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.  Nathan's hobbies outside work include producing music and enjoying Austin's many food and drink establishments.

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KUT Weekend brings you our favorite stories from the KUT newsroom. Updated Fridays.

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A restaurant that opened in 1946 in Austin's Bouldin Creek neighborhood just got a major overhaul. Green Pastures is now Mattie's at Green Pastures.

Does the new food live up to the character and history of the establishment? We asked Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review.


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A food truck on East Cesar Chavez is serving up street food from northern Thailand. We get a review of Dee Dee Thai from Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam.


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The bánh mì is a Vietnamese baguette sandwich that blends ingredients from France and Vietnam. With Austin's large number of Vietnamese restaurants, there is no shortage of places to try. Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic spoke to us about his new list of his ten favorite places in the city to order a bánh mì. 

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When James and Annetta White opened the Broken Spoke in 1964, South Lamar Boulevard had barbed wire fences and rolling pasture — a far cry from the condominiums, restaurants and traffic you see today. But a walk inside the honky-tonk dance hall today doesn’t feel much different than it would have 50 years ago.

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You may not realize that a bottle of wine can be labeled as if it's from Texas, but only 75 percent of the grape juice used needs to be from the Lone Star State.

House Bill 1514, sponsored by state Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs), would require "Texas wine" to be made entirely with grapes grown here. 

We learned more about the story from Texas Monthly drinks columnist Jessica Dupuy, who attended a hearing on the bill this week. 


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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.


From Texas Standard:

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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