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The Truth to Power Show
Hosted by Vijay R. Nathan. The Truth to Power Show places a weekly guest on the proverbial meditation cushion to engage in a thoughtful conversation at the intersection of the personal and the political. Tune in for talks with: poets and writers, leaders and teachers, allies and practitioners. The greatest risk we take is to tell our personal truth. Let us be heard! iTunes:
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About Vijay R. Nathan

Vijay R. Nathan is a supervising librarian and poet. He is author of “Escape from Samsara” and the upcoming collection “Celebrity Sadhana: Or, How to Meditate with a Hammer”. He appreciates your kind listening attention, and hopes you will co-create this podcast as a powerful and enlightening experience.

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  • Ep. 40: Human Dreams Being
    by Vijay R. Nathan on October 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Joanna C. Valente, poet and author of "Sexting Ghosts" and "Marys of the Sea", talks with host Vijay R. Nathan, and guest cohost Claire Van Winkle of Rockaway Writers Workshop, about being human, as an expression of their non binary identification, and how language brings into reality the imagined. Music from Wax Tailor (Que Sera) and Metric (Love You Back). Listen →

  • Ep. 39: Rock Bottom Truth
    by Vijay R. Nathan on October 6, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Poet Nina Pick shares with host Vijay R. Nathan her passions for depth psychology and ecology that informs truth in her writing. We discuss how we heal from wounds of the personal and collective past and discover pathways for moving forward to create a better world. Music from Frigga. Listen →

  • Ep. 38: Truth Must Dazzle Gradually
    by Vijay R. Nathan on September 29, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Sharon Guskin, international bestselling author of "The Forgetting Time", discusses her research into past lives case studies as well as her creative process with host Vijay R. Nathan and co-host Claire Van Winkle. Music from the Pixies. Listen →

  • Ep. 37: An American Duty
    by Vijay R. Nathan on September 22, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Return guest Tejas Desai converses with host Vijay R. Nathan and guest cohost Claire Van Winkle about his journey in re-releasing "The Brotherhood" (part one of a chronicle) and his short story collection "Good Americans". We also focus on his reflections on his duty as a writer, a librarian, and an American. Music from Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Elton John. Listen →

  • Ep. 36: Anarchy Buddha
    by Vijay R. Nathan on September 15, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Musician Tony Georges III reflects on his journey in meditation and music. Host Vijay R. Nathan and guest cohost Claire Van Winkle of Rockaway Writer's Workshop discuss with Tony anarchy, atheism, and karma feedback loops. Featuring a LIVE cover of "Ghost of Tom Joad". Listen →

  • Ep. 35: Where the Heart Is
    by Vijay R. Nathan on September 8, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Guest Finn Miller of Finn & His Rustkickers joins Vijay R. Nathan and guest co-host Claire Van Winkle of Rockaway Writer's Workshop on this LIVE episode to discuss the impact of music on Finn's life. We shoot down the bulls**t on Labor Day about the finances around artistic labor to understand our interdependence and "find out where the heart is". Listen →

  • Ep. 34: Points to Moon
    by Vijay R. Nathan on August 28, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Zen poet Ando talks to host Vijay R. Nathan about stillness, poetry, and her meditative training. We discuss the union of wisdom and compassion, and a return to our ultimate source. INC: Heart Sutra and chanting. Support her work at Listen →

  • Ep. 33: The Film's The Thing!
    by Vijay R. Nathan on August 15, 2018 at 2:28 am

    Filmmakers Neha Gautam and Brandon Herman discuss pivotal films in their life and their vision for cinema, society, and themselves. We discuss their work, social justice themes, and how the personal is political. Music from Massive Attack. Listen →

  • Ep. 32: Into The Infinite
    by Vijay R. Nathan on August 2, 2018 at 2:37 am

    Tahir Hussain Faridi Qawwal of Fanna Fi Allah speaks to host Vijay R. Nathan about the music of the mystics. After discussing Sufi Qawwali music, we listen to the masters discuss union with the divine and a sample of music from Fanna Fi Allah. Listen →

  • Ep. 31: Every You is Me
    by Vijay R. Nathan on July 24, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Poet Sarah Sala talks to Vijay R. Nathan about the midwest, reflections on gun violence, the pressing need for empathy, and the absurdities of academia. Music from Portugal. The Man., Foster the People, and Zero 7. Listen →

  • Ep. 30: Kadampa Buddhist Truth
    by Vijay R. Nathan on July 17, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Two Buddhist meditation teachers within the New Kadampa Tradition discuss the importance of imagination on the journey towards enlightenment in this LIVE episode. Listen →

  • Ep. 29: Project Truth Mayhem
    by Vijay R. Nathan on July 10, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    The Mayhem Poets - Scott Raven, Mikumari Caiyhe, and Mason Granger - discuss their process and how their comedically gifted performances of gut wrenching truths are able to leave their audiences forever changed. Listen →

  • Ep. 28: Between Two Truths
    by Vijay R. Nathan on July 4, 2018 at 1:21 am

    NYC Singer / Songwriter Jessie Kilguss shares her perspectives on her music and lessons from her childhood on a farm. Spoiler alert: chickens have died. Music from her new album "The Fastness" and recollections of her play "Tea at Brunch". IMHO, a fun episode for all. Listen →

  • Ep. 27: The Healing Poetics
    by Vijay R. Nathan on June 26, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Lyricist and singer, from "Death by Piano", Kalen Lister joins return guests Claire Van Winkle, of Rockaway Writer's Workshop, and Jessica Hinds, Meditative Writing founder, to discuss with host Vijay R. Nathan how creativity can be a pathway for healing in this very #essential LIVE episode of Truth to Power Show. Listen →

  • Ep. 26: The Power Archetype Key
    by Vijay R. Nathan on June 12, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Artist Seth Friedman talks to host Vijay R. Nathan about how his creative process empowers him to cope with professional challenges and lead him to write the historical fiction novel "The Pilgrim". Follow his Instagram: @instantcur Listen →

  • Ep. 25: Doors, Mirrors, Windows
    by Vijay R. Nathan on June 10, 2018 at 1:57 am

    Literary Safari founder Sandhya Nankani talks to host Vijay R. Nathan about how educational apps, diverse literature, and inclusive editorial practices can further lead the way for social progress. Also, tune in for music from Fanna Fi Allah and a chance to win two tickets to their August 25 Brooklyn show! Listen →

  • Ep. 24: Third Culture Americans
    by Vijay R. Nathan on May 22, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    Cambodian American author Sokunthary Svay discusses culture, generations, and creativity as expressed in her book "Apsara in New York" with host Vijay R. Nathan. Music from Janelle Monae. Listen →

  • Ep. 23: The Speculative Mystery
    by Vijay R. Nathan on May 16, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Sherese Francis, Author of "Lucy's Bone Scrolls: The Black Speculative Mystery School", discusses with host Vijay R. Nathan afrofuturism, and her work that looks forward while remembering the past. Music from The Kundalini Genie. Listen →

  • Ep. 22: Disrupt the Binary!
    by Vijay R. Nathan on May 1, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    Vijay R. Nathan talks to Shelby Chestnut of Transgender Law Center to discuss strategies to support human rights and also reads from books on American dissent. All featured music is from transgender artists (Ryan Cassata, Shea Diamond, and Shawnee). Listen →

  • What is Love: The Divine Erotic
    by Vijay R. Nathan on April 27, 2018 at 1:56 am

    Vijay R. Nathan, acting as guest host to What is Love?, talks LIVE with Authors of "A Return to Eros" Marc Gafni and Kristina Kincaid to discuss the underlying nature of the universal force, outrageous love, that propels the universe into being. Listen →

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