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The YaJagoff! Podcast - All about Pittsburgh

All about the cool stuff going on in Pittsburgh! There are a lot of podcasts, or PAWDcasts as you might say in Pittsburghese, but none this focused on what’s happening in Pittsburgh. Co-hosts John Chamberlin and Rachael Rennebeck talk with guests about food, entertainment, current events and, of course, Jagoffs! This weekly podcast is based on the Pittsburgh humor blog,

Sep 4, 2017

This week’s podcast was recorded at the Little Italy Days in Bloomfield.  To summarize, the topics are peppers, Italian romance and fantasy novels, self-improvement and Olympic gold medal boxing.  Just as eclectic as the gnocchi, cannoli, storm windows, gutters, car insurance and pizza booths at the festival!  Thanks to Sal Richetti and the Little Italy Days gang for having us!

YaJagoff! Podcast -  Show Notes: Episode Music: Louis Prima, “Buona Sera”

01:07 We are stuffing our faces at Little Italy Days! Pittsburgh Podcast Network, Executive Producer, Frank Murgia sits in as co-host so that he can teach John how to be Italian for the day!

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04:35 Bob Portogallo of Portogallo Peppers in Braddock has taken his giardiniera and Italian beef & sausage sandwiches from a single crockpot at a party, to local farmer’s markets to now supplying Giant Eagle and Eat n’ Park!  But what is Hunky Hump Day? 

12:31 Dana Faletti is a Pittsburgh author who writes Italian fiction novels including one inspired by her grandmother’s life in Italy.  She’s on her 5th book including women’s fiction for adults and a trilogy for young adults. She need’s your Nana recipes for an upcoming cook book! And she gives some tips for those of you who want to write books.

26:55 Jasa Johnson and Judi Vitale, from the Deep Dives Podcast (also on the Pittsburgh Podcast Network). Sole vacations?  Hell, John doesn’t even like to go to movies alone! Judi and Jasa talk about you feeling free to do what YOU need to do vs. what other want you to do!

36:57   Roberto Cammarelle is Italy's Boxing Gold Medal Winner from the Beijing Olympics and World Champion. He along with Michael Diven and Mike Manna (and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini) are bringing Italy vs. Pittsburgh boxing to the Priory Hotel in October.  Roberto also is a dancer???   Email to 

50:55 Thanks as always to Frank, Wayne and Hannah of the Pittsburgh Podcast Network and special thanks to Sal Richetti for having us!

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