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A Letter to Italy: Episode 6 of our Podcast Series, “A Better Life?”

Maria De Venezia makes bread during the San Francisco lockdown. Courtesy of Maria De Venezia.

In April, when COVID-19 was having a devastating impact on Italy, Sara Marinelli and Maria De Venezia were in San Francisco, separated from family and friends in their home country.  Sara, a radio producer in the Bay Area, reached out to Maria who is from the same generation as Sara’s mother. Despite differences in age, the two women shared similar experiences as they tried to remain connected to Italy during the battle with COVID-19. They also found that they share a sense of identity that is both Italian and American.

Call Your Elders features conversations with immigrant elders — grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles — to hear how they are coping during the coronavirus pandemic.  What have they learned over the years that can help the rest of us survive today’s challenges?

A Better Life? is a ten-part series about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on immigrants across the U.S. Read more about the series here

Episode 6 of our Podcast Series, A Better Life?


Fi2W is supported by The Ford Foundation, the David and Katherine Moore Family Foundation, the Ralph E. Odgen Foundation, the J.M. Kaplan Fund, the Listening Post Collective, an anonymous donor and readers like you.

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Feet in Two Worlds brings the work of immigrant and ethnic media journalists from communities across the U.S. to public radio and the web. Since 2005, this award-winning project has expanded the diversity of voices and stories on public radio by presenting the work of journalists representing a broad spectrum of immigrant communities including Arab, Bosnian, Brazilian, Chinese, Haitian, Indian, Irish, Latin American, Pakistani, Polish, and Russian immigrants. Feet in Two Worlds reporters appear on nationally-distributed public radio programs including PRI’s The World, Studio 360, and The Takeaway, American Public Media’s Marketplace and NPR’s Latino USA, as well as on public radio stations WNYC, New York Public Radio, and WDET in Detroit.