Nathan Bernier

Host, All Things Considered

Nathan Bernier a KUT reporter and the local host during All Things Considered and Marketplace. He grew up in the small mountain town of Nelson, BC, Canada, and worked at commercial news radio stations in Ottawa, Montreal and Boston before starting at KUT in 2008. 

Nathan has won numerous journalism awards including a National Edward R. Murrow Award, Texas Associated Press Awards, Lonestar Awards from the Houston Press Club, and various other awards and recognitions.  

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Austin and Travis County do not meet the definition of "sanctuary city" in the eyes of the federal government, Mayor Steve Adler said today after a meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Washington, D.C.

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The late Tejano music pop icon Selena Quintanilla-Pérez would have turned 46 on Sunday. Selena was murdered at age 23 by the president of her fan club. 

But 22 years after her death, Selena still has a large and dedicated fan base. Events marking her birthday in Austin include movie parties at Alamo Drafthouse locations, a Selena tribute at the Sahara Lounge and a Selena trivia night at the Dog and Duck Pub. 

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Governor Greg Abbott's move to cut grants over Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez's move to limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities jeopardizes a program aimed at keeping children with their parents while they undergo drug treatment.

We learned more about this from Brandi Grissom, the Austin bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News.


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A mash-up of a Texas smokehouse and Japanese bar food is drawing crowds to a restaurant on East 2nd Street near Pleasant Valley Road. We asked Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam for his review of Kemuri Tatsu-Ya.


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The Chinese flavors at Old Thousand on East 11th Street might not be the most traditional or authentic you've tasted, but they're still delicious, according to Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam. We spoke with him about his review.


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A South by Southwest showcase on Friday features artists from countries affected by President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel from six Muslim-majority countries.

We speak about Contrabanned: #MusicUnites with Marco Werman, host of PRI's The World, which is a media sponsor for the show.


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Autonomous cars are coming. Not everyone is ready to hand over driving duties to a computer, but some Texans have had the chance to experience a driverless vehicle in relatively safe confines. If you’re going to South by Southwest in Austin next week, you may get your chance to see the driverless shuttle bus.

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An estimated 300 people showed up in the rain to march in support of President Donald Trump in downtown Austin on Saturday.

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Texas House Speaker Joe Straus today appointed many of his allies to key positions on House committees. Those are the panels that review bills and make changes to them before advancing them to the full Texas House.

Sound boring? It shouldn't be if you care about the future of the state.

We asked KUT's Ben Philpott to explain the significance of the appointments.


We get live music recommendations from KUTX program director Matt Reilly.

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A new steakhouse in downtown Austin aims at offering a contemporary, lively atmosphere to enjoy classic dishes. We asked Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam for his review of Red Ash.


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We get some live music recommendations for this weekend from KUTX program director Matt Reilly. 


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What used to be a printing building on South Lamar has been converted to a glitzy new restaurant-bar called Eberly. Does the food live up to the decor? We ask Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review.


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The chef behind three Jack Allen's Kitchen locations in the Austin-area has a new restaurant, and the focus is seafood. We spoke to Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review


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We get live music recommendations from KUTX program director Matt Reilly.


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We get a taste of some of the Austin-area restaurant openings in 2017 from Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam


New Year's Eve is the biggest night of the year for many local restaurants, so you might consider booking now to ring in 2017 with a decadent meal. We get some recommendations from Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam.


Update (Dec. 12) – Commissioner Miller joined Chad Hasty of KFYO in Lubbock to discuss both the Tribune's analysis of his Facebook activity and KUT's interview with him last week and to offer some criticism of KUT's interview with him last week.

As with most interviews aired on KUT, our interview with Commissioner Miller was edited to fit our news magazine program. Our 16 minute interview with Miller was edited down to about eight minutes, which is close to our maximum length for an interview during All Things Considered.

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A restaurant blending American and French bistro influences on South Congress Avenue is a neatly packaged concept by the McGuire Moorman Hospitality group, which runs a growing number of restaurants in Austin.

But is there substance to match the style?

We asked Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his new review of June's All Day


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A new restaurant on the U.S. 290 access road between Central Market and Brodie Lane is serving thin pizzas quickly baked in a 900 degree wood-fired oven imported from Italy.

Are the Neapolitan pizzas worth the trip to Cane Rosso? We asked Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his latest review


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A restaurant in the newly redeveloped Seaholm District serves food cooked over an open flame in a cold, modern space. We asked Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his new review of Boiler Nine Bar + Grill.


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We bring you some live music recommendations from Rick McNulty with our sister station KUTX 98.9 The Austin Music Experience.


The Texas State Board of Education preliminarily voted 14-0 today to reject a Mexican-American history textbook that scholars have said was riddled with inaccuracies. A final vote on the textbook is due Friday. 

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If you need help deciding where to eat, a new dining guide by Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam could help you narrow it down. We asked him about some of his choices. 


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For people who have listened to KUT over the past thirty years, Bob Branson’s steady voice has been comfortingly familiar. We announced in September that Bob is retiring, and we wanted to drag him back into the studio one last time to hear about his three decades at this public radio station.

When did you start at KUT? What was it like?

When I started at KUT about 30 years ago, we did not have a news department. I don’t mean we did not have an award-winning news department. We had no local news.

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The first stretch of a toll lane project on MoPac opens Saturday more than a year behind schedule. The northbound, north end segment of the MoPac Express Lane will open from about 2222 to a mile before Parmer Lane. Tolls start at 25 cents and as traffic volume goes up, so will the tolls, with the goal of keeping that one lane flowing at a minimum speed of 45 miles per hour.

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An Italian restaurant in the Mueller Development is run by a chef who used to work at the nationally famous Franklin Barbecue on East 11th Street. What do Italian food and barbecue have in common? KUT's Nathan Bernier finds out from Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam.


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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is now almost certain to stand trial on criminal fraud charges. That’s because the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals today refused Paxton’s last request to have the felony indictments dismissed.

KUT's Nathan Bernier learns more from Dallas Morning News reporter Lauren McGaughy.


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The hit Netflix series “Stranger Things” is a supernatural thriller set in the 1980s peppered with nostalgic pop culture references and scored with a synth-heavy soundtrack by the Austin band Survive.

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The Austin synthesizer band Survive composed the music for the hit Netflix thriller "Stranger Things," and now they’re riding a wave of success. We spoke to them for a story on Austin’s synthesizer music scene. Here’s part of that interview.

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