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.

Land has been a central issue between Natives and non-Natives since the earliest days when European explorers first were greeted by the indigenous peoples of North America.

How Indigenous ‘traditional ecological knowledge’ teaches us to live in reciprocity with the land

Land has been a central issue between Natives and non-Natives since the earliest days when European explorers first were greeted by the indigenous peoples of North America.

The hunger to own land has shaped human history.

Is it time to rethink the way we manage and own land?

The hunger to own land has shaped human history.

Is there something wrong in how we value work? How have our jobs defined such a big part of our identity and happiness?

Are today’s jobs are over-hyped and underpaid?

Is there something wrong in how we value work? How have our jobs defined such a big part of our identity and happiness?

For many people in white or some blue collar jobs, work life has included a commute, a cubicle or desk, consistent hours, managers, and meetings.

The changing nature of work in a post pandemic world

For many people in white or some blue collar jobs, work life has included a commute, a cubicle or desk, consistent hours, managers, and meetings.

Marriage is one of the oldest institutions in the world dating back thousands of years.

How marriages and intimate relationships have evolved over the years

Marriage is one of the oldest institutions in the world dating back thousands of years.

One size does not fit all when it comes to intimate relationships. Marriage, monogamy, singlehood suit many of us but for some the idea of several partners offers freedom and variety.

What’s behind the desire for a polyamorous relationship?

One size does not fit all when it comes to intimate relationships. Marriage, monogamy, singlehood suit many of us but for some the idea of several partners offers freedom and variety.

When it comes to understanding the mind, philosopher, writer and diver Peter Godfrey-Smith suggests marine life may hold some illuminating answers.

Could sea creatures unlock the origins of the mind?

When it comes to understanding the mind, philosopher, writer and diver Peter Godfrey-Smith suggests marine life may hold some illuminating answers.

The marvels of the natural world have inspired artists throughout the ages.

How words and poems can help to connect us to the natural world

The marvels of the natural world have inspired artists throughout the ages.

Many people are unfamiliar with the writings of Marcus Aurelius or Seneca, but their philosophy of stoicism is currently enjoying a resurgence.

What is Stoicism? The ancient philosophy enjoys a revival

Many people are unfamiliar with the writings of Marcus Aurelius or Seneca, but their philosophy of stoicism is currently enjoying a resurgence.

Parents are embracing the writings of the Stoics to help navigate the challenges of raising a child — especially during today’s pandemic.

How Stoic philosophy can change parents’ lives

Parents are embracing the writings of the Stoics to help navigate the challenges of raising a child — especially during today’s pandemic.

America’s strong ties to the church have influenced and defined gender roles, many of which remain embedded in our culture today.

Has religion shaped our understanding of gender?

America’s strong ties to the church have influenced and defined gender roles, many of which remain embedded in our culture today.

In her latest book, author Katelyn Beaty says today’s Christian women should be empowered to feel anything is possible.

Do religious communities look favorably on a woman with professional ambition?

In her latest book, author Katelyn Beaty says today’s Christian women should be empowered to feel anything is possible.

The peaceful transfer of power from one party to another is one of the key principles of our democracy and a society governed by laws.

How to process grief and sadness after the Capitol attack

The peaceful transfer of power from one party to another is one of the key principles of our democracy and a society governed by laws.

The violence at the US Capitol that left five people dead was a shocking display: lawmakers and staffers cowered in bunkers, a trail of damage scattered across offices and hallways.

Why are extremists addicted to conspiracy theories?

The violence at the US Capitol that left five people dead was a shocking display: lawmakers and staffers cowered in bunkers, a trail of damage scattered across offices and hallways.

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.”

Jane Hirshfield on why poets treasure pondering life’s abysses

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.”

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.

Physicist Brian Greene on the science behind impermanence

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.

KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian talks with Rabbi Steve Leder the Senior Rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple and author of the upcoming book “ The Beauty of What Remains: How Our Greatest Fear…

‘Death reveals the depths of our love.’ Rabbi Steve Leder on dying and grieving

KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian talks with Rabbi Steve Leder the Senior Rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple and author of the upcoming book “ The Beauty of What Remains: How Our Greatest Fear…

The average American home contains approximately 2000 different microorganisms, mostly invisible and benign, some are even beneficial.

Creating healthy indoor living spaces

The average American home contains approximately 2000 different microorganisms, mostly invisible and benign, some are even beneficial.

KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian talks with author and filmmaker Jared Brock and Ross Gay, poet and professor of English at Indiana University in Bloomington about living and working in a…

Creative spaces and small delights

KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian talks with author and filmmaker Jared Brock and Ross Gay, poet and professor of English at Indiana University in Bloomington about living and working in a…

KCRW’s Joanthan Bastian talks with philosopher Julian Savulescu about the anti-vax movement, personal liberty, and the ethics of mandatory vaccinations.

Are mandatory vaccinations ethical?

KCRW’s Joanthan Bastian talks with philosopher Julian Savulescu about the anti-vax movement, personal liberty, and the ethics of mandatory vaccinations.