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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: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-truth-to-power-show/id1331225871
Listen LIVE every Monday at 8:00 am
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.


External Website: www.vijayrnathan.com

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  • Ep. 47: This is Always True
    by Vijay R. Nathan on December 9, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Musician Gaurav Venkateswar talks to host Vijay R. Nathan about his unique blend of traditional Indian and western pop music. We also discuss Indian comics, Amar Chitra Katha, and epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata, through the lens of feminism. Includes samples from Gaurav including "Always True", "Radha's Mistress" and "Indian Blues". @gvtunes Listen →

  • Ep. 46: Call and Response (1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY EPISODE)
    by Vijay R. Nathan on December 2, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Host Vijay R. Nathan and cohost Claire Van Winkle of Rockaway Writer's Workshop discuss zines, poetry, the hive mind, and other pressing topics that come up as we wait for calls from our audience. Music: Regina Spektor Listen →

  • Ep. 45: Make Stories, Not Deals
    by Vijay R. Nathan on November 24, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Filmmaker Tore Knos (Snakeeater, 2018) converses LIVE with host Vijay R. Nathan about his journey to making films as well as influential movies in his life and the changing storytelling landscape. Those filmmakers discussed include: Spike Lee, Stanley Kubrick, The Coen Brothers, and Orson Welles. Music from Arctic Monkeys and The Cardigans. Listen →

  • Ep. 44: A Seat For Abundance
    by Vijay R. Nathan on November 6, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Singer Orit Dahari talks to host Vijay R. Nathan and cohost Claire Van Winkle to relate her journey from childhood and how she became an empowered musician by exploring the path of yoga and meditation, includes LIVE performances of "Learning to Kneel" and "Who Loved You" from her self titled album "Orit Dahari". Listen →

  • Ep. 43: Poet Bears Witness
    by Vijay R. Nathan on November 3, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Sam Mirror, Win-win Guru, talks LIVE with hosts Vijay R. Nathan and Claire Van Winkle about self empowerment through poetry and how her reliance on intuition saved her. We explore the pressing need for gratitude and find pathways for "warriors of the light". Music from DJ Shadow. Listen →

  • Ep. 42: Moon Radiates Truth
    by Vijay R. Nathan on October 24, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Christine Reilly, poet and fiction writer, speaks LIVE with Host Vijay R. Nathan about her creative process, writing her debut novel "Sunday's on the Phone to Monday", and the use of symbol in writing. Music from I Monster, and Hooverphonic. Listen →

  • Ep. 41: The Roads We Take
    by Vijay R. Nathan on October 20, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Host Vijay R. Nathan and co-host Claire Van Winkle explore the divergent lives of two pediatricians and budding memoir writers: Helena Rho, who left medicine to refocus on her creative passions, looks back to investigate what makes a successful doctor, and Monica Mirchandani, deeply committed to her altruistic desire to "help others", reflects on her experiences practicing medicine during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Music from Handsome Boy Modeling School and Bjork. LIVE. Listen →

  • 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 LIVE 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 LIVE 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. LIVE. Listen →

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

    Return guest Tejas Desai converses LIVE 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 patreon.com/theunsu 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 →