Wes ("Scoop") Nisker (born 1942) is an author, radio commentator, comedian, and Buddhist meditation instructor. Nisker is a longtime fixture on San Francisco radio station KFOG. He has become well known for the catchphrase, "If you don't like the news ... go out and make some of your own," which he used as the title for a 1994 book.
His radio features could be unconventional, like this traffic report: "People are driving to work to earn the money to pay for the cars they're driving to work in. Back to you." He and his books have been covered in various publications of record. He is the founder and co-editor of the international Theravada Buddhist journal Inquiring Mind. He is one of the regular teachers at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin County, California.
- Nisker, Wes (1994). If You Don't Like the News ... Go Out and Make Some of Your Own. Ten Speed Press. ISBN 978-0-89815-626-3.
- Nisker, Wes (1998). Crazy Wisdom. Ten Speed Press. ISBN 978-1-58008-040-8.
- Nisker, Wes (1999). Buddha's Nature: Who We Really Are and Why This Matters. Rider. ISBN 978-0-7126-7066-1.
- Nisker, Wes (2000). Buddha's Nature: A Practical Guide to Discovering Your Place in the Cosmos. Bantam Books. ISBN 978-0-553-37999-0.
- Nisker, Wes (1998). Buddha's Nature: Evolution as a Practical Guide to Enlightenment. Bantam Books. ISBN 978-0-553-10601-5.
- Nisker, Wes (2004). The Big Bang, The Buddha, and the Baby Boom: The Spiritual Experiments of My Generation. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-251767-8.
- Nisker, Wes (2008). Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again!: Handbook for a Spiritual Revolution. Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 978-1-933330-69-3.
- Nisker, Wes (2016). You Are Not Your Fault and Other Revelations: The Collected Wit and Wisdom of Wes "Scoop" Nisker. Soft Skull Press. ISBN 978-1-61902-769-5.
- Garfinkel, Perry (September 2, 2003). "Joke's Not Funny? Blame It on Buddha". The New York Times. Retrieved February 13, 2009.
- Berger, Kevin (February 7, 1995). "A liberal Scoop of wit and sanity: KFOG newscaster sounds more radical than ever". The San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved February 13, 2009.
- Heilig, Steve (April 13, 2003). "Q & A: Wes "Scoop" Nisker: Keeping the faith in more ways than one". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 13, 2009.
- Gach, Gary (December 6, 1998). "What Would the Buddha Say to Darwin?". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 13, 2009.
- Spayde, Jon (May–June 2002). "Road-Testing Crazy Wisdom: Learn how to harness own crazy wisdom". Utne Reader. Retrieved February 13, 2009.
- Spirit Rock Teachers: Wes Nisker
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