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

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

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

    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 team discusses how the current COVID-19 crisis has affected the most tangible representation of the Italian American community at large—our feasts. Yet, while most feasts have already been either cancelled or postponed this year, we are proudly unveiling a new project designed to celebrate these special events while they are on hiatus, and sharing them with our paesani around the world this year and for many years to come.

    Our “Italian American Virtual Feasts” project is a partnership with the Italian Sons and Daughters of America, in which our ultimate goal is to create a virtual museum where these feasts’ unique histories are cataloged and celebrated for all to experience across crowdsourcing of photos, videos, and other archival materials. Via an interactive map, we’re also hoping to show just how strongly Italian American culture has permeated our great nation.

    As you’ll hear in this week’s episode, Italian American feasts are a combination of social event, religious observance, and cultural celebration. While this year’s feasts may look a little different, it is our hope that this new and exciting adventure helps fill the void created by COVID-19 and brings these events to a wider audience this year and for generations to come.

    Do you know of a feast that we should include, or have some contributions that would make our project great?  Email us at info@italianpower.com so we could include your contributions in this unique digital experience!

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

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

    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 focuses in particular on the beauties and treasures that Southern Italy has to offer, focusing on art, culture, and special events.

    Giuseppe tells listeners about what he thinks the future will hold for the post-COVID-19 Italian tourism industry, including what changes hotels need to make if they wish to stay competitive and stay open. He also discusses the Italian government’s plans for helping the tourism industry after this massive blow—including help for families whose livelihoods were displaced, as well as assistance for touristic agencies trying to rebuild.

    Pat and Giuseppe also discuss how Southern Italy was spared the brunt of COVID-19 due to the virus’s prevalence in northern regions, and what that could mean as the entire country reopens, including this summer as Southern Italy prepares for its traditional sagre and feasts.

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

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

    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 the Italian American identity is drawing from the interactions we have with friends, family and fellow paesani, more than two months in isolation have forced us to find some pretty innovative ways to be extra-Italian without leaving the house! Some of our discoveries have been so much fun that we figured we should share our proprietary strategies with our amici out there in Italian America, so in this week’s episode, we present:

    “10 Easy Steps To Becoming An EVEN BETTER Italian American While You’re Stuck At Home!"

    We’re exploring the various experiences we’ve had while living in quarantine and sharing how some activities that help pass the time can help strengthen the ties that bind us to our heritage— we’ll talk about how we are attempting to support Italian American small businesses without leaving the couch, how watching Mass online is changing how we live our faith, and why the right flour for the perfect loaf of Italian bread is a commodity one of us has cornered the market on!

    We also share what we’re cooking up in the “Cucina Quarantena,” where we’re recreating old family recipes, taking part in kitchen experiments, and getting the chance to truly sit down and pause while having a family meal with our loved ones.

    And, we’ll give you countless tips, tricks, and ideas on how to use this time to organize family photos, partake in a genealogical journey, learn a bit of Italian or a regional language, and much, much more!

    Sure, some states are reopening, although others are continuing to experience lockdown for the foreseeable future, but no matter when you and yours get the “all clear," the best part about this list is that it extends beyond lockdown, so you can try all of our suggestions even after the COVID craziness ends, and maybe get your friends and famiglia in on the fun too!

    • 48 min
    Updates From Italy with Patrick O'Boyle: Italy Reopening

    Updates From Italy with Patrick O'Boyle: Italy Reopening

    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 COVID-19 pandemic. So, in this new bonus segment of the Podcast, our co-host—and walking encyclopedia of Italian Americana—Professor Patrick O’Boyle is taking a deeper look into how life has changed in Italy and what that means for all of us as a result.

    In this inaugural segment of “Updates From Italy,” Pat talks with Paul Pontecorvo, an Italian American (and avid Italian American Podcast listener) living in Milan. Paul was one of the first people to message Pat when COVID-19 broke out and has been keeping in touch with our team as the weeks progressed. Paul shares his thoughts and experiences with our audience, as well as his impressions of what might happen in a post-pandemic Italy.

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

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

    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 California to Idaho and everywhere in between!

    Our special guest, and Northern Italy expert, Robert Allegrini, takes us on a tour across the country, stopping in various Northern Italian communities to explore their traditions, histories, and influence on Italian American life today. We’ll also discover some manifestations of Northern and Central Italian American pride, including La Corsa dei Ceri (“St. Ubaldo Day”) in Jessup, Pennsylvania, which is our country’s largest and most traditional Central Italian celebration.

    And speaking of Saints and Feasts… we’ll take a deep dive into an exploration of the differences between Northern and Southern Italian Catholicism and why Northern feasts and festivals may not have survived the immigrant journey as well as the Southern ones did.

    We also wander into a conversation on how Northern Italian cuisine has found its way into the American diet, where you can still find heirloom restaurants across America serving authentic Northern dishes, how Northern chefs invented some of our more-famous indigenous “Italian American” dishes, and how America’s pizza culture evolved to produce the culinary mystery that is Chicago’s Deep Dish Pizza!

    So if you’ve enjoyed learning more about these fascinating communities and characters, get ready for more “Northern Exposure” with the next half of this incredible story!

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

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

    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 Northern Italy expert Robert Allegrini, the honorary consul of San Marino in Chicago, where we will dig into a history of the contributions, communities and characters of the Italian Americans descended from northern and central Italy.

    We dive into the history of Northern Italy, including exactly how it can be defined and how its history differs from that of Southern Italy. We’ll also talk about the how the first Italians in the New World were from the North and how they helped contribute to our nation’s founding and early formation. We also pay homage to the Italian pioneers of America’s western expansion and how the further West you go, the more Northern Italian communities you see.

    We also talk about Italians who fought in the American Civil War and how prominent Northern Italians helped shape America’s cultural landscape. Finally, we dive into Northern Italian enclaves in the United States and how their foodways have become a staple of Italian American cuisine.  And we'll introduce some surprisingly Italian communities spread throughout the far reaches of America... settled by and still held dear by generations of northern Italian Americans!

    So get ready to head up North with us in an episode for the 13%!!

    • 48 min

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