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I am Allison Chawla, I am a New York based social worker, therapist, media contributor and writer. I have been working in the healing professions for nearly two decades and am trained and licensed in both eastern and western modalities for mental health management and healing. At a young age, I knew that I was designed and destined to support others and to act as voice for those struggling to execute their own.
Through this series of interviews, discussions, and heartfelt conversations; I strive to bring forth insight, hope, support, stories of inspiration and recovery, and of course some occasional collective tears and laughter.
I love working with others and especially love hearing about the lives and stories of others. I could not feel more honored to sit and talk with the wonderful individuals who are a part of this show ‘Talk To Allison’ and I am hoping that I will one day get the chance to talk to you.

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I am Allison Chawla, I am a New York based social worker, therapist, media contributor and writer. I have been working in the healing professions for nearly two decades and am trained and licensed in both eastern and western modalities for mental health management and healing. At a young age, I knew that I was designed and destined to support others and to act as voice for those struggling to execute their own.
Through this series of interviews, discussions, and heartfelt conversations; I strive to bring forth insight, hope, support, stories of inspiration and recovery, and of course some occasional collective tears and laughter.
I love working with others and especially love hearing about the lives and stories of others. I could not feel more honored to sit and talk with the wonderful individuals who are a part of this show ‘Talk To Allison’ and I am hoping that I will one day get the chance to talk to you.

    The Connected Parent

    The Connected Parent

    These Connected Parents Leslie Ponzo and Julie Walters come to bring awareness to the disorder PCDH19 that effects a significant amount of children in our world today, and teach us about signs, symptoms, and treatments so these children can lead a healthier life.
    As a long-time educator and the mother of a daughter with PCDH19 Epilepsy, Leslie has experienced the mentoring process from both sides. She knows only too well the many questions parents can have when told their child needs to be evaluated or diagnosed, and how overwhelming all those questions can feel. If there’s anything she’s learned from her own experience, it’s that the journeys of life can be challenging but empowering. In her work supporting students and their families, she strives for empathy and understanding, and that’s something she hopes to bring to this community as well.

    Produced by Matty Rosenberg and Jennifer Hammoud @ Radio Free Rhiniecliff

    Friendship and Politics

    Friendship and Politics

    Roger Berkowitz is Founder and Academic Director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities and Professor of Politics, Philosophy, and Human Rights at Bard College. Professor Berkowitz authored The Gift of Science: Leibniz and the Modern Legal Tradition (Harvard, 2005; Fordham, 2010; Chinese Law Press, 2011). Berkowitz is editor of The Perils of Invention: Lying, Technology, and the Human Condition (2022) and co-editor of Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics (2009), The Intellectual Origins of the Global Financial Crisis (2012) and Artifacts of Thinking: Reading Hannah Arendt's Denktagebuch (2017). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The American Interest, Bookforum, The Forward, The Paris Review Online, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, and many other publications. He is a co-editor with Drucilla Cornell of Just Ideas, a book series published by Fordham University Press. He is the winner of the 2019 Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Thought given by the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Bremen, Germany.

    Professor Berkowitz joins us to discuss this upcoming event narrated below and shared directly from the event website. The thinking behind this idea which originally came from Hanna Arendt herself, as well as curated thoughts and ideas stemming from a prolific group of political thinkers and people.

    "What is friendship and why have we as a nation isolated ourselves so much that we fail to confide in others as well as fail to rejoice?"

    Berkowitz discusses that while Hanna Arendt believed in the power of intimate friendship, Arendt also understood what she called “the political relevance of friendship.” The world is not humane simply because it is made by human beings. Rather, the things of this world only become human “when we can discuss them with our fellows.” For Arendt, it follows that in public life, “friendship is not intimately personal but makes political demands and preserves reference to the world.” The common world is thus held together by friendship."

    From the Bard Politics and Friendship conference site:
    "Politics and friendship both are based in the act of talking with others. There are no absolutes in either friendship or politics, where everything emerges from the act of speaking and acting in concert with others. Thus, Arendt insists there is no truth in politics. In politics it is opinion and not truth that matters. Absent truth, what holds the political world together is friendships, our sober and rational love for our fellow citizens.That friendship emerges in conversation and that conversation, and not the revelation of truths from on high, is the source of political consensus. That is why Arendt can say, with Cicero, “I prefer before heaven to go astray with Plato than hold true views with his opponents.” She means that friendship more so than truth is the foundation of a meaningful political world.

    Both intimate and political friendships are in crisis today. Studies show that Americans have fewer and fewer friends with whom they can share their joys and sorrows. The crisis of friendship means the loss of a place in the world. And the crisis of political friendship means the loss of spaces and institutions where one can talk honestly and directly with those whom one shares a world amidst disagreements. Such institutions are threatened by echo chambers and algorithms that surround us only with like-minded acolytes.

    The Arendt Center conference on Friendship and Politics brings together writers, thinkers, activists, and artists to collectively think about the importance of friendship in our world."

    Produced by Matty Rosenberg and Jennifer Hammoud @ Radio Free Rhiniecliff

    Welcome Home

    Welcome Home

    Doron is an Israeli born professional portrait photographer whose work is conveyed through a distinct cinematographic lens. Every project he embarks upon is meticulously organized, planned, executed and structured to give a strong impact.

    In his portraits and commissioned work, Doron’s anthropological inquisitiveness shines. The people Doron photographs either fascinate him or simply inspire him to spend time with them. His subjects are protagonists, never idle, never surplus, ever present.

    Each image is long before created in his head and regardless of the number of shutter clicks on the day, the search is for that one image. Nothing is accidental or left to chance. Doron is always acutely deliberate in his process ultimately creating beautiful imagery that deeply explores individuals and the space they live and/or work in, engaging the viewer’s experience of the story told.

    Produced by Matty Rosenberg and Jennifer Hammoud @ Radio Free Rhiniecliff

    Save The Planet and Shop Your Closet

    Save The Planet and Shop Your Closet

    Kaitlyn Murray of Apreslamour.com returns to the show to share her plans about Hudson Valley Sustainable Fashion Week and teach us more about sustainable fashion and how we can save the planet by shopping our closets, and reworking old clothing.

    Produced by Matty Rosenberg and Jennifer Hammoud @ Radio Free Rhiniecliff

    Fight For Life

    Fight For Life

    Allison chats with Robert P. Leclerc Sa Bom Nim: Robert embarked on his martial arts journey in 1979, initially training under Donald Southerton at Southerton Karate in Newburgh, New York. He earned his Cho Dan certification as a U.S. Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan practitioner at the 76th Dan Classing. Remarkably, by the age of 13, Sa Bom Nim was already instructing both children and adults on a daily basis, while also participating in Tang Soo Do competitions across the Northeastern United States. He was known for his passion for competitive challenges, not only to enhance his own skills but also to advance the art of Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan.
    From 1990 to 1993, Sa Bom Nim dedicated his time to the U.S. Armed Forces as a Military Police Officer, teaching martial arts to the military community and collaborating with his military police unit on defense tactics. He continued his competitive journey in Europe during this period. In 1993, he returned.

    Produced by Matty Rosenberg and Jennifer Hammoud @ Radio Free Rhiniecliff

    The Wonder and the Wonder Woman behind Sinterklaas Hudson Valley

    The Wonder and the Wonder Woman behind Sinterklaas Hudson Valley

    Jeanne Flemming is an award winning celebration artist from New York who organized the Harbor Festival fair in 1986, the centennial land celebration for the Statue of Liberty, and is the creative director and producer for the NYC Halloween parade. Jeanne is also the creator of the Hudson Valley Sinterklaas celebration and parade which has become a word wide event and celebrated procession.

    Fleming talks with us about the history of bringing Sinterklaas to the Hudson valley, why it takes a village of volunteers to bring it to life each year, and more of her daily dreams, wishes and endeavors she practices year round to bring uniqueness to every annual event!

    Produced by Matty Rosenberg and Jennifer Hammoud @ Radio Free Rhiniecliff

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Difficult Topics Beautifully Discussed

Psychotherapist and healing expert Allison Chawla talks to a diverse and entertaining assortment of guests. In each episode, I learn something powerful. Allison connects to her listeners with real talk yet empathy. I especially enjoyed the episode with her daughters! Thank you, Allison, for allowing us to listen in on meaningful and thought-provoking conversations.

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