On November 14, the new Governor of New York Kathy Hochul, decided to eliminate the state’s Director of Italian American Affairs position. It just so happens that the director was one Dolores Alfieri Taranto, co-founder of the Italian American Podcast. What began with the Governor’s intention to eliminate the position as a whole has caused an unpre...

In an era of increasing efforts to respect all ethnicities, and as we watch the ways in which tasteless humor are being called into question, could the Desus & Mero on Showtime, and the people at Showtime Networks find any more low-brow and insulting ways to describe Italian people and culture? Particularly when the topic is one that means a lot to...

Long Island Congressman Tom Suozzi — inching closer to announcing a run for governor — accused Gov. Kathy Hochul Monday of mishandling the firing of the state director of Italian-American Affairs. Suozzi, a Democrat who also represents a part of Queens, dashed a letter to Hochul responding to the Post report that she terminated popular Italian-Amer...

The podcast is more and more now an effective, new, fun communication tool. You can listen to it on any device, and in the world of Italian Americans there are now many different ones. Even We the Italians started his, first in video and then also in audio. The first podcast of the Italian-American world was born a few years ago. I was lucky enough...

My guest on Episode 3, author Christopher Castellani, talks to me about his love for family and family stories, but also the ways in which both, at times, can feel overwhelming, and how art helps us to integrate the varied emotions.  We talk about the writing life, his struggle with coming out and being accepted, and how our Elementals—our culture'...

When Anthony Fasano and Dolores Alfieri Taranto created The Italian American Podcast in 2015, little did they know that they were setting out to produce the first and most engaging podcast dedicated to helping Italian Americans learn about and celebrate their brilliant heritage. Their vision was simple—to chronicle the traditions and stories of the...

In our 99th episode of The Italian American Podcast we highlight some of our favorite clips from our first 98 episodes. We also discuss some of the new and exciting developments which have been going on with The Italian American Podcast. It’s an episode full of fun, laughter, and heartwarming reflections that you should definitely check out. We bot...

This week’s episode of the Italian American Power Hour is one for the ages, when most of the gang reassembles in New York City for the chance to spend an incredible day with America’s Mayor, Rudy Giuliani.  Known for leading one of the most transformative eras in the history of America’s great metropolis, Mayor Giuliani sat down with us for over tw...

Do you keep a list of things you want to do before you “kick the bucket”? If you’re a true believer in Italian Power, you’ll want to hear this week’s episode of the Italian American Power Hour, as Rossella, Dolores, and Pat reunite to dissect John’s take on the ten must-see monuments, events, and institutions that constitute his “Italian American B...

In this final episode of 2018 for “The Italian American Podcast,” we recap this past year and discuss some of our favorite episode highlights.  We also talk about the launching of “The Italian American Power Hour” and some of our favorite posts in our private Facebook Group – “The New Neighborhood – A Place for Italian Americans.” In our stories se...