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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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Category: Arts, Community, Literature, Narrative, News, Poetry, Politics, Social Issues, Talk

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. 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 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 →

  • Ep. 21: We are Stardust
    by Vijay R. Nathan on April 25, 2018 at 2:47 am

    Host Vijay R. Nathan talks to filmmaker Joel Fendelman about his documentary Man on Fire that focuses on the self immolation of a white pastor in response and protest to racism in his small Texan town. Readings from "When they call you a terrorist: A black lives matter memoir" and music from the recently released album "Ethereality" by the band Winter. Listen →

  • Ep. 20: Beat by Beat
    by Vijay R. Nathan on April 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Host Vijay R. Nathan talks with Greywolf of the band Death by Piano about his musical influences, the changing landscape of the music industry and the ways in which the band achieves musical honesty. Music from Polica, Phantogram, Dolly Parton and, of course, selections from Death by Piano's EP "Countdown". Listen →

  • Ep. 19: An Allegro Testament
    by Vijay R. Nathan on April 15, 2018 at 2:13 am

    W. Lance Hunt, author of the novel "A Perfect Blindness", reveals his creative process and talks on the nature of truth with host Vijay R. Nathan with music from the 80s and 90s. Listen →

  • Ep. 18: The Empath's Way
    by Vijay R. Nathan on March 27, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Intuitive empath and practicing tarot reader Hannah Weires talks to host Vijay R. Nathan about her journey into astrology, crystals, and reading tarot for the community via social media. Music: Psychedelic Witchcraft, Annie Lennox, and North by North. Listen →

  • Ep. 17: Libraries Rock II
    by Vijay R. Nathan on March 20, 2018 at 4:41 am

    Queens Library Chief Librarian Nick Buron sits with supervising librarian Vijay R. Nathan to discuss the ideas and books that have had the most impact on his life. Music from The Brobot Johnson Experience and readings from many books. Listen →

  • Ep. 16: #GetOutOfYourHead
    by Vijay R. Nathan on March 15, 2018 at 3:21 am

    Matthew Corozine talks with host Vijay R. Nathan about the craft of acting as being truthful under imaginary circumstances as well as the very real need for diversity in the profession. Music: Belle and Sebastian Listen →

  • Ep. 15: No Minotaurs at Supper
    by Vijay R. Nathan on February 28, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Host Vijay R. Nathan talks with Poet Jared Harel about how the personal is political in his collection "Go, Because I Love You", Jared's transition into fatherhood, and identity in his chapbook "The Body Double". Music: Polica and Stargaze, Radiohead. Listen →

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