radioplasma : voices + ideas

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


June 2018

Mike Lemme


Our guest is comedian Mike Lemme.

After a successful series of presentations in a New York theater, Mike talks about his experience on this project, his story as a comedian and performer, and all the details of his presentation at Gateway City Arts, on June 29th, 2018.

You can find more information about Mike Lemme and his presentations, on his website


Bring Your Own Restaurant. Jun 15th, 2018.

On June 15th, the Bring Your Own Restaurant pop up event, returned. Rebecca Lisi explains the meaning behind this concept, and shares the invitation for the next BYOR, happening on June 29th, 2018.

You can follow the Bring Your Own Restaurant Facebook Page, to stay updated of upcoming events.


A new Nueva Esperanza

Nueva Esperanza

Nelson Roman, new Executive Director of Nueva Esperanza, visited our studio to share the most recent news and information about Nueva Esperanza’s work, the achievements over the past months, and the plans for the future that include the rebirth of the space known as El Mercado, now renamed as Puerto Rican / Afro Caribbean Cultural Center of Holyoke.

Among the many activities, events, workshops, there is the Puerto Rican Flag Raising on June 20th, at 12:30 PM; The Guayabera Gala, celebrating Nueva Esperanza’s 35th anniversary, on June 24th.

You can follow all the activities of Nueva Esperanza on Facebook, and also their website,

A vigil, organized by community group “413 Boricuas”, in solidarity with Puerto Rico.

413 B

Naiomi Robles is a community organizer, and member of the group 413 Boricuas, who shared the information about an event in solidarity with the families currently living in Holyoke, displaced from Puerto Rico, and the victims from hurricane María.

The invitation is to gather at Veteran’s Park in Holyoke at 4:00 PM, to leave behind shoe prints as a reminder of the lives lost in Puerto Rico.  There will be chalk prints left behind, trying to get as many prints represented as possible. The pathway will continue to City Hall where the event will conclude by having a vigil and moment of silence, around 6:30 PM.

You can follow the activities of 413 Boricuas, and get involved on their planning of events on Facebook.


“Let’s Talk – Hablemos”: The Parades



Let’s talk!

This is our first iteration of a new series of conversational discussions on topics of interest, led by Holyoke local media, and open for everybody to participate and follow up.

On this first session, we discuss the Puerto Rican Parades, that took place in Hartford, Springfield, Holyoke, during the previous weeks, and happening in New York, on June 10th, 2018.

“Let’s talk – Hablemos” is an approach to generate a diverse and open series of conversations, where journalist, Natalia Muñóz, News Director at Holyoke Media, along with Radioplasma’s producer and host, Iohann Rashi Vega, will share and present points of view on news, events, issues, and affairs of our local, regional, and national environment.

We want to invite everybody to suggest topics of conversation, and join us. Let’s talk!

We welcome all opinions and points of view, from everybody in the community.

You can reach out to Natalia Muñóz on Holyoke Media, at and you can reach out to Iohann R. Vega on radioplasma, at


Honoring Anthony Bourdain’s Legacy


This morning of June 8th, 2018, CNN reported the news, conforming the death of chef and storyteller, Anthony Bourdain, at the age of 61, by apparent suicide.

We at radioplasma, wanted to honor his legacy as storyteller, and influencer on media creation, utilizing food, culture, and a personal approach to every place he visited, making it a whole learning experience.

On this session, journalist Natalia Muñóz, News Director at Holyoke Media, joins me on this conversation to honor Bourdain’s work, andalso to address suicide awareness.

ROOTSTOCK: HOME A conversation about immigration, fear, deportation, and sanctuary


Cait Simpson is our guest on this session that works as a conversation starter for bringing awareness about the struggles immigrants are experiencing, the fear of deportation, the injustices of a system that is targeting immigrants, and to support a local immigrant, currently taking sanctuary in Northampton.

Rootstock: Home is a benefit music event, that will bring seven musical projects to connect through music, and raise funds to support Irida Kakhtiranova. Artists coming together to create art that defies borders and questions the meaning of the word home


The Greys, Humble Digs, Farmhouse, Mantis Toboggan, Wishbone Zoe, Emma June, Hannah Rose, and Emily Parasaliti.

Rootstock: Home is taking place at Gateway City Arts on June 9th, at 6:00 PM.

rootstock flyer

You can visit Gateway City Arts website for more information

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud


We had an inspiring morning conversation with Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, Democrat Candidate for Congress in the First Congressional District of Massachusetts.

On this session, we discussed the motivations for Tahirah to run for Congress, the needs for new perspectives in Congress regarding the needs and struggles in the Western Mass communities, and some of the priorities on Tahirah’s campaign, such as universal health care; eliminating barriers for prosperity; civil rights; access to education, internet.

You can follow Tahirah’s campaign, events, and get to know more about her vision and her platform, on her website:

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