Filomena Magrone will celebrate her 100th birthday this month surrounded by family and friends. She was born on May 14, 1917, in Carbonara, Bari, Puglia, to Nicola and Cecilia Muschio. In 1934, Gaetano Magrone began rounding up friends who could play musical instruments and showing up in front of her house to serenade her. They were married the nex...

Una vita sospesa tra due continenti, il vecchio e il nuovo. L'America e l'Europa, l'Italia, terra d'origine. I due mondi che uniscono la vita di Joseph Tusiani, poeta e traduttore dei grandi classici italiani in inglese. I suoi versi hanno segnato la storia della letteratura americana, tanto da fargli guadagnare, oltre la fama negli States, la vice...

Joseph Vincent Iacobucci nacque, il 22 marzo del 1916, a Cincinnati in Ohio da Antonio ed Elisena. I suoi genitori erano entrambi nati a Chiauci oggi provincia di Isernia e lì si erano sposati il 7 dicembre del 1907. Joseph era il terzo dei quattro figli della famiglia Iacobucci. Vince, Louie e Frank erano gli altri fratelli. Antonio, il padre, pur...

In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we talk with Paul “Paulie” Malignaggi, a former two-weight World Champion who currently works as a commentator. Paulie tells the story of how he transitioned from Sicily to Brooklyn and had to learn to adapt to the diverse cultures and lifestyles, and how that led him to start his boxing career, desp...

Today we go west, to the Grand Canyon State: Arizona. The story of the Italians here starts with an important explorer, Father Eusebio Kino: we will learn about this incredible hero, another Italian explorer who helped many people, included a lot of Native Americans. Our guest, the person who will lead us through Italy in Arizona, is Massimo Paolil...

La comunità italiana nel mondo lo scorso anno ha raggiunto quota 5 milioni di persone, pari a più dell’8% della popolazione italiana, come a dire la quinta regione per estensione, dopo Lombardia, Lazio, Campania e Sicilia. Una regione “extraterritoriale” che negli ultimi 10 anni, stando ai dati ufficiali Aire e Istat, è lievitata di oltre il 55% pe...

Dante Alighieri Society is looking for 4 individuals to join a panel discussion on Sunday, June 4, 2017 on the subject of Italian immigration to the U.S. If you came from Italy within the last 10 years, or between 10 and 25 years ago, and have an interesting personal story to share with the audience, we want to hear from you. Those interested in sh...

Nicola “Nicholas” Casciano nacque a Popoli, in via delle grazie, il 15 aprile del 1885 da Gennaro e Concetta entrambi “contadini” (all’atto di registrazione fu presente l’allora Sindaco Ciro Mancini). Sin da piccolo conobbe il duro lavoro dei campi. Andò a scuola quel tanto che bastò per saper leggere e scrivere. Ma era di intelligenza vivace e sog...

“The moment of arrival was euphoric, and then silence fell upon them. They were afraid they wouldn’t be let in. The question on everyone’s mind was ‘Will we enter or not? Will they let us pass?’” This is the scene Maurizio Igor Meta told me he repeatedly came across in the many diaries he read, written by European immigrants coming to New York via...

THEN: Starting in 1884 and continuing through to 1924, an estimated 290,000 Italian immigrants -- a great deal of them from Sicily -- arrived in New Orleans, fleeing economic and political turmoil. In short order, their indelible influence would be felt on the city. With the French Quarter no longer a fashionable address, many of the city's more we...