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The traditional children’s song contest, the Zecchino d’Oro, returns tomorrow and Friday 23 December at 5.05 pm and Saturday 24 December at 5 pm on Rai 1. The programme, which this year will be not only accessible but truly inclusive thanks to the commitment of Rai Public Utility and the exclusive publication on RaiPlay, will accompany all the children towards Christmas. After last year’s success, Francesca Fialdini and Paolo Conticini return to conduct the first two episodes. For the grand finale, on the afternoon of Christmas Eve, the host will be Carlo Conti, artistic director of Zecchino d’Oro. The conductors will not be alone on stage at the Antoniano, but will be joined by the youtubers Ninna and Matti, who will guide the Giuria dei Piccoli, the official jury of the Zecchino d’Oro made up of 12 children, and will entertain young and old; by Cristina D’Avena who will be part of the Great Jury during the final and will bring her music to the stage; by the Great Magician, Alessandro Politi, with his witty magic tricks. The absolute protagonist is the race. Thursday 22 December, we start with listening to the first 7 songs. Friday 23 December, we continue with listening to the other 7 songs. Saturday 24 December, grand finale with the replay of all 14 songs and the announcement of the winning song. The 14 songs, interpreted by 17 children from 11 Italian regions together with the Piccolo Coro dell’Antoniano directed by Sabrina Simoni, propose important and current themes such as the environment, diversity, the family. To sign them 30 authors of music and lyrics, including Checco Zalone, Enrico Ruggeri, Cesareo di Elio and le Storie Tese together with Filippo Pax Pascuzzi, Margherita Vicario, Eugenio Cesaro of Eugenio In Via Di Gioia, Deborah Iurato and Virginio. As always, all the episodes will be subtitled on Rai1 on Televideo page 777, and the final episode on Saturday 24 December will also be audio described. Furthermore, for the first time, by virtue of a collaboration agreement between Rai Public Utility and the Antonio Magarotto State Institute for the Deaf of Rome, over 30 children – deaf and hearing, students of the Institute – will interpret in LIS, as soloists and in small choirs, the 14 songs in the competition, giving life to 14 exciting clips also accessible with subtitles, and published exclusively on Rai Play. A project that has fully engaged both Rai Public Utility, in particular the Accessibility Structure, and the Magarotto Institute with months of rehearsals, and which has allowed the singing event to truly become not only for everyone, but for everyone. To get to know the soloists, always exclusively on Rai Play, short clips will also be available complete with subtitles, thanks to which each child will present himself in Italian sign language. Of all the songs of Zecchino d’Oro 2022, 14 cartoons were prepared, born from the collaboration between Antoniano and Rai Kids, made by 14 different animation studios, also broadcast on Rai Yoyo and available on RaiPlay.

The collapse of the Berlin Wall was to mark the end of history. After more than thirty years it appears instead as the story of an end: that of a circumscribed period, characterized by many tensions but also relatively peaceful. In “How many stories” – the program produced by Rai Cultura and conducted by Giorgio Zanchini broadcast tomorrow at 12.45 on Rai 3 – the founder of the geopolitical magazine Limes, Lucio Caracciolo, explains why, after the Cold War, the West has become a battlefield and which path should be taken to once again cultivate the dream of a universal system based on law and peace.

Linosa – in the Pelagie archipelago, in Sicily – is the second stage of “Isole”, a journey through the smallest islands of the Belpaese and their communities, broadcast tomorrow at 20.20 on Rai 5. To reveal the history and secrets of Linosa I am the “Baron”, who is the tour guide; Vincenzo and his children, the last fishermen of the island; Caterina and Anna, the two cooks; and Robertino, one of the last young people to live there.

On Rai5 Christmas concert from the Senate – on Rai Storia ‘Celestino V. The Pope out of this world’

Tomorrow at 21.15 on Rai 5, Rai Cultura will re-propose the traditional Christmas concert held in the Senate of the Republic, in the presence of the High Offices of the State. The Haydn Orchestra of Trento and Bolzano, conducted by Maestro Beatrice Venezi, performs music by Giuseppe Verdi, Giuseppe Martucci, Giacomo Puccini and Pietro Mascagni. Also on the program is the Homage to Mogol by the composer Salvatore Frega, performed for the first time.

Although centuries have passed, the story of Pietro da Morrone, elected Pope as Celestine V in 1294, to then become famous with his renunciation, is still one of the most discussed and controversial historical episodes of the Middle Ages. Influenced by the prophecy of Gioacchino da Fiore who foresaw the advent of a reforming Pope and the beginning of the age of the Holy Spirit, the already eighty-year-old Pietro del Morrone – who enjoyed fame for the gift of miracles attributed to his intercession – accepted for faith and submission to God the role of Pope, which he renounced, however, after less than four months. A character revived in a documentary signed by the director Cinzia Th Torrini and produced by Cassiopea Film Production and the Pescarabruzzo Foundation, which Rai Cultura presents tomorrow at 21.10 on Rai Storia for “aCdC”, with an introduction by Professor Alessandro Barbero. The importance of his pontificate is still present today in the feast of Forgiveness, the first jubilee in Christian history which has been celebrated for more than 700 years every August in the basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio in L’Aquila and which since 2019 has been registered by the UNESCO in the list of the “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”. This year, for the first time in 728 years of history, Pope Francis opened the Holy Door of the Basilica in L’Aquila. The documentary – co-directed by Ralph Palka and music by the Abruzzese composer Marco Marrone – wonders if Pietro del Morrone was the architect of his own destiny or an instrument of ecclesiastical and political power. The narrative reconstruction of his life takes place through ten interviews with historians, writers, journalists and prelates who, with their analyses, focus on the dynamics of his “renunciation of power” and on his relationship with Cardinal Caetani, the future Pope Boniface VIII. The aspect of Celestino’s deep harmony with nature is not missing. Abruzzo with its hermitages, places and uncontaminated landscapes becomes a natural set. The significant images from historical archives illustrate the story and emotionally bring the viewer closer to the “legend” of the mythical character. The scenes with historical reconstructions that recall crucial and intimate moments in the life of the hermit saint were filmed in the villages of Capestrano and Bominaco, in the Basilica of Collemaggio in Aquila and in various hermitages where the saint lived. The Italian-Canadian actor Marc Fiorini was chosen for the face of the saint.

In the setting of the oldest university college in Italy, the Choir of the Almo Collegio Borromeo of Pavia, directed by Marco Berrini, offers the songs of the Christmas tradition in the concert broadcast tomorrow at 10.00 pm on Rai 5. At the organ and piano, Alessandro Marangoni, while the comment is by the Rector, Alberto Lolli.

On ‘Radio3Mondo’ the white war – on Rai3 ‘Elixir’ It is in the Arctic where the echo of the cannons thundering in Ukraine is heard loudest. It is where NATO and Russia met for the final duel. It used to be considered the last of the last frontiers and is now the warmest front. It is the great stone guest of our time, apparently extraneous to the dissolution of the world order in progress, in reality at the center of everything. On “Radio3Mondo”, broadcast tomorrow at 11.00 on Radio 3, Luigi Spinola talks about it with Marzio Mian, journalist and writer, one of the founders of The Arctic Times Project, an international non-profit journalistic association that carries out collective investigations on the Arctic and author of the book “Arctic, the battle for the great North” and “White war. The Arctic Front”. The White War is already upon us, and domination of the Arctic is at stake. When Joe Biden predicts a “possible conflict” with Russia over control of the Arctic, for Vladimir Putin it is an explicit declaration of war: “We will break the teeth of anyone who thinks of challenging our sovereignty. May America know that there is no Russia without the Arctic and there is no Arctic without Russia”. How best to manage pregnancy? And how to deal with childbirth? This was explained by Professor Franco Antonio Ragusa, director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Fatebenefratelli Isola Tiberina-Gemelli Isola di Roma Hospital, guest of “Elisir”, the medical program conducted by Michele Mirabella and Benedetta Rinaldi with Francesca Parisella, broadcast tomorrow at 10.30 on Rai 3. The “nutrition” page is dedicated to Christmas sweets – pandoro and panettone – with Professor Tiziana Stallone, biologist and nutritionist at the Tor Vergata University in Rome. The space “Tell me doctor” deals with swollen hands: what are the causes? Professor Gianluca Faggioli, director of the Specialization School of Vascular Surgery at the Alma Mater of Bologna talks about it. Finally, all the false myths about food intolerances are debunked with Professor Bernardino Vaira, full professor of Internal Medicine at the Sant’Orsola University Hospital in Bologna. As wife of Franklin Roosevelt, president of the United States without interruption from 1933 to 1945, she was the longest serving first lady in American history. But Eleanor Roosevelt was much more than that. She is the protagonist of “Passato e Presente”, broadcast tomorrow at 1.15 pm on Rai 3 and at 8.30 pm on Rai Storia. Guest of Paolo Mieli, the historian Raffaella Baritone. Political militant before and after her stay in the White House, tireless activist in countless battles for the rights of minorities, she redefined the role of women in politics, promoted the UN, drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, until deserving the title of “first lady of the world”.