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The Brothers Balliett

Those Italians Just Keep Getting Higher

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Did you ever notice just how high Italian composers write? From Puccini to Scelsi to Berio and everywhere in between, the Italians seem to love the highest range on each instrument, and as Oliver Knussen as pointed out, each generation seems to push the limits a little bit higher.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Can Renzi break Italian deadlock?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Can Renzi break Italian deadlock?

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Last Chance Foods

Last Chance Foods: How to Pick the Best Italian Olive Oil

Friday, February 07, 2014

Restaurateur Lidia Bastianich explains what you need to know about Italian olive oil. Also, try her recipe for olive oil and rosemary spaghettini.

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New Sounds

New Music from Italy

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Savina Yannatou, Spaccanapoli, and Enzo Avitabile reinterpret regional folk songs for this New Sounds program.  Also, cellist Giovanni Sollima creates an Italian version of Minimalism.  Plus, Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble reinterpret a medieval Italian song as world music.  And more.

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Operavore

Planet Opera: Busseto, At Home With Giuseppe Verdi

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Verdi's hometown is a special place, writes Fred Plotkin, with its misty climate and landmarks connected to the composer. It also faces some alarming financial difficulties.

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Operavore

Plotkin's Guide to Italian Opera Performances in 2013-14

Friday, October 25, 2013

Planning a trip to Italy but don’t know what is playing on opera stages? Fred Plotkin sorts it out for you, with this one-stop guide to opera calendars around the country.

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Operavore

Is a New Law Good for Italian Opera Houses?

Monday, October 21, 2013

In the wake of New York City Opera's demise, Fred Plotkin notes, "Italy is besieged in ways we cannot imagine. And yet they understand that culture is worth talking about and trying to save."

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The Takeaway

Syrian and Somali Refugees Seek Solace in Malta

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Since the start of 2013, more than 4,600 Syrians have fled the civil war and reached Italy by sea, the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported last month. Just 369 Syrians migrated to Italy in 2012. Joining The Takeaway to explain is Nuala McGovern, presenter of BBC's Newsday, who is reporting from Malta. She's joined by Abbas, a 17-year-old Somali migrant currently staying in a camp in Malta.

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The Takeaway

Italian President Doubles Back on Threat to Bring Down Government

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

This weekend, five members of Italian President Silvio Berlusconi's party resigned. Today Berlusconi announced that his center-right party would support the fragile coalition government, a dramatic reversal after he had spent days vowing to bring down the government and force new elections. Jim Yardley, Rome bureau chief for our partner The New York Times, has been covering this story and joins us to explain.

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New Sounds

New Music From Southern Italy

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Hear song and dances in the music of Southern Italy on this New Sounds.  There’s music from Enzo Avitabile* together with the band Botari, using traditional percussion - that of barrels, wine casks, and scythes.  We'll also hear to a requiem incorporating the accelerated ecstatic drumming of Alessandra Belloni, with its roots in pre-Christian music. Then, listen to music from Taranta Power, harnessing the taranta, or tarantella, one of the world’s great surviving ecstatic trance traditions.  Plus, music by Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, featuring kora master Ballaké Sissoko, and more.

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Operavore

La Scala Scales Back on Productions Due to Crisis

Sunday, May 26, 2013

La Scala has reduced the number of operas it will stage during the 2013-14 season due to Italy's economic crisis, the theater's general manager said.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Rescuing Italian Art from Nazis

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Robert Edsel talks about the men and women who rescued great Italian art from destruction during WWII. In May 1944 two unlikely American heroes—artist Deane Keller and scholar Fred Hartt—set out from Naples to track billions of dollars of missing art, including works by Michelangelo, Donatello, Titian, Caravaggio, and Botticelli. Edsel tells the story in Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Prospects for a new Italian government

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Prospects for a new Italian government

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Instability rules in Italy

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Instability rules in Italy

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Radiolab

The Love Secretary Always Writes Back

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lulu Miller's advice for taking the edge off that unrequited love this Valentine's? Send a letter to Verona, Italy, where an office of 20 volunteers replies to thousands of notes about love and heartbreak every year.

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Annotations: The NEH Preservation Project

Friendship Train Attempts to Humanize Postwar Effort

Friday, February 08, 2013

WNYC

These two 1947 broadcasts mark the start and finish of the Friendship Food Train's U.S. journey, a project conceived to help the people of Europe get through the winter. 

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

The most important Italian election for 30 years?

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

The most important Italian election for 30 years?

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Operavore

Planet Opera: In Italy's Small Towns, Opera is Anything But Provincial

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Four cities in Italy have created what is known as the Circuito Lirico Lombardo, a consortium that works collaboratively to create four opera productions every season. Fred Plotkin reports from Italy.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

The looming political showdown in Italy

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The looming political showdown in Italy

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The Takeaway

Berlusconi Seeks a Return to Power

Monday, December 10, 2012

Just last year, Silvio Berlusconi officially submitted his resignation as Italy's prime minister, but Berlusconi has announced that he'll be seeking a return to power. Rachel Donadio, Rome bureau chief for our partner The New York Times, discusses Italy's newest challenges and Berlusconi's continued influence

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