radioplasma : voices + ideas

Podcast, community media, stories, conversations, music, and randomness


September 2017

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

Alexis Diaz


Meet Alexis Diaz. A Holyoke promise. A young man on the path to success, sharing his story and experiences in LightHouse, The Holyoke Youth Commission, The Sustainable Holyoke Youth Leadership Initiative’s Summit in Martha’s Vineyard, a trip to Boston with Commissioner Will Morales, being invited to Barrios Unidos in Santa Cruz, CA, and now, beginning a new chapter at Holyoke Community College.

These are the stories worth of sharing and celebrating. This is our youth and future leaders.


Anne Thalheimer – The Holyoke Local Cultural Council, followed by a random conversation

Anne Thalheimer joins us for a randomness session.


We talked about the Holyoke Local Cultural Council, and the funding opportunities they provide for the Holyoke community. The application for grants opens on September 1st and the deadline is October 16th. You can visit the official Holyoke Local Cultural Council website, for more information. Also, they have a Facebook Page. If you are interested in applying for a grant, you can follow this link.

Then, we talked about different projects Anne is working on: My Monster Hat, A Roller Derby comic book, and music.

This is the song mentioned by Anne during the conversation: “Water me” by Lizzo




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