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.
For those who love to surf, the act of riding the waves is both a physical and spiritual experience. But for some,it is also a religious one.
Death and dying are inevitable and a natural part of life’s cycle. The pandemic has brought the issue of our own mortality into sharp focus.
Some Native Americans have long believed that death is part of the natural cycle of life and many cultures believe the dead spirit continues to “walk on” implying the continuation…
KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian talks with Melina Abdullah, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and Professor of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles and…
Howard University professor Yolanda Pierce talks with KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian about the origins of the Black church from slavery to the Civil Rights movement and it’s legacy to Black…
Journalist and a New York Times bestselling author Timothy Egan , talks to KCRW host Jonathan Bastian about his adventures walking the Via Francigena trail and describes how…
Author Pico Iyer and Pravrajika Vrajaprana, a Vedanta nun, talk with KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian about the purpose of pilgrimage in modern day times following his interview with NYT…
Poet and professor of divinity Christian Wiman says that there are all kinds of poems he’s turned to during this pandemic. He especially enjoys poems that are joyful and have helped…
Jane Hirshfield , a ward-winning poet and essayist joins KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian from her home in Northern California to discuss her newest collection of poems, “Ledger.”
Dream researcher and professor of depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California Stephen Aizenstat and Mark Blagrove, professor of…
Deirdre Barrett, dream researcher and assistant professor of psychology at Harvard University sits down with KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian to discuss how the prolonged global pandemic has…
Author and world renowned expert on grief and loss David Kessler offers guidance and insight on how to deal with and accept feelings of anxiety, sadness, and death.
If spending your days in quarantine has allowed you to adopt a simpler life-style and catch up on sleep you may be onto a good thing.
Buddhist teacher and author Stephen Batchelor and artist Lita Albuquerque discuss their views on life, death, and the concept of impermanence with KCRW host Jonathan…
The coronavirus pandemic is a reminder that things can change — fast and unexpectedly. As much as we look for stability, things come and go, and we live and die.
In times of severe trauma many people turn to their spiritual communities for support and guidance.
California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris talks about the latest science behind trauma, and how toxic stress can literally change our brains, our immune systems and our genes.
It's often contemplatives — like monks, nuns, or meditators — that have the most to say about living a meaningful life.
Author Pico Iyer is obsessed with the big questions of life.