Claire Hoffman about her book GREETINGS FROM UTOPIA PARK: Surviving A Transcendent Childhood, her career and perspectives on life this Tuesday, May 24th at 1pm CT on KRUU-LP 100.1. [Rebro THU 8am]

Claire works as a magazine writer living in Los Angeles, writing for national magazines, covering culture, religion, celebrity, business and whatever else seems interesting. She was formerly a staff reporter for the Los Angeles Times and a freelance reporter for the New York Times.

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: www.listeningfromsilence.com

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

Ben Woolf

Phil Bolsta

Ben Woolf is an actor currently appearing in the new season of the televison series American Horror Story


Phil Bolsta is the author of the book, Through God's Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World. A comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life.


Symphony of SilenceTune in to Writers' Voices this week for the first of two programs on "A Symphony of Silence: An Enlightened Vision," an intimate portrait of some of the pioneers of the Transcendenal Meditation movement.  Today's guests are George A. Ellis, the author of "A Symphony of Silence" who introduced TM into Folsom Prison and other correctional institutions around the world, and his wife, Dominique Ellis, whose influence on this book is obvious in the attention devoted to the feminine and to world cultures.  

Yes, "A Symphony of Silence" is about Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, but even more it is the stories of individual lives, and the impact that practicing TM had on the people that Ellis interviewed, from hardened convicts to loving families, from government officials to elderly nuns.  These stories cover almost every facet of human experience, from the mundane to the sublime.  

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

Brian Finnerty - U.S. communications director for the Catholic organization Opus Dei. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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.

Master artist/instructor/curator William Teeple, founder and director of ICON Gallery in Fairfield, IA.

Philip Goldberg has been studying India's spiritual traditions for over forty years. He is the author of 19 books, his most recent being, American Veda. Mr Goldberg's blogs appear regularly in the Huffington Post.

Speaking Freely's Series on Religion and Spirituality continues this week with:

Zen Master, David Rynick, has been studying and practicing Zen Buddhism for over thirty years. Mr Rynick is the founder of Boundless Way Zen and is the author of the forthcoming book, This Truth Never Fails - A Zen Memoir in 4 Seasons.

Philip Goldberg is the author, novelist, and screenwrither. His latest book is, American Veda, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West. The Huffington Post named American Veda one of the top ten books on religion for 2010.

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).

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Allan Lokos on "Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living"

Allan LokosPatience: The Art of Peaceful LivingIn our fast paced, ever changing world, patience is often our most needed, but least cultivated virtue. Allan Lokos is the founder and guiding teacher of New York City's Community Meditation Center. His book "Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living" lays out a compelling and helpful path to deeper patience. Drawing on Lokos many years as a Buddhist practitioner and teacher, as well as interviews from a wide range of people who have had their patience dramatically tested, this book provides a realistic approach to becoming calmer and happier with one's self, in relationships, at work, and with the world.

Don't miss out on this very inspirational Writers' Voices!