ITALICS January 28, 2014 Remembering Mario Cuomo



Mario Cuomo, son of immigrants, was the first elected Italian American - and longest-running democratic - Governor of New York State, courageously defending his political stances such as steadfastly upholding women’s rights to abortion and fighting the death penalty, despite risking votes. To commemorate the late statesman are John Calvelli, Executive Vice President of both the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the National Italian American Foundation; Joseph Sciame, Vice President for Community Relations at St. John’s University, and Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations; and Jeanne Zaino, Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Iona College.

Ciro Quattrocchi, president of the Società Santa Fortunata di New York explains the history and significance of the Santa Fortunata procession in Brooklyn. The 125th annual feast of St. Rocco is held at St. Joseph’s church in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Stephen S. La Rocca, Esq., President of the St. Rocco Society of Potenza in New York, details his journey in discovering this celebration and its impact on locals.
Angelina Fiordellisi recounts the history of the famed Cherry Lane Theatre on the occasion of its 90th Anniversary. Dr. Stacy De-Lin of Planned Parenthood brings us up to date on women’s reproductive health rights. And Chef Raffaele Ronca of Ristorante Rafele prepares some fresh summertime dishes that make us feel like we’re in Italy.
On this episode of Italics: Television for the Italian American Experience - Vivien Green, curator of “Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe,” at New York’s Guggenheim Museum; Italian actress Iaia Forte performs Paolo Sorrentino’s “Tutti hanno ragione (Everybody’s Right)” as part of InScena! Italian Theatre Festival; baseball’s Mike Piazza lights the Empire State Building red, white, and green for The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF); and the New York Conference of Italian American State Legislators honors Tony Danza and Liberty DeVitto, joined by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
On this episode of ITALICS: Television for the Italian American Experience, correspondent Lucia Grillo takes us to New York’s Lower East Side for a talk with pianist and composer Moira LoBianco, in the first of our “New Italian Americans” series; actor Edoardo Ballerini (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Sopranos”) joins us on the occasion of his latest film release, “No God, No Master;” and a conversation with Lisa Lemole Oz, host of the “Lisa Oz Show,” about health, relationships, and being an Italian American woman.
This month, ITALICS: Television for the Italian American Experience travels from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, through the United Nations in Manhattan, to Montclair, New Jersey: advocating for community elder and child care at Swinging Sixties Senior Center and Small World Day Care; going behind the scenes with Italian newspaper “La Voce di New York” housed at the U.N.; and a conversation and some unique jazz performed by Enrico Granafei at Trumpets Jazz Club.
From Civil Rights worker and journalist during the era of the Freedom Riders, with written works that span theatre, poetry and books such as “Women on War” – the first book of world literature to gather the global voices of women on the issues of war and its impact on their lives – Daniela Gioseffi, an icon of the Italian American community and the world beyond, joins host Anthony Tamburri in our studio.
Gianfranco Norelli’s and Suma Kurien’s follow-up to their critically acclaimed documentary, “Pane Amaro (Bitter Bread),” on Italian immigration to the East Coast of the United States, “Finding the Mother Lode” documents the experience of Italian immigrants in California, how economic and social mobility became possible for many Italians in the Golden State, and how immigrant identity is maintained and transformed as immigrants become assimilated into mainstream America. The filmmakers join host Anthony Julian Tamburri in our studio, to talk about the film, which will be screened at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute on February 27th.
On this episode of ITALICS: Television for the Italian American Experience, we will explore the topic of homosexuality in Italian America. We will take you to NOIAW’s Annual Epiphany Celebration. You will get a sneak peek at the documentary, “Finding the Mother Lode,” by filmmakers Gianfranco Norelli and Suma Kurien; and find out about forthcoming events at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute.
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.