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June 10, 2024: Freedom Found

We’re in Pride Month and we get ready to party with the LGBTQIA2+ youth at a queer prom in Holyoke happening June 14. We talk with organizers Jahan Pluas and Azy Cardona of Americorps about the importance of creating spaces for queer youth to express themselves with safety and ease.

We get a tour of what's growing at Mumbet’s Freedom Farm in Sheffield with its lead stewards, Sunder Ashni and Adrian Seneca Bello. We hear about their intentions to nourish their community and recultivate their relationships with plants, all while being mindful of their place in the greater ecosystem.

And, on June 13, author and Greenfield native Essie Chambers will be speaking at Odyssey Bookshop about her debut novel, “Swift River.” We talk about this book, the complicated feelings of growing up in a small New England town and the reality of sundown towns in local history.

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.