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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:

Listen every Thursday at 9:00 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.

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  • 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 →

  • Ep. 14: The Grammar Poetics
    by Vijay R. Nathan on February 20, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Host Vijay R. Nathan has a conversation with Claire Van Winkle of "Rockaway Writer's Workshop" to discuss the importance of mastery of language through grammar / form and poetics. Listen →

  • Ep. 13: The Hero's Path
    by Vijay R. Nathan on February 16, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Host Vijay R. Nathan converses with scholar and manifestation guide Rick Jarow to explore life's elemental questions; with music by MC Yogi. Listen →

  • Ep. 12: Rock Star Poet
    by Vijay R. Nathan on February 6, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Host Vijay R. Nathan interviews Poet Anum Sattar to discuss her vision for poetry and herself. Music: Imagine Dragons & Madonna. With a reading from "Art as Experience" by John Dewey. Listen →

  • Ep. 11: A Sacred Trust
    by Vijay R. Nathan on January 29, 2018 at 5:13 am

    Poet Diana Marie Delgado on her journey of spiritual trust in poetry. Music: Garden and Villa "Black Hills" and a reading from The Theater and Its Double by Antonin Artaud. Listen →

  • What is Love?: Universal Compassion
    by Vijay R. Nathan on January 26, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Vijay R. Nathan guest hosts the Radio Free Brooklyn show "What is Love?" in this cross over episode. He welcomes Buddhist poet Michelle Y. Valladares to converse about universal compassion and to mediate on loving kindness towards oneself and all human beings. Tune in to this beautiful narrative, which will help you open up your heart and make this world a better place. Listen →

  • Ep. 10: The Madame Speaks
    by Vijay R. Nathan on January 24, 2018 at 3:17 am

    Poetry Brothel CEO Stephanie Berger on her journey towards creating impactful and innovative poetry. Music: I am the Polish Army "You don't know" and a reading from "In Search of Lost Time" by Proust. Listen →

  • Bushwick Junction
    by Vijay R. Nathan on January 19, 2018 at 12:02 am

    Host Asha Saluja interviews Vijay R. Nathan on the decision points in his life in this cross over episode. Listen →

  • Ep. 9: The Journeyman
    by Vijay R. Nathan on January 16, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Filmmaker Elka Gould, director of "The Macaroon King", illustrates how film can chart new territory for human experience. Music: Peaches and Crime "Mrs. Colt Revolver". Listen →

  • Ep. 8: 'Balls'y Theater
    by Vijay R. Nathan on January 10, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Guest Ianthe Demos discusses views of theater and One Year Lease's production of 'Balls'. Music: Finn and His Rustkickers "The Revolution Starts Now". Listen →

  • Ep. 7: The Poet's Voice
    by Vijay R. Nathan on January 3, 2018 at 2:58 am

    Guest Micah Zevin on the interdependence of form and content in his poetry and how the personal is political. Music: Stephane Wrembel "Bistro Fada" Listen →

  • Ep. 6: Shaman in the City
    by Vijay R. Nathan on December 26, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Guest Jessica Hinds on her difficult personal journey and the way she became "The Crass Shaman", a meditative creativity guru, and writer in New York City. Music: Guster "Endlessly". Listen →

  • Ep. 5: Testify
    by Vijay R. Nathan on December 19, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Guest Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie bears witness to her experiences and those of her generation through her poetry. Music: The Dust Engineers "Leaves" Listen →

  • Ep. 4: Being American
    by Vijay R. Nathan on December 12, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Guest: Tejas Desai discusses self publishing and the pressing need for multi-cultural voices, racial identity and what it means to be American. Music: Erin Mary and the West Island "Down in the Dark". Listen →

  • Ep. 3: The Holiday Episode
    by Vijay R. Nathan on December 5, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Guest: Allan Avidano, author of The Other Son, discusses writing about religious experience, his personal journey to atheism, and his career in the mental health field. Music: Death by Piano "Caves" Listen →

  • Ep. 2: Libraries Rock!
    by Vijay R. Nathan on November 28, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Guest: Queens Library Guild Union President John Hyslop on the vital role public libraries have in community life. Music: James Bird "Truly Seek Truth": Listen →

  • Ep. 1: Poetry of Economics
    by Vijay R. Nathan on November 22, 2017 at 3:13 am

    Guest: Vanessa Jimenez Gabb on the intersection of Poetry and Economics Music: Speakease "Compromise" Listen →