The Kids Are Coming

Christmas holidays are fast approaching, and everyone is baking, decorating, cleaning, packing, and booking flights back home, and this includes the kids. Whether they’re 16 and just looking at colleges, 18 and coming home from their first year, or 22 and just heading off to graduate school, if you have children, you can not miss this show. Jan and Serene get the straight story from two students at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, an accredited college that accepts students after their sophomore year in high school. Sophomore Tiffany Albright and junior Meghan McIntosh give parents an idea of what to expect from their kids, and give voice to the concerns many students have returning home for the long holidays. While you baton down the hatches, be sure to listen to this show.

Guest(s) included: Tiffany Albright, Radio2Women intern and sophomore at Simon’s Rock, and Meghan McIntosh, junior at Simon’s Rock.

A Visit By Spirits

This week’s show is channeling Charles Dickens with two actors from The Berkshire Theater Festival’s 2nd Annual production of A Christmas Carol. Jan and Serene, and their listeners, are treated to a performance by Charles Dickens and The Ghost of Christmas present, played by Joshua Davis and Anthony Mark Stockard. Tune in to this exciting show, and don’t miss A Christmas Carol, December 13-30.

Guest(s) included: Joshua Davis, Choral Director and playing Charles Dickens, and Anthony Mark Stockard, ghost of Christmas Present.

Giving Thanks

This weeks show is all about giving thanks- for those whom we love and who love us, for the opportunities, abilities, and everyday wealth we’ve been blessed with, and for the world that we live in. Jan and Serene hear what people are thankful for across generations. Preschoolers, second graders, seventh graders, college students, and adult community members all come together in this heartwarming show to remind everyone of just how much we have to be thankful for.

Preparing for Thanksgiving

Jan and Serene have acclaimed chef Brian Alberg rehauling Thanksgiving. He’s updating his Thanksgiving cooking show that everyone’s been swearing by, and he’s got more invaluable and inspired tips on your side dishes, and when he gets to the bird, his advice could save a dinner, and also inspire a few meals to come.

Guest(s) included: Brian Alberg, executive chef of Red Lion Inn.

Film in the Berkshires

Get an inside look into the film scene in the Berkshires from two of the people who know it best, Kelley Vickery, the directer of the Berkshire International Film Festival of Massachusetts, and the John Valente, the general manager of the Triplex theater. Kelly gives our listeners a peek into this years BIFFMA, as well as a true female perspective from a male-dominated field. BIFFMA is hosted yearly at the Triplex in downtown Great Barrington, which suits the theater just fine, given their history of progressive movie showing. Whether you’re a film buff or an occasional movie goer, you’ll want to hear about what’s going on with film right in our backyard.

Guest(s) included: Kelley Vickery, founder and director of BIFFMA, and John Valente, general manager of the Triplex.

Margaret Randall, Revolutionary Women

Jan and Serene are talking to woman extraordinare Margaret Randall, whose writings and photography from Mexico during the student movement of the late 60s, Cuba during the Cuban revolution, and Nicaragua during the Sandinista revolution have offered insight into the experiences of women during these turbulent times. She shares her own experiences with losing American citizenship after moving to Mexico, her struggle and triumphs raising 4 children while sustaining her career, and her return to the US and to writing and teaching. Her inspiring story is not to be missed.

Guest(s) included: Margaret Randall, activist, writer, poet, photographer.

Take Control of Your Health

As part of the continuing series on health, Jan is talking with Dr. Mark Pettus, the author of The Savvy Patient: The Ultimate Advocate for Quality Health Care and It’s All in Your Head: Change Your Mind, Change Your Health. They’re talking about what makes a savvy patient, and the importance of taking a proactive role in your own health care. Dr. Pettus helps guide listeners through the complex health system, where an explosion of technology has put decisions about diagnosis and treatment that never existed before on patients. He also has advice on how to avoid the health system altogether by changing some simple things in your own life.

Guest(s) included: Dr. Marc Pettus, faculty and Medical Director for Kripalu and author.

Giving Voice to Women: Women in Business

Jan and Serene have got a tasty show for listeners this week. Their guest Donatella Arpaia is an attorney-turned-restaurateur, who gave up years of school and the corporate fast-track to pursue her passion for food. She tells listeners what it takes to make it in the business, and what it’s like once you’ve got your dream. Her fabulous Manhattan restaurants have earned her critical acclaim and a reputation in culinary circles, but she lets listeners know that anyone can get to where she is if they put in the effort. She’s an inspirational woman who is not to be missed!

Guest(s) included: Donatella Arpaia, restaurateur.

Artists and Writers in the Berkshires

Jan is in the studio this week talking about the tradition of writers and artists of the Berkshires. She’s joined by Louise McCue, the executive director of The Berkshire Historical Society, and Dr. Carole Owens, a scholar for The Berkshire Historical Society, who have a exhibit up at the Arrowhead Museum called “Fertile Ground: Berkshire Artists and Writers 1846-1861.” Herman Melville’s famous (and infamous) Moby Dick was written right here in the Berkshires, and he’s only been one in a long tradition of creative thought in the area. Carole and Louise share some interesting things that may make you love the area even more.

Guest(s) included: Dr. Carole Owens, author, lecturer, and scholar for The Berkshire Historical Society, and Louise McCue, executive director of The Berkshire Historical Society.

What’s in a Poem?

Poetry may be one of the hardest things to write well, but one of the most wonderful to enjoy reading. Jan and Serene have Michelle Gillette in the studio, a writer and poet who’s been recognized by the Mass Cultural Council. The hosts get her talking about whether or not poetry needs to rhyme, whether it needs to make sense or not, and if its a talent that exists in everyone, just waiting to be discovered. Do you have an inner poet? Take a while to nourish that part of yourself with some of Michelle’s experience, advice, and her own amazing poetry, and you’ll be happy that you did.

Guest(s) included: Michelle Gillette, poet and contributing writer the The Berkshire Eagle and The Women’s Times.