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