Raquel Obregon

Tertulia Producer/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 Media 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

Chilean flute player Gonzalo Cortes and Mexican guitar player Carlos Hernandez Chavez.
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Raquel Obregón welcomes two special guests: Chilean flute player Gonzalo Cortés and Mexican guitar player Carlos Hernández Chávez. 

Author Aurie Irizarry.
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Author Aurie Irizarry was Tertulia's guest on July 25, 2021. She speaks about her new book, "Mi Isla, Mi Gente y Mis Recuerdos," and shares her memories when she was a young girl, traveling quite often with her parents to the the town of Yabucoa.

Laurie Millman, director of Center for New Americans in Northampton was Tertulia’s guest on June 27, 2021. She spoke about their work in helping immigrants when they arrive in the U. S. and when they are ready to apply for citizenship, including free English classes.


Dr. Orlando Torres, Medical Director at Baystate High St. Health Center, Adult Medicine in Springfield was Tertulia's guest on April 11. 2021. He spoke about the vaccines for Covid -19 and the many misconceptions and misinformation in the Latino community.


Mr. Carreras, Director of Music at the Conservatory of the Arts Magnet School in Springfield was Tertulia’s guest on April 4, 2021. He spoke about his role as a director in all different manifestations of art, including choirs, bands, music and film productions.


Magos Herrera

Apr 1, 2021

Magos Herrera, born in Mexico City, is a jazz singer, songwriter, producer and educator, currently based out of New York City. Ms. Herrera was Tertulia’s guest on March 28, 2021. She spoke about her music and how she incorporates Latin American melodies and rhythms in contemporary jazz.


Marcos Carreras

Mar 18, 2021

Marcos Carreras, Director of Music at the Conservatory of the Arts Magnet School, Springfield, was Tertulia’s guest on March 14, 2021. Mr. Carreras is the director of choirs, bands, music productions and film.


Claudia Acuña

Mar 10, 2021

Chilean jazz vocalist, songwriter and arranger, Claudia Acuña, was Tertulia’s guest on February 28,2021. She described her music as a fusion of traditional music from South America and jazz.


Martha Sager-Cutt, Director for Young Moms at Roca Inc. Springfield, was Tertulia’s guest on February 21, 2021. Ms. Sager-Cutt spoke about the mission of the program, its target population and skills provided to help young mothers to get out of violence and poverty.


Dr. Orlando, Medical Director at Baystate Hospital, High St., Springfield, joined us on Tertulia to speak about Covid-19.


Andrew Morehouse
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On Tertulia, Andrew Morehouse, executive director of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, spoke about the role of the food bank feeding neighbors in need and leading the communities to end hunger by distributing food to member agencies in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties.


Courtesy of Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez

Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez, President of Greenfield Community College, joined Raquel Obregon on Tertulia. She spoke about the different programs the college has to offer, in particular the Study Abroad program.


Rolando Garro Amherst Survival Center Tertulia
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Rolando Garro, research and outreach specialist of the Latinx Food Access Program at Amherst Survival Center, visited Tertulia on February 24, 2019. He spoke about the free services regarding food and hot meals provided for Latinx who reside in surrounding areas.


Diana Alvarez and Magdalena Gómez
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Diana Alvarez, singer, songwriter, poet, composer and scholar, and Magdalena Gómez, playwright, poet, author, motivational speaker and social activist, joined Raquel Obregon on Tertulia. They spoke about how communities can help immigrant children.


Tertulia January 13, 2019
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Catherine Valdez, spanish teacher at The Academy at Charlemont, and her students, Lila Goleman, Leni Sperry-Fromm and Isadora Brenizer, visited the NEPR studios for Tertulia. They spoke about their school and read poetry, all in Spanish!


Ginetta Candelario Tertulia
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Ginetta Candelario, Professor of Sociology and of Latin American and Latino/a Studies at Smith College was Tertulia’s guest on November 25, 2018. She spoke about Dominican-American poet Rhina Espaillat and read some of her poems both in English and Spanish.


Magdalena Gómez
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Magdalena Gómez, playwright, poet, author, social activist and performer, stopped by the NEPR studios to chat on Tertulia. We spoke about the play “Dancing In My Cockroach Killers” inspired by Gomez’s poetry and monologues.


THE WALL ILAN STAVANS
University of Pittsburgh Press

Ilan Stavans, Lewis Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College was the guest on Tertulia, April 8, 2018. He spoke about his new book of poetry, The Wall, based on his experiences traveling the border between México and the United States from one end to the other. The poems are written part in English, Spanish and Spanglish. Stavans also hosts In Contrast, a podcast at NEPR.

Dr. Martín Valdivieso
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Dr. Martín Valdiviezo, Profesor of Philosophy and Education at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú joined Raquel Obregon on Tertulia for a conversation about “Western and Indigenous Traditions: Are they Opposites?” -- a theme that he presented at Amherst College.

Diana Alvarez Tertulia
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Three musicians who are performing for "Quiero Volver: a Xicanx Ritual Opera", a multimedia performance to honor women, and non-binary and genderqueer people of color joined Raquel Obergon on Tertulia. 

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.

Eileen Crosby
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Tertulia’s guest on September 18, 2016 was Eileen Crosby, Archivist of Local History Collection at Holyoke Public Library. She spoke about the project Nuestros Senderos y Nuestras Vidas en Holyoke, Our Journeys and Our Lives in Holyoke, a Community Digitization Day on September 24 at Enlace de Familias, Holyoke. The aim of the event is to begin to build a community archives documenting the origins and history of Puerto Rican life in Holyoke, and more broadly, the development of local Latino Culture.