February 2015 TV Highlights: The Italian Americans

Mario Cuomo Italian Americans PBS Program
Mario Cuomo (left), talking with couple on the street in Corona, Queens, 1987. (Photo courtesy of Jamie Eisenberg)
Trace the evolution of Italian Americans from the late 19th century to today, with Tony Bennett, David Chase, John Turturro, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Gay Talese and more in February’s special series on Alaska Public Media, The Italian Americans.  Once “outsiders” viewed with suspicion and mistrust, Italian Americans are today some of the most prominent leaders of U.S. business, politics and the arts. The series peels away myths and stereotypes to reveal a world uniquely Italian and uniquely American. Stanley Tucci narrates.
   – La Famiglia (1890-1910) Learn what spurred Italian immigration to the U.S. and why those immigrants faced discrimination. Tuesday, Feb. 17. 8:00 p.m.
   – Becoming Americans (1910-1930) Survey the various ways Italians adapted to American life in the early 20th century. Tuesday, Feb. 17. 9:00 p.m.
   – Loyal Americans (1930-1945) A second generation of Italian Americans begins to enter the labor movement, politics, sports and entertainment. Tuesday, Feb. 24. 8:00 p.m.
   – The American Dream (1945-present) In post-war America, Italian Americans enter the middle class. Italian-American crooners define American cool, but even as Frank Sinatra skyrockets to fame, he is haunted by accusations of Mafia ties. Tuesday, Feb. 24. 9:00 p.m.
Complete February Schedules.