Episodes - Season 2

A Woman Astronaut and Our Endless Quest for the Moon

Outline of the episode:

* The Moon of Galileo and the Moon of Leopardi. On Science & Poetry

* From Apollo 8 to the Gateway Project. Man (or a Woman?) on the Moon

* The Italian Space Agency/Industry. Italy’s Role in the International Space Station

* The Woman of the Stars. A Unique Path of Excellence, Innovation, and Professionalism

* Between Science and Culture. The Incredible Adventure of an Italian Female Astronaut

 Keywords: Science, Humanities, Culture, NASA, ESA, Moon, Lunar Expedition, Galileo, Leopardi, Apollo 8, Apollo 11, Astronaut, Italian Space Agency, Moon landing, Research, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Excellence

A conversation with Fred Simeone (Neurosurgeon and owner of the world’s largest car collection, The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum)

Outline of the episode:

* From Personal Passion to a Top Collection. The Creation of the World’s #1 Automobile Museum.

* The Life of a Sports Car. Racing, Competition, and Entrepreneurship

* Preserving Memory, Communicating to Future Generations

* The Extraordinary Automobile Culture of Italy

* The Italian Motor Valley: Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati

 Keywords: Automobiles, Cars, Museum, Competition, Millemiglia, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati

The Spirit of Competition

Outline of the episode:

* The Italian Obsession for Distinction. From Renaissance Courts to Automobiles

* The Car as Reflection of an Inimitable Personality

* From Tractors to Sports Cars. The Challenge to Ferrari

* The Pursuit of Excellence. Competition, Malleability, and Experimentation

* Speed, Beauty, and Profligacy. Pursuit of Eternity

 Keywords: Automobiles, Luxury Cars, Excellence, Competition, Speed, Renaissance

A conversation with Clio Zammatteo (Co-Founder of ClioMakeUp, Entrepreneur, Author, Blogger, Influencer, TV Presenter)

Outline of the episode:

* From the Art of Painting to the Visual Language of Makeup

* Makeup as a Multi-Media Platform: YouTube, Social Media, TV, Publishing

* From Ephemerality to Duration. The Culture of the Makeup Business

* Mastery, Authorship, and Creativity. A Recipe for Innovation and Success

* An Italian Woman in NYC. On Femininity and Entrepreneurship

 Keywords: Makeup, Culture, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Femininity, Creativity, YouTube, Social Media, TV, influencer

Episode 27: Ennio Morricone

The Craft of Sound

Outline of the episode:

* A Tribute to Bergamo, Brescia, and Cremona

* The Birthplace of the Violin. Cremona, Monteverdi, Amati and Stradivari

* The Master as Innovator. Il Maestro Morricone

* From his Wife to His Master (Petrassi) and Directors (Leone and Tornatore)

* Music as Craft, Relationship, and Space

 Keywords: Cinema, Soundtrack, Leone, Tornatore, Tarantino, Score, Sound, Music, Violin, Cremona, Stradivari, Maestro

A conversation with Guido Bonsaver (Professor of Modern Italian Culture at Oxford University)

Outline of the episode:

* Italians in the US during the Revolutionary War

* Americans in Italy and Italians in the US during the 19th Century

* The Great Italian Emigration. Discriminating Italians, Idealizing Italy

* Taylorism and Wilsonism in Italy in the early 20th Century

* The Post-WWII Americanization of Italian Society 

 Keywords: Italians, Revolutionary War, Emigration, Grand Tour, Americans, Wilsonism, Taylorism, Fascism, WWI, WWII, Americanization

The Italian Female Archaeologist who located the Tomb of Saint Peter

Outline of the episode:

* How Are Italian Universities Ranked in the World?

* The Italian Academic Model and The Primacy of Rome in Classical Studies 

* Archaeology as a Model of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

* Decrypting Ancient Codes as a Key to Understanding the Past and our Future

* The Story of Saint Peter’s Tomb under the Vatican Basilica

* Locating the Site and Finding the Bones. The Process of Discovery

 Keywords: Italian Universities, Archaeology, Classical Studies, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Saint Peter's Tomb, Vatican Basilica, Pope, Rome

A conversation with Maestro Corrado Rovaris (Music Director at Opera Philadelphia)​

Outline of the episode:

* From La Scala to Opera Philadelphia. The Journey of an Italian Maestro

* The Global Success of Opera as an Italian Trademark

* A Complex Synthesis of Languages. How is an Opera Born?

* The Complex Business of Operatic Productions

* Innovating Tradition. Opera Today

 Keywords: Opera, Opera House, Tradition, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Philadelphia, La Scala, Production, Art, Business

Episode 23: Massimo Bottura

On the Italian Art of Cooking

Outline of the episode:

* A Philosophical History of Italian Cuisine

* Sapere/sapere: to Know is to Savor

* Cooking as Art and Taste as Knowledge

* Re-inventing a Repertoire: Tradition & Innovation in a Top Chef’s Work

* The Imaginative Use of Leftovers: About Limit & Creativity 

 Keywords: Italian Cuisine, Chef, Cooking, Restaurant, Food, Taste, Culture, Innovation, Tradition, Limit, Creativity, Knowledge, Philosophy

A conversation with Jeffrey Schnapp (Professor of Comparative & Romance Literatures at Harvard University, Director of Harvard MetaLAB, Director of Berkman Center for Internet & Society, CVO Piaggio Fast Forward)

Outline of the episode:

* On the Digital Humanities and the MetaLAB project 

* Technology, Internet, & Culture

* New Media & the Humanities. From the Printing Press to the World Wide Web

* The Design of Knowledge. The Intellectual as Knowledge Designer

* Literary Imagination and the Design of Objects

* Design, Design Thinking, & Innovation

* About Academia & Entrepreneurship

* The Italian Synthesis of Culture, Art and Industry

 Keywords: Technology, Humanities, Design, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Internet, New Media, Culture, Italian Studies, Academia, Knowledge


The Designer of Vespa and the Inventor of Helicopters

Outline of the episode:

* The myth of Vespa. From cinema to popular culture

* The story of Piaggio. From airplanes to scooters

* How the Vespa came about. And the Lambretta too.

* The Italian invention of the helicopter

 Keywords: Cinema, Helicopter, Engineering, Vespa, Scooter, Airplanes, Lambretta


A conversation with Armando Fumagalli​ (Professor of Semiotics, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano)

Outline of the episode:

* The semiotics of screenwriting

* Literature and cinema: translations vs adaptations

* Italian TV productions and the global market

* Italians in the American entertainment industry

 Keywords: Cinema, Television, Entertainment, Adaptation, Translation, Screenwriting


Episode 19: Gae Aulenti

The Female star of Italian Architecture

Outline of the episode:

* Italy as a cultural space. Why you should really go to Italy at some point in your life.

* A woman among the giants of Italian architecture

* The social and cultural endeavor of building

* Architecture as relationship

 Keywords: Design; Architecture; Milan; Building; Archistar


A conversation with Mauro Porcini, SVP & Chief Design Officer at PepsiCo

Outline of the episode:

* What makes design Italian?

* What is design thinking?

* Design, innovation and aesthetics

* About  as a polyglot knowledge

 Keywords: Design Thinking; Italian Design; Knowledge Design; Designer; Innovation; Entrepreneurship; PepsiCo


Episode 17: Michele Ferrero


Chocolate dialogues. How Nutella turned from a sweet spread into a cultural icon.

Outline of the episode:

* A success story rooted in a constant dialogue, with the land (Langhe) and the customers (Valeria)

* Innovation is about observation. Mon Cheri, Nutella, Kinder eggs

* Sharing value to create values. The Ferrero philosophy

 Keywords: Chocolate; Confectionery; Entrepreneurship; Innovation; Nutella; Cioccolato



A conversation with multilingual international attorney Joseph Gulino (DRRT)

Outline of the episode:

* Why should an American invest in Italy

* The Italian system: its limits, quirks, and distinctive elements

* Learning Italian as a way to cultivate a different approach to business

* Americans in Italy, Italians in the US

 Keywords: Investment; Business; Law; NIAF; AUR


Episode 15: Armando Cimolai


The Italian mastery of matter. Why Italy, yes Italy, is a global leader in the export of steel.

Outline of the episode:

* A cultural history of matter (rubber, asphalt, oil)

* Steel and the evolution of skyscrapers 

* The Italian steel company behind the Vessel (NYC)

* The craft and beauty of steel. Bridges, Stadiums, Towers.

 Keywords: Steel; Matter; Vessel; Stadiums; Bridges; Towers


A conversation with fashion scholar Eugenia Paulicelli (Queens College, CUNY)

Outline of the episode:

* Why fashion and cinema need each other

* What is the difference between a tailor and a costume designer? 

* Fashion and culture, fashion as culture

 Keywords: Cinema; Fashion; Costume Design; Tailoring


Episode 13: Milena Canonero

The costume designer of Hollywood. About fashion, cinema, and the Italian sartorial imagination.

Outline of the episode:

* A presentation of season 2 of Italian Innovators

* The Italian lady with 4 Academy Awards

* What Stanley Kubrik, Hugh Hudson, Sophia Coppola, and Wes Anderson owe to Milena Canonero 

* The Italian touch in tailoring dresses to characters

* Costume design at the intersection of fashion and cinema

 Keywords: Cinema; Oscars; Fashion; Costume Design


ITALIAN SUMMARY: In questo podcast abbiamo discusso della intersezione di costumi, moda e cinema. Nella immaginazione sartoriale di Milena Canonero la tradizione estetica e il patrimonio artistico italiano definiscono uno stile originale di creazione e invenzione, non limitato alla riproduzione del passato, ma aperto alla immaginazione di un futuro molteplice

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Villanova University