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Road Sessions: Larry and His Flask

opbmusic | May 27, 2015

For our final Road Sessions video, watch Larry and His Flask perform under a huge cottonwood tree at Willamette Mission State Park.

Oregon Lens 2015: Call For Video Submissions

OPB | May 26, 2015

Now in its 17th year, Oregon Lens is OPB’s annual series that provides a chance for local independent filmmakers to showcase their work.

Thomas Mapfumo, Zimbabwe's Cultural Advocate In Exile

NPR | May 28, 2015

Critic Banning Eyre has written a new biography of the singer, bandleader and activist.

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Portland Makers On The Road

OPB | May 21, 2015 4:09 p.m.

Microenterprise manufacturers show their stuff at fairs on both coasts and question the conventions for business as usual.


Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

NPR | May 28, 2015 7:22 a.m.

Our panel shares new music from Seinabo Sey, Sam Outlaw, Bishop Nehru and more.

Arts | Books

For Actress Maria Bello, Family May Be Complicated, But 'Love Is Love'

NPR | May 27, 2015 2:25 p.m.

In her memoir Whatever ... Love is Love, Bello describes the evolution of her "modern family," which includes her romantic partner (a woman), her adolescent son and her son's father.


Ornette Coleman Sues Over 'New Vocabulary'

NPR | May 28, 2015 6:40 a.m.

The titanic jazz artist says two much younger artists had no right to release a recording.

Entertainment | Arts

The Best Piece of Trivia You Learned This Week: Teary Edition

NPR | May 27, 2015 1:12 p.m.

True or false: in outer space, tears stick to your eyeballs, effectively blinding you if you can't wipe them off.

Arts | Books

Fat Is Not A Four-Letter Word In 'Dietland'

NPR | May 27, 2015 12:53 p.m.

There are different kinds of fat people in literature — funny or comforting, sometimes despicable. But Sarai Walker's Dietland gives us a new fat protagonist; complex, compelling and dangerous.

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Oregon Historical Photo: Klamath Indian On Horseback

OPB | May 25, 2015 7 p.m.

Over the winter of 1872-1873, a handful of Modoc warriors fought to preserve their traditional lands. Find out what happened when they retreated to a sacred lava bed sanctuary while being pursued by the U.S. military.

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Post-Ron Swanson, Nick Offerman Has The 'Gumption' To Be Himself

NPR | May 26, 2015 7:46 a.m.

"I've never accused myself of being manly," Offerman says, noting his real-life persona is different from his Parks and Recreation character. His book is a set of essays about people who inspire him.