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Mar. 20, 2024: All of Montague a stage

The entire world’s a stage. Or at least a part of Montague, Massachusetts is a stage for the next 3 weeks as the first ever Montague Shakespeare Festival descends upon the Shea Theater. We’ll hear all about the method to the madness from Executive Director Kenny Butler and the director of the festival's production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Fiona Ross of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Report for America is a national service that places journalists into local newsrooms to report on underrepresented issues and communities. We invite two journalists associated with the program, Springfield Republican reporter Greta Jochem and NEPM reporter Nirvani Williams, to talk about how we can support local journalism.

And, Word Nerd Emily Brewster, senior editor at Merriam-Webster, has been investigating words whose poetic meaning predates the prose. She needs your help to come up with a term to describe words that demonstrate perverse semantic shifts in the English language.

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.