Keep Dancing

Marge Champion captivated audiences as the live action model for Walt Disney’s “Snow White,” and later as she danced with her husband Gower in numerous film, television and Broadway hits such as “Show Boat,” “The Marge and Gower Champion Show,” and “Three for Tonight” with Harry Belafonte. Her extensive talents include directing and award-winning choreographing.

Now a  part-time Berkshires resident, Champion is honored by BIFF with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her role in the documentary Keep Dancing. The afternoon before her award Marge spends time opening up with Serene Mastrianni and Carole Murko discussing her life, career, loss and love.

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Rescue Your Children from Marketers’ Schemes

The image of girls and boys is being packaged and sold to all of us everyday.  The stereotypical “pretty in pink” and “army green” gives our children the wrong message and guides them down a dangerous road.  Join Serene Mastrianni and Carole Murko as they spend an hour with Lyn Mikel Brown, professor of education at Colby College and author of Packaging Girlhood and Packaging Boyhood.  Every parent should listen, learn and empower their children to break free from the dangers  that are facing them in the outside “fictitious” world.  Plus the second half of the show provides simple steps parents can take to assist children to find themselves.  For more information visit Lyn’s website (Hardy Girls Healthy Women).

Women, Giving and Why We Need to Give More

Serene Mastrianni chats with Joanna Krotz ,author, advocate and contributing editor of Town and County’s Philanthropy Issues.  Giving is often fueled with many emotions.  Why is it important that we give?  Who do we give to?  Why is difficult for some people to give? In this economic climate parting with our precious dollars can be difficult but it is essential that we invest in our future.  In Joanna’s newest book:  THE GUIDE TO INTELLIGENT GIVING-Make a Difference in the World and in Your Own Life we learn about how and why to “give”.  For more information go to and join the thousands of people that are making a difference!


Hold On to Your Pocketbook and STOP Getting Ripped Off!

Just in time, when we need some extra cash, Bob Sullivan—creator of the enormously popular MSNBC blog The Red Tape Chronicles, Today show contributor, and author of the New York Times bestseller Gotcha Capitalism—returns with STOP GETTING RIPPED OFF: Why Consumers Get Screwed, and How You Can Always Get a Fair Deal.  Join  Serene Mastrianni and Carole Murko as they link listeners back to their pocketbooks.  STOP GETTING RIPPED OFF goes further, taking a broader look at the whole capitalist system and showing us how to avoid financial pitfalls in the first place.  

Bob Sullivan has been a reporter for nearly two decades.  For the past twelve years, he has covered computer crime and consumer affairs for  Today his work appears on’s Red Tape Chronicles blog.  He also appears regularly on MSNBC television, NBC Nightly News, the Today Show, and various local NBC affiliates. 

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Healthcare Reform What is the REAL Deal?

Join Carole Murko as she interviews Serene Mastrianni, Healthcare Advocate.  As Healthcare Reform passes through the Senate many of us are asking, “is this really going to improve our health”.  Serene brings her experience in public health and “on the hill” meetings to R2W listeners.  Learn and listen, this is a show that you can not afford to miss.

Everyday ART for Women

Serene Mastrianni opens the eyes and ears of R2W Listeners with Fe-Mail,  expressive correspondence between two busy artists, Karen Arp-Sandel and Suzi Banks Baum, as they put their daily lives on post cards and mail them back and forth to each other for several years.  Plus, honest talk with the artists and the “mother” of all artists; Gabrielle Senza. 

The Berkshire Art Kitchen will kick off its spring season with a series of events organized by artists Karen Arp-Sandel and Suzi Banks Baum.  In conjunction with Women’s History Month and aimed to celebrate women artists, the events focus on the daily-ness of art and the challenges of juggling mothering and creativity. 

The Berkshire Art Kitchen was founded in 2009 by artist Gabrielle Senza as an alternative venue for creativity, connection and change.  Part gallery and part art salon, the Berkshire Art Kitchen is known for its high-quality exhibitions and handcrafted gifts, intimate house-concerts and film-screenings, as well as an exceptional collection of one-of-a-kind Artists’ Books.

The Berkshire Art Kitchen is open Friday – Sun 12:00 – 5:00 pm, and most weekdays by chance or appointment.  For more information, visit or call 413.717.0031.

Women Introducing Theater and Giving BACK!

Serene Mastrianni introduces listeners to a unique theater experience. Inspired by the book ‘Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide’ by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn, WAM Theatre (WAM = Women’s Action Movement) was founded in 2009 by Kristen van Ginhoven and Leigh Strimbeck to use theatre to benefit women and girls worldwide. Both Kristen and Leigh are professional actors, directors and theatre educators who are engaged in the issue of women’s rights worldwide. WAM Theatre’s philanthropic mission is two-fold. First, to raise funds to create professional theatrical events that explore issues relating to women and girls. Second, to donate a portion of the proceeds from those events to organizations that benefit women and girls worldwide.  WAM Theatre is based in the Berkshires of Massachusetts and the Capital Region of New York State. 

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Noni Carter Inspires Youth with Good Fortune

Serene Mastrianni scoops the nation by interviewing the teenage phenomenon; Noni Carter.

An accomplished classical pianist, poet, Harvard freshman and novelist, 19-year-old Noni Carter has always cherished the history,values and life lessons of her ancestors. Her debut novel, Good Fortune, is poised to do for Noni’s generation what Alex Haley’s Roots did for his generation —inspiring 21st century black youth to embrace, with pride, the rich legacy of black history, including the gripping experience of slavery. This interview will inspire woman of all ages to stay committed to our stories and share our brilliance with the world. To learn more about Noni Carter go to her website

How “intimate” are you with your finances?

Serene Mastrianni and Carole Murko interviewed Jacquette Timmons, the author of “Financial Intimacy”.  She urges people to divide their financial circle in four ways: earn, save, invest, spend and to understand your relationship to each of those.  She also was clear that managing one’s finances isn’t just about money – there are habits, emotions etc. that we all carry with us that influence the way we handle our finances.  For more information on Jacquette, go to

Cooking – Everyone Can do it!

Serene Mastrianni and Carole Murko welcomed the New Year with enthusiasm!! In fact, Serene decided to interview me (Carole) about cooking and Heirloom Meals.Serene was most interested in my approach to cooking with real ingredients and how simply a meal can be put together with a little planning.  I shared some tips on cooking fish and how versatile chicken breast are.  Check out my blog: