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


Local News
11:29 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Up Front TV: Adam Edelen, KY State Auditor

This week Jonathan sits down with KY State Auditor, Adam Edelen, to discuss his current work, his views on education policy, what the future of KY politics should look like, and his interest in running for governor in 2015.

Local News
1:26 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Up Front TV: Congressman John Yarmuth

Since 2007, Congressman John Yarmuth has focused his attention on three key areas: Enacting universal health care, reforming campaign finance, and working to undo the Bush agenda. Yarmuth was one of 22 House Members that helped write the Affordable Care Act. He also introduced the “Fair Elections Now Act,” to present a public financing system for Congressional campaigns. As the 2013 Congressional calendar drew to a close, I sat down with Yarmuth to discuss the year.

Local News
12:08 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Dead Man Walking: Sister Helen Prejean Still Fighting Against the Death Penalty

20 years ago, a little-known catholic nun published a book that would change the discourse on the death penalty. Of course many of us know the title “Dead Man Walking” as a movie staring Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon. But before it was a Hollywood film, it was a bestselling memoir written by Sister Helen Prejean.

Local News
12:06 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Up Front TV: Louisville Cardinals' Tom Jurich on How to Build an Elite College Athletics Program

Tom Jurich
Credit Upfront with Jonathan Bastian

With all the chatter about Charlie Strong leaving the University of Louisville football program for the University of Texas, athletic director Tom Jurich is back in the hot seat: Who to hire as the next Louisville Cardinals football coach? How will the program handle switching to the ACC under new leadership?

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Local News
5:12 pm
Sat December 21, 2013

“My Promised Land: The Triumph and Trajedy of Israel.”

One of the most discussed books of 2013 is about a country the world continues to debate: Israel.

Ari Shavit is a longtime Jewish Israeli journalist who tries to humanize the story of Israel in a new book called, “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Trajedy of Israel.”

Expressing both pride and disappointment, Shavit examines each major period of Israel’s history.

He begins with the story of his Jewish grandfather, who was part of the first Zionist movement sweeping into Israel in the early 20th century. Shavit explains why they arrived to Israel in the first place.

Local News
7:47 am
Sat December 14, 2013

Up Front TV: Chris Matthews on When Politics Worked

Credit Up Front

Chris Matthews of MSNBC, on his new book, "Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked." But first, my conversation with Mark Hogg, found and CEO of WaterStep, a Louisville based organization providing clean drinking water to countries across the globe.

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Local News
7:40 am
Sat December 14, 2013

Up Front TV: Woodrow Wilson, FDR

Lets talk presidential history.

First, we get closer and closer to the 100th-yr anniversary of World War I., lets discus the president that led us into that conflict. I spoke with A. Scott Berg about Woodrow Wilson, and his new book, "Wilson."

Then, James Tobin on Franklin Delano Roosevelt's battle with polio. The book is called, "The Man He Became.

Local News
10:02 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Religion Grawemeyer Award Winner: Tanya Luhrmann on Demystifying Evangelical Prayer

Tanya Luhrmann
Credit University of Louisville

As some Christian churches shrink in size, the Evangelical movement continues to explode across America. Louisvillians need only look in their backyard to see megachurches such as Southeast Christian Church that became dominant institutions in the city.

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Local News
8:31 am
Mon November 25, 2013

James McBride takes on John Brown, Wins Prize

James McBride

In, “The Good Lord Bird” a new novel by James McBride, Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town—with Brown, who believes he’s a girl.

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Local News
4:46 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Up Front TV: Paula Kerger, President of PBS

As we head towards winter break in schools, what's shaping up in terms of education legislation and state assessments in KY? I discuss with WFPL's Education reporter, Devin Katayama. Then, I caught up with the President of PBS, Paula Kerger, at the Aspen Ideas Festival. We discussed the future of TV -- the what role PBS will play.