Varun Soni is the Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California. He is a University Fellow at USC's Annenberg's Center on Public Diplomacy and is an Adjunct Professor at USC's School of Religion. He is the author of Natural Mystics: The Prophetic Lives of Bob Marley and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.


John Prendergast is a psychotherapist, retired professor of psychology, and spiritual teacher. His latest book, In Touch: How to Tune into the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself. His website:

Co-hosting the show this week, Mr. Phil Goldberg author of American Veda.

Father Rookey

This week Monica and Caroline will be talking with author Kathleen Quasey and Father Rookey about her biography of Father Rookey titled Healer of Souls.

 92-year old Father Rookey and his biographer are driving up from Chicago for this inerveiw.

Glowing reports of his healing ministry have been heard around Fairfield. Born October 12, 1916 in Superior, Wisconsin, Father Rookey entered the Servite Seminary in Hillside, Illinois in 1930. He studied theology, philosophy and music at Loyola and DePaul Universities in Chicago. In 1941 he was ordained at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica in Chicago.

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Two Writers Engage a Sensitive Subject

Loves God Likes GirlsIf You Could Be MineThis week on Writers' Voices, Monica and Caroline speak with two writers on a sensitive subject but from perspectives on opposite sides of the world.  Sara Farizan is the author of the young adult novel "If You Could Be Mine" from Algonquin Young Readers.  The American-born daughter of Iranian immigrants, Farizan writes about forbidden love in Iran, where being gay is a crime, but transgender surgery is a state-sanctioned "cure."

Our second guest, Sally Gary, comes to us with an intimate and moving memoir, "Loves God,Likes Girls" from Leafwood Publishers, about growing up gay in a conservative Christian culture.  Gary is a life-long Christian who discusses with great candor the tension between her faith and her sexuality.  A former high school debate coach, trial lawyer and college professor, Gary founded the non-profit ministry, CenterPeace, to bring this issue to light and encourage conversation and reconciliation within families and churches. 

This week's guests on Speaking Freely's Series: Religion and Spirituality

Brian Finnerty - U.S. communications director for the Catholic organization Opus Dei.

David Rynick - Zen Master, practicing Zen Buddhism for over 30 years.

Speaking Freely presents a Special Series on Religion and Spirituality.

Jan 15: Dr. Alan Hodder - Professor of religion and literature Hampshire College. | Dr. Llewellyn - world renowned Sufi teacher, author, and lecturer.

Jan 22: Father Thomas Keating, Trappist monk and former Abbot, St Joseph's Abbey. | Rabbi Simon Jacobson - publisher of the talks of Rabbi Menachan M. Schneerson.

Jan 29: Philip Goldberg - author of the book American Veda. | Brother Satyananda - monk with the Self Realization Fellowship of Paramahansa Yogananda.

Feb 5: Brian Finnerty - U.S. communications director for Opus Dei. | David Rynick - Zen Master, practicing Zen Buddhism for over 30 years.

Feb 12:  Mike Otterson -  director of media relations the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints. | Swami Atmavidyananda - swami of the Ramakrishna Order of India.

Starting Tuesday April 17, Speaking Freely will be running a series on Religion and Sprirituality. Guests include: Father Thomas Keating - world renowned Trappist Monk; Alan Hodder - Professor of Religion and Literature at Hamphshire College; Michael Otterson - international spokesman for the Mormon Church; Brian Finnerty - spokesman for Opus Dei; Swami Atmavidyananda of the Vedanta Society; Rabbi Simon Jacobson - associate of the Lubavitcher Rebbe; Radanath Swami of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness; Philip Goldberg - author of American Veda; Dr. Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee, Sufi teacher and author of Prayer of the Heart in Christian and Sufi  Mysticism; Brother Satyananda of the Self Realization Fellowship; Donald Ingwerson - spokesman for Church of Christ, Scientist. (Additional guests will be scheduled).

A Good Man This week on Writers' Voices, we welcome Larry Baker to talk about his latest novel, A Good Man. A Good Man updates the world of Flannery O'Connor's characters through the Bush years and into the age of Obama. Fans of O'Connor's fiction will be intrigued by Baker's imaginative reunion, in the home of the fountain of youth, of Bevel Summers with a very grown-up harry from O'Connor's "The River."

"Without imitating O'Connor, Baker does serious honor to her legacy." -- Marshall Bruce Gentry, Editor, Flannery O'Connor Review, Georgia College & State University.

This novel examines issues surrounding religion and secular philosophy. It should be a very interesting conversation, and we hope you'll join us this Friday at 1pm on KRUU.

Kevin RooseWhat would happen if a student at one of America’s most secular colleges spent a semester at Reverend Jerry Falwell’s “Bible Boot Camp” for young evangelicals?

The Unlikely Disciple answers that question, following Brown University sophomore Kevin Roose during his semester as a new transfer student at Liberty University, the world’s largest evangelical Christian college.

Hoping to connect with his conservative Christian peers, Roose leaps across the God Divide and embeds himself among Liberty’s 10,000 undergraduates, who call themselves “Champions for Christ.” At Liberty, he sings in Rev. Falwell’s church choir, takes classes like Evangelism 101, and makes surprising discoveries about the true nature of America’s culture war.

The chronicle of Roose’s journey is timely, hilarious, and thought-provoking, and will inspire and entertain believers and non-believers alike.


Butcher's Wife

How did a lapsed Catholic who once considered becoming a monk, end up writing a novel steeped in Jewish history?

Tune in to KRUU-FM on Friday November 7th at 1pm to find out!

Peter Manseau
spent several years working at the National Yiddish Book Center in Massachusetts.

He is also known as a spiritual philosopher, memoirist, founder of the webzine "", and is editor of "Search, The Magazine of Science, Religion, and Culture". His fiction debut Songs for the Butcher's Daughter has just been shortlisted for the 2008 John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize.

"Rooted in the sharp, bittersweet Yiddish tradition, remeniscent of Isaac Bashevis Singer, Manseau's thrilling tale of secrets and revelations captures the diversity among Jews, then and now, in Shtetl, city, and kibbutz, and the elemental meaning of bashert, or destiny."
-- Booklist, Starred Review