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Professional Wrestling World Mourns Longtime Star 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper

NPR | July 31, 2015

The Canadian entered the WWF as a villain and fought Hulk Hogan and Mr. T in the first Wrestlemania event. The career gave the often-bekilted grappler many chances to show off his bagpipe skills.

State Of Wonder: Aug. 1, 2015

OPB | Aug. 01, 2015

This week, a tasty sandwich: coverage of the Seattle Art Fair, then KMHD program director Matt Fleeger takes us on a tour of Portland's jazz scene.

'Rogue Nation' Fulfills The Mission Of A Reliable Blockbuster Series

NPR | July 31, 2015

Tom Cruise returns as secret agent Ethan Hunt in the latest Mission: Impossible -- a super-fun sequel executed with rigor, clarity, and creative use of Puccini's Turandot.

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Sweats America's De-Industrialization With New Play

OPB | July 30, 2015 1:50 p.m. | Portland

The Ashland theater premieres Pulitzer-winner Lynn Nottage's play "Sweat" — about steel workers on strike — just as Oregon Shakespeare Festival's own crews vote to unionize.

Arts | Entertainment

'The End Of The Tour' Is A Film For David Foster Wallace Buffs

NPR | July 31, 2015 10:44 a.m.

The movie, which draws from journalist David Lipsky's interviews with Wallace in 1996, offers an intriguing (if not altogether convincing) portrait of the Infinite Jest author.

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Nobel Prize Winner Thinks No One Should Ever Retire

NPR | July 30, 2015 9:53 a.m.

Muhammad Yunus — honored for loaning millions to poor women — just turned 75. And he's thrilled to keep on working: 'The word retirement is very harmful.'

Food | Arts | Entertainment

Artists Transform Coffee Spills Into Masterpieces

NPR | July 30, 2015 7:18 p.m.

Ever splashed yourself with coffee? Then you know its staining powers. But where some see a ruined shirt, others have found a canvas.

Elections | Nation

#TBT: 40 Years After Jimmy Hoffa's Disappearance, His Legend Lives On

NPR | July 30, 2015 3:04 p.m.

Forty years ago today, Hoffa pulled into a restaurant parking lot and was never heard from again. His story is one of union devotion, fraud and fierce political battles.

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opbmusic Presents Blind Pilot At Pickathon Woods Stage

opbmusic | July 29, 2015 4:57 p.m.

In our final video premiere from the Woods Stage, local band Blind Pilot plays a sweet song, "White Apple."

Arts | World

Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

NPR | July 30, 2015 3:26 p.m.

Ai says he was denied a six-month visa because U.K. officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction in his application. Ai was imprisoned in China but he notes he was never charged with a crime.

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Portland Man Pleads Guilty In Art-Forgery Scheme

AP | July 29, 2015 11:43 a.m.

An Oregon man who faked works by well-known artists and sold knockoffs to a West Coast gallery owner has pleaded guilty to mail fraud.


Woody Allen Says There's Still Time To Do His Best Work

NPR | July 30, 2015 7:40 a.m.

At the age of 79, the filmmaker opens up about being an "imperfectionist" and how his current marriage started as "a fling."


70 Years Later, WWII Vets Return To Japan

Northwest News Network | July 28, 2015 4:11 p.m.

Seven Pacific Northwest veterans of World War II leave for Tokyo Thursday. They're carrying 70 captured Japanese flags to return for the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. Seven Pacific Northwest veterans of World War II leave for Tokyo Thursday. They're carrying 70 captured Japanese flags to return for the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.


The Future Of American History

NPR | July 30, 2015 11:35 a.m.

Three college professors respond to questions about the evolving challenges of teaching the history of a complex nation.

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Portland Arts Tax Fails To Deliver On Some Ballot Promises

OPB | July 28, 2015 midnight | Portland

The Portland arts tax's biggest problem is simple: Not enough people are paying the $35.

Technology | Arts | Entertainment

Narcissistic, Maybe. But Is There More To The Art Of The Selfie?

NPR | July 31, 2015 10:53 a.m.

Some say selfies are a mark of our narcissistic culture. But what about a little photoshopping? Is this further evidence of our vanity — or a platform for our personal brand and self-expression?

Arts | Entertainment

Tina Fey Accidentally Explains How Netflix Is Like Podcasting

NPR | July 28, 2015 3:21 p.m.

On demand is on demand, as it turns out, whether it's video or audio. Even Tina Fey says so.

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Oregon Historical Photo: Modern Art’s Slow Evolution

OPB | July 27, 2015 6 a.m.

A small group of early- to mid-20th century artists connected to the Portland Art Museum developed variations on a modernist regional style and paved the way for today’s rich, flourishing art scene.

Arts | World

Here Are Three Foreign Films to Watch This Summer

PRI's The World | July 30, 2015 9:08 a.m.


How 1 Photographer Captured A Piercing Gaze That Shook The World

NPR | July 27, 2015 11:16 a.m.

In 1984, Steve McCurry was in Pakistan covering a refugee crisis for National Geographic. Captivated by a young girl's eyes, he clicked the shutter — and took one of the magazine's most iconic photos.

Arts | Entertainment

Want To Get Inside Your Favorite Show? Go To Comic-Con

NPR | July 27, 2015 7:23 a.m.

San Diego Comic-Con is the sweet spot for immersive marketing, a form of advertising involving elaborate experiences that let fans feel like they're inside their favorite games, movies and shows.


All Songs + 1: Josh Ritter's 'Sermon on the Rocks'

NPR | July 27, 2015 5:03 a.m.

Singing of a "risky teen" and a Bible school intervention on "Getting Ready to Get Down."

Once a Famed House Of Ill-Repute, Now Affordable Housing

OPB | July 26, 2015 12:45 p.m. | Portland

Erickson’s Saloon in Portland once boasted a 680-foot bar, free lunches (as long as alcohol was purchased) and a brothel in the upstairs “cribs” of the building.