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.