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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.

Remembering Alan Cheuse, Our Longtime Literary Guide

NPR | July 31, 2015

For some 30 years, Alan Cheuse was our guide to the best and worst of the written word. He passed away today at 75, after a car accident two weeks ago. NPR's Susan Stamberg has an appreciation.

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

NPR | July 31, 2015 10:49 a.m.

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.

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With 'Paper Towns,' Author John Green Reopens Search For Agloe, N.Y.

NPR | July 30, 2015 9:24 a.m.

Agloe, N.Y., is not a town in the real sense. The fictitious town is among a number of map traps that inspired novelist John Green to write his book and now movie, Paper Towns.

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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.

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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.

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