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Special Feature

Lecture by Ginetta Candelario: “Immigrant’s Incorporation and Life Chances in Holyoke”, at the Wistariahurst


As part of the events celebrating National Immigrant Heritage Month, The Wistariahurst Museum hosted on June 14th of 2017, the lecture “Immigrant’s Incorporation and Life Chances in Holyoke” by Professor Ginetta Candelario.

This radioplasma special feature includes the entire lecture, recorded during this event, and allowing the community to listen to this well-documented presentation about Holyoke’s history.

For more information about the events planned for Immigrant Heritage Month, you can visit the Wistariahurst website:


Immigrant Stories: Marikler Toensmeier

June is the National Immigrant Heritage Month. The City of Holyoke is celebrating with several activities dedicated to recognizing the contributions of immigrants from different cultures, and countries. As part of this celebration, radioplasma will feature during June, a series of stories from immigrants, living in Holyoke.

Our first feature story is with one of the honorees of this year’s Immigrant Heritage Month celebration: Marikler Toensmeier, a native of Guatemala, and a beloved member of our community.

You can follow the activities for this celebration at the Wistariahurst Museum’s website:

And also at the City of Holyoke calendar website:







On Sunday, May 7th, from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM, the bridge connecting Holyoke and South Hadley on Rt. 116, will be the venue for the very first River Roll and Stroll Street Festival. A free event for all ages.

We talked with Sean Condon, organizer, and creator of this idea of meeting at the bridge for family activities, including music, games, parades, food, and the opportunity to enjoy the view from the bridge. You will know how this event was designed, and what are the activities planned.

You can follow the River Roll and Stroll on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

This is the official map and list of events and scheduled across the bridge.



MICKEY BUHL, Interviewed by Feroze Sibdhanny

The radioplasma podcast proudly presents this episode, produced and hosted entirely by one of our youth reporters, Feroze Sibdhanny. Our partnership with The Holyoke Herald, provides audio production journalism training for staff reporters, students at Holyoke High. Feroze wanted to share information regarding the redesign for the Holyoke High School and Dean Tech, and interviewed Mickey Buhl, Director of Secondary Education and Pathways about the plans and the expectations of this process.

You can find more information about the High School Redesign, at the Holyoke Public Schools website:

Iris Morales in Holyoke

Iris Morales, a former member of The Young Lords Party, offered a series of lectures, book signings, and screenings of the documentary “Pa’Lante, Siempre Pa’Lante” in Holyoke, Northampton, and Amherst. This special coverage by radioplasma, presents her closing activity at El Mercado, in Main Street, Holyoke. March 24, 2017.


Juan Sanchez – Candidate for Ward 1 at City Council

Juan G. Sanchez has been an active member of the community for several years. His life experiences are part of the motivation to run for the Ward 1 seat on Holyoke City Council. On this conversation, he presents his platform and main goals and ideas.

You can follow his campaign activity on Facebook

Ginetta Candelario – Cien Años de Feminismos Dominicanos

As a joint effort to build an audio archive of events of social and cultural relevance for our history and communities, El Sol Latino, a local independent newspaper, The Holyoke Public Library and radioplasma, documented this lecture to make it available to the public for future reference. Listen to the entire presentation of “Cien Años de Feminismos Dominicanos”, by Ginetta Candelario, Ph.D. at the City University of New York. This is a collection of primary documents related to the birth and development of feminism in the Dominican Republic. Ginetta Candelario is an Associate Professor of Sociology and of Latin Americans & Latino/a Studies at Smith College.

This reading took place in the Community Room of the Holyoke Public Library, on February 23, 2017.


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