KCRW's Life Examined is a one-hour weekly show exploring science, philosophy, faith — and finding meaning in the modern world. The show is hosted by Jonathan Bastian. Please tune in Saturdays at 9 a.m., or find it as a podcast.
German forester and author Peter Wohlleben explains how trees have a sophisticated method of communication and the ability to feel and heal.
Hungarian-born network scientist and author of “The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success,” Albert-László Barabási, explains the disconnect between performance and success, and…
Exploring how science and religion define when human life begins, and the moral, ethical, and practical challenges of defining personhood.
British author Katherine May offers some (heart)warming advice on winter and explores simple ways to rediscover the joy of enchantment.
Black writers and poets Quraysh Ali Lansana and Ishion Hutchinson share how their poetry is shaped by history, tradition, and the unearthing of forgotten histories.
Coach and author Brad Stulberg examines the science behind reaching our full potential, whether it be at work or in our personal lives.
Psychologist and author Dacher Keltner shares the science and mysteries surrounding awe, and suggests we make finding awe part of our daily lives.
Dr. Robert Waldinger, director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, unlocks some of the secrets discovered via 80 years of research on happiness.
Renowned travel writer and author Pico Iyer reflects on how different cultures and peoples see life and death and find their own versions of happiness and paradise.
Traveler and author Rolf Potts shares his philosophy on meaningful travel and how embracing the unexpected can change us for the better.
Historian and author Rutger Bregman examines the science and the history behind human nature and argues that the human mind is wired to be good.
Host Jonathan Bastian talks with David Whyte about the power of the written and spoken word.
Journalist and author Will Storr explains how status influences everything we do. Whether consciously or subconsciously, we all seek to be of value and feel accepted.
Science journalist and author Lydia Denworth explains the value of friendship and what we can learn from primates about the value of social bonds.
Philosopher and author of “Easy Beauty” Chloé Jones talks about how natural beauty helped her come to terms with her own body and how she is viewed by others.
Professor in the Department of Occupational, Workforce, & Leadership Studies at Texas State University, Professor Shailen M.
Educator, meditation specialist, and author Sharon Salzberg shares her personal journey to meditation and how it fundamentally changed her life.
Author and former professional poker player Annie Duke explores why quitting should be viewed more favorably and shares some strategies on knowing when to walk away.
Podcast host and executive producer of The Loudest Girl In The World Lauren Ober chronicles her later-in-life autism diagnosis and how it changed her life.
Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience Francesca Happe talks about what she has learned over the course of 30 years researching and working with autism.
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