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
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.

Local News
4:18 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Up Front TV: Congressman John Lewis

Congressman John Lewis is an icon of the Civil Rights Movement. In 1963 he gave a keynote address at the March on Washington. Lewis was only 23-years-old. 

In 1961, he volunteered to participate in the Freedom Rides, which challenged segregation at interstate bus terminals across the South. Following the March on Washington, Lewis led over 600 peaceful protestors across a bridge in Selma, Alabama, when they were attacked by state troopers on a day that would be called “Bloody Sunday.” Since 1987 Lewis as served as the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th Congressional district.

Local News
11:49 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Bob Edwards on Louisville, Radio and JFK

Bob Edwards and Jonathan Bastian

Bob Edwards still remembers hearing of John F. Kennedy's death. He was a high school student at St. Xavier in Louisville, and walking into American history class.

"Our teacher had been on Kennedy's butt all semester," he told me. "But after that day in November, we never heard another bad word about Kennedy."

Edwards remembers a lot about his hometown of Louisville: walking with his mother down on Fourth Street, the bustling downtown, and a red sign that said "Welcome to Kentucky: Gateway to the South," when you crossed the bridge from Indiana.

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Local News
1:17 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Doris Kearns Goodwin Discusses Her New Book, 'The Bully Pulpit'

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a historian with a wide-angle lens. She takes on many of America’s greatest historical periods and leaders, and provides rich layers of context.

She did this with her previous book, “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.” This book helped inspire Steven Spielberg's film, “Lincoln,” which starred Daniel Day Lewis.

Kearns Goodwin won the Pulitzer Prize for another books hers called, “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II

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Local News
12:06 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Ann Patchett: A Novelist Writes Her Own Life

Ann Patchett
Credit annpatchett.com

Ann Patchett has become one of America’s great novelists through her inexhaustible ability to create compelling characters.  Her books include "Bel Canto," where a famous opera singer is held hostage in Peru. Or more recently, "State of Wonder," about a woman who journeys to Brazil, to bring back information about a seemingly miraculous drug.

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Local News
5:14 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Up Front TV: The Chris Thile Interview

This week I caught up the prodigy mandolin player, Chris Thile. You might know Thile from his early days playing with the bluegrass group Nickel Creek. Or, perhaps you've heard him with The Punch Brothers. For his latest album, he reached far into the past to play a handful of solo works by J.S. Bach. The record is called, "Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol 1." We spoke on the stage of the Bomhard Theater in the KY Center.

Local News
7:25 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Up Front with Jonathan Bastian: The Power of Meditation

Buddhism and Buddhist Meditation is flourishing in America. But why? This week I spoke with one of America's great meditation teachers, Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel, about the power of meditation, and how it changed her life. She led a meditation retreat in Louisville this fall with the Center for Interfaith Relations. Mattis-Namgyel is author of the book, "The Power of an Open Question: The Buddha's Path to Freedom."

Local News
7:12 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Up Front TV: Joe Nocera on NCAA Ethics

If you're interested in the debate surrounding the ethics of big-money college sports, Louisville is a good place to have this conversation. The U of L athletic program is among the highest-grossing programs in the country, with the men's basketball team bringing in millions of dollars alone. Joe Nocera of the New York Times has been vocal in his criticism of the NCAA — and has ideas of how to fix what he believes is a broken system.

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