June 28th, 2007

Listen to Navya Shastra Chairman Jaishree Gopal on July 1st and July 8th at 7 am and 3:30 PM EST or July 3rd and July 10 at 8 PM EST on Common Threads, a National Public Radio presentation at

Common Threads is a program that is heard weekly on Grand Rapids, Michigan NPR affiliate, WGVU am/fm. It is hosted by Interfaith Dialogue Association ( President, Fred Stella. In this world of sound bite journalism and confrontational hit & run radio, Common Threads is a welcome relief. Guests come from virtually every point on the spectrum of spirituality & religion. In the10 years that we’ve been running we’ve had (among others) Tibetan Buddhist lamas, Catholic priests, Hindu monks, Jewish Kabbalah teachers & Evangelical pastors share the microphone.

Every week WGVU runs each episode 3 times. Common Threads can be heard on Sundays at both 7 AM & 3:30 PM, as well as on Tuesdays at 8 PM. All times are Eastern. WGVU covers most of the West Michigan area on both AM & FM. Its frequencies are 88.5 FM & 1480 AM. The Sunday morning airing is simulcast on both stations, while the Sunday afternoon & Tuesday evening shows are heard on 1480 AM only. You can also listen live on the web by logging on to at the regular airing times.

About the host: Fred Stella has been involved with Interfaith Dialogue Association for over a decade. He has held the office of president for 9 years. He has lectured internationally on inter-religious matters. Mr. Stella brings over 3 decades of broadcast experience to Common Threads.