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Unity Features the Music of Michael Jackson With A Latin Twist

OPB | Oct. 04, 2015

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.

Ridley Scott Finds An Optimistic Space In 'The Martian'

NPR | Oct. 02, 2015

Starring Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars, The Martian retains the humor and ingenuity of Andy Weir's novel, even if Damon's crewmates are a bit too good-looking after months in space.

Vinnie Dewayne Takes Us To Portland's Hip-Hop High School

opbmusic | Oct. 02, 2015

Roosevelt High School is located in St. Johns, a neighborhood that has produced a slew of Portland hip-hop talent. Roosevelt grad Vinnie Dewayne takes us on a tour through the halls of his old stomping ground.

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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.

Arts | Entertainment

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 Pioneereed Surround Sound

NPR | Oct. 3, 2015 8:29 a.m.

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

Books | Arts | Food

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.


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. 2, 2015 2:55 p.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.


All Songs +1: Mark Ronson On Making Something Old New Again

NPR | Oct. 2, 2015 11:22 a.m.

The producer talks about the allure of vintage sounds and how they can lead to something new.

Books | Arts | Entertainment

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Ms. Marvel' And Regrettable Television

NPR | Oct. 2, 2015 11:20 a.m.

This week's show has Ms. Marvel, terrible television, live show news, and a lot of laughing, not to mention what's making us happy this week.

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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