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

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
Raquel Obregon / NEPR

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
Raquel Obregon / NEPR

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
Raquel Obregon / NEPR

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
NEPR

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.

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