Esther Ehrlich, Author of NestWhy do people's stories matter? Because they help us discover what it means to be human. They help us explore how to make good choices about how to live, too. So says oral historian and author Esther Ehrlich. Her recently released historical novel NEST is receiving well-deserved and widespread critical acclaim. Nest explores serious issues (family dysfunction, physical disability, depression, grief, and loss). Still, joy leaps off its pages, and the healing power of nature, friendship and art is stressed. For a glimpse into the creative journey of a gifted writer, tune in to The Studio with Cheryl and Esther Ehrlich this week.


Buddha's BrainTune into KRUU 100.1 FM in Fairfield Iowa, or listen live at, to hear Wellspring Institute co-founder Rick Hanson discuss his latest book, Buddha's Brain. Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist, contemplative neuro-science researcher, and meditation teacher. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, he cofounded the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and edits the Wise Brain Bulletin (see He and his wife have two children.

This book is co-authored by Richard Mendius, MD. He is a neurologist and cofounder of the Wellspring Institute. He has taught medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, and Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. He also teaches weekly meditation classes at San Quentin State Prison. He and his wife have three children.