Sylvia Poggioli http://kccu.org en Costa Concordia's Rusty Hulk Embarks On A Final Voyage http://kccu.org/post/costa-concordias-rusty-hulk-embarks-final-voyage <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Costa+Concordia%27s+Rusty+Hulk+Embarks+On+A+Final+Voyage&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NjA1MTgyMDEzMzk3ODE2ODgwOGQyMQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. The Costa Concordia began its final voyage today. More than two years after it capsized off the Italian island of Giglio. 32 people died. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 60321 at http://kccu.org The Grandes Dames Of The Sea Ply The Tuscan Waters http://kccu.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 07:44:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 59865 at http://kccu.org The Grandes Dames Of The Sea Ply The Tuscan Waters Over 2 Years Since Its Wreck, The Costa Concordia Floats Again http://kccu.org/post/over-2-years-its-wreck-costa-concordia-floats-again The Costa Concordia cruise crashed into a reef and capsized in waters off the island of Giglio in Italy over two years ago. On Monday, the most complicated part of the operation to refloat the ship was completed successfully. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Over+2+Years+Since+Its+Wreck%2C+The+Costa+Concordia+Floats+Again&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA0NjY4NzQ2MDEyOTc4NzIzMThmMjJkMg001)"/></div><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 59770 at http://kccu.org Italian Workers Try To Refloat Capsized Costa Concordia http://kccu.org/post/italian-workers-try-refloat-capsized-costa-concordia Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The most complicated part of the largest maritime salvage in history gets underway in Italy today. It's the re-floating of the 1,000 foot long wreck of the Costa Concordia - a luxury liner capsized in 2012.<p>NPR's Sylvia Poggioli joins us on the line from an island off the Tuscan coast.<p>Hi, Sylvia.<p>SYLVIA POGGIOLI, BYLINE: Hi, Steve.<p>INSKEEP: So, what have you seen?<p>POGGIOLI: Well I came in early this morning by ferry, and the ferry went right by the wreck. What you can see is that it's got these huge tanks attached to it. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:39:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 59730 at http://kccu.org This Fine Wine Made At An Italian Penal Colony Is No 2-Buck Chuck http://kccu.org/post/fine-wine-made-italian-penal-colony-no-two-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 22:16:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 59568 at http://kccu.org This Fine Wine Made At An Italian Penal Colony Is No 2-Buck Chuck