The Sicilian Inheritance

A podcast by Kaleidoscope - Thursdays

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10 Episodes

  1. A STRONG-MOUTHED WOMAN

    Published: 6/27/2024
  2. IN THE MOUTH OF THE WOLF

    Published: 5/31/2024
  3. MY BIG FAT SICILIAN FAMILY

    Published: 5/16/2024
  4. IN SEARCH OF MY STREGA NONA

    Published: 5/2/2024
  5. THE SCENE OF THE CRIME

    Published: 4/26/2024
  6. Intermission

    Published: 4/18/2024
  7. THE BOOK OF DEATH

    Published: 4/11/2024
  8. SUMMER VACATION

    Published: 4/4/2024
  9. LORENZA

    Published: 3/28/2024
  10. Introducing: The Sicilian Inheritance

    Published: 3/18/2024

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Every family has an origin story – for author Jo Piazza (Under the Influence, Wilder) her family's is a murder mystery.  For as long as she can remember the Piazzas have told the story of their Sicilian roots going back over a hundred years ago: one by one the sons and then their father sailed off to America to carve out a better life. Their mother, Lorenza Marsala was supposed to join them – but she never made it. She was murdered by the Sicilian mafia, they said.  The truth of what happened has morphed like a game of telephone through the generations. Various versions of the story claim she was killed by the Black Hand, others insisted she was a witch, killed over a bad spell. Now, Jo is determined to untangle the twisted narrative which just might bridge the gap from cinematic mob fantasies to an unexpected reality.  Join her in Sicily on a family vacation/fact finding mission in which she goes to the scene of the crime, confronts mafia experts, consults mediums, and tracks down Italian officials, determined to set the record straight on her great, great grandmother’s mysterious disappearance.