Sylvia Poggioli http://www.kunc.org en The Grandes Dames Of The Sea Ply The Tuscan Waters http://www.kunc.org/post/grandes-dames-sea-ply-tuscan-waters A most unusual regatta recently took place off Tuscany's southern coast: Vintage sailboats known as the Grandes Dames of the Sea — some more than 100 years old — plied the waters of Porto Santo Stefano, a fishing village known for ideal sailing conditions<p>Among the more than 40 yachts was one, Manitou, that was known as "the floating White House" when her owner was President John F. Kennedy.<p>The boat is made of mahogany — a 62-foot boat that weighs 30 tons, skipper Alex Tillery says proudly. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:02:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 58870 at http://www.kunc.org The Grandes Dames Of The Sea Ply The Tuscan Waters This Fine Wine Made At An Italian Penal Colony Is No 2-Buck Chuck http://www.kunc.org/post/fine-wine-made-italian-penal-colony-no-2-buck-chuck Eighteen miles off Tuscany's coast, Gorgona is Italy's last island prison. Its steep cliffs rise up from azure Mediterranean waters. Here, a select group of convicts serves the end of long sentences by farming. And now, a legendary winemaker is training them to make high-end wine.<p>Mentioned by Dante in <a href="http://www.gutenberg.org/files/8800/8800-h/8800-h.htm">The Divine Comedy</a>, Gorgona was for thousands of years a refuge for hermits and monks. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:28:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 58755 at http://www.kunc.org This Fine Wine Made At An Italian Penal Colony Is No 2-Buck Chuck Stopped By 'No One,' A Nun Wins Italy's 'The Voice' http://www.kunc.org/post/singing-nun-wins-italys-voice <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdVepadhCb0</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 09:18:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 57447 at http://www.kunc.org Stopped By 'No One,' A Nun Wins Italy's 'The Voice' Pope To Travel To Holy Land With Rabbi And Muslim Leader http://www.kunc.org/post/pope-travel-holy-land-rabbi-and-muslim-leader The first non-European pope in modern history will makes a pilgrimage to the Holy Land this week, a region with centuries of religious strife.<p>Francis — the first pope to take the name of the saint of peace — will carry far less historical baggage than any of his predecessors.<p>When John Paul II visited Israel in 2000, he prayed at the Western Wall and apologized for the church's sins against Jews. Tue, 20 May 2014 11:23:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 56743 at http://www.kunc.org Pope To Travel To Holy Land With Rabbi And Muslim Leader U.N. Panel Could Find Vatican Guilty Of Torture http://www.kunc.org/post/un-panel-could-find-vatican-guilty-torture Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. The Vatican got a grilling this past week for its handling of the clerical sex abuse scandal. The setting - a United Nations hearing in Geneva. Meanwhile in Rome, a new advisory board to Pope Francis held its first meeting on the sex abuse crisis.<p>In a moment we'll hear from a member of that board whose personal story of abuse may be hard for some listeners to hear. But first, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports on that U.N. Sun, 11 May 2014 11:36:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 56385 at http://www.kunc.org