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Why Is The Sky Blue? (On Pluto, That Is)

NPR | Oct. 09, 2015

Pluto's atmosphere has a blue haze, in a new photo from the New Horizons probe. But the particles causing that color are probably gray or red — and the planet's surface has red ice.

Blitzen Trapper Live at OPB

opbmusic | Oct. 08, 2015

The Portland band joins us to play songs from their 8th release, All Across This Land.

Gert 'Ma' Boyle Returns To Columbia Sportswear Ads

OPB | Oct. 08, 2015

After a 10-year hiatus, the chair of Columbia Sportswear, Gert Boyle, will again star in company advertising.

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Unity Features the Music of Michael Jackson With A Latin Twist

OPB | Oct. 4, 2015 midnight

Like many people, musician Tony Succar grew up with the music of Michael Jackson. Unlike most people though, the 28-year-old drummer was inspired to rearrange Jackson’s classic songs and make them his own.


Civil Rights Luminaries Remember Julian Bond As A Dogged Advocate

NPR | Oct. 8, 2015 12:27 p.m.

Friends, family and colleagues recounted the human rights contributions of the late Julian Bond at a memorial service Tuesday for the former NAACP chairman Bond died in August after a brief illness.

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Oregon Historical Photo: Shakespearean Festival, 1938

OPB | Oct. 5, 2015 6 a.m.

In the midst of the Great Depression, an English professor organized three days of Shakespeare performances in Ashland. Eighty years later, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has become the city’s economic mainstay.

Nation | Business | Food | Arts

Good Gourd! What's With All The Weird-Looking Squash?

NPR | Oct. 8, 2015 7:45 a.m.

Cinderella pumpkins just don't cut it for fall decor anymore. Squash and gourds come in all sorts of colors and sizes — and as far as consumers are concerned, the stranger, the better.

Music | Sessions

Big Scary: Art-Pop Music From Melbourne

opbmusic | Oct. 1, 2015 9:10 a.m.

We catch up with the Australian band for a soundcheck recording at Doug Fir Lounge.


Obama Sells Trade Proposal As A Win For Agriculture

Northwest News Network | Oct. 6, 2015 5:16 p.m.

President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Tuesday hailed a pending trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The deal...

Books | Arts

After 10 Years Of Bella And Edward, 'Twilight Reimagined' Brings A Twist

NPR | Oct. 7, 2015 6:24 a.m.

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with author Stephenie Meyer about the appeal her Twilight books and her new novel, which reassigns the genders of the original characters.

NW Life | Sports | local

Scenes From The 2015 Portland Marathon

OPB | Oct. 4, 2015 11:44 p.m.


An Activist Examined In 'He Named Me Malala'

NPR | Oct. 1, 2015 2:03 p.m.

A new documentary follows the well-known young activist who survived being shot, won a Nobel Peace Prize, and still advocates for education for girls.

Entertainment | Arts

Not My Job: We Quiz Sportswriter John Bacon On Bacon

NPR | Oct. 3, 2015 10:01 a.m.

We're taping the show in Ann Arbor this week, home of Michigan Football and sportswriter John Bacon. Bacon's latest book is called Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football.


Remembering Henry Jacobs, The 'Goof-Off' Who Pioneered Surround Sound

NPR | Oct. 5, 2015 6:34 a.m.

Jacobs achieved little fame, but was a catalyst for giant steps in the worlds he touched.

Books | Food | Arts

What Would Julia Child Do? Jacques Pepin Says: Add More Butter

NPR | Oct. 3, 2015 7:43 a.m.

In a conversation with NPR's Scott Simon, Jacques Pepin reflects on his extraordinary 60-year career, his dear friend Julia Child and how not to let good cheese leftovers go to waste.

Books | Arts

Swordswoman, Opera Singer, Runaway: 'Goddess' Chronicles A Fabled Life

NPR | Oct. 3, 2015 7:43 a.m.

Author Kelly Gardiner's new novel is a fictionalized version of the life of Julie d'Aubigny, a swashbuckling 17th-century fencer-turned-opera singer whose exploits often seem stranger than fiction.

Music | Arts

Boyhood Encounter With UFO Inspired Art That Soared Around The World

NPR | Oct. 3, 2015 7:43 a.m.

Romanian-born artist Ionel Talpazan lived on the streets of New York, making art that eventually hung in fine galleries from San Francisco to France. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on his vivid work.


The Good Listener: How Do We Pick 'Our Song'?

NPR | Oct. 3, 2015 5:03 a.m.

She listens to lyrics; he prefers rhythms. How do they decide on the first dance at their wedding?

Books | Arts

The Mysteries Of Family, Captured In 'Invisible Ink'

NPR | Oct. 3, 2015 4:03 a.m.

Cartoonist Bill Griffith discovered as an adult that his mother had had a 16-year affair with another man, also a cartoonist. In Invisible Ink, he digs into the secrets surrounding his family.


Photo Pioneer's Images Challenge Modern Viewers

OPB | Oct. 3, 2015 1:32 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

Edward Curtis’ portraits of Native Americans are a popular subject among Western museums and other presenters.


'Re-Imagining Sondheim': A Pianist And His Peers Deconstruct The Master

NPR | Oct. 5, 2015 5:53 a.m.

Anthony de Mare commissioned 36 composers to interpret some of Stephen Sondheim's finest songs.


Latitudes: Our Favorite Global Music In September

NPR | Oct. 2, 2015 2:55 p.m.

Fresh, fun sounds from Israel, Canada, Germany and Estonia.


Rhiannon Giddens Pieces Together History In Her New Video

NPR | Oct. 2, 2015 1:24 p.m.

The singer and multi-instrumentalist transforms an old folk song into something infectious.


Greetings From The Northwest: Back To School

A monthly series exploring stories, adventures and issues in the Northwest.

Greetings From The Northwest: Back To School | Sept. 01, 2015