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.

Jonathan Bastian talks with Susan Orlean about our love and relationship with animals.

Why humans love, use, and abuse animals

Jonathan Bastian talks with Susan Orlean about our love and relationship with animals.

For centuries, plants and herbs — from peppermint and chamomile to aspirin and opium — have been long known to hold medicinal qualities.

How plant-based remedies could help save us from superbugs

For centuries, plants and herbs — from peppermint and chamomile to aspirin and opium — have been long known to hold medicinal qualities.

A recent study found that 81% of adults in the U.S. between the ages of 35 and 54 take dietary supplements, and that 76% of all Americans take some kind of vitamin or mineral.

Nutritional supplements are not really about science

A recent study found that 81% of adults in the U.S. between the ages of 35 and 54 take dietary supplements, and that 76% of all Americans take some kind of vitamin or mineral.

Host Jonathan Bastian talks with David Whyte about the power of the written and spoken word.

Why poetry still matters — and is more powerful than you think

Host Jonathan Bastian talks with David Whyte about the power of the written and spoken word.

Exploring the Great Outdoors has long provided adventure, discovery, peace and wonderment.

“It’s like, what are you doing here?”: The complicated intersection of race and outdoor recreation

Exploring the Great Outdoors has long provided adventure, discovery, peace and wonderment.

As world leaders gather and debate the global climate crisis in Scotland, COPs and conferences are no longer dominated by white, rich nations.

The history and racist legacy of the environmental movement

As world leaders gather and debate the global climate crisis in Scotland, COPs and conferences are no longer dominated by white, rich nations.

Host Jonathan Bastian talks with J.M. Thompson about how running has been a personal voyage of discovery and healing from severe depression.

How extreme distance running can heal the mind

Host Jonathan Bastian talks with J.M. Thompson about how running has been a personal voyage of discovery and healing from severe depression.

In his latest book, “ Courage is Calling: Fortune Favors the Brave ,” author and stoic philosopher Ryan Holiday argues that out of the four virtues — courage, temperance or…

Why getting vaccinated requires courage — and is our responsibility

In his latest book, “ Courage is Calling: Fortune Favors the Brave ,” author and stoic philosopher Ryan Holiday argues that out of the four virtues — courage, temperance or…

For some families and friends, the upcoming holiday season brings with it an added dimension — frustration!

The right (and wrong) way to talk to people about getting vaccinated

For some families and friends, the upcoming holiday season brings with it an added dimension — frustration!

In his latest book, “ Courage is Calling: Fortune Favors the Brave ,” author and stoic philosopher Ryan Holiday argues that out of the four virtues — courage, temperance or…

Why getting vaccinated requires courage — and is our responsibility

In his latest book, “ Courage is Calling: Fortune Favors the Brave ,” author and stoic philosopher Ryan Holiday argues that out of the four virtues — courage, temperance or…

For some families and friends, the upcoming holiday season brings with it an added dimension — frustration!

The right (and wrong) way to talk to people about getting vaccinated

For some families and friends, the upcoming holiday season brings with it an added dimension — frustration!

The data surrounding workplace burnout is alarming. We’re working on average 30% more than we did pre-pandemic.

Why more people are quitting their jobs than ever

The data surrounding workplace burnout is alarming. We’re working on average 30% more than we did pre-pandemic.

Workplace burnout is not new. Many professions are particularly demanding, and even more so during the pandemic.

Is overwork literally killing us?

Workplace burnout is not new. Many professions are particularly demanding, and even more so during the pandemic.

The data surrounding workplace burnout is alarming. We’re working on average 30% more than we did pre-pandemic.

Why more people are quitting their jobs than ever

The data surrounding workplace burnout is alarming. We’re working on average 30% more than we did pre-pandemic.

Workplace burnout is not new. Many professions are particularly demanding, and even more so during the pandemic.

Is overwork literally killing us?

Workplace burnout is not new. Many professions are particularly demanding, and even more so during the pandemic.

The legalization of marijuana in several U.S. states has had a huge impact in the ongoing legal debate about whether or not to decriminalize other recreational drugs.

How a small mountain community copes with drug addiction

The legalization of marijuana in several U.S. states has had a huge impact in the ongoing legal debate about whether or not to decriminalize other recreational drugs.

Should science be driving our drug policies? Columbia University professor of psychology Dr.

The benefits of legalizing recreational drug use — even if it makes us uncomfortable

Should science be driving our drug policies? Columbia University professor of psychology Dr.

Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution revolutionized the study of biology with the idea that species change over time through natural selection.

Are we evolving to be nicer? This biologist says yes

Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution revolutionized the study of biology with the idea that species change over time through natural selection.

Science, data, and logic serve as powerful tools in formulating ideas and solving problems.

The psychology of critical thinking and disinformation

Science, data, and logic serve as powerful tools in formulating ideas and solving problems.

Sleeping — something we do for roughly a third of our lifetimes — is essential for our physical and mental well being.

“Sleeping should not be a chore”: The secret to a good night’s sleep

Sleeping — something we do for roughly a third of our lifetimes — is essential for our physical and mental well being.