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Columbus Day 2016: Holiday In Peril

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Today is Columbus Day, a federal holiday in the U.S. that officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus' landing in the New World in 1492. Many Italian-Americans observe Columbus Day as a celebration of their heritage, while opposition dates back to the 19th century.  Some communities across the country are now casting the traditional Columbus Day holiday aside.

WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Philip DiNovo, the executive director and founder of the American Italian Heritage Association and Museum in Albany, about the holiday.

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