Concettina Died and Other Stories of the East Side

Concettina Died and Other Stories of the East Side

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Marco Zaza has been telling family stories—funny or sad or nostalgic stories—at various dinner tables for over half a century now. These are tales that reveal one family’s experience as immigrant- and first-generation Italian-Americans. With this podcast Marco shares these entertaining memories with a broader audience. Now illuminated with conversations that add details and tangential stories, the episodes elicit the laughter and tears that always resulted when he treated his family, gathered around a meal, to a sweet memory or two.

“In Italy, the Nativity was celebrated by building a large crèche, surrounded by a village, filling a stocking with fruit and nuts and having wonderful elborate meals on Christmas Eve and again on Christmas Day. Our family continued those traditions in America, except the crèche was smaller and a Christmas tree was added….”

Marco brings the family into the present—through past holidays, new forms of celebration, and the ongoing joy of traditions old and new.

Recent Episodes

  • Traditions

    11 months ago
  • Bloopers and Outtakes

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  • Birthday Story

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  • Beginning a New Life: Corrado LoBasso

    12 months ago
  • Immigration Laws?

    12 months ago
  • Beginning a New Life: Gaetano Zaza

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  • Enduring Friendship, Parallel Lives, Part 2

    1 year ago
  • Enduring Friendship, Parallel Lives, Part 1

    1 year ago
  • Beginning a New Life: Mary DeGennaro LoBasso

    1 year ago
  • Beginning a New Life: Pasqualina Bellapianta Zaza

    1 year ago