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.
Renowned travel writer and author Pico Iyer reflects on how different cultures and peoples see life and death and find their own versions of happiness and paradise.
Traveler and author Rolf Potts shares his philosophy on meaningful travel and how embracing the unexpected can change us for the better.
Historian and author Rutger Bregman examines the science and the history behind human nature and argues that the human mind is wired to be good.
Host Jonathan Bastian talks with David Whyte about the power of the written and spoken word.
Journalist and author Will Storr explains how status influences everything we do. Whether consciously or subconsciously, we all seek to be of value and feel accepted.
Science journalist and author Lydia Denworth explains the value of friendship and what we can learn from primates about the value of social bonds.
Philosopher and writer Chloé Jones explains how recognizing and appreciating moments of beauty in the world around her helped her come to terms with her own body and self-perception.
Educator, meditation specialist, and author Sharon Salzberg shares her personal journey to meditation and how it fundamentally changed her life.