by Mike Hughes   Over the past century or so, the U.S. has been energized by people from one small country. Or, actually, from a fraction of that country. PBS' "The Italian Americans" says most of the surge came from one piece of Italy.   It's "not the experience of Milan (or) Florence," said journalist Gay Talese. "It's not Rome...

"Genealogy Roadshow" returns Jan. 13 for its second season on PBS, and it will feature a group of genealogy experts traveling to New Orleans, Philadelphia and St. Louis to help participants discover their family histories.   The format of the show is simple: Three genealogy experts travel to a new city and residents apply to have their famil...

di Paolo Mastrolilli   In Usa è la "conduttrice culinaria dell'anno". Lidia Bastianich, come mai questo premio proprio a lei e al suo programma tv dedicato alla cucina italiana, con tutta la concorrenza? «Per la mia passione di educare, credo. La cucina italo-americana ormai è una cosa a sé, molto diversa da quella originale. Una cultu...

Premieres Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 7:30pm on WMHT-TV. "A tribute to the vanished world of Italian immigrant families that fostered culture and community in the South End of Albany, NY. Our original film, The Neighborhood That Disappeared, told the story of the South End of Albany, NY which contained over one-third of the City's ethnic popu...

by Mary Solberg   Phil Scrimenti enjoys asking people, "Who do you think I look like?" If they say he resembles a doctor or lawyer, he nods knowingly. That's what most people think. But when someone recently mentioned he could be a look-a-like for James Gandolfini from "The Sopranos," he quickly jotted it down in a notebook for future r...

by Michael Traversa   To most people Matt LeBlanc will forever be the good-hearted, amiable aspiring actor Joey Tribbiani from the widely popular show Friends. The series was a must watch in the mid nineties and it ended its successful run in 2004 after ten years.   The actor went on to star in the spin off Joey, which saw the charact...

di Marco Bruna   "Dopo un'infanzia segnata dai film di Billy Wilder e un'ossessione per la Nutella, ho lavorato per anni a Rai Tre, come sceneggiatrice per Un Posto Al Sole e collaboratrice ai testi e regista per il programma Sfide".   Leggere il ritratto che Giulia fa di se stessa ti porta immediatamente a fraternizzare, prima ancora...

by Kyrie Whitsett   Both sides of Angela Spitalieri's family came from Italy and settled in the Cleveland area. As a young Italian-American who lives and works in the Little Italy neighborhood, she feels she has a certain responsibility to that community. She explains how she tries to fulfill that responsibility in two particular ways. ...

by Paulette Cohn   What do Tony Bennett, Joe DiMaggio, Stanley Tucci, Nancy Pelosi, and John Turturro have in common? They are among the subjects of a new PBS two-part, four-hour documentary series, The Italian Americans, which explores the evolution of Italians in the U.S. from the late 19th century to today.   "I know a lot about It...

by Lydia Warren   Grinning with his head on the lap of a school friend as he pulls her cheek, this is James Gandolfini in his happy teenage years - when the New Jersey native was voted 'Class Flirt' and 'Best Looking'. This larger-than-life character smiling among the pages of the Park Ridge High School yearbook in the 1970s hints at the po...