Ep. 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, including our very own New Jersey Leadership Program Director of Programming, Vinay Limbachia. Vinay has served[…]

Ep. 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, and now even have a “Brown Boy” section. They feature articles such as “Bollywood’s Unfair[…]

Ep. 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, and has previously been published in The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian.[…]

Ep. 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, including with his beard and dastar (or turban). He began his active duty in June of 2010[…]

Ep. 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 state. Assad spoke about how events such as September 11, 2001 motivated him to enter[…]

Ep. 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 runner up. Chhavi talks about her journey moving from India as a[…]

Ep. 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. She also has her own law practice, Hamilton Law Firm, P.C., which specializes in employment and business law. The Councilwoman[…]

Ep. 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 of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders under President Barack Obama, and as a Congressional[…]

Ep. 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. House of Representatives as the Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. He is also one of[…]