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ITALICS: Television for the Italian-American Experience

ITALICS, hosted by Anthony J. Tamburri, Dean of the Calandra Institute, brings the best of the Italian-American community to your home each month on CUNY-TV, TW Ch.75 and RCN, Ch.77 in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and The Bronx.

ITALICS premieres the last Wednesday of every month at 10:00 AM, 3:00 PM, 11:00 PM. ITALICS will be rebroadcast on the first Saturday of every month at 8:00 PM and the first Sunday at 10:00 AM on CUNY-TV, Ch.75 and RCN, Ch.77 in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and The Bronx; and subsequently on demand at

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On this Special Holiday Episode (featuring ITALICS' first-ever culinary segments!) we will learn how to make traditional Italian-American and Italian holiday meals, including centuries-old recipes that mirror contemporary dishes catered to the health- and environmentally conscious. ITALICS correspondent Lucia Grillo brings us into the kitchen with food historian Francine Segan. Then she'll take us to 3 Brothers Pizza Café in Long Island, where Chef Jay Astafa is cooking up some traditions of his own. We'll take you to the Westchester Italian Cultural Center's presepio, and we'll join the excitement in a game of tombola.
Join Lucia Grillo at the celebration of NIAF's 38th anniversay at a gala in Washington, D.C. where notable Italian Americans were honored, and where Ms. Grillo interviews Joe Piscopo, Patricia de Stacy Harrison, Paul Sorvino, John Viola, and Mike Piazza. NIAF President and Chief Operating Officer, John Viola, talks with Dean Anthony Tamburri at the Calandra Institute offices about the future of the foundation; and an interview with NIAF Chairman Emeritus John. J. Guarini features one of NIAF's most distinguished leaders discussing its history and significance.
On this episode of ITALICS, hosted by Dr. Anthony Julian Tamburri, we look back on the effects of hurricane Sandy, one year later. ITALICS correspondent Lucia Grillo reports from Long Beach, New York where she joins award-winning journalist, Anthony Rifilato, of the Long Beach Herald, to reflect and talk with members of the Long Beach Community affected by Hurricane Sandy.
On this special edition of ITALICS, the fourth – and final – of the 2013 series, host Dr. Anthony Julian Tamburri talks with Frank G. Fusaro, President, and Louis Tallarini, Chairman, of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, organizers of the annual Columbus Day Parade. Correspondent Lucia Grillo will report from the Red Carpet of the 69th Annual Columbus Day Parade. We’ll also talk with Vincenzo Marra, the President and founder of ILICA, the Italian Language Intercultural Alliance. And Lucia Grillo speaks with New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli at his annual 'Salute to Italian Heritage and Culture Month' event.
ITALICS, Italian American Television, celebrates its seventh season of four one-hour Special Episodes dedicated to Italian Heritage and Culture Month. On this edition of ITALICS, the third of the 2013 series, host Dr. Anthony Julian Tamburri talks with two iconic Italian American actors: Tony LoBianco and Danny Aiello, during recent visits to the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute. Our guests share details of their crafts and award-winning careers spanning decades, as well as some surprises!
On this edition of ITALICS, New York Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, President of the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators, joins us at the John D. Calandra Institute to talk with host Dr. Anthony Julian Tamburri about the annual Conference of the New York Legislators. Also joining Dr. Tamburri at the Calandra Institute is Professor Robert Viscusi of Brooklyn College/CUNY, sharing his experience in “becoming Italian,” portrayals of race and class, and other topics encompassed in his epic poem, “Ellis Island,” recently published by Bordighera Press.
On this special episode of ITALICS, Joseph Sciame, Chairman of the Italian Heritage and Culture Month Committee of New York joins us in our studios to talk with host Dr. Anthony Julian Tamburri about the significance of commemorating Italian heritage and culture, and will highlight some of the events happening in October. We’ll take you to the Italian Consulate in New York, where Dr. Tamburri will join us for a talk with the honorable Natalia Quintavalle, Consul General of Italy in New York.
Hosted by Anthony J. Tamburri, we’ll visit the “Gramsci Monument” installed in the heart of the Bronx’s Forest Houses and talk with the work’s creator, Thomas Hirschorn; we’ll take you to an exhibit, “Lo studio dei nipoti: Four Artists,” and hear from the artists during the opening reception at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute’s Galleria; and chat with New York University Professor Antonio Monda about his new book, “L’america non esiste.”
Lucia Grillo hosts this edition of ITALICS in a conversation with actor Michael Badalucco, as they talk about exploring Italian roots – on screen and off, portraying different Italian American characters in film, Badalucco’s start in his father’s footsteps as a props master, his stint in musicals, and being discovered twice by two celebrated actors, plus opera and the effect of “returning” to Italy. The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute Fall 2013 Series of events will also be announced: Documented Italians, the Philip V. Cannistraro Seminar Series in Italian American Studies, and Writers Read.
Dean Anthony Julian Tamburri, Prof. Donna Chirico, and Prof. Fred Garaphe discuss the latest successes and challenges in the burgeoning field of Italian American Studies.