Countdwon to BIFF 2009

Serene Mastrianni and Carole Murko hosted Kelley Vickery in our countdown to BIFF 2009 series. With 74 films, a 9.15 am starting time the addition of the Mason Library for children’s films, this year’ festival will be a winner. Richard Brown who teaches movies 101 at NYU has designed 2 programs on film makers, film making and film going for BIFF. There is too much to list so go to for more. We can’t wait!!

Guest(s) included: Kelley Vickery. Founder and Director of Berkshire International Film Festival.

Women in Powerful Places – Tina Packer

Hold your breath and your applause while Carole Murko and Serene Mastrianni interview the charming, charismatic, and mesmerizing Founder and current Creative Director of Shakespeare and Company, Tina Packer share her journey from actress at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre to the United States and her vision for how to teach Shakespeare.

Guest(s) included: Tina Packer, Founder of Shakespeare and Company.

Women in Politics – Suzanne M. Bump

In Serene Mastrianni and Carole Murko’s continuing series on Women in Politics, Suzanne Bump joined them to discuss not only her role in Deval Patrick’s Massachusetts State Cabinet, but also the issues of labor and workforce development during these challenging economic times. Suzanne shared that she felt women were more well-received in these political positions. There were also some insights on how the State is trying to help its citizens with her department. Suzanne resides in Great Barrington and mentioned that the Berkshires is quite progressive in many areas of workforce development. For more information:

Guest(s) included: Suzanne M Bump, Secretary, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

Women in Powerful Places -Annie Selke

Serene Mastrianni and Carole Murko continue their series with Annie Selke, founder of Pine Cone Hill, Dash and Albert Rugs and Annie Selke Home. Annie shared with us her good fortune of finding her perfect career and calling early on. As a child she loved textiles and retail which was a clear forecast for Annie’s path. Again, it is no surprise that passion and a keen work ethic are themes that have propelled Annie’s success. You can find Annie featured in many magazines – Traditional Home, Country Living – she is designing and defining a new American Lifestyle!!

Guest(s) included: Annie Selke, Founder of Pine Cone Hill.

Take the stress out of Buying a Used Car

Serene Mastrianni and Carole Murko hosted Ron Banks, Dr. Carfinder. Ron dispelled many myths of buyng used cars, specifically, the one about extended warrantees – they actually convey with the car so it’s OK to buy a car from the previous owner, not a dealer. Dealer’s also mark up used cars by $6,000 – and in these economic times – that’s a bundle of Money to save!! He says stay away from ebay and whenever possible buy the car from the owner. Ron offers to be your agent for a flat fee – he goes to visit the previous owner and if the house is as neat as a pin etc, then the car is a cream puff! I am using Dr. Ron the next time I am in the market for a car. Visit

Guest(s) included: Ron Banks, Ph.D., Dr Ron’s Car Finder.

Who needs Long-Term Care Coverage?

Serene Mastrianni and Carole Murko were surprised to find out that it’s not just their parents who should have it BUT themselves as well!! Jackie Metsma, a certified financial planner (CFP), Certified in Long Term Care (CLTC) and Certified Life Underwriter (CLU) shared sobering information about how important having long-term care insurance is. It was a jaw-dropping realization for the two hosts.

Guest(s) included: Jacqueline Metsma, True North Financial Services.

Gearing up for BIFF

Serene Mastrianni and Carole Murko had a great time interviewing Kelley Vickery and reminiscing about last year’s film festival. Kelley is just about finsihed with screening 100’s of films and will announce the 2009 program at the end of March… so stay tuned!!

Guest(s) included: Kelley Vickery. Founder and Director of Berkshire International Film Festival.

Women in Politics – Shirley Sagawa

Serene Mastrianni and Carole Murko’s series on Women in Politics started off with a bang. Shirley Sagawa was First Lady Hillary Clinton’s Chief-of-Staff, was instrumental in starting Americorps, was named the “Most Influential Working Mothers in America” by Working Mother Magazine, and “Woman to Watch in the 21st Century” by Newsweek. Again passion is a driving force but Shirley’s humility is what is truly impressive. Pick up her latest book, The Charismatic Organization.

Guest(s) included: Shirley Sagawa, co-founder of the sagawa/jospin consulting firm.

Say Yes to the Dress

The wedding dress, that is!! Serene and Carole interviewed Mara Urshel, the co-owner of Kleinfelds – the famous bridal boutique in New York City. As part of Serene and Carole’s Women in Business series, Serene queried Mara about her her journey to owning Kleinfelds. And it’s not surprising that passion for fashion was her driving force. Mara put Kleinfelds at the center of the bridal industry worldwide by cleverly approaching TLC with her show idea – “Say Yes to the Dress.”

Guest(s) included: Mara J Urshel, Co-Owner of Kleinfeld.

Getting Fit and Trim now and forever!!

Serene and Carole brought Elizabeth DiMeo back on the show to launch their journey with the nutritionist to combat extra pounds and jump start our exercise programs. Elizabeth is a great coach and we plan on tracking our progress on the air. So stay tuned and join us on our journey to optimal health.

Guest(s) included: Elizabeth DiMEo, MS,CNS,LDN Interactive Clinical Nutrition- Supporting Lifestyle Change..