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May 31, 2024: Chili winter sparkle for science

We join CISA’s Phil Korman to spotlight local heroes Supicha and Phil Hillenbrand of Thai Chili Food Truck before they bring their delicious local food to the NEPM Asparagus Festival. We hear about the Hillenbrand’s culinary journeys to food trucking, how Supicha brings the flavors of Thailand to western Massachusetts, and how they’re preparing their menu for the festival.

With asparagus on our minds, we take the conversation to epidemiologist and UMass assistant professor Andrew Lover. He tells us how the vegetable does odoriferous things to our bodies and the bathroom and how it ties to genetics.

And, we dive into bubbly red for this week’s Tina Turner Memorial Wine Thunderdome at Tip Top Wine Shop in Easthampton.

Plus, we hear the bittersweet sounds of Winterpills for Live Music Friday ahead of their sold out show at the Iron Horse.

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.