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Nelson R Roman


City Councilor for Ward 2, Nelson Roman, is running for re-election. On this session, he reviews the work of the past two years, and the issues that will be part of the work to do on a second term, if re-elected.

You can find more information about Nelson Roman’s platform on his website

Related: You can also listen to the interview with the contending candidate for Ward 2, J’Anthony Smith

Dori Digenti – Breathing Space Yoga & Mindfulness Studio


Dori Digenti is the founder of Breathing Space Yoga & Mindfulness Studio, a space for community connection. As a certified Yoga instructor, Dori is offering the benefits of Yoga and Meditation to the community in an inclusive and welcoming environment.

On this episode, we talk about her studio, activities, that include a free session facilitated in Spanish, scheduled for October 7th, from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM at Breathing Space Yoga & Mindfulness Studio, located at 208 Race Street, Suite 301, in Holyoke, MA.

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You can learn more about Dori Digenti and Breathing Space Yoga & Mindfulness Studio on her website, and follow its activity on Facebook.

J’Anthony Smith


J’Anthony Smith is a Candidate for Ward 2 at Holyoke City Council, and the youngest candidate on the 2017 election. During this conversation we got to know the motivations of Smith to run for City Councilor, and his campaign strategy.


Related: You can also listen to the interview with the contending candidate for Ward 2, Nelson Roman


James Brunault


The series “Know Your Candidates”, presents the conversation with James Brunault, candidate for City Council, Ward 6.

Related: You can also listen to the interview with the contending candidate for Ward 6, Juan Anderson-Burgos


La Gringa in Holyoke

The Urban Theater Company is visiting Holyoke during the weekend of September 22 to 24. As part of the celebration of The 2nd Annual Taste of South Holyoke Festival, they will present ‘La Gringa’ at El Mercado, 413 Main Street in South Holyoke.

We had a conversation on stage, with the whole cast and crew, about their experience visiting Holyoke and their interaction with students from Morgan School, Kelly School, and LightHouse, who attended their rehearsal, previous to the recording of this podcast session.


Palante Theater Company is an affiliated organization of the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, MiFA, created on 2016 with the goal of opening a black box theater on Main Street in Holyoke. Proceeds from this show will go towards that goal. This is the first collaboration between Palante Theater and the Urban Theater Company of Chicago.

La Gringa’s showing is a part of the 2nd Annual Taste of South Holyoke Festival in the heart of South Holyoke and the Puerto Rican Cultural District. This show is sponsored in part by the Holyoke Cultural Council, Nueva Esperanza Inc, City Councilor Nelson Rafael Roman and the City of Holyoke.

At the time of this recording, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd night shows are sold out. You can get tickets for the matinee performances of La Gringa on September 23rd and 24th at MiFA’s website:


Jharikem Borrero Irrizarry – Nuestras Raíces Harvest Festival


Jharikem Borrero Irrizarry is the Outreach Coordinator at Nuestras Raíces. On this session, she shares information about the 25th Anniversary celebration of this organization, and invites the public to their Harvest Festival, happening on September 30th.


Holyoke Mayoral Candidates Forum

Listen to the full debate with the four Mayoral Candidates, Michael Siciliano, Jason Ferreira, Paul Bowes, and Mayor Alex Morse, recorded on September 20th, at El Mercado, in South Holyoke, previous to the preliminary election on September 26th, 2017.

This is a special feature of the Radioplasma podcast, in partnership with the Holyoke Neighborhood Associations, El Sol Latino, Holyoke Media, and Councilor Nelson Roman.

The Radioplasma’s audio podcast, and the video, produced by Holyoke Media, are available for the public on this posting.




The series “Know Your Candidates”, presents a conversation with each one of the candidates for Ward 3, previous to the Preliminary Election of September 26th.

Each candidate was invited to talk individually about their motivations to run for office, their campaign plans, and some of the identified issues on Ward 3, that need the most attention on City Council.

You will have the opportunity to listen to candidates David Bartley (incumbent, running for re-election), and Anne Thalheimer.

Candidate Darlene Elias has been invited to be interviewed and she has accepted. Due to scheduling difficulties, she hasn’t been able to record her interview. In fairness to the other candidates, we are releasing their interviews today, September 18th, to allow enough time for the public to listen to their interviews. Candidate Elias is still welcome to do her interview, previous to the Preliminary, and it will be posted as soon it is recorded.



Rebel Diaz (Rebellions in Spanish as a single word), is a Hip Hop project hailing from The Bronx and Chicago. Its members, Chilean brothers Rodrigo Venegas, a.k.a. RodStarz, and Gonzalo Venegas, a.k.a. G1, along with DJ Illanoiz, visited the Pioneer Valley on September 9th and they offered a free educational workshop about Hip Hop and Activism, at the Wistariahurst Museum, in Holyoke. That evening, they also performed at the Millpond Live in Easthampton.

The morning after, we got together at the plasma media lab, to talk about their experiences in Holyoke and Easthampton, and their work as Hip Hop artists, educators, activists, and creators.

Special thanks to the Wistariahurst Museum for opening their space for this free educational workshop for the community. Also, we want to recognize the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership, and the Rosenberg Fund for Children for their efforts to make possible this workshop and performance by Rebel Diaz in Holyoke and Easthampton.

You can follow Rebel Diaz on their official Facebook Page. Also, you can visit

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