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Today, Clare Boothe Luce is perhaps best remembered as the playwright who authored The Women — a searing 1936 send-up of malevolent, boring Park Avenue ladies. Yet as the United States’ ambassador to Italy from 1953 to 1956, she also played a directly historical role. A hard-line anticommunist, sent to Italy at the height of the Cold War, she was t...

Italian Americans have made their mark on American history since arriving from Italy during the late 1880’s. By 1920, more than four million Italians called the U.S. their home. While the majority suffered prejudice and hardships, many were able to turn those difficult times into prosperity. Notable Italian immigrants and children of immigrants bec...

It’s often said that language is the living history of a people, and the Italian language has had a very exciting life! In this week’s episode, we dive into the history of the Italian language, from its Latin roots to its standardization straight through to its evolution into the languages of Italy’s 100 million person diaspora.  Our team also disc...

During the Comstock mining days, most of the miners who came here to work in the mines were Irish, Scotch, Welsh or Cornish. There were countless lively squabbles and skirmishes among the different groups after hours in the local saloons. If I had lived here in those days, and made the assertion that Saint Patrick was Italian, I am sure I would hav...

Sophia Loren may never have said, "Everything you see I owe to spaghetti," but that hasn't stopped the quote from becoming as ubiquitous on Instagram as the photos it's usually used as a caption for - hot girls eating pasta à la Caroline Vreeland, whose own spaghetti posts have spurred a viral hashtag, #CaroCarboLoad. Whoever did coin the phrase, h...

You've heard of Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz, but before the novel coronavirus outbreak, you might never have heard of Dr. Fauci. Today, he’s everywhere.  As the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, he leads just one of 27 institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health. But as Americans turn to public...

I suppose, as you get older, you tend to look back on your life and appreciate all of the blessings that God has provided. At least that is the case with me. And, as I do so, it becomes very clear to me how much my immediate and extended family has impacted me and given me moments to cherish. Regarding my extended family, I’d have to say that my fa...

In light of the quarantines and lockdowns, the Rossini Opera Festival will stream some of its most recent productions throughout the whole month of March. The Festival announced that it has decided “to embark in an ambitious enterprise called Soirées musicales in collaboration with Unitel Classica and Ricordi.” The festival will stream a cycle of o...

L’Ambasciata d’Italia a Washington si è attivata per assicurare collegamenti aerei diretti tra gli Stati Uniti e l’Italia nei prossimi giorni, nonostante il divieto di ingresso per coloro che sono stati nell’area Schengen negli ultimi 14 giorni deciso dalle Autorità americane a partire dalle 23.59 EST di oggi 13 marzo. Si ricorda che tale divieto n...

As a coffee enthusiast, what you need is a unit that can deliver fine-tasting beverages that will keep you psyched up all day. But because of the numerous options that the espresso machine offers, choosing the best one for your needs can be a bit confusing. Thus, many buyers – whether it is their first time or not, are pushed to do extra work to en...

It is undeniable that, in the worlds of music, fashion and art, Lady Gaga has been leading the way for the 10+ years she’s been in the spotlight. Since her arrival back in 2008, she has toed the line between high concept artistry and shocking scandal. The New Yorker knows how to make a statement about herself, her fans and the disenfranchised peopl...

The prospect of having to stay at home for two weeks may be a little intimidating, but we assure you that we’ve already been there – we’re having to face the worldwide coronavirus emergency with responsibility and patience. So let’s take advantage of the proverbial Italian joy and live this unusual situation to the fullest; it’s an opportunity to r...