Raquel Obregon

Tertulia Host

Raquel was born in Lima, Peru. She graduated from the University of San Marcos, where she studied Mathematics, and subsequently became a high school math teacher. She began working at New England Public Radio in 2004, as the co-host of Tertulia. In 2010 Raquel took over as full-time host of the program.

She enjoys sharing Latin music with her listeners, including music from all over the world as long as it’s related to Latin music and culture. Tertulia also features a diversity of guests such as musicians, writers, poets, doctors and leaders of different organizations who bring information that can benefit the community. The program is presented in a bilingual format.

Aside from Tertulia, Raquel enjoys helping Spanish-speaking people communicate with their healthcare providers. Doing this has inspired her to become a medical interpreter.

Ways to Connect

Marta Martinez
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Tertulia's guest on September 24, 2017 was Marta Martinez, a licensed acupuncturist in Florence, MA. We spoke about the different types of acupuncture including electro acupuncture and its benefits. Learn more about Martinez and her practice on her website.

Stavans Tertulia
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Tertulia's guest on September 17, 2017, was Ilan Stavans, professor at Amherst College as well as an editor, translator and essayist. In celebration of the National Hispanic Heritage Month, he read poetry by poets Pablo Neruda, from Chile and César Vallejo, from Perú, in Spanish and it's English translation. He also expressed his concern about the future of the Dreamers and the DACA program.

Tertulia Colby Singleton, Program Director of Holyoke Urban Bike School
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Colby Singleton, Program Director of Holyoke Urban Bike School at the YMCA in Holyoke, joined host Raquel Obregon on Tertulia. 

Nicole Young & Diana Alvarez
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Tertulia's recent guest was Diana Alvarez, singer, guitarist, poet and video sound artist. She was accompanied by Nicole Young — playwright, poet and theater artist. They spoke about their art, projects and future presentations. They delighted our listeners with their music and poetry.

Tertulia's guest artist Mark Guglielmo creates large collages using thousands of photographs he took during three trips to Cuba from 2015-2017. This project chronicles the dynamic people of Cuba and their rich culture full of heart and soul. 

On April 23, actor, Nathalie Vicencio, director, Patricia Sandoval and singer, Diana Alvarez, joined Raquel Obregon on Tertulia to discuss Latinas con Pluma -- a stage reading of poetry, prose and drama by Latina writers along with music written by Latino composers.

They will perform at Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke on April 28, at 7 pm.

Elizabeth Cardona
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Elizabeth Cardona, Executive Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, International Student Life and Assistant to the Provost for Diversity at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, MA was Tertulia’s guest on February 26, 2017.

Ginetta Candelario
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Tertulia’s guest on February 19, 2017 was Ginetta Candelario, Associate Processor of Sociology and of Latin American and Latino/a Studies at Smith College in Northampton, MA. She spoke about the book “Cien Años de Feminismos Dominicanos”, a collection of documents related to the birth and development of feminism in the Dominican Republic collected from archives that date from 1865 and compiled by the authors Elizabeth Manley, April Mayes and Ginetta Candelario.

Ilan Stavans
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Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Cultures at Amherst College, was Tertulia’s guest on November 20, 2016. He spoke about the stories of immigrants presented in the book “Words in Transit” a project with New England Public Radio.

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