Up Front with Jonathan Bastian

Weekly Online and on KET. See below for full TV schedule.

Up Front with Jonathan Bastian, a production of WFPL News, is an invitation to explore stories that affect Kentucky and the world.

Our weekly programs feature an ambitious blend of topics. One week, you might hear an in-depth discussion with a local policy maker, followed by a conversation with a Pulitzer-winning poet. Another week you might hear an investigative report on education in Kentucky, coupled with a dialogue from the Aspen Ideas Festival about health.

Up Front broadcasts across seven states on KET, the PBS affiliate for Kentucky:

KET: Wednesdays, 11:30pm

KET2: Fridays, 7pm

KET KY: Mondays, 9:30am and 7pm; Thursdays, 2pm; Saturdays, 12:30am and 7:30am

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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

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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
11:50 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.

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