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April 10, 2024: Kids question the eclipse

We’re still reeling from Monday’s astronomical phenomenon. We share our eventful journey so you can hear all about our trials, tribulations, and blown alternators to view the oncoming darkness. It’s safe to say that the challenges in our travels did not eclipse our fun.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and we hear about the Children's Advocacy Center community luminaria event, "This Little Light of Mine," which is designed to raise awareness of child abuse in Hampshire County. In to talk more about the event and the nonprofit’s programming is Executive Director Kara McElhone and volunteer Alice Barber. We learn how their multidisciplinary team addresses allegations of child abuse to create a comfortable space for children to tell their stories.

And, we get a look into the real life of Johnny Appleseed, a local legend and apparent past resident of Longmeadow. Melissa Cybulski, author of “Appleseeds: A Boy Named Johnny Chapman,” is here to talk more about his story and what inspired her to translate it into a book for early readers.

Plus, we have more word talk with our resident wordster Emily Brewster, senior editor at the new official companion to the AP Stylebook, Merriam-Webster. She tells us more about the discourse surrounding the phrase, “beg the question.”

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.