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The Buzz On America's Forgotten Native 'Tea' Plant

NPR | Aug. 04, 2015

It's called yaupon. Native Americans once made a brew from its caffeinated leaves and traded them widely. With several companies now selling yaupon, it may be poised for a comeback.

Metropolitan Opera To Drop Use Of Blackface-Style Makeup In 'Otello'

NPR | Aug. 04, 2015

The Met says it is committed to 'colorblind casting' and that its production of Otello this fall will be the first without dark makeup since the opera was first seen at the company in 1891.

Festival Life At Pickathon 2015

opbmusic | Aug. 03, 2015

opbmusic's Jerad Walker recaps festival life from Pickathon, the three day music event held at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon.

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Dr. Dre's 'Compton': Who Are The Album's New Artists?

NPR | Aug. 4, 2015 1:45 p.m.

He gave us Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar. Now, the producer has a new crop of protégés.


How To Make A Winning Movie in 2 Days

OPB | Aug. 3, 2015 12:30 p.m. | Portland

It's billed as wild, creative and fun. Forty-four Portland teams wrote, filmed and edited a movie in only 2 days in the worldwide 48 Hour Film Project.


Pickathon Musicians Share Songs For Summer

OPB | Aug. 2, 2015 1 p.m. | Happy Valley, Oregon

Portland's Pickathon Independent Music Festival is known as an event musicians love to attend as much as fans. So what's on their turntables, tape decks and iPods this summer? We took advantage of the proliferation of artists at the Pendarvis farm to ask a range of musicians about what sounds are turning them on.

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Reflecting On Football And Addiction As 'Friday Night Lights' Turns 25

NPR | Aug. 3, 2015 1:44 p.m.

Twenty-five years ago, Buzz Bissinger wrote about the big-time stakes of small-town high-school football in Friday Night Lights. Now he talks about the impact the book had on the players and himself.

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Oregon Historical Photo: Integrated CCC Camp

OPB | Aug. 3, 2015 6 a.m.

FDR’s program, the Civilian Conservation Corps, gave jobs to young men during the Great Depression.

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'Spies' Is A Cinematic Account Of Americans In War-Torn Paris

NPR | Aug. 3, 2015 10:41 a.m.

Historian Alex Kershaw's latest book focuses on an American doctor and his family who worked with the French Resistance from their apartment just down Avenue Foch from the Paris SS headquarters.


Dolly In Nashville: Authenticity That Makes Room For Rhinestones

NPR | Aug. 3, 2015 10:37 a.m.

At her first shows in Nashville in a dozen years, Parton turned the Ryman into the Church of Dolly.


SOAK: Tiny Desk Concert

NPR | Aug. 3, 2015 8 a.m.

Irish singer-songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson makes the most of a single voice and an acoustic guitar.

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This 'Woman With A Secret' Plays Deadly Mind Games

NPR | Aug. 3, 2015 5:11 a.m.

Sophie Hannah's new psychological crime thriller is about the cruel machinations of outwardly nice married folks with too much time on their hands.


Caught In The Act: Joke-Stealing In The Age Of Twitter

NPR | Aug. 2, 2015 4:03 p.m.

When comics tell jokes about the news, they're bound to come up with similar punch lines. But comedy writer Larry Getlen says that, while joke theft does happen, it's still rare.

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Aviator Beryl Markham Soars Again In 'Paris Wife' Author's New Book

NPR | Aug. 4, 2015 10:31 a.m.

"It is my fate to illuminate the lives of these one-of-a-kind notable women that have been somehow forgotten by history," says Paula McClain. She shines her spotlight on Markham in Circling the Sun.

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