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Lidia Bastianich has been described as the reigning queen of Italian cuisine in America. She is the host of cooking shows on PBS, including Lidia's Italy, a new 26-episode series[…]

Bastianich sees the positive in humankind.

Question: Are you generally optimistic or pessimistic about the way the world is headed?

Transcript: Oh I am very pessimistic. No, no. The other . . . quite the other way. I am very optimistic. I think that as the world, as human beings we are very positive. And really all of us would like the best for ourselves, for our families, and even for our neighbors – absolutely. So there are those exceptions; but I have optimistic hopes and views, and almost assured that we will optimistically prevail.