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The Fabulous 413

The Fabulous 413 is a daily afternoon radio show celebrating life in western Massachusetts — and a kind of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" for grown-ups.

  • It’s the year of the dragon, but some of the other years are making other appearances in our show today.
  • We find out about an initiative to help the communities around the Quabbin Reservoir that don't have access to the waters in their backyard with NEPM Reporter Alden Bourne, Talk memoir and memories with Amherst College alums Aparna Nancherla and Jen Acker in preperation for the College's Lit Fest, and delight in liguistic misfires with Word Nerd Emily Brewster of Merriam Webster.
  • Laissez bon temps roulet as we check out the Mardi Gras event happening at White Lion this evening with the folx throwing the party. The Blues to Green organization, also we hear from Samirah Evans who'll be performing for the occasion, and hear archival footage of the man who inspired the whole thing, Charles Neville.
  • We’re trying to make plans for the week really. That’s a large part of our chat with Dave Hayes, the Weather Nut. We heard there’s a bit of a storm headed our way and we tap the armchair meteorological specialist to find out how intense the storm is really going to be. We also cajole him into elaborating on the difference between the snow storms we might encounter. And speaking of meteors, Mr. Universe explores the process and some of the early results of a meteoroid that fell just outside of Berlin at the end of January. We also get into aubrites and why they’re so important, as well as the briefest of recaps of yesterday’s Superb Owl and its ads. And punk elder statesman Ted Leo is gearing up for a show at The Drake in Amherst on Feb 16. So of course we jump at the chance to talk with him about the evolution of the punk scene, how different parts of the country sound, and his cameo on “Stephen Universe”.
  • Folk artist of many disciplines Sean Rowe joins us for Live Music Friday, discover the nuances of appellation with a couple of interesting examples at Table & Vine for the WIne Thunderdome, and celebrate the beginning of maple season with pancakes (and waffles) at the North Hadley Sugar Shack.
  • Two Black History Month celebrations stop by the studio, the first a month long speaker series in Springfield, the second the culmination of months of research in Northampton, plus congressman Jim McGovern gets accolades from a jedi (or the joker) on the platform formerly known as Twitter.
  • It is another day where we’re looking for ties that might bring us closer. In the case of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, they’ve got another program on the docket that looks to bring in bring in a much wider selection of the local community. Havana Nights will be an evening of latin diaspora spanning music from the traditionally “classical” to modern samba, merengue, salsa, and more, featuring The Mambo Kings. We speak with SSO president Paul Lambert, SSO director of development Heather Gawron, and soloist Camille Zamora about the many ways music can bridge cultures, the importance of pop music in symphonic settings, and the joys of live music. While across town, another sort of bridge emerges. On Feb 13th, NEPM will host a showing of the documentary “The Cost of Inheritance” at Springfield College. The film takes focuses on the issue of reparations for decendants of enslaved peoples in the United States by looking at efforts on both macro and micro scales. The showing will be followed by a moderated panel featuring local experts. We speak with two of those panelists, Amherst College’s Dr. Stefan Bradley, and AHRA’s Michele Miller, about why economic struggles are often subsumed under social ones, and what some of the local efforts towards reparations might look like. We’re connecting our words too. And that requires punctuation. But a listener question from Anne in Montague has us wondering about the nature and need for commas. Our resident wordster, Word Nerd Emily Brewster, senior editor at Merriam-Webster, helps us unparse the use of the serial/Oxford/Harvard comma. (We also discover a bit of its history with the help from Shady Characters.)
  • Happy New Year! It’s lunar new year, and we’re entering the Year of the Dragon. More than a billion people will be celebrating this weekend, including some in Florence. Bombyx is having a Lunar New Year celebration on Feb 10th, hosted by local author illustrator Grace Lin, who herself has written a book on the subject. We speak with her about some of the symbols and traditions that they’ll be teaching about during the festivities. New years often mean a look at the things you’d like to accomplish, and to that end we’re looking at economic equity. Team R3set was built to specifically look at the economic disparity of disenfranchised communities and built platforms and pathways to make them more resilient. We speak with co-founder John Lewis about why economic equity can be just as important as social equity, and why re-framing what that evening out looks like is vitally important. The new year also brings with it times to reflect on the things that have been done in the past. Mr. Universe, Hampshire College’s Salman Hameed reveals the legacy of Henrietta Leavitt, without whose work we may not have been able to explore as much of the universe as we are able to today, and at the apologies that are only now being offered for the disparagement of her research and ideas.
  • Today’s show is all about giving back. It’s in regular members of our community who come together to help our growing youth one on one. CHD’s Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County hosts the second annual “Big Love, Little Performances”, a fundraiser where the who’s who of the area come together to sing karaoke for the cause. Executive Director Susan Nicastro joins us to talk up how important mentors are, how great their need is, and mention how much “rick-rolling” will probably happen at this event. It’s in the preservation of the memory and legacy of an activist couple from Deerfield. Wally and Juanita Nelson were the impetus of many stalwarts in Greenfield, including the Farmer’s Market, and the Harvest supper. They lived a philosophy that has inspired many in the years before and after their passing. We talk with Bob Bady and Betsy Williams of the Nelson Legacy Project, itself a branch of the Nelson Homestead, about the influence of the couple’s practice of passivism, the classes they teach under this ideology, and more. And it’s in a community being delayed in it’s efforts to right itself. The Holyoke Public Schools have been in receivership since 2015. This past fall, mayor Joshua Garcia, acting in his capacity as chairman of the school committee, petitioned the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for a release from that receivership. This past weekend, they were sent notification that the decision for that release would be deferred to a later date. But what does that delay mean in the interim for the schools and students of Holyoke? How is the state measuring the growth of a city’s educational focus against their expectations? We delve into the many repercussions with the Mayor, along with newly appointed vice-chair of the school committee Erin Brunelle, and Massachusetts Teachers Association President Max Page.
  • We sip wine from the turn of the century at State Street Wine & Provisions, Gush all about Dave Rothstein's latest surreal adventure of winning a snow sculpture contest, and celebrate The Colony's Motel's final show at Luthier's this bandcamp and Live Music Friday
  • We hang out with the host of our new show sibling, Carrie Saldo of NEPM's "The Rundown", explore more fallout from the shifting of the liquor licenses in Northampton with Parlor Room Collective executive director Chris Freeman, discover fun winter board games for the dark days with Justin Dowd of Start Playing Games, and Congressman Jim McGovern discusses the bipartisan Child Tax Credit, the connection between food and medicine and more
  • Today is all about moving around.