Jonathan Bastian

Morning Edition Host

Jonathan Bastian is the host of Morning Edition on WFPL. He's also the host of, "Up Front with Jonathan Bastian," a weekly TV program, produced by WFPL, which airs on KY's PBS affiliate, KET.

Jonathan comes to WFPL from Aspen Public Radio, where he was the daily host of ‘All Things Considered.’

He’s also the founder and host of ‘Page by Page,’ a weekly interview program that was syndicated on multiple public radio stations across Colorado. He has interviewed many influential writers and thinkers, including Richard Russo, Sebastian Junger, Jim Lehrer, Jonathan Safran Foer, and many others. In 2011, he spoke with both winners of the Pulitzer Prize in fiction and non-fiction. His work has aired nationally on NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’ and been published on NPR.org.

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Local News
12:24 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

'Nuns on the Bus' Leader on Income Inequality

Sister Simone Campbell

You likely won't find Sister Simone Campbell behind the walls of a church, but rather, storming the halls of congress.

She wants change. Big change. In 2012, she was at the center of the “Nuns on the Bus” tour, which covered nine states to oppose the “Ryan Budget” approved by the House of Representatives. Her work garnered so much attention that she was featured on 60 Minutes and The Dailey Show with Jon Stewart.

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Local News
12:32 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Up Front TV: Teddy Abrams

At the age of just 26, Teddy Abrams will take over as conductor and music director of the Louisville Orchestra. Abrams has been tasked with turning around an orchestra that has dealt with musician strikes and other financial woes.  That, compounded with larger issues, such as whether or not classical music has been in decline — and will remain in decline —  makes this position even more complicated. Teddy Abrams was raised in Oakland and educated at the elite Curtis Institute of Music. A pianist and clarinetist, he’s collaborated with many leading symphonies across the country.

Local News
12:28 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Up Front TV: "American Promise"

The documentary film, "American Promise" spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middleclass African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend. Both boys attended Dalton, one of the most prestigious private schools in NYC, and the country. The film chronicles the boys' divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation, presenting complicated truths about race, class and opportunity. I spoke with Michèle Stephenson about the story.

Local News
12:25 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Up Front TV: Dr. Kevin Cosby

Dr Kevin Cosby is one of the most influential leaders in West Louisville and beyond.  He is senior pastor at St. Stephen Church and president of Simmons College in Louisville. Cosby is the author of multiple books and speaks to audiences across the country. I recently sat down with Dr. Cosby at Simmons college, where we discussed the school, the relationship between church and state, the lack of economic development in West Louisville and much more.

Local News
11:53 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Up Front TV: Kentucky Ag Commissioner James Comer on Hemp, GOP's Future, Felon Voting Rights

James Comer
Credit Up Front with Jonathan Bastian

Many see state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer as the rising star in the Kentucky Republican party. His name is frequently floated as a candidate for Governor in 2015. We spoke about his push for hemp, a dating violence bill he supports in the general assembly, and the economic future of Eastern Kentucky.

Local News
11:43 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Up Front TV: Chang-Rae Lee and Joan Shelley

Novelist, Chang-Rae Lee, joins me for a conversation about his latest book, "On Such a Full," which takes place in a future dystopian America. Then Louisville singer-songwriter, Joan Shelley, finishes the program with a solo performance of two new songs.

Local News
11:26 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Up Front TV: Archbishop Joseph Edward Kurtz

This week we come to you from the Archdiosese of Louisville. I had a chance to sit down with the Archbisop Joseph Edward Kurtz, who is the Archbishop of Louisville, and was recently selected as the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. olan of NY. I spoke with Archbishop Kurtz about his elevated position in the church, his views on Pope Francis, and much much more.

Local News
11:31 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Making of the Modern, Messy Middle East: Scott Anderson on "Lawrence in Arabia"

Turn back the clock to the outbreak of World War I, nearly 100 years ago, and the Middle East looked like a vastly different area. Countries like Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Syria didn’t even exist. Those areas were part of the vast Ottoman Empire.

It was during the great War that a young British officer, T.E. Lawrence — remembered as “Lawrence of Arabia” from the film — helped lead an Arab uprising to overthrow the Ottomans.

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Local News
11:20 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Nathan Salsburg on the Legacy of Pete Seeger

Across the country and beyond, many are mourning the loss of Pete Seeger who died Monday. Seeger was an iconic musician who inspired a folk revival post World War II, and was equally well known for the social causes he championed.

My guest Nathan Salsburg of Louisville is curator of the Alan Lomax archive, and has spent years researching and archiving early American folk music. I asked him to reflect on the legacy of Pete Seeger.

Local News
11:50 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Up Front TV: The Legacy of Alan Lomax

Few people have done more to promote and record folk music in America and beyond than Alan Lomax. He traveled thousands of miles to capture some of the first recordings of Jelly Roll Morton, Lead Belly, Muddy Waters, the Reverend Gary Davis, and many more. This week I caught up with Nathan Salsburg, curator of the Alan Lomax archive.

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