray Guarini

September 17th, 2017


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we talk with Ray Guarini, founder of Italian Enclaves, about the memories he is creating to help …

IAP 48: The hidden history of Southern Italy’s glory – Part Three

September 3rd, 2017


This episode features the third and final part of our Southern Italy series. These episodes have consisted of interviews with National Italian …

IAP 47: Lisa Scottoline on building a career and a life with Italian American values

August 20th, 2017


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we talk with Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 29 …

IAP 46: The hidden history of Southern Italy’s glory – Part Two

August 6th, 2017


This episode features the second part of this series of interviews with National Italian American Foundation President John Viola, and Anthony and …

IAP 45: The hidden history of Southern Italy’s glory – Part One

July 23rd, 2017


In this episode (which is part 1 of this series) of The Italian American Podcast, we talk with National Italian American Foundation President John …

IAP 43: La Bella Lingua – Dianne Hales on the beautiful Italian language

June 25th, 2017


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we talk with Dianne Hales.  Hales is the author of La Bella Lingua and a widely published, award-winning freelance journalist.  In this episode, Dianne tells the story of …

IAP 42: Lena Prima discusses her love for, and the legacy of, her legendary father Louie Prima

June 11th, 2017


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we talk with Lena Prima, New-Orleans based singer songwriter and daughter of the legendary Louis (Louie) Prima.

In our Stories Segment, Anthony reads a section from his …

IAP 41: The emotional aspect of visiting your ancestral villages in Italy

May 28th, 2017


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we talk with Cassandra Santoro from Travel Italian Style. We talk about the mental and emotional aspects of reuniting with family in Italy or just visiting one of your …

IAP 40: An Italian mother is a blessing from God: A special Mother’s Day episode

May 14th, 2017


In our 40th episode of The Italian American Podcast episode, we wanted to do something special for Mother’s Day. We talk to some of our past guests, all very proud Italian American women, and discover what their mothers …

IAP 39: Gina Barreca on staying true to your roots and being unabashedly Italian American

April 30th, 2017


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we talk with Gina Barreca, an Italian American author and humorist.  She is the editor of two books that our audience may find interesting: DON’T TELL MAMA: THE PENGUIN …

IAP 38: Fred Gardaphé on the importance of educating Italian Americans

April 16th, 2017


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we talk with Fred Gardaphé, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of English and Italian American Studies …

IAP 37: Paul Malignaggi on Sicilian pride, turning struggle into success, and a champion mindset

April 2nd, 2017


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we talk with Paul "Paulie" Malignaggi, a former two-weight World Champion who currently works as a …

IAP 36: Robert Orsi on worship, Southern-Italian style – Superstition, Saints, and Feast Days

March 20th, 2017


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we talk with Robert Orsi, who is the first holder of the Grace Craddock Nagle Chair in Catholic …

IAP 35: Anthony Tamburri on supporting Italian-American art and culture

March 5th, 2017


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we talk with Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute …

IAP 34: Dual citizenship and exploring your roots with Laura Lee

February 19th, 2017


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we air a conversation recorded this past summer in Sicily with Laura Lee, founder of Digging Up Roots in the Boot, which specializes in heritage tourism and genealogical …

IAP 33: Rossella Rago on Cooking with Nonna and passing down traditions

February 5th, 2017


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we speak with proud first generation Italian-American Rossella Rago from "Cooking with Nonna" about her cooking experiences throughout her life, and the true meaning …

IAP 32: Tragedy inspires the trip of a lifetime for Cassandra Santoro

January 22nd, 2017


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we speak with Cassandra Santoro, who decided to take a big risk in the face of tragedy and, by doing so, changed her life for the better.

Santoro tells the story of how …

IAP 31: Directors Anthony and Joe Russo on how their Italian-American family supported and nurtured their rise to success

January 8th, 2017


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we speak with Emmy-Award winning directors Anthony and Joe Russo. We also speak to Michele Cerullo …

IAP 30: Merry Christmas from Arthur Avenue – Little Italy in the Bronx

December 25th, 2016


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we visit Arthur Avenue, the Little Italy in the Bronx, NY.  While many “Little Italy” neighborhoods throughout the United States have waned, Arthur Avenue remains alive …

IAP 29: This isn’t your granddaddy’s accordion! Cory Pesaturo on making the accordion cool again and the value of hard work

December 11th, 2016


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we speak with world champion accordionist Cory Pesaturo.  We also interview Mary and Elise from the …

IAP 28: From an Italian immigrant neighborhood to the White House, a conversation with Anita Bevacqua McBride

November 27th, 2016


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we speak with Anita Bevacqua McBride.  McBride served as assistant to President George W. Bush and chief of staff to First Lady Laura Bush from 2005 to 2009, directing …

IAP 27: Listener stories on Italian names, Italian-American family traditions, and the language of your soul

October 16th, 2016


In this episode we feature listener stories that have been submitted by listeners of The Italian American Podcast.

In the first story, Dina Horwedel …

IAP 26: Franco Harris on Franco’s Italian Army, the Immaculate Reception, and growing up in a multicultural family

October 2nd, 2016


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we speak with four-time Super Bowl champion Franco Harris. Harris began his professional football career when the Pittsburgh Steelers selected him in the first round of …

IAP 25: Carole Radziwill on her curious journey from Emmy Award winning journalist to reality TV star, and her Italian-American roots

September 18th, 2016


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we speak with Carole "DiFalco" Radziwill, an Emmy Award winning journalist and New York Times

IAP 24: John Maggio on the creation of Italian-American identity, our past struggles, and our many triumphs.

September 4th, 2016


In this episode, we interview filmmaker John Maggio, who has spent a decade making documentaries hailed for their social impact and exceptional craft.  His work includes several films for "FRONTLINE" and "American …

IAP 23: Finding relatives in Italy and connecting the Italian and American sides of your family

August 21st, 2016


In this episode, our own co-host Anthony Fasano breaks down his recent trip to Italy during which he visited the ancestral villages of seven of his eight great-grandparents.  Anthony did what many Italian Americans hope …

IAP 22: Mickela Mallozzi on hard work, and making our ancestors proud and our dreams come true

August 7th, 2016


In this episode, Dolores interviews Mickela Mallozzi, an Emmy Award winning host and producer of the popular travel dance TV and web series "Bare …

IAP 21: One of our own: Celebrating the induction of Mike Piazza into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame

July 24th, 2016


This is a special bonus episode we produced to celebrate Mike Piazza’s induction into the Major League Baseball (MLB) Hall of Fame, which is …

IAP 20: Domenica Marchetti on preserving Italian food and family traditions

July 17th, 2016


In this episode, we interview Domenica Marchetti on one of the oldest Italian traditions, preserving food. Many Italians and early Italian Americans …

IAP 19: Pat Harrison on Italian-American values, leadership, and developing a moral compass

July 3rd, 2016


In this episode we talk with Pat Harrison on the Italian-American values she received from her family, the unique leadership of Italian-American women, and Italian-American stereotypes.  The Honorable Patricia de Stacy …

IAP 18: Tony Reali on faith, food, and fatherhood, Part 2 of 2.

June 19th, 2016


This episode features the second part of our two-part interview with Tony Reali of ESPN's "Around the Horn" (you can listen to part 1 here). In this episode, Reali talks about his faith, including wearing ashes on his …

IAP 17: Tony Reali on being true to yourself and your family, Part 1 of 2.

June 5th, 2016


In this episode, we visit the "Good Morning America" Studios in Times Square where spent the day with Toni Reali, host of ESPN’s "Around the Horn."  This is part one of a two-part interview, where Reali talks about his …

IAP 16: Gay Talese on showing up as a journalist. Part 2 of 2.

May 22nd, 2016


This episode features the second part of our two-part interview with literary and journalistic legend Gay Talese (click here for part 1). Additionally, in our Italian American Story Segment, we have an interview with …

IAP 15: Gay Talese on growing up Italian American in Mid-20th Century America. Part 1 of 2.

May 8th, 2016


In this episode, we interview literary and journalistic icon Gay Talese. Talese is a bestselling author who has written eleven books. He was a reporter for the New York Times from 1956 to 1965, and since then he has …

IAP 14: The things we share: respect, passion and other Italian-American traits. A conversation with The National Italian American Foundation.

April 24th, 2016


The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) recently became a partnering sponsor of our podcast. In this episode we visit The National Italian American Foundation headquarters in Washington, D.C. and learn about how …

IAP 13: How to make sopressata, or more specifically, how to drink homemade wine and laugh with your Italian-American family

April 10th, 2016


This isn’t a typical how to make sopressata instructional episode, but it may be the funniest episode of The Italian American Podcast yet. We love talking to famous Italian Americans in our community, but what we love …

IAP 12: Lidia Bastianich on cooking as connection to heritage, keeping a family together, and what never to do when cooking pasta

March 27th, 2016


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we speak with Lidia Bastianich, otherwise knows simply as Lidia, Emmy award-winning public television host of "Lidia's Kitchen," bestselling cookbook author, …

IAP 11: An interview with Rick Zullo, an Italian-American who made the move to Italy

March 13th, 2016


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we speak with Rick Zullo, an American writer, teacher, and relentless Italophile. He was born in …

IAP 10: Tom Santopietro on “The Godfather” trilogy and the effect it had on Italian Americans, including himself

February 28th, 2016


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we speak with Tom Santopietro, the author of five books: "The Sound of Music Story"; "The Godfather …

IAP 09: Dream of Italy Made Reality: TV host Kathy McCabe on travel to Italy, authentic experiences, and the changing look of the country.

February 14th, 2016


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we speak with Kathy McCabe, host and executive producer of the travel series "Dream of Italy," showing on PBS stations around the U.S. through spring 2017. The television …

IAP 08: Were You Always an Italian? Maria Laurino on History, Identity, and Stereotypes

January 31st, 2016


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we speak to author Maria Laurino, who has written for numerous publications, including The New York …

IAP 07: Adriana Trigiani on Italy, Ego Versus Heart and Why Understanding Your Past is Important – Part 2 of 2

January 17th, 2016


Please note this is part 2 of our interview with Adriana Trigiani, you can listen to part 1 here.

In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we air Part Two of our conversation with New York Times bestselling …

IAP 06: Adriana Trigiani on Family, The Shoemaker’s Wife, and Recreating the Lives of Our Italian American Ancestors – Part 1 of 2

January 3rd, 2016


Please note, since this was published, we have also published part 2 of our interview with Adriana Trigiani.

In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we speak to New York Times bestselling author Adriana …

IAP 05: The Sounds of an Italian American Kitchen at Christmas Time

December 20th, 2015


This is a very special Christmas episode that is dedicated to our family member Pina Maietta, who left us too early. We celebrate her in this episode …

IAP 04: A Visit to the Italian American Museum in Little Italy New York City

December 13th, 2015


In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we visit the Italian American Museum in Little Italy, New York City.  Founder and Director Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa, Ph.D. talks about what Italian immigrants went through …

IAP 03: The People and Places of Sicily with Seeking Sicily author John Keahey

November 29th, 2015


You can listen to this episode by clicking the player above or subscribing on iTunes.

Are your ancestors Sicilian? Have you ever been to or wanted to go to Sicily? Well, this is the episode for you.

In this episode, …

IAP 02: 3 Steps for Starting to Research Your Italian Genealogy with PBS Host Mary Tedesco

November 22nd, 2015


You can listen to the episode by clicking the player above or clicking here to subscribe on iTunes.

Have you ever wanted to research your Italian American Genealogy?

Well, in this episode, we interview Mary Tedesco, an …

IAP 01: Ciao – An Introduction to The Italian American Podcast

November 15th, 2015


You can listen to this episode by clicking the player above or clicking here to subscribe on iTunes.

Ciao.  We are super excited to launch The Italian American Podcast!  The first podcast dedicated to helping Italian …

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