Rico Gagliano is a radio reporter, producer and host. Along with Brendan Newman, he’s heard on Marketplace’s bi-monthly “Small Talk” segment, asking the show’s staff and reporters what odd and under-the-radar news stories they’ll be talking about at dinner parties over the weekend. Gagliano also co-created and co-hosts American Public Media's popular radio show and podcast The Dinner Party Download, for which he’s interviewed guests including Spike Lee, Venus Williams and Sir Richard Branson. Gagliano filed his first freelance story with Marketplace in 2001 and his pieces also appeared on The Savvy Traveler and All Things Considered. He joined Marketplace full-time in 2004, spending several years as an international field reporter filing stories from England, Ireland, Sweden, The Netherlands, South Korea and India. He also wrote, performed and produced most of Marketplace’s “Marketplace Players” comedy sketches. Prior to joining Marketplace, Gagliano was a television writer serving as a staff writer on shows for ABC, MTV and Fox Family, as well as his sketch comedy troupe “The Ministry of Unknown Science” which shot two pilots for Spike TV and the Sci-Fi Network. Gagliano’s writing has appeared in The Pittsburgh Post-GazetteL.A. Weekly, and The Village Voice among others. In 2009, Rico interviewed Mary Chapin of folk trio The Chapin Sisters for KPCC-FM’s program “Offramp.” That episode went on to win the “Best Public Affairs Show” award from both the L.A. Press Club and the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California. Gagliano is a magna cum laude and golden key honors society graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where he received his bachelor’s degree in film studies. He also received his master’s degree in screenwriting from the American Film Institute. A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Gagliano currently resides in Los Angeles where he is an amateur photographer and guitar player.

Features By Rico Gagliano

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Small talk: Cuddle class, an Occupy Wall Street class, when Virginia starts classes

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: It's all about class. Air New Zealand has a cuddle class, NYU offers an Occupy Wall Street Class, and why classes in Virginia don't start until after Labor Day.
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Small talk: Fast-food eaters, Occupy Harvard, 11/11/11

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: Who eats the most fast food, the exclusivity of Occupy Harvard, and the bizarre behaviors surrounding 11/11/11.
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Small talk: "Jersey Shore" and fake maple syrup

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: Academics take on "The Jersey Shore," getting prosecuted for selling fake maple syrup and Kentucky is giving away a bridge.
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Small talk: Less babies, golfing with sharks, a luxurious toilet

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: America's producing less babies, sharks at the golf course, and a $6,400 toilet.
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Small talk: Baseball beers and surfing the Internet at work

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: The non-difference of sizes for beers at baseball stadiums, Windows 8's new "blue screen of death," and surfing the Internet during work is OK in Canada.
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Small talk: A water menu, The Earl Grey, doctors (not) washing hands

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: water gets its own menu, Twinings introduces <em>The</em> Earl Grey and doctors need signs to remind them to wash their hands.
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Small talk: Backyard timeshare and zombie protestors

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: a "backyard timeshare," a lesson on tweeting and eating, and zombie protestors.
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Small talk: Snoring, Google-, no mankinis

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: The snore patrol, man loses Google history, and no nonsense, no mankini.
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Small talk: Tweeting, first class babies and ATM fees

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This holiday: the LAPD calls on Twitter celebrities for help, babies are kicked out of first class and ATM fees hit everyone -- even those in the Hamptons.
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Small talk: NYC camping, Portland water, elk lips

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: Camping in the middle of New York City, draining a reservoir in Portland, and elk lips.

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