Huston Smith, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Syracuse University, is considered the country's preeminent public scholar of world religions. The author of The Religions of Man (1958, republished as The World's Religions in 1991) and Why Religion Matters (2001), Smith has influenced multiple generations of readers, artists, scholars, and students. He has been profiled in a PBS series by Bill Moyers and appears frequently on national TV and radio. Phil Cousineau is the author and editor of numerous books, including, most recently, Once and Future Myths: The Power of Ancient Stories in Modern Times (2001), The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred (1998), and Soul Moments: Marvelous Stories of Synchronicity (1997).
Laura Anne Ingraham was born on June 19, 1964. She earned a bachelor's degree at Dartmouth College in 1985 and a law degree at the University of Virginia School of Law in 1991. As a Dartmouth undergraduate, she was a staff member of the independent conservative newspaper, The Dartmouth Review. In the late 1980s, she worked as a speechwriter in the Ronald Reagan administration for the Domestic Policy advisor. She is an American radio host, author, and conservative political commentator. Her nationally-syndicated talk show, The Laura Ingraham Show, airs throughout the United States on Talk Radio Network. Some of her written works include The Hillary Trap: Looking for Power in All the Wrong Places; Shut Up and Sing: How Elites from Hollywood, Politics, and the U.N. are Subverting America; Power to the People; The Obama Diaries; and Of Thee I Zing: America's Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots.Philip Novak is the Santo Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Dominican University in San Rafael, California, where he has taught for over twenty years, and the author of The World's Wisdom , a widely used anthology of the sacred texts of the world's religions and the companion reader to Huston Smith's The World's Religions .