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

    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 first step towards canonization;  His Majesty will then be proclaimed a Servant of God and join his mother, Blessed Maria Cristina of Savoy (1812-1836), on the path to sainthood.

    The last monarch of an ancient kingdom, which was for 730 years the independent nation of Southern Italy and the Island of Sicily, Francesco II is not well-known to most people, outside of a small circle.

    Coming to his throne at just 23 years of age, and almost immediately faced with the invasion of his nation by Giuseppe Garibaldi and his famed “Thousand," the man who Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa described as “a seminarian dressed up as a general” is now being discovered for the first time by many historians and many Southern Italians. Now, through this episode, the 87 percent of the Italian American community with roots in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies will get the chance to learn his story.

    In order to get a more complete picture of this fascinating monarch, we’re sitting down with historian and friend Lou Mendola, author of the recent book “The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies 1734-1861," who shares his encyclopedic knowledge about a man who sacrificed a throne for the safety of his people, who left behind his personal wealth for the benefit of his subjects, and whose often-overlooked life reads like the story of a true saint.

    We’ll dig into the processes of beatification and canonization, the differences between the two, and why the man known as "Re Franceschiello" is worthy of the title, one he probably would have held in much higher regard than even that of king.

    It’s a story you’ll have to hear to believe, and one that might make you look at Italian and Italian American history with a whole new appreciation for the last King of the Two Sicilies.

    For more on the Cause of Beatification of Good King Francesco II, visit the Fondazione Francesco II Delle Due Sicilie at www.fondazionefrancescosecondodelleduesicilie.it

    This episode is sponsored by Mediaset Italia.

    • 1h 8 min
    IAP 170: The Italian American Podcast's 2020 Christmas Musical Revue

    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 many families are kept apart in these unprecedented circumstances, we thought we would help fill the volume void by taking you through some favorites from our Italian American Christmas Playlist.

    We’ll share the songs that define our Christmases, from traditional English-language classics interpreted by the Italian American icons of yesteryear, to the Italian hits that have made their way into our American holiday, to the unique songs written to celebrate a distinctly Italian American Christmas.

    Plus, you’ll learn the history of some of these unique musical traditions on a journey from the American Heartland to the Hills of Italy.

    And, in a special bonus segment, John and Pat sit down with songwriter Nancy Triggiani, whose 2018 hit “Dominooch” shares the story of the son of Dominick the Donkey, and takes its place as the newest Italian American Christmas classic.

    Remember, you and yours can listen along with us to six-plus hours of uninterrupted, never repeated, and carefully curated Italian and Italian American Christmas classics by visiting our one-of-a-kind Yule Pot Playlist at www.yulepot.com

    We hope these songs are ringing through your home come Christmas Eve and that you and yours enjoy a healthy, safe, and BUON NATALE!

    • 1h 1m
    IAP 169: A Christmas Movie for Italian America? Feast of the Seven Fishes: A Conversation with the Brothers Behind the Film

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

    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 further, because in this episode we’re sitting down with Jeffery and Robert Tinnell, the Italian American brothers behind the hit film, “The Feast of the Seven Fishes,” an Italian American Christmas story available to you and yours on Amazon Prime this Christmas Season.

    We’ll talk about the inspiration behind this passion project, and how our much-loved traditions can overwhelm even the most well-intentioned outsiders. We’ll also discuss how “The Feast of the Seven Fishes” became a household phrase, and how this Italian American Christmas tradition has evolved through time and place to become a quintessentially Italian American celebration.

    The brothers will also introduce us to their significant Italian American community of West Virginia, and share how their Italian American experience differs from other, more well-known Italian enclaves... though no matter how we celebrate our heritage, our Italian American values are truly what unite us all.

    When you need a break from holiday baking or cooking, or while you’re waiting for the baccalà to soak, be sure to listen to this heartwarming episode, and then head off to watch the film that’s sure to become an Italian American Christmas classic!

    This episode is sponsored by Mediaset Italia.

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

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

    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 you have felt this more frequently than others, we’ve got the Paesana for you!

    On this week’s episode, we’ll chat with Victoria Passarella, the founder of Metropolitan Island, Brooklyn Ivy League, and the Italian American Leadership Network.

    After graduate school at Columbia University, and working for the university in career education, Victoria noticed that her Italian American upbringing led to some major cultural differences from the institutions around her. She was almost always the only Italian American in these settings, and as the daughter of an Italian immigrant father and an Italian American mother from Brooklyn, Victoria's Southern Italian culture influenced how she viewed her work and society at large.

    Inspired to take what she learned as a career education professional and offer it in a relatable way to empower her community, Victoria founded the Italian American Leadership Network as a community for people to support one another as they navigate their professional lives while incorporating how being Italian American impacts their values and challenges they experience, sharing resources and knowledge to help each other achieve goals that our ancestors could only dream of!

    Victoria will share the surprising events that made her realize Italian Americans might need a different type of professional network… from a dressing down about dressing up, to the grad school professor whose meatball dinner helped reveal troubling stereotypes. This episode is filled with important questions about Italian American self-identification, how we define our community, what makes us distinct, and when its okay to embrace and defend those distinctions that make us who we are!

    • 1h 14 min
    IAP 167: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame with Special Guest NIASHF President Ron Onesti

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

    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 John Viola is sitting down with longtime friend, and newly-appointed president of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, Ron Onesti, to share an intimate conversation about this proud Italian American landmark. They’ll share Hall history, and personal recollections of the Hall of Fame’s inimitable founder, the late George Randazzo, and examine some of the more unique items that make up this museum’s one-of-a-kind collection of Italian Americana!

    And, in some exciting news, they’ll discuss the Hall of Fame’s upcoming move into a brand-new museum headquarters in Chicago’s Harlem Avenue Little Italy section, an exciting and much celebrated next chapter for an organization that faced an unclear future just a few short years ago.

    They’ll dig deep into the Hall’s story and ask important questions about sports, community, character, and why the history of Italian Americans in sports might be our community’s best tool to fight racial injustice.

    This personal conversation is filled with information and affection -- if you’re looking for an early dose of 2021’s “Good News,” consider this an episode you won’t want to miss!

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

    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 shopping set to claim an even greater share of holiday spending, we at the Italian American Podcast wanted to be sure to encourage our listeners to “Buy Paesan” and support Italian American Small Business!

    So in this week’s episode, in celebration of Small Business Saturday, we’re featuring best-selling author Matt Rizzetta, author of “Embrace the Pace: The 100 Most Exhilarating Lesson Learned in a Decade of Entrepreneurship” and the owner of North 6 Agency… one of America’s “50 most powerful PR Firms” and an Italian American-owned small business he started in his garage! Matt is also one of the owners of the SS Campobasso soccer team!

    Matt and the Podcast crew will share tips and tricks on how to best position your Italian American-owned small business for success during these times of economic uncertainty and beyond, and why now might just be the right time to scratch that entrepreneurial itch you’ve been repressing for so long by starting your own small business!

    We’ll discuss why small businesses are important to the fabric of our nation and why Italian American businesses are truly a precious slice of our culture that we all need to support when we can. We also talk about what business owners can do to help their 2020 holiday sales and we share our plans to help our listeners promote their businesses this holiday season and into the future!

    Break out your holiday shopping list and check it more than twice as your favorite Italian American businesses come to mind while listening to this episode!

    • 1h 1m

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