Now Playing:

Arts & Life

Portland, OR: Sneaker Hub of the Universe

OPB | Nov. 27, 2015

When you think of high culture, you might think about New York, or London, or Milan. But in the sneaker world, the hub of high athletic world culture is Portland.

Portland Comedian Nathan Brannon Says He Didn’t Steal That Child

OPB | Nov. 28, 2015

Portland Comedian Nathan Brannon says he’s entering a new phase in his career: one that welcomes the awkward silence.  

Powell's Gift For The Person Who Has Everything

OPB | Nov. 27, 2015

Inside Powell's City of Books, there is one book almost no one is able to see. It’s the store's most expensive book, locked away in a secret location.

More Arts & Life


Haunting Voice, Sublime Vision: Alicia Jo Rabins

OPB | Nov. 24, 2015 10:07 p.m.

Poet, performer, scholar talks about new poems, and prepares to reprise her critically acclaimed 'Kaddish for Bernie Madoff'.

The Man Behind The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

NPR | Nov. 25, 2015 10:30 a.m.

John Piper explains how a team of designers, painters, sculptors and more, work all year to get the parade off the ground.


'Janis: Little Girl Blue' Goes Beyond Cliches Of A Sad Childhood

NPR | Nov. 27, 2015 11:13 a.m.

Amy Berg's new documentary talks to friends and lovers of the iconic singer to say more about her complicated life than you get from many rock-star docs.

Economy | Business | Nation

Critics Wonder Whether Pennies Make Sense Anymore

NPR | Nov. 26, 2015 5:04 a.m.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says the government is reviewing a proposal to stop making the penny. It actually costs nearly 2 cents to make a penny, so the government loses money.

Nation | News

Obama: Holiday Means Food, Football, And Acceptance

AP | Nov. 26, 2015 12:19 p.m.

Earlier Thursday, Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address to appeal again for acceptance of Syrian refugees, saying "so much of our greatness comes from our generosity."

Nation | Food | Arts

Don't Mess With My Stuffing: Thanksgiving's Most Hotly Debated Dish

NPR | Nov. 23, 2015 12:10 p.m.

Thanksgiving for most people in America means family, turkey and stuffing. We asked NPR's readers what stuffing they make. Turns out there's a lot of passion and variety when it comes to stuffing.


Vital And Tear-Jerking, 'Creed' Is The Best Rocky Movie Since 'Rocky'

NPR | Nov. 25, 2015 2:04 p.m.

Terrific chemistry between Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan fuels the fine and stirring story of Apollo Creed's son, who takes after his dad.

Music | Sessions

Heartless Bastards Performs Acoustic Set at OPB

opbmusic | Nov. 19, 2015 11:43 a.m.

Heartless Bastards play a stripped-down acoustic set of music from their album Restless Ones.

Environment | Recreation | Oregon Field Guide

Waterfall Hunters Surpass Goal Of 365 Waterfalls In A Year

OPB | Nov. 19, 2015 8:30 p.m.

A couple sets out to see 365 waterfalls in a year but instead finds 500.

Music | Sessions

Fernando Turns Up the Heat

opbmusic | Nov. 24, 2015 4:26 p.m.

Fernando and a veteran band play new songs from Leave the Radio On in the studios at OPB.

Entertainment | Family | NW Life | Arts | Oregon Field Guide

Christmas Ships, A Portland Tradition

OPB | Nov. 19, 2015 8:30 p.m.

Christmas season wouldn't be complete without the ship parade!


Remembering Cynthia Robinson, Co-Founder Of Sly & The Family Stone

NPR | Nov. 24, 2015 11:34 a.m.

The trailblazing trumpeter and vocalist died Monday at age 69.

local | Entertainment | NW Life | Books | Arts | State of Wonder

Is 'Wildwood' Headed For The Big Screen?

OPB | Nov. 21, 2015 noon

Conversations from Wordstock with literary stars about their works, whether LAIKA is going to make a “Wildwood” animated movie and much more.

Health | Food

Turning Down Heat When Cooking Meat May Reduce Cancer Risk

NPR | Nov. 23, 2015 3:32 p.m.

Part of the cancer risk posed by eating red and processed meats is actually related to how the meat is prepared. Lower temperature, slower cooking – like baking or roasting – is a better health bet.

local | Sports | NW Life

Quality Over Quantity: Rock Climber Alex Honnold On Life And Risk

OPB | Nov. 23, 2015 12:32 p.m.

Honnold is famous for his free solo climbs — thousands of feet up sheer rock walls without rope.


Break Up Or Make Up, On '25' Adele Always Comes Through

NPR | Nov. 23, 2015 8:50 a.m.

Focusing on piano balladry and Adele's commanding voice, 25 radiates confidence.


'Secret In Their Eyes' Brings A Brutal Story To A New Home

NPR | Nov. 19, 2015 2:03 p.m.

The American remake of an Argentinian Oscar winner doesn't do enough to distinguish itself from the original, though it finds a few interesting angles.

local | News | NW Life | Arts

PNCA President Tom Manley To Leave For Antioch College

OPB | Nov. 18, 2015 3:10 p.m. | Portland

Manley ends a 12-year run as the Portland college's president, leaving behind new infrastructure for Oregon's premier art school.

Catching Up With Carson Ellis And Colin Meloy

OPB | Nov. 18, 2015 7 a.m. | Portland

One of Portland's top creative power couples talks about working together on "Wildwood," and what's next.


Pickathon Woods Stage: JD McPherson

opbmusic | Nov. 16, 2015 8 a.m.

Watch the rockabilly musician play "You Must Have Met Little Caroline?" among the twisted twigs and trees of the Woods Stage.

On the Air


Greetings From The Northwest: OPB at Wordstock

A monthly series exploring stories, adventures and issues in the Northwest.

Greetings From The Northwest: Wordstock | Sept. 01, 2015