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This edition: May 2014

Episode Details

Original tape date: May 20, 2014.

First aired: May 28, 2014.

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.

In the first of our “New Italian Americans” series, we begin to explore the latest influx of Italians to New York – much different from those we remember from sepia-toned photographs. Correspondent Lucia Grillo takes us to New York’s Lower East Side to talk with up-and-coming pianist and composer Moira LoBianco about her journey from Calabria, Italy to the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, and a career in classical and jazz, with a live performance from her latest album, Lunaria.

Joining us at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute is actor Edoardo Ballerini, who amongst the many Italian American and Italian roles he has played on such acclaimed TV shows as Boardwalk Empire, Sopranos, and White Collar, amongst others, recently added that of Carlo Tresca to the roster, in his latest film “No God, No Master.”

Step inside the St. Regis Hotel for a conversation with the National Organization Of Italian American Women’s 2014 honoree, Lisa Lemole Oz – writer, producer, entrepreneur, and host of the “Lisa Oz Show” – forging a bright, healthy future – for couples; and for the next generation.

Guest List

Donatella Arpala Restaurateur, TV Personality, Author, Donatella restaurant

Edoardo Ballerini Actor

Laura Caparrotti Founding Artistic Director, InScena! Italian Theater Festival NY

Mrs. Matilda Raffa Cuomo Former First Lady of NY/Founding Member, NOIAW, National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW)

Ornella Fado Host, “Brindiamo!”

Lucia Grillo Producer & Correspondent, "ITALICS" Calandra Institute, Queens College, CUNY

Jay Hershenson Sr. Vice Chancellor, University Relations/CUNY

Moira LoBianco Pianist & Composer

Lisa Lemole Oz writer, producer, entrepreneur, host, Lisa Oz Show

Dr. Mehmet Oz Professor of Surgery/TV host, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons/ "The Dr. Oz Show"

Cav. Anthony Julian Tamburri, PhD. Dean & Executive Director, The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute