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.

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.

The pandemic has placed death and the acknowledgement of our mortality front and center in our consciousness and yet when it comes to dying, we understand little and do even less to…

Professor Yolanda Pierce, Dean of the Howard University School of Divinity,  talks with KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian about the history and the legacy of the Black church and its connection…

Author Timothy Egan talks with KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian about walking the Via Francigena and how his experiences walking the pilgrim’s trail gave him a greater understanding of…

Award-winning poet and essayist Jane Hirshfield joins KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian to talk about her latest collection of poems, "Ledger," Buddhism and the importance of words and imagery…

Deirdre Barrett, dream researcher and assistant professor of psychology at Harvard University, joins KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian to discuss how the prolonged global pandemic has impacted…

Deepak Chopra, renowned wellness expert and author of “ Metahuman: Unleashing your infinite potential ,” joins KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian and offers his perspective on the current global…

The novel coronavirus pandemic is a daily reminder of how quickly life can change.