Life Examined

Life Examined

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.

We’re often nostalgic when looking at past events. Our memories focus on the fun times, the images are often rosier than they actually were.

Can misremembering help us feel better?

We’re often nostalgic when looking at past events. Our memories focus on the fun times, the images are often rosier than they actually were.

How can we be sure things actually happened the way we remember them? For example, why do siblings remember the same past events differently?

How the malleability of memory impacts everything, from crime to families

How can we be sure things actually happened the way we remember them? For example, why do siblings remember the same past events differently?

Over 55% of your day is spent listening. Yet only 2% of us have been trained in how to listen. That’s according to Oscar Trimboli, author of “Deep Listening: Impact beyond Words.”

The art, science, and practice of listening well

Over 55% of your day is spent listening. Yet only 2% of us have been trained in how to listen. That’s according to Oscar Trimboli, author of “Deep Listening: Impact beyond Words.”

Listening is more than just hearing what people say.

Why good listening matters: Tips from spies, bartenders, and priests

Listening is more than just hearing what people say.

KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian talks with acclaimed nature writer Terry Tempest Williams about the art and beauty of language, rebirth, and rediscovery.

In a year of grief and stress, one writer discovers that her pen is her most valuable tool

KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian talks with acclaimed nature writer Terry Tempest Williams about the art and beauty of language, rebirth, and rediscovery.

Food has played an important role in human history and evolution.

How eating has shaped our past and defines our future, according to Mark Bittman

Food has played an important role in human history and evolution.

Hosted by KCRW DJ and iconic voice of Los Angeles, Garth Trinidad, and written & produced by KCRW On-Air Promo Director Adria Kloke; the Moments are your snack-sized invitation to a…

Moments of Serenity: Stretch

Hosted by KCRW DJ and iconic voice of Los Angeles, Garth Trinidad, and written & produced by KCRW On-Air Promo Director Adria Kloke; the Moments are your snack-sized invitation to a…

Hosted by KCRW DJ and iconic voice of Los Angeles, Garth Trinidad, and written & produced by KCRW On-Air Promo Director Adria Kloke; the Moments are your snack-sized invitation to a…

Moments of Serenity: Pets

Hosted by KCRW DJ and iconic voice of Los Angeles, Garth Trinidad, and written & produced by KCRW On-Air Promo Director Adria Kloke; the Moments are your snack-sized invitation to a…

Hosted by KCRW DJ and iconic voice of Los Angeles, Garth Trinidad, and written & produced by KCRW On-Air Promo Director Adria Kloke; the Moments are your snack-sized invitation to a…

Moments of Serenity: Calm in Chaos

Hosted by KCRW DJ and iconic voice of Los Angeles, Garth Trinidad, and written & produced by KCRW On-Air Promo Director Adria Kloke; the Moments are your snack-sized invitation to a…

Hosted by KCRW DJ and iconic voice of Los Angeles, Garth Trinidad, and written & produced by KCRW On-Air Promo Director Adria Kloke; the Moments are your snack-sized invitation to a…

Moments of Serenity: Gratitude

Hosted by KCRW DJ and iconic voice of Los Angeles, Garth Trinidad, and written & produced by KCRW On-Air Promo Director Adria Kloke; the Moments are your snack-sized invitation to a…

Hosted by KCRW DJ and iconic voice of Los Angeles, Garth Trinidad, and written & produced by KCRW On-Air Promo Director Adria Kloke; the Moments are your snack-sized invitation to a…

Moments of Serenity: Sleep

Hosted by KCRW DJ and iconic voice of Los Angeles, Garth Trinidad, and written & produced by KCRW On-Air Promo Director Adria Kloke; the Moments are your snack-sized invitation to a…

Hosted by KCRW DJ and iconic voice of Los Angeles, Garth Trinidad, and written & produced by KCRW On-Air Promo Director Adria Kloke; the Moments are your snack-sized invitation to a…

Moments of Serenity: Music

Hosted by KCRW DJ and iconic voice of Los Angeles, Garth Trinidad, and written & produced by KCRW On-Air Promo Director Adria Kloke; the Moments are your snack-sized invitation to a…

Hosted by KCRW DJ and iconic voice of Los Angeles, Garth Trinidad, and written & produced by KCRW On-Air Promo Director Adria Kloke; the Moments are your snack-sized invitation to a…

Moments of Serenity: Do Nothing

Hosted by KCRW DJ and iconic voice of Los Angeles, Garth Trinidad, and written & produced by KCRW On-Air Promo Director Adria Kloke; the Moments are your snack-sized invitation to a…

Hosted by KCRW DJ and iconic voice of Los Angeles, Garth Trinidad, and written & produced by KCRW On-Air Promo Director Adria Kloke; the Moments are your snack-sized invitation to a…

Moments of Serenity: Ocean

Hosted by KCRW DJ and iconic voice of Los Angeles, Garth Trinidad, and written & produced by KCRW On-Air Promo Director Adria Kloke; the Moments are your snack-sized invitation to a…

Hosted by KCRW DJ and iconic voice of Los Angeles, Garth Trinidad, and written & produced by KCRW On-Air Promo Director Adria Kloke; the Moments are your snack-sized invitation to a…

Moments of Serenity: Tea

Hosted by KCRW DJ and iconic voice of Los Angeles, Garth Trinidad, and written & produced by KCRW On-Air Promo Director Adria Kloke; the Moments are your snack-sized invitation to a…

Ever wondered why it’s so hard to eat just one Dorrito, Oreo or M&M? Why do we crave sugar and salt when we know healthier options are available?

Many foods are more addictive than smoking. How to break unhealthy eating habits?

Ever wondered why it’s so hard to eat just one Dorrito, Oreo or M&M? Why do we crave sugar and salt when we know healthier options are available?

Modern technology has been a game changer in allowing scientists and researchers to view brain activity in real time.

Electric brain stimulation could be the answer for treating mental disorders like dementia and Alzheimer's

Modern technology has been a game changer in allowing scientists and researchers to view brain activity in real time.

The global pandemic has been a fearful time for many of us.

Feeling pandemic pressure? A neuroscientist explains how to break the anxiety loop

The global pandemic has been a fearful time for many of us.

On the surface, the Galvins were the model American family. Parents Mimi and Don lived in Colorado Springs in the 1950s and 60s and had 12 children, 10 boys and two girls.

A touching account of one American family’s struggle with schizophrenia

On the surface, the Galvins were the model American family. Parents Mimi and Don lived in Colorado Springs in the 1950s and 60s and had 12 children, 10 boys and two girls.

Schizophrenia is a chronic neurological brain disorder that affects millions of people around the world.

The genetic component in understanding and treating mental illness

Schizophrenia is a chronic neurological brain disorder that affects millions of people around the world.