Nathan Cone

Director of Cultural & Community Engagement

Nathan has been with the organization since 1995.  He leads the organization's cultural and community engagement outreach and social media efforts. Nathan began at TPR working on classical music station KPAC 88.3 FM, as host of “Tuesday Night at the Opera.”  He soon learned the ropes on KSTX 89.1 FM, and volunteered to work practically any shift that came his way, on either station. He worked in nearly every capacity on the radio before moving into Community Engagement, Marketing, and Digital Media.

A native of Spring, Texas, Nathan began his broadcasting career while studying at San Antonio’s Trinity University, where he majored in Communication, with minors in Communication Management and Art/Art History.  At Trinity University’s KRTU, he was a student manager, serving as Jazz Program Director and Operations Manager.  Nathan graduated with a B.A. in Communication from Trinity University with minors in Communication Management and Art/Art History.

Currently, Nathan enjoys studying classic and contemporary films, especially those of the late director Stanley Kubrick.  He's the curator of Texas Public Radio's popular summer film series, Cinema Tuesdays.  He’s a musical omnivore, with a house full of classical, rock, and jazz compact discs and LPs. His favorite classical composer is Beethoven. His favorite jazz performer is Miles Davis, his favorite rock band is The Beatles, and his favorite film is Singin' in the Rain, which he enjoys watching with his wife and two children.


Movie Interviews
5:24 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Despite Personal Heartbreak, 'Zuzu' Still Believes "It's A Wonderful Life"

Karolyn Grimes as Zuzu, and Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey
Paramount Pictures

Her line is one of the most iconic in all of film history: “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”

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Home Video
11:50 pm
Sat November 23, 2013

A Holiday Tradition, "Mickey's Christmas Carol" On Blu-ray

©Disney. All rights reserved.

As the holidays draw near, I begin to look forward to a tradition at home. Each year we sit down and watch “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.” And despite the fact that my kids are growing older, we never grow tired of watching.

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Movie Reviews
12:05 am
Sat October 12, 2013

"Machete" Slices Through A Sequel

Machete (Danny Trejo) and Mendez (Demian Bichir)
Open Road Films

Fox News has little to fear from “Machete Kills,” a sequel that trades the subversive immigration politics of its predecessor in favor of more over-the-top mayhem and humor with its titular character, portrayed with monosyllabic gusto by Danny Trejo. The production opens with a fake (or is it?) trailer for “Machete Kills Again...

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DVD Reviews
10:18 am
Tue October 8, 2013

The Spirituality Of "The Exorcist"

A lone figure prepares to do battle.
WHV Home Entertainment

“The mystery of faith” is a phrase heard every week by millions of Catholics at Mass, just before the sacrament of Holy Communion. The words describe something indescribable, really. There are some teachings of the Church that are above reason, hence the word “mystery.”

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Views & Brews
2:03 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Views & Brews: Modern Movie Criticism | "Rushmore" Screening

TPR brings together two of our most popular community events on Tuesday, November 5th---Cinema Tuesdays and Views & Brews.  Join us as we present a screening of Wes Anderson’s “Rushmore” followed by a roundtable discussion moderated by TPR's Nathan Cone, featuring special guests Matt Zoller Seitz and Aaron Aradillas, snacks from Beto's on Broadway, and of course great beer provided by Alamo Beer Company

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KPAC Programming
2:57 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

"Carnegie Hall Live" Gala Off Due To Stagehand Strike

UPDATE, October 2, 11:17 a.m.: American Public Media will broadcast last year's Carnegie Hall concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra in place of tonight's Opening Night Gala.

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Classical Music
9:49 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Jennifer Berg Solos With Camerata San Antonio

Jennifer Berg
courtesy of the artist

As Camerata San Antonio opens their tenth season this weekend, they’ll be joined for two pieces by oboe and English horn soloist Jennifer Berg. Early 20th century British composer E.J. Moeran’s “Fantasy Quartet” opens the program:

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Arts & Culture
11:22 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Star Of "The Book Of Mormon" On Faith, Music

Mark Evans stars as Elder Price in "The Book of Mormon" at the Majestic.
Nathan Cone

The pedigree of “South Park” and “Avenue Q” is evident in the raucous, raunchy musical “The Book of Mormon,” which opened Tuesday night at the Majestic Theatre. Anyone who knows the former will know what to expect from “Mormon,” but what surprised many of the audience members I spoke to at intermission at Wednesday night’s performance was the sweetness and good heart behind the words, many not fit for radio broadcast.

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8:52 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Accidental 'Blurred Lines' Between Classical And Pop

Lead in text: 
The Internet exploded on Sunday night following Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke's duet during the MTV Video Music Awards. Some viewers cheered the racy performance by the duo, though the general consensus was one of shock and bewilderment. The song the two performed was "Blurred Lines," Thicke's chart-topping summer jam. But as this report from PRI's "The World" demonstrates, some fans looking for Thicke's hit online got some blurred lines of their own, between a chart-topping pop song and a classical work by Canadian composer John Beckwith.
Canadian classical composer John Beckwith has a hit on his hands. He's had thousands of downloads of music he composed over 15 years ago. It might have something to do with the fact that the piece of music is called Blurred Lines. It shares a name with Robin Thicke's summer chart-topper.
4:45 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Marco Beltrami's "The Wolverine" A Cut Above Most Action Scores

Sony Classical

As the summer movie season winds down, “The Wolverine” has been a stand out, praised for its attention to details like character development, plot, and a focus on place and setting, despite its comic book action-movie pedigree. Fittingly, Marco Beltrami’s score for “The Wolverine” also escapes some of the trappings of typical action scores.

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