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Jul 31, 2023

How long does the magic of Rome last to an expat?

We recently received an email from a listener, an Australian who spent 5 years in Milan and has now been living in Rome for over a year. He wonders: when will the bubble burst? How long will he feel like his entire life is surreal, like he is living in a dream? Does the...

Jul 24, 2023

After her recent two-week trip to Austria, Tiffany reflects on the differences between Italy and Austria. Despite the fact that the countries share a border, it turns out there are many glaring differences between the two.


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Jul 17, 2023

Today we talk names. What names are most popular for kids in Italy these days? Which are evergreen favorites and how does popular culture play a part? And are old-fashioned grandpa and grandma names back in style in Italy as they are in the US? And speaking of, what are the most popular baby names in the States right...

Jul 10, 2023

Do dead bodies make you squeamish? Have you ever seen one up close?

For some, attending an open-casket funeral or a wake is as close as they'll ever come. For others, their career (funeral home director, embalmer, coroner...), close encounters with the dead are a regular fact of life.

Then there are Romans, who, whether...

Jul 6, 2023

Mamma Ho Perso L'Aereo! (Mom, I Missed the Airplane!) This is the Italian title for a  popular American movie—can you guess which one?

On our twice-monthly bonus episodes, which we put out exclusively for our Patreon members and regular donors, we often talk about silly things, off-topic subjects, and deeply...