Jonathan Bastian http://wfpl.org en 'Nuns on the Bus' Leader on Income Inequality http://wfpl.org/post/nuns-bus-leader-income-inequality <p></p><p>You likely won't find Sister Simone Campbell behind the walls of a church, but rather, storming the halls of congress.</p><p>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.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:24:20 +0000 Jonathan Bastian 8985 at http://wfpl.org 'Nuns on the Bus' Leader on Income Inequality Up Front TV: Teddy Abrams http://wfpl.org/post/front-tv-teddy-abrams <p>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.&nbsp; That, compounded with larger issues, such as whether or not classical music has been in decline — and will remain in decline —&nbsp; 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. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:32:33 +0000 Jonathan Bastian 8847 at http://wfpl.org Up Front TV: "American Promise" http://wfpl.org/post/front-tv-american-promise <p>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.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:28:58 +0000 Jonathan Bastian 8846 at http://wfpl.org Up Front TV: Dr. Kevin Cosby http://wfpl.org/post/front-tv-dr-kevin-cosby <p>Dr Kevin Cosby is one of the most influential leaders in West Louisville and beyond.&nbsp; 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.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:25:47 +0000 Jonathan Bastian 8845 at http://wfpl.org Up Front TV: Kentucky Ag Commissioner James Comer on Hemp, GOP's Future, Felon Voting Rights http://wfpl.org/post/front-tv-kentucky-ag-commissioner-james-comer-hemp-gops-future-felon-voting-rights <p>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.</p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:53:09 +0000 Jonathan Bastian 8493 at http://wfpl.org Up Front TV: Kentucky Ag Commissioner James Comer on Hemp, GOP's Future, Felon Voting Rights Up Front TV: Chang-Rae Lee and Joan Shelley http://wfpl.org/post/front-tv-chang-rae-lee-and-joan-shelley <p>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.</p> <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/85936396" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:43:34 +0000 Jonathan Bastian 8492 at http://wfpl.org Up Front TV: Archbishop Joseph Edward Kurtz http://wfpl.org/post/front-tv-archbishop-joseph-edward-kurtz <p>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.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/85936395" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:26:41 +0000 Jonathan Bastian 8491 at http://wfpl.org Making of the Modern, Messy Middle East: Scott Anderson on "Lawrence in Arabia" http://wfpl.org/post/making-modern-messy-middle-east-scott-anderson-lawrence-arabia <p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:31:49 +0000 Jonathan Bastian 8417 at http://wfpl.org Making of the Modern, Messy Middle East: Scott Anderson on "Lawrence in Arabia" Nathan Salsburg on the Legacy of Pete Seeger http://wfpl.org/post/nathan-salsburg-legacy-pete-seeger <p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p></p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:20:52 +0000 Jonathan Bastian 8416 at http://wfpl.org Up Front TV: The Legacy of Alan Lomax http://wfpl.org/post/front-tv-legacy-alan-lomax <p>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.</p><p></p> <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/84392126" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:50:09 +0000 Jonathan Bastian 8324 at http://wfpl.org