Politics and Spice Podcast
By Amit Jani: Politics, Government and Leadership
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Join the New Jersey Leadership Program as we bring you the Politics and Spice podcast, a series of revealing interviews and deep conversations with elected officials, senior government staffers, business executives, non-profit leaders and others in the South Asian community. Listen in and sit across the coffee table as we discuss current events and more with those in the news, as well as up-and-comers that you’ll soon come to know.
||CleanEp. 23 – NJDSC South Asian American Caucus Co-Chair Satish Poondi||Satish Poondi is the Co-chair of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee’s South Asian American Caucus (SAAC). In conjunction with NJDSC Chairman John Currie, he helped to found SAAC in 2013 to create a statewide platform to discuss issues important||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 22 – South Asian American Digital Archive Executive Director Samip Mallick||Samip Mallick is the Co-founder and Executive Director of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA). He founded SAADA in 2008 to give voice to South Asian Americans through documenting, preserving and sharing stories that represent South Asian A.||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 21 – Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla||Today, we spoke with the recently newly elected Mayor of Hoboken, Ravi Bhalla. He ran for mayor last year and beat out a crowded field of six candidates, including his fellow members of council and a freeholder.||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 20 – BAPS Temple Spokesperson Ronak Patel||Today, we sat down with the BAPS Temple Organization’s Spokesperson and Volunteer, Ronak Patel. Originally founded in Gujarat, India in 1907, the BAPS organization follows the Swaminarayan branch of Hinduism. It has over 1,300 temples and 3,||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 19 – ROI Managing Editor Anjalee Khemlani||The Managing Editor of ROI New Jersey Anjalee Khemlani goes on the record with us today. ROI-New Jersey is a media company that delivers real time news that provide New Jersey’s business community with a Return on Information, hence the name ROI.||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 18 – Sakhi Executive Director Kavita Mehra||Sakhi Executive Director Kavita Mehra joins us today on the Politics and Spice podcast. Kavita and Sakhi for South Asian Women’s mission is to help to end violence against women. She’s been committed to advocating for justice and building equity for||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 17 – Silicon Valley’s MR Rangaswami||Today we’re joined by one of Silicon Valley’s earliest angel investors and serial entrepreneur, MR Rangaswami. MR is widely known for his tech know-how and launching the Sand Hill Group, which provides strategic management,||4/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 16 – Cherry Hill Councilwoman Sangeeta Doshi||Welcome to the first episode of Season Two! Today we’re joined by Cherry Hill Councilwoman Sangeeta Doshi. Councilwoman Doshi was just recently elected to serve on the Cherry Hill Council in November. She has a background in engineering,||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason Two Releasing Soon||Did you miss us? Well, the wait for bigger and better Season Two of the Politics and Spice Podcast is almost over! Tomorrow on Monday, March 19, we will be releasing our first episode of Season Two. Join us as we sit down and really dig in with nationa.||3/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 15 – BONUS: Law Panel – Genova Burns Partner Rajiv Parikh, Murphy for Governor Senior Policy Advisor Parimal Garg, Vinay Limbachia||We have a special episode this week, which is actually a panel discussion for those interested in pursuing a legal career. We have an amazing panel of accomplished leaders in their field who have a background in the law,||9/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 14 – Brown Girl Magazine Founder Aditi Mehta||Many of you have probably heard of Brown Girl Magazine, the online publication that focuses on the South Asian youth diaspora in the United States. The all volunteer staff write about everything from Culture to Beauty and Style to Entertainment,||9/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 13 – Freeholder Shanti Narra||Today we sit down with someone that has had many “firsts” in her electoral career. Shanti Narra is a Freeholder in Middlesex County, in which she was the first freeholder of South Asian descent in New Jersey,||8/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 12 – WNYC Reporter Arun Venugopal||We turn the tables and interview Arun Venugopal, a reporter at WNYC. He’s also a host of Micropolis, in which he helps to examine race, sexuality, and identity. Arun is also a regular contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered,||8/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 11 – Lieutenant Colonel Kamal Kalsi||We sat down with a true American hero—Lieutenant Colonel Kamal Singh Kalsi, who made history to become the first Sikh in more than a generation to serve in the United States military with his articles of faith intact,||7/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 10 – Freeholder Assad Akhter||We traveled to the streets of Paterson, New Jersey to chat with Passaic County’s newest Freeholder, Assad Akhter. He made history as the first Muslim-American Freeholder in the county, and as only the second South Asian American freeholder in the stat||7/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 9 – Miss New Jersey USA Chhavi Verg||Today we hit the runway with Miss New Jersey USA and runner-up to the 2017 Miss USA Beauty Pageant, Chhavi Verg. The young Edison native and Rutgers University sophomore became only the second Indian-American Miss New Jersey USA and the first to make r.||6/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 8 – Councilwoman Ayesha Hamilton (West Windsor)||West Windsor Councilwoman Ayesha Hamilton joined us today on the Politics and Spice podcast. Councilwoman Hamilton began serving on the West Windsor Township Council in 2016 and has been active in this role since then.||6/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 7 – Hillary Clinton National AAPI Director Jason Tengco||We chatted with Hillary Clinton’s former National Asian American Pacific Islander Outreach Director Jason Tengco. Jason has served in multiple senior roles in the non-profit sector, government and politics — including serving as the Deputy Director||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 6 – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr.||We caught up with Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. in his New Jersey District Office. Congressman Pallone is one of the most senior members of New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation and serves in the Democratic Leadership in the U.S.||5/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 5 – Dick Cheney Chief Policy Advisor and Founder of the Daily Caller Neil Patel||We sat down with Vice-President Dick Cheney’s former Chief Policy Advisor to chat about his journey as a junior staffer in Washington, D.C. to working for one of the most powerful Vice-Presidents in modern history and then founding and currently servi||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 4 – TV Asia News Director Rohit Vyas||We caught up with TV Asia’s News Director Rohit Vyas at the television studios of TV Asia in Edison, New Jersey. Rohit spoke to us about how he went from medical school in India to becoming the longest serving Indian-American journalist in the United||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 3 – Obama White House Senior Adviser Vikrum Aiyer||We spoke with President Obama’s Senior Policy Advisor and former Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office, Vikrum Aiyer today on his career working for elected officials in local government,||4/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 2 – Conversation with Councilwoman Sapana Shah||Today, we sat down with Edison Councilwoman Sapana Shah at a diner in Jersey City to discuss her career in law and local politics. She currently serves as Vice President of the Edison Town Council and was a former Board of Education Member for Edison.||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 1 – Welcome to the Politics & Spice Podcast||Join the New Jersey Leadership Program as we bring you the Politics and Spice podcast, a series of revealing interviews and deep conversations with elected officials, senior government staffers, business executives,||3/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Amit Jani (the host) does a great job of collecting a wide range of successful South Asian or minorities in politics or else where in their careers. Definitely brings insight to the reality of being the best you can be without sacrificing who you really are.
Politics and Spice-- interesting and useful
A great podcast series featuring South Asian leaders in the political realm. Full of insightful commentary that is definitely helpful for youth in the South Asian community who want to pursue a career in politics.
Informative and interesting
Definititely worth listening to — it provides an interesting insider perspective.