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The epic true story of an Italian Jewish family, split apart by love, fascism and war. Through shocking discoveries - and Stanley Tucci’s artistry - an enthralling personal history comes to life.

When documentarian David Modigliani was a kid, his grandfather, Franco, won the Nobel Prize. But, David’s always been more fascinated by the love story that made it possible -- his grandparents' romance on the run from Fascist Italy. When he digs into their story, he uncovers a darker side to their fairytale escape: a brother left behind to face the Nazi occupation - and startling personal connections between his family and Benito Mussolini. In the Tribeca-winning podcast, PACK ONE BAG, he returns to Italy to investigate his family's past, carrying a pressing question: if Fascism takes over your country, do you stay, or do you try to flee? And what happens if you can’t? From Live Action Projects, Gilded Audio, and Lemonada Media.

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The epic true story of an Italian Jewish family, split apart by love, fascism and war. Through shocking discoveries - and Stanley Tucci’s artistry - an enthralling personal history comes to life.

When documentarian David Modigliani was a kid, his grandfather, Franco, won the Nobel Prize. But, David’s always been more fascinated by the love story that made it possible -- his grandparents' romance on the run from Fascist Italy. When he digs into their story, he uncovers a darker side to their fairytale escape: a brother left behind to face the Nazi occupation - and startling personal connections between his family and Benito Mussolini. In the Tribeca-winning podcast, PACK ONE BAG, he returns to Italy to investigate his family's past, carrying a pressing question: if Fascism takes over your country, do you stay, or do you try to flee? And what happens if you can’t? From Live Action Projects, Gilded Audio, and Lemonada Media.

Sales and Distribution by Lemonada Media https://lemonadamedia.com/

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    The Fairytale Escape

    The Fairytale Escape

    EPISODE 1 -- In 1939, Franco Modigliani escaped Fascist Italy for the United States. He'd go on to win a Nobel Prize, but his grandson, David, is most interested in the romance-on-the-run that made it all possible. When David digs into his grandparents' fairytale escape, he uncovers a darker side of the story - and a romance of his own.For more, tap to follow @packonebag on Instagram, TikTok and X and visit the show's website.This episode is sponsored by Harney & Sons Fine Teas! Visit Harney & Sons HERE and use code PACKONEBAG for 10% off!
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    • 33 min
    Mussolini's Friend

    Mussolini's Friend

    EPISODE 2 -- David discovers a surprising personal relationship between his great-grandfather and Benito Mussolini. Stanley Tucci brings this great-grandfather to life, revealing how he witnessed Mussolini's rise to power - and what happens when a dictator turns against you.For more, tap to follow @packonebag on Instagram, TikTok and X and visit the show's website.This episode is sponsored by Harney & Sons Fine Teas! Visit Harney & Sons HERE and use code PACKONEBAG for 10% off!
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    • 44 min
    Bonus: A Conversation With Stanley Tucci

    Bonus: A Conversation With Stanley Tucci

    The incomparable Stanley Tucci on why he loves audio, the character he voices for Pack One Bag - and the story of his own Italian family.

    For more, tap to follow @packonebag on Instagram, TikTok and X and visit the show's website at https://www.packonebagshow.com/.

    Bonus: A Crazy Day in Fascist Bologna

    Bonus: A Crazy Day in Fascist Bologna

    In this deleted scene, the King of the Books (Stanley Tucci) recounts how he used his relationship with Mussolini to foil Bologna's Fascist Chief of Police.

    For more, tap to follow @packonebag on Instagram, TikTok and X and visit the show's website at https://www.packonebagshow.com/.

    The Lucky Ones

    The Lucky Ones

    EPISODE 3 -- On the ground in Italy, David visits the Prime Minister and digs into the Fascist upbringing of his Nobel-winning grandfather, Franco. Mussolini's "Racial Laws" raise the stakes of his grandparents' budding romance and lead their families to confront the hardest question: do you stay or flee? 
    For more, tap to follow @packonebag on Instagram, TikTok and X and visit the show's website.
    This episode is sponsored by Harney & Sons Fine Teas! Visit Harney & Sons HERE and use code PACKONEBAG for 10% off!
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 46 min
    Bonus: La Mamma Fascista and The Missing Baby

    Bonus: La Mamma Fascista and The Missing Baby

    David shares the tale of how his controversial great-grandmother, La Mamma Fascista, used her position of power within the Fascist party to change one woman's life - and the shape of her own family - forever.

    For more, tap to follow @packonebag on Instagram, TikTok and X and visit the show's website.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
257 Ratings

257 Ratings

Sashanick ,

Love it!

I love this podcast! What an amazing story. I have learned so much about Italy during WW2 and about this incredible family. So fascinating. Highly recommend!

Julie Morgenstern ,

Amazing podcast-bringing history, humanity and political turmoil to life

LOVE LOVE LOVE this podcast. Amazing story, amazing family, amazing parallels (unfortunately) to our times. Thank you for sharing!

amgeyer ,

A Major Achievement

Completely gripping! David Modigliani tells his family’s story with his sense of wonder brimming, and takes us fully on the ride. The level of detail in the oral histories, combined with historical documents and period media clips makes this a riveting and educational listen. And it’s full of humor too! Stanley Tucci (and others ?) animate the history in a delightful way. At its core, Pack One Bag is a love story within a love story, or maybe an entire Russian nesting doll set of love stories. David has a great voice and narrates his family’s story with a notable sweetness and gentleness; his intelligence and charming doses of self revelation win us over from the very beginning. A major achievement. FIRST RATE PODCAST. Jump right in!

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