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In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we traveled out of the studio for a conversation with John Viola, former President of The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), just 10 days after he stepped down from the position he held for six years. The conversation was rich with topics of importance to Italian Americans like family, fait...

As a first generation Italian-American, to me and to many like me, Christopher Columbus represents the idea that you can voyage far away from home, and with a dream, and perseverance and sacrifice, and faith and hard work, you can find a better life and enjoy the freedom with which we are blessed to have in this awesome country we call the United...

As the country remains disgusted and transfixed by another sporting-world child sexual abuse case, HBO released its trailer for Paterno. The film, which debuts this spring, stars the legendary Al Pacino as winningest coach in college football history Joe Paterno, who tumbled abruptly from grace amid evidence that he was aware that his assistant coa...

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo, in conjunction with the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA) are excited to announce that applications are now open for The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum. This year, the program will award multiple $8,000 grants to ambitious filmmakers around t...

For the next couple months, Russo’s New York Pizzeria restaurants throughout the region are banding together in support of 1.3 million Americans living with blood cancer. From January 19-March 1, participating pizzerias are rallying their diners to donate an additional $1 to their bill. The goal is to cure blood cancer once and for all. 100 percent...

We need a term for the sort of scripted documentary that’s bubbling up these days from young, independent filmmakers. Like the work of Chloé Zhao, whose The Rider was a standout at Cannes last year, or New York–born Italian-American director Jonas Carpignano’s films, which draw from real life milieus, casting people as themselves and framing their...

As recently as this past Sunday, Julia Mancuso still held out hope that she would qualify for her fifth Olympic Winter Games. “I’m not racing,” she tweeted from a downhill race in Austria’s Bad Kleinkirchheim on Sunday. “Saving my energy and hoping to have my best races in Cortina!!! One more week to qualify for the Olympics!” But the pain from a d...

Gli italiani nel mondo, storie di emigrazione passata e presente. Questo il tema al centro di “Speciale Community”, nuova trasmissione di Rai Italia, pensata per raccontare gli italiani nel mondo e fare da ponte tra le comunità italiane sparse nei diversi paesi e tra loro e la madrepatria.  A questo scopo è stata creata una rete di giornalisti–corr...

From my perspective, having neither reputable vocal capability and experience nor any sizable knowledge of music other than a deep appreciation of opera, attending an Opera Master Class would have been an unthinkable and irrational action until recently. Thanks to Maestro Michael Recchiuti, this experience turned out to be fulfilling, rewarding, in...

Luca Guadagnino wants to make a "cycle of films" about the characters in 'Call Me By Your Name'. The 46-year-old Italian director helmed the hit coming-of-age movie starring Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet, and the film has been met with critical acclaim and Guadagnino already has ideas for a potential sequel.

What the world needs now is another cat video. Seriously. The combination of cats and the music of Nicolo Paganini was just an idea purring in the head of violinist Augustin Hadelich until he met director Paul Glickman and animator Tam King (the team behind the animated short El Salón México). Together they've come up with Fantasia Dei Gatti (Fanta...

Could Andrea Pirlo’s successor at Juventus be ready to follow his path to Major League Soccer? Those are the rumblings out of Italy, where reports claim that Juve legend Claudio Marchisio is considering a move to MLS at the close of the current Serie A campaign. A versatile central midfielder who has transitioned from an all-action, box-to-box role...