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Italian Culture delves into Italian history, traditions and customs in order to overcome stereotypes by entrusting the narrative to local researchers. Each episode tells unheard stories, uncovers obscure facts and explores places that resonate with “Italianness”.

Italian Culture delves into Italian history, traditions and customs in order to overcome stereotypes by entrusting the narrative to local researchers. Each episode tells unheard stories, uncovers obscure facts and explores places that resonate with “Italianness”.
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United States

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Italian Culture delves into Italian history, traditions and customs in order to overcome stereotypes by entrusting the narrative to local researchers. Each episode tells unheard stories, uncovers obscure facts and explores places that resonate with “Italianness”.

Language:

English


Episodes

Forgotten Voices

11/15/2019
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A candid angel, a bratty popstar and a cunning smuggler: what have they in common? They sacrificed their testicles and gained a splendid voice. In this episode of Italian Culture, we investigate the fascinating world of the castrati singers. From the Baroque era to the Twentieth century, we’ll follow the stories of three emblematic castrati, trying to understand how and why such a joyous expression of human talent had his roots in violence and blood. Today’s guests are Noemi André and...

Duration:00:54:20

About “Portrait with Devil’s Smile”

11/4/2019
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- 2.27 Who is Antonello da Messina? - 4.45 The portrait of Unknown - 5.47 Two smiles - 6.44 Antonello’s eyes - 9.18 Enrico Piraino, il Mandralisca: politician and philanthropist - 12.35 Francesco Vitale: the bishop, the humanist - 14.20 The last traces of Francesco Vitale - 17.00 The journey of the Unknown Today’s speakers are Alessandro dell’Aira, Sandro e Salvatore Varzi, Antonio Purpura and Giovanni Carlo Federico Villa

Duration:00:19:35

Portrait with Devil's Smile

11/1/2019
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The painting is cursed, it portrays the devil who’ll drive crazy whoever looks at him – that’s what people say. Why is his gaze so unsettling? Who is he really? No one knew, until now. In this episode of Italian Culture, we investigate the story of the Portrait of Unknown by Antonello da Messina, one masterpiece clouded in mystery. Today’s guests are Alessandro dell’Aira, Sandro e Salvatore Varzi, Antonio Purpura and Giovanni Carlo Federico Villa.

Duration:00:34:38

About “the Humane Machine”

10/21/2019
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- 2.42 The (old) frontiers of electronics - 3.50 Adriano, Roberto and the Electronics Division - 6.58 The “rescue-team” - 10.25 The political scenario - 13.50 Who needs a personal computer? - 14.53 Piergiorgio Perotto, his role and efforts - 17.25 Magnetic cards, machine language and toilet talk - 20.10 The Programma 101 goes to the Moon - 21.21 The first computer game on the first personal computer Today’s speakers are Beniamino De Liguori, Gastone Garziera and Giovanni De Sandre.

Duration:01:18:39

The Humane Machine

10/18/2019
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The machine that wasn’t meant to be created, and yet it was: the merit goes to a small team of engineers, who disobeyed their bosses’ orders, messed with international politics and crafted something unthinkable for the time. This episode of Italian Culture unveils what’s behind the first personal computer ever produced, the Olivetti's Programma 101. We’ll investigate how Piergiorgio Perotto and his group managed to make computers humane and paved the way for the modern information...

Duration:03:00:53

Trailer - What's Italian Culture?

9/4/2019
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Short and sweet, this trailer gives you a vague idea of what the actual show’s gonna be. Subscribe to the show and visit italianculturepodcast.com for more info!

Duration:00:02:46