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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

Tensions flare in the town of Carpinteria over the smell of pot.

A small coastal town fights the growing stench — and footprint — of cannabis

Tensions flare in the town of Carpinteria over the smell of pot.

from The 805

The debate over gun control and gun shows heats up in Thousands Oaks after the Borderline shooting.

After the Borderline shooting, a fight for gun control

The debate over gun control and gun shows heats up in Thousands Oaks after the Borderline shooting.

from The 805

Southern California’s largest utility company is suing Santa Barbara County for failing to prepare for last winter’s deadly debris flows.

50 years after a massive spill, Santa Barbara remains tied to oil

Southern California’s largest utility company is suing Santa Barbara County for failing to prepare for last winter’s deadly debris flows.

from The 805

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