Category Archives: English

The Lowest Common Denominator

I recently read an article in The Washington Post about the impact of television on populist politics in Italy.  The story really begins with the opening of Italy’s airwaves by Radiotelevisione italiana (RAI), which is the national public broadcasting company owned … Continue reading

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The Italian Baseball League

As an avid baseball fan, I was not surprised to learn that the Chicago Cubs had recruited this year a Dominican player named Robel Garcia.  After all, many baseball players come from Caribbean islands.  But I was stunned to learn … Continue reading

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3 Doctors and a Hospital:  How a disease saved Jews during WWII

It was October 16, 1943, shortly after 5:00 a.m.  On duty at the Fatebenefratelli Hospital, on the Tiber Island in Rome, were Giovanni Borromeo, the head physician, Vittorio Sacerdoti, a young practicing physician, and Adriano Ossicini, a medical student.  From … Continue reading

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New Euro Banknotes

On the 20th anniversary year of the debut of the euro, the European Central Bank (ECB) has issued new 100- and 200-euro banknotes.  It completes the second series of banknotes, called the Europa series, gradually introduced over the past 2 … Continue reading

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12 Puzzles to test your brain

These brainteasers appeared in Corriere della sera after appearing in the Daily Mail.  The answers are at the end.  Peter’s Headache Peter has a terrible headache.  His doctor gave him 5 pills to relieve the pain, telling him to take one … Continue reading

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Beautiful Italian Gardens

1.  Villa Ottolenghi, Acqui Terme (Alessandria): 2.  Palazzo Malinger di Bagnolo, Bagnolo Piemonte (Cuneo): 3.  Giardino Giusti, Verona: 4.  Villa Arvedi, Grezzana (Verona): 5.  Castello di San Pelagio, Due Carrare (Padova): 6.  Giardini di Villa della Pergola, Alassio (Savona): 7.  Villa Peyron, … Continue reading

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The Best and the Worst in Italian and American Health Care

In 2000 the World Health Organization ranked the Italian healthcare system the second-best on the planet, a ranking that was based solely on access to care and health outcomes such as life expectancy.  In 2019, the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, … Continue reading

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