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

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

    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 across the Atlantic are gearing up for the latest constitutional referendum facing voters in the Italian Republic --including those living abroad like the many Italian American dual citizens here in the United States.  On September 20-21, Italians will go to the polls (or vote by mail) to decide whether or not to approve a constitutional law that amends the Italian Constitution in various aspects, most notably reducing the number of Members of Parliament between the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate from a whopping 945 to just 600, cutting over 1/3 of the seats in both houses!

    As the vote has drawn closer and closer, many of our listeners who hold citizenship abroad have written us seeking some insight in to just what's at stake in this latest election, so in order to help listeners navigate the confusing waters of Italian politics, we asked Umberto Mucci, founder of We the Italians, to help explain what this referendum could mean to Italians everywhere and just how overseas representation could be affected.

    Umberto helps us understand the complications of Italian government, including the plethora of political parties and the different voting structures. We also talk about the pros and cons of this proposed referendum and how it could be the harbinger of significant political reform for il Bel Paese.

    We’ll also compare and contrast the Italian and American political systems and how each country’s governmental structure is affected by its own national culture.

    With American elections looming right around the corner in November, this week’s episode is one you most certainly won’t want to miss as you start to think about what makes a government work… and what doesn't!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    IAP 155: A Beginner's Guide to Tomato Jarring Italian American Style

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

    As August begins to creep into September, families everywhere are preparing for winter by gathering together to partake in a much-loved Italian American tradition… gather the whole famiglia as we take your through the history and how-tos of the art of tomato jarring!

    This New World fruit has become the staple of Italian and Italian American cuisine and now with the tomato harvest happening, our team decided to celebrate “la pummarola” by sharing our stories, strategies and science about this beloved tradition.

    We explore the history of the tomato, from its origins in the Andes mountains to its arrival in Europe, why Europeans and Colonial Americans originally believed it to be a poisonous plant, and how it beat this unfortunate reputation to become the cornerstone of Italian cuisine!

    We’ll then examine the various jarring traditions and methods, whether adding sugar to tomatoes is an honored tradition or a culinary sin, and how we might all be making tomato paste if Napoleon had never invaded Russia.

    We’ll also share our own family jarring stories and secrets, and perhaps stumble onto the perfect event to bring everyone back together once social distancing is a thing of the past!

    Call it pummarola or pomodoro… "to-may-to" or "tom-ah-to"… or whichever name you prefer, this humble fruit has defined much of our Italian American culture, and this week’s episode will take you deeper than you’ve ever imagined in getting to know the blessing that is the tomato!

    • 53 min
    IAP 154: Conversations on Columbus: The Charges

    IAP 154: Conversations on Columbus: The Charges

    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 legacy of Christopher Columbus, and this week we’re examining the major accusations which Columbus’ critics charge him with.

    We’ll begin with an examination of when and how Columbus’ reputation began to suffer, and just what caused a figure that was once considered essential to the American sense of identity to fall so far, so fast.

    From there, co-host John M. Viola will present segments from the dozens of interviews he’s conducted on Columbus as he seeks to understand the major arguments being made by those who are seeking to remove Columbus from the national pantheon of heroes.

    These various academics will address issues around the term “Discovery of America," Columbus’ performance as both a sailor and a public servant, and the most concerning allegations concerning the legacies of slavery and displacement in American history.

    If this series is, in essence, a virtual hearing, this week’s episode represents the plaintiff’s case… after all, the side bringing the case is the side that bears the burden of proof, and thus always goes first!

    If you’ve decided to join us on this journey of exploration, you won't want to miss this essential episode!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    IAP 153: Conversations on Columbus: Straight From the Source 

    IAP 153: Conversations on Columbus: Straight From the Source 

    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 and legacy of Christopher Columbus and we’re starting right from the beginning!

    As we set out to find truth in the current debates around the famed Genovese navigator, we’re seeking to understand just what primary historical documentation exists to provide insights into Columbus’s life, his deeds and, ultimately, his character.  Like any good history quest, we're beginning with source materials.

    Co-host John M. Viola will share portions of the dozens of interviews he’s already conducted on Columbus as he seeks to understand the various documents at the root of the conversation.  He’s joined by various academics and one impassioned student of history as they explore exactly what exists, where the documents are, and how even the most authentic of historical sources is open for interpretation.

    If you’ve decided to join us on this journey of exploration, you can’t afford to miss this important episode that dives right to the heart of how we know Christopher Columbus!

    • 52 min
    IAP 152: Conversations on Columbus: Introduction

    IAP 152: Conversations on Columbus: Introduction

    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 one that hits at the heart of our national mythology for Americans of all ethnicities -- the life and legacy of Christopher Columbus.

    Many of our listeners have called for us to weigh in on this highly-charged issue, and so we’ve set out to replace debate with dialogue and undertake a journey into the historical record of Columbus’ life, legacy, and relationship with the Italian American community.

    Over the course of many upcoming episodes, we will address a number of topics around the evolving issue with experts from various fields and perspectives, both from within the Italian American community and from without.

    In today’s introduction to that effort, moderator John Viola will take you through the way in which we developed our questions, some of the voices we are seeking to include in the conversation, and what we’d like to understand and share with our listeners at the end of this exercise.

    With such an important discussion to be had, for our community and for the United States overall, this is an introduction you’ll need to hear at the very beginning.

    • 38 min
    Italian American Podcast Special Announcement

    Italian American Podcast Special Announcement

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

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
221 Ratings

221 Ratings

SVanAllen ,

Excellent!!!

This series on Columbus is truly extraordinary. The depth of the research, the selection of interviewees is really bringing us to the truth of this very important issue. As a proud Italian American I have been trying on my own to find answers and am so grateful for this podcast that is bringing us together on this search.
I also of course have long enjoyed the great and entertaining podcasts you’ve been offering for years. Grazie!

Vincenzo Commisso ,

Nonna

I’m a first generation Italian American my parents are from Reggio Calabria. Love the show on my Nana would come visit us in New York on Long Island from Italy. She would stay with us for a month and when I was in high school. During homecoming the cheerleaders would toilet paper our houses and my Nonna would wake up in the morning and go out there andCollect all the toilet paper and put it back on the rules so funny how Nonnas love to save stuff love you guys
Vincenzo Commisso

Italo-Americano ,

Love the Show

Always look forward to the IAP. I find the history of Italian Americans fascinating and the IAP crew does a great job of chronicling our story.

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