© 2024 New England Public Media

FCC public inspection files:

For assistance accessing our public files, please contact hello@nepm.org or call 413-781-2801.
PBS, NPR and local perspective for western Mass.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Jan. 17, 2024: Accruement

Here in the throes of winter when the world slows down, there is an interesting drive to seek out ways to thrive.

Take humans for example, where the accumulation of years happens to most, and many are ill-prepared. However, there is a newly released documentary that looks at the value of art later in life. The film which originally aired on Twin Cities PBS, “Art + Medicine: Healthy Aging,” is getting a local screening at the Northampton Senior Center on Jan.19. Featured in the film are two Florence transplants, actors Candace and Raye Birk, who will speak about the film in a post-screening panel. They come onto The Fab 413 to share stories about the doctor’s office that inspired the film.

And although this isn’t typically the time we associate with growing things, we head up to Hadley to see the fruits of agricultural labor, and the farm that is specifically designed to offer produce during the darkest, coldest months of the year. We meet the owner of Winter Moon Roots, Rosendo Santizo, to discuss the preservation system for fresh local produce in the winter, and to hear how the co-operative nature of their farm helps all involved.

Language is evolving constantly, and we love that you have questions about it for our resident wordster Emily Brewster, senior editor at Merriam Webster. A listener in Shelburne Falls sent an inquiry about the verb, “to gift,” allowing us to dive right into that word’s history and the shortcuts we take, and we appreciate them for this.

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.