Jonathan Bastian

Jonathan Bastian

Host, Life Examined

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

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.

How surfer Britt Merrick found his ‘spiritual home’ among the waves

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.

from Life Examined

LAUSD’s new fall semester begins in less than two weeks, and classes will be online.

Back to school: How LAUSD teachers are prepping

LAUSD’s new fall semester begins in less than two weeks, and classes will be online.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Some companies are in phase three trials for COVID-19 vaccines. KCRW looks at the work being done by Moderna, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca.

Vaccines, skepticism, and herd immunity

Some companies are in phase three trials for COVID-19 vaccines. KCRW looks at the work being done by Moderna, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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Berlin schools reopened this week amid fears of a second COVID-19 wave, with about 370,000 students returning to the classroom.

from Studio Berlin

One executive order President Trump signed over the weekend aims to give Americans an extra $400 per week during the pandemic.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Josh Barro and Ken White discuss Attorney General Bill Barr’s testimony in Congress, Michael Cohen’s release from prison, and whether the feds can restrict the First Amendment rights…

from LRC Presents: All the President's Lawyers

The Los Angeles County Department of Health and the Alcoholic Beverage Commission are investigating an indoor party hosted at the Sassafras Saloon on July 31.  KCRW was tipped off to…

from KCRW Features

Josh Barro, Megan McArdle and Dorian Warren talk about the worsening coronavirus pandemic in the US, Joe Biden’s economic platform and the possibility of a Third Reconstruction.

from Left, Right & Center

Billions are being spent to transition to online education that isn’t teaching our kids very much. What if we used that money to fight the pandemic?

from Zócalo's Connecting California

Ken White and Josh Barro talk about “meat and potatoes” crimes, and what it means when you say the value of your pro bono legal counsel is unascertainable.

from LRC Presents: All the President's Lawyers

Coronavirus has taken away a lot of what Los Angeles has to offer...but at least it’s taken traffic jams with it.

from Zócalo's Connecting California

Josh Barro, Megan McArdle and Dorian Warren talk about the state of negotiations for the next coronavirus relief package and how pro sports are successfully and not so successfully…

from Left, Right & Center