Wes "Scoop" Nisker

For nearly 40 years, Mr. Nisker has worked in radio, first as a news anchor and more recently as a commentator, during his career winning the Billboard Magazine, Columbia School of Journalism, and San Francisco Media Alliance awards for excellence in FM radio programming.

Mr. Nisker has studied Buddhist meditation for over three decades with teachers in Asia and America, and for the past 15 years has been leading his own retreats and workshops in Buddhist insight meditation and philosophy at venues internationally. He is an affiliate teacher at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and does regular workshops at Esalen Institute and other venues.

For the past year and a half Mr. Nisker has been performing his monologue to critical acclaim in venues around the country. A DVD and CD of his shows are available from his website wesnisker.com. Mr. Nisker's teaching and performance schedule is also listed on his website.


  • "Deeply wise . . . wonderfully insightful; and delightfully humorous."
    The Utne Reader
  • "A profound journey beyond science, philosophy, and psychology. Instant therapy!"
    Daniel Goleman, author, Emotional Intelligence
  • "Nisker's book is twenty-three times more liberating than the Bible, the Torah, and the Koran combined. It may be crazy to say such a thing but it is also wise."
    Tom Robbins, author
  • "Ah, the foolishness of the real! This is good medicine."
    Gary Snyder, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
  • This book is a pure delight.
    Ram Dass, spiritual teacher and author of Be Here Now
  • "Mr. Nisker places today's headlines in the context of biological evolution and all of human history, and thereby offers us the relief and laughter that only vast perspectives can bring. This is timeless truth, and seriously funny."
    SF Chronicle
  • "Brilliant, original, consciousness expanding, profound, mysterious and very funny. Oh, the audacious joy of crazy wisdom! What more could you ask?"
    Jack Kornfield, Buddhist teacher and author