radioplasma : voices + ideas

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



Joe Courchesne – The Holyoke Herald

The Holyoke Herald is our local newspaper, a platform for young journalists from Holyoke High School to cover our local affairs and tell our own stories.

On this session, we interview Joe Courchesne, Holyoke High School English Teacher on the lead of this important source of information, to learn about the Herald’s process, development, and future plans that include a partnership with the radioplasma podcast, to expand its coverage as a multi-media news outlet, that will integrate audio, podcasting, and video.

You can follow all the information published by The Herald on their website:

And also through Twitter, @hhsherald and Instagram


Josue Cruz Morales – Holyoke Youth Leadership

The Sustainable Holyoke Youth Leadership Initiative is having local follow up activities, workshops, and engagement with the youth delegates who attended the Summit at Martha’s Vineyard on the last week of June. Our guest is Josue Cruz Morales, a lawyer and youth advocate from Vieques, Puerto Rico. He shares his story as a way to inspire youth in the community to follow their dreams and set goals for their future.

Josue’s visit to Holyoke is one of a series of events the Sustainable Holyoke Youth Leadership Initiative will be organizing, to keep youth active in their leadership development.

You can visit the Sustainable Holyoke Youth Leadership Initiative’s website to get more information.



Christina Gusek

Our guest on this session is local artist Christina Gusek. Her colorful art is outstanding for a unique style and aesthetic that connects with the future. This is a co-produced and co-hosted episode with Holyoke Herald staff reporters, Marty Keane, Isabella Courchesne, and Brendan Leahy.

This session also promotes the exhibition “The Art of Christina Gusek – Year 2050 and beyond” that opens on August 9th, 2017 at the Holyoke Hummus Company. 285 High St.

You can see the work of Christina Gusek on her Facebook Page.

During the conversation, it is mentioned a video Iohann made in Atlanta, at the Krog Street Tunnel, displaying the street art. This is the aforementioned video for reference:


Natasha Colón Ortíz – Paper City Art Kids

Paper City Art Kids is a creative pop-up shop for kids and families to paint and explore their creativity. Natasha Colón Ortíz created this local business to engage the youth in Holyoke into arts. This conversation reveals Natasha’s inspiration and the story of this project.

Paper City Art Kids is located at 92 Race St. in Holyoke, MA.

You can follow Paper City Art Kids on Facebook.


Liz Whynott – The Needle Exchange Program at Tapestry

Liz Whynott, Director of HIV Health and Prevention Services at Tapestry, is our guest. During this session, Liz shared valuable information regarding the needle exchange program, its history, development, and current services, as well as the positive impact. This conversation also brought the opportunity to discuss some of the misconceptions about the needle exchange and offered information to clarify what the needle exchange is, and how it operates.

The information about the program is always available to the public.

You can get more information about the Needle Exchange Program and all other services provided by Tapestry at their website:

Also, you can follow up their activity on Facebook

The hotline number to report syringes and needles for pickup is (413) 650 2679.




Diana Alvarez

“…music, performances, and randomness.” These are some of the taglines that define the content you can find on radioplasma. Get ready to enjoy a conversation and performance by Diana Alvarez. Her sultry and powerful voice has captivated the attention of many, in our local cultural circles. We had a conversation about Diana’s musical development, her projects, and of course, an intimate musical session that is guaranteed to be a delight.

You can know more about Diana Alvarez, her work, projects, and upcoming performances, on her website, and her Facebook Page


Immigrant Stories: Samantha Singh

We close our June’s series of immigrant stories, with a powerful, and inspiring conversation with Holyoke resident, Samantha Singh. She is from Guyana. Her story shows how much immigrants contribute to the society, as they care for the wellness of their families, and their community as well.

June is National Immigrant Heritage Month, and The City of Holyoke celebrated it throughout the month, with different events at the Wistarihurst Museum, The Heritage State Park, and the Holyoke Council on Aging & Senior Center. This series of immigrant stories produced by radioplasma, is a homage to celebrate the diversity of immigrants that make of Holyoke, home.



Meet Christopher Gibaldi and Hope Ross. They are the family team of Learn in Motion. A program designed to getting children ages 3 to 5, active and engaged in sports activities, combining fun and learning, through educational and movement-based programming.

On this session, the whole Learn in Motion family talk about the program, its development, and the positive impact is creating in the community.

Learn in Motion

You can visit Learn in Motion Facebook Page and their official website.

STEVEN HUERTA “Journeys: An American Mix Tape”

Steven Huerta is a Holyoke resident artist, creator of the exhibition “Journeys: An American Mix Tape”, displayed at the Wistariahurst Museum and it was made to celebrate June, National Immigrant Heritage Month.

On this conversation with Huerta, you will get to know the details about this collection of art pieces, that tell a story, connect with immigration, history, heritage, music, memories, and beauty.

You can visit the Wistariahurst Museum’s website to see the pieces of this exhibition.



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