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
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.

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

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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.

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