The Italian Americans: PBS peels away stereotypes, reveals how Italians assimilated into and influenced American culture

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17 February 2015

PBS, 9:00 PM ET

This two-night (concluding Feb. 24), four-part series traces the evolution of Italian-Americans from the late 19th century to today.

Tony Bennett, David Chase, John Turturro, Nancy Pelosi, Gay Talese and more offer insights. Once “outsiders” viewed with suspicion and mistrust, Italian-Americans are today some of the most prominent leaders in 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.

The episodes airing tonight are “La Famiglia (1890-1910)” and “Becoming Americans (1910-1930).”

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