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Jonathan Bastian

Jonathan Bastian

Jonathan Bastian is an award-winning public radio host. Prior to KCRW he worked for Louisville's NPR station (WFPL), and also created and hosted a weekly TV program that aired on PBS stations across six states. He has interviewed numerous influential writers, thinkers and policy makers, including Salman Rushdie, Congressman John Lewis, Jared Diamond, Michael Chabon, Oliver Sacks, Barbara Kingsolver, and many others. His work has aired nationally on NPR's All Things Considered and been published on NPR.org.

Jonathan Bastian on KCRW

The trees at the Ellwood Mesa preserve have been dying off, and the California Monarchs are following suit.

The monarch population declines at Ellwood Mesa

The trees at the Ellwood Mesa preserve have been dying off, and the California Monarchs are following suit.

from The 805

The city of Santa Barbara gets a state grant to try and help the roughly 900 people who are homeless in the city. Old Town Goleta has a reputation for being pretty sleepy.

California doles out money to help the homeless

The city of Santa Barbara gets a state grant to try and help the roughly 900 people who are homeless in the city. Old Town Goleta has a reputation for being pretty sleepy.

from The 805

From a hipster coffee shop to a rum distillery and wine tasting rooms, new beverage businesses are popping up in and around Old Town Goleta, a section of town that has resisted…

Could a boozy beverage boom turn Old Town Goleta into the next Funk Zone?

From a hipster coffee shop to a rum distillery and wine tasting rooms, new beverage businesses are popping up in and around Old Town Goleta, a section of town that has resisted…

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