Discovering Cultural Roots in East Harlem, Bari and Ponce
Italian Roots and Genealogy
by Valerie Evans
5d ago
As distant cousins intertwined by Puerto Rican roots, Valerie Evans joins us to unravel the vibrant story of her dual Italian and Puerto Rican lineage. Our conversation traverses the multicultural neighborhoods of East Harlem, brushes through the historical cobblestones of Sannicandro di Bari and Salerno, and touches on the personal transformations ignited by a family accident and the consequential search for identity. Valerie’s account of her mother's life and her quest to reveal her mysterious Southern Italian father’s past sheds light on the intimate struggles many face in piecing together ..read more
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Echoes of Our Ancestry: A Journey Through Italian Heritage
Italian Roots and Genealogy
by Jerry Taverna
3w ago
Stepping through the cobblestone streets of my ancestral town, I was embraced by whispers of my past, the tales and traditions of my Italian heritage echoing around me. Now, I invite you to join Jerry Taverna and me through a riveting journey of discovery, from sulfur mines in Sicily and old family stories from Monopoli become living chapters of our rich collective history. Jerry unveils the profound impact his ancestry has had on his life, which led to his involvement in Mike Cavalieri's film premiere, an homage to the struggles and triumphs of the Italian spirit. With laughter and a few une ..read more
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Preserving Our Roots: Embracing the Italian Legacy Through Family Narratives
Italian Roots and Genealogy
by Bob Sorrentino and others
1M ago
My grandmother's laugh always had a way of transporting me to her tiny Italian village, a place I'd never been but felt I knew intimately through her stories. This week's episode is a heartfelt homage to the power of family narratives, where Peggy, Josephine, Becky, Frank, Mirella, Ed and I share our adventures in preserving these precious legacies. They unveil their personal quests—from essays capturing the essence of our ancestors to children's books that whisk young readers to the cobblestone streets of Italy—each story is a brushstroke on the canvas of our shared history. As we navigate t ..read more
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A Nostalgic Look into Italian Heritage and the American Dream
Italian Roots and Genealogy
by Margaret Fontana
1M ago
Embarking on a nostalgic journey to the heart of Italian-American life, we sit down with Margaret Fontana, more affectionately known as the Italian American Girl. Her story unfolds like a rich tapestry woven with threads of cultural heritage and familial pride, offering an intimate glance at the Italian-American dream. Margaret's tales of Reggio Calabria, the land of her ancestors, and the enduring tradition of family homes passed down through generations, serve as a poignant backdrop to our conversation, inviting you to rediscover the scenic landscapes of Southern Italy and the cherished summ ..read more
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Unearthing the Tales of Italian Lineage: A Conversation with Abruzzo Ancestors
Italian Roots and Genealogy
by Davide Castelucci and Guilia Scappatticcio
1M ago
Embark on an emotional journey through time as we sit down with the remarkable duo from Ribuzzo Ancestors, Davide Castellucci and Giulia Scappaticccio, who bring the hidden narratives of Italian lineage to light. The rolling hills of Abruzzo, steeped in the heritage of Italy's emigrants, serve as the backdrop for tales that intertwine food, memories, and the indelible bonds of family. Giulia's culinary delights at her bed and breakfast offer a taste of history, while Davide's prowess in genealogical sleuthing helps clients stitch together their fragmented pasts. Together, they remind us that t ..read more
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Ancestral Bonds and Literary Pursuits
Italian Roots and Genealogy
by Ryan Byrnes
2M ago
Imagine being born to the wail of tornado sirens on a North Dakota nuclear missile base—that's the dramatic start to author Ryan Byrnes' incredible journey which he shares with us. His life, shaped by the wanderlust of a military family and rooted in a rich Italian heritage, unfolds in a narrative as compelling as his fiction. Ryan's quest for connection leads him from the vast American plains to the vibrant streets of Brooklyn. The heart of our conversation beats to the rhythm of resilience, a common thread in military family stories that Ryan captures with eloquence. He recounts the solace ..read more
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From Triggiano to St. Paul an Italian American Success Story
Italian Roots and Genealogy
by Rock LaManna
2M ago
Every family has a story stitched into the fabric of America's diverse tapestry, but few recount it with the warmth and wisdom of Rock LaManna. As Rock takes us back to his childhood home in St. Paul, Minnesota, we're invited to the dinner table of an 11-child family, where faith and hard work aren't just values—they're the ingredients to a life well-lived. His tales of an Italian-Polish household reveal a microcosm of the immigrant experience, punctuated by his mother's entrepreneurial flair and his father's journey from newspaper seller to a successful businessman. The legacy of Rock's paren ..read more
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Journey of Heart and Heritage: An Italian American Tale of Immigration and Entrepreneurship
Italian Roots and Genealogy
by Diane Marie Pisera
3M ago
Embark on an emotional odyssey with Diane Marie Pisera as she recounts her voyage from the picturesque Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia to the bustling heartbeat of New York State. In her narratives of youthful summers spent in Calabria and the significant life shift of immigrating to America, Pisera's story is a vibrant canvas of nostalgia, love, and the enduring spirit of an immigrant's journey. Her recent engagement in the cobblestoned town of Tropea adds yet another heartfelt chapter to her tale, underscoring the profound connections that bind us to our places of origin. Our conver ..read more
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From Puglia to America The Story of Italian Migration
Italian Roots and Genealogy
by Anna Riggs
3M ago
Embark with us and our esteemed guest, Anna Riggs, on a journey spanning continents and generations, as we trace the deep roots of her Italian lineage back to the quaint town of Ceglie Del Campo. Hannah's intimate narrative is more than a globe-trotting adventure; it's a heartfelt homage to her family's odyssey from Italy to Venezuela, and finally to the United States in 1955. Wrapped in the nostalgia of a Catholic school's corridors and the sanctity of orchard-laden convents, Hannah's tales are a mosaic of cherished memories. Her lilting school song transports us back in time, revealing the i ..read more
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The Flavor of Heritage Italian Roots to American Stories
Italian Roots and Genealogy
by Diana DelRusso
3M ago
As the new year unfolds, I'm thrilled to introduce our guest, author Diana DelRusso, who brings the rich tapestry of her Italian heritage right to our ears. Embark with us on a heartwarming journey tracing Diana's family roots from the pastoral landscapes of Pacentro, Italy, to their courageous pursuit of the American dream in the steel mills and railroads of  Pennsylvania. We uncover the stark contrasts between shepherd life and industrial America, while diving into the intimate struggles, like her mother's fight against tuberculosis, that have shaped her family's story. Throughout our ..read more
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