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Rural moons and viral snow

To break up your Monday doldrums, we brought out some big names. That, we're told, is how you do it.

Mr. Universe, Dr. Salman Hameed, teaches us a lot about "moon time", and a little about how awesome the song "Naatu Naatu" is. (You can see videos about everything Monte and Mr. Universe chatted about at Kainaat Studios.)

Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll visited to explain the nuances of a new position developed for the current administration: Director of Rural Affairs, and we got to nerd out about policy.

Dr. Mandy Muller gave us some clarity on where western Massachusetts is with COVID, as we celebrated the third anniversary of "The Last Normal Day."

And Dave Hayes, The Weather Nut, snow-casted with us, to preview the storm tonight as it passes our way!

Editor's note: The NEPM newsroom is taking a closer look at Gov. Healey's political agenda. We'd like to hear your ideas for our reporting. Do her priorities line up with issues that are top of mind for you? What should she be focusing on? Go to our form and have your say.

Christopher “Monte'' Belmonte is host and executive producer of NEPM's The Fabulous 413. He was born and raised in Massachusetts and has been a radio host in western Massachusetts for the last 20 years — the last 17 of them as host of Mornings with Monte on The River 93.9/WRSI.
Kaliis Smith is a radio host and producer for NEPM's The Fabulous 413. She was most recently host and producer at The River 93.9/WRSI where she appeared on Mornings with Monte for the Nerdwatch segment and hosted weekday evenings.