The United States population is equivalent to 4.27% of the total world population, yet we consume 90% of the opioids on earth.  Every single day we lose 150 Americans to opioid related deaths.  It’s an epidemic that is ravishing our nation, and one that is little understood. This week, moderator John M. Viola sits down with longtime friend Dr. John...

On this episode of the Italian American Podcast, we’ll sit down with Filmmaker Antony Osso to discuss his award winning documentary PIZZA SHOP: An Italian-American Dream– an intimate portrait of his family and the pizzeria and restaurant they have run for over forty years. Osso’s film introduces us to his father Charlie and uncle Fred, poor immigra...

This week we are coming at you from Cleveland, Ohio, one of America’s most passionate Italian communities! In celebration of Italian American Heritage Month, our favorite moderator John M. Viola has been invited to speak to the Northern Ohio Italian American Foundation (NOIA Foundation) about the history of Southern Italy and its impact on the Ital...

Happy Columbus Day everyone!  Or is it “Happy Indigenous Peoples Day”?  Or “Happy Italian American Heritage Day”? In recent years, a holiday that was celebrated for centuries without controversy (save for some of the garish green-white-and-red outfits it inspired) has become a hot-button issue that hits at the heart of Italian identity in America. ...

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...

Linda R. Carlozzi is known to many for her stellar legal career (she’s even included on Crain’s NY’s list of 100 Leading Women Lawyers in New York City). But, to those of us in the Italian American community, her ubiquitous presence amongst the leadership of countless Italian American organizations might make one wonder exactly how this “Wonder Wom...

It’s mid-September in The Big Apple, and the air is filled with the smell of sausage and peppers and fresh frying zeppole, because ‘a festa ‘e tutte ‘e feste’—’The Festival of All Festivals’ has arrived! For eleven days each September, thousands descend on Mulberry Street in Manhattan’s Little Italy for the Feast of San Gennaro, and this week, Ross...

Labor Day is here, and with it comes not just the end of summer, but also the close of the “Italian American Feast Season”, so join co-hosts John Viola and Pat O’Boyle as they decamp for the Sicilian American enclave of Lodi, New Jersey to celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker and to discuss the Italian American contributions to the US Labor...

ATTENTION FELLOW ITALIAN AMERICANS!  This week marks the first emergency broadcast for the Italian American Podcast.  Although the team was planning to take a week of rest and relaxation to celebrate the ultimate Italian vacation of Ferragosto, the wider world just wouldn’t let us rest because during the week leading up to the holiday the Italian A...

Amore is in the air on this week’s episode of the Italian American Podcast, as our panel of co-hosts are joined by a special guest to explore the ins-and-outs of Italian American courtship! Rachel Russo- Dating and Relationship Expert, Professional Matchmaker, Relationship Coach, and proud Italian American- is the author of The FabJob Guide to Beco...