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The Unlikely Bond Between An Oregon Town And The Man Who Bombed It

OPB | Dec. 7, 2016 8 a.m. | Brookings, Oregon

In 1962 the junior chamber of commerce in Brookings invited a Japanese fighter pilot to be an honored guest in the town's Azalea Festival. The pilot had tried to destroy the town 20 years earlier. 

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Julie Keefe's Photos Show Beauty And Heartbreak Of Northeast Portland

OPB | Nov. 25, 2016 10:22 a.m.

Julie Keefe has spent decades photographing seismic events and everyday life in Portland's black community for the Skanner newspaper, as seen in an exhibition at the Oregon Historical Society.

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On His Latest Album, Common's Political Commentary Gets Personal

NPR | Nov. 4, 2016 4:41 a.m.

"I want my life to be fulfilled in a way where people will say, 'This dude inspired people. He was a good father. He just was a nice person,'" the rapper says. Black America Again is out today.

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The Dangerous Life Of A Columbia River Bar Pilot

OPB | Oct. 18, 2016 1:30 p.m.

Imagine a stretch of water so dangerous even huge ships can’t cross it safely. Such a place exists in the Pacific Northwest. 

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Tupac Shakur's Legacy, 20 Years On

NPR | Sept. 13, 2016 5:50 a.m.

Two decades after the rapper's death, writer Kevin Powell unpacks the complexities he embodied.

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Darcelle Crowned World's 'Oldest Drag Queen Performer' By Guinness

OPB | Aug. 17, 2016 5:15 p.m.

Guinness World Records awarded the City of Roses’ grand dame — who operates Darcelle XV, the longest-running drag revue west of the Mississippi — the designation this week.

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Oregon's 1st Gold Medalist Led An Extraordinary Life

OPB | Aug. 15, 2016 6 a.m. | Portland

Alfred Carlton Gilbert, Oregon's first gold medalist, was an incredible athlete but he also a magician, inventor and successful businessman. 

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Swingin' Albina: An Oral History Of Portland’s Once Great Jazz Neighborhood

OPB | April 5, 2016 3:39 p.m.

Not so long ago, a small segregated neighborhood in Portland was home to one of the more fascinating and vibrant jazz scenes in the United States.

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Oregon Historical Photo: Vintage Tektronix

OPB | March 28, 2016 6 a.m.

Launched after World War II, Tektronix electronics company rapidly ballooned, becoming Oregon’s largest private employer in less than 40 years. But soon its role in the economy shifted.

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Oregon Historical Photo: Lola G. Baldwin, Portland’s Pioneering Policewoman

OPB | March 14, 2016 6 a.m.

Lola G. Baldwin was the nation’s first municipal policewoman, sworn in by Portland’s police department in 1908. She crusaded for the welfare of young, single working women.