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Aaron Scott


Aaron Scott is a producer/reporter for the weekly arts radio show State of Wonder at Oregon Public Broadcasting, where his stories have won a Gracie Award for Best Soft News Feature, an Edward R. Murrow Award for Use of Sound, and an APTRA Mark Twain Award for Best News Writing.
 
Before joining OPB, Aaron was senior editor at Portland Monthly, where he orchestrated the magazine's arts coverage and wrote narrative features. He has filed stories for Radiolab, This American Life, NPR, and Out Magazine. Aaron has masters degrees in journalism and science writing from Columbia University and a degree in religious studies from Grinnell College, and he spent a number of polyphonic years directing publicity for the band Pink Martini.

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Wonder Woman | Edward Albee and the Casting Dilemma | Tank and the Bangas | Teaching With Holograms

OPB | May 27, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," we bring your wildest dreams to life with a healthy dose of Wonder Woman, a new education project using augmented reality, and the surprisingly sweet story behind "The Simpsons" Krusty the Clown.

Teachers | Education | Technology | Arts | NW Life | local

Oregon Project Uses Holograms To Transform The Classroom

OPB | May 26, 2017 7:30 p.m.

Oregon Story Board, Intel and Clackamas Community College have created a cutting-edge educational curriculum using the Microsoft HoloLens.

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

Lindy West | Paul Simon Bio By Peter Ames Carlin | Rivka Galchen

OPB | May 20, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," we're weaving a literary quilt with conversations from our favorite authors from last year's Wordstock.

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

Prince's Unreleased Album | Puppet Master Michael Curry And The Oregon Symphony | Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Immigrant Medea

OPB | May 13, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," the puppet genius behind "The Lion King" and the Olympics, a new telling of Shakespeare's tragedy, the incredible pipes of Kelli Shaefer and more.

Economy | Recreation | News | Entertainment | NW Life | local

Solar Eclipse Or Bust: Small Oregon Towns Grapple With How To Prepare For Thousands

OPB | May 5, 2017 6 p.m. | Spray, Oregon

The town of Spray, population 160, is bracing for 10,000 visitors and wondering, how do you begin to feed and house that many?

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

Colson Whitehead And Yaa Gyasi | Oregon Eclipse | Flintstones Revamped | Overlook Horror Fest

OPB | May 6, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," we look into the madness already surrounding August's eclipse, Oregon's a dark revamp of the Flintstones, and an even darker new horror film fest at Timberline Lodge.

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

Design Week Special: Redesigning Portland With Quin Candy, Maya Lin And More

OPB | April 29, 2017 noon | Portland

This week on "State of Wonder," we dive into the bubbling cauldron of Portland design. From streetwear to downtown Portland to sporting goods to candy, everything's on the drawing board.

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

2017 Oregon Book Awards: The Nonfiction Nominees

OPB | April 22, 2017 noon

In our Oregon Book Awards special, we dig into the stories of five authors nominated in the nonfiction category: including the fantastical and dangerous love story of two journalists during WWII. 

Music | Books | Arts | Entertainment | Food | NW Life | State of Wonder

Solange And Soul'd Out | Chuck Close In Pendleton | Wild Ones | Portland Art Museum

OPB | April 15, 2017 noon

This week's "State of Wonder" has great art, great soul and great authors, all wrapped up in phyllo dough and covered in honey.

Arts | NW Life | local

Chuck Close Portraits Heat Up The Pendleton Art Scene

OPB | April 13, 2017 6:30 p.m. | Pendleton, Oregon

The Pendleton Center for the Arts features a show by the modern master thanks to a partnership with a big city art wrangler. Plus, the nearby Rivoli Theater restoration plans get approved.

News | Arts | local

Oregon-Born Play Wins The Pulitzer Prize For Drama

OPB | April 10, 2017 5:30 p.m.

Lynn Nottage’s “Sweat” premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2015 and won the Pulitzer Prize shortly after opening on Broadway.

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

Elliott Smith's 'Either/Or' At 20 | Slim Moon | Larry Crane | Sean Croghan | Luz Elena Mendoza | Matt Drenik | The Secret Sea | Catherine Feeny

OPB | April 8, 2017 noon

Friends and colleagues of Elliott Smith look back at seminal songs that continue to inspire fans around the world.

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

Slaying Demons (And Cliches) With Best-Selling Portland Author Laini Taylor

OPB | April 1, 2017 11:39 a.m.

The “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” author releases “Strange the Dreamer” and talks about how fantasy allows us to explore topics like war and prejudice in new ways.

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

Conor Oberst | Portland Japanese Garden Reopens | YA Stars Laini Taylor And Sunshine Girl | Blitzen Trapper's Rock Opera

OPB | April 1, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," the Portland Japanese Garden gets a huge expansion, two best-selling fantasy authors build worlds of magic and ghosts, Portland rockers' sci-fi musical, and more.

Entertainment | News | Arts | NW Life | local

See Art, Win Money, Make A Difference With 2 New Portland Programs

OPB | March 24, 2017 4:19 p.m. | Portland

Art Passport PDX and Artists Resist are two new programs from arts writer and activist Jennifer Rabin meant to get you embracing art.

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

Lyle Ritz RIP | Classical Music Feud | Wendy Red Star | Feminist Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

OPB | March 25, 2017 noon | Portland

This week on "State of Wonder," words nerds and classical music lovers rumble, artists get political, and Wendy Red Star soars.  

Music | Technology | Arts | Entertainment | NW Life | local | State of Wonder

'Grimm' Warehouse Sale | March Sadness | Architecture In Virtual Reality

OPB | March 18, 2017 noon

This week on State of Wonder, 'Grimm' sells all the monsters, sad songs to make you happy, British psych rock, and much more.

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

NW Dance Projects' 'Carmen' Combines Passion With Humor

OPB | March 14, 2017 10 a.m. | Portland

The Portland company’s first story ballet is its most ambitious collaboration yet with resident choreographer Ihsan Rustem.

Entertainment | Arts | NW Life

Exploring The World Of Oregon Sculptor Lee Kelly

OPB | March 11, 2017 1 p.m. | Oregon City, Oregon

At 84, sculptor Lee Kelly is still creating monumental steel works that are shown all over Oregon. 

Music | Education | News | Politics | Arts | Entertainment | NW Life | State of Wonder

Lee Kelly | Thao And The Get Down Stay Down | Chicano Batman | NW Dance Project's 'Carmen' | Portland Arts Tax

OPB | March 11, 2017 noon

Is the Arts Tax unconstitutional? Also, music From Chicano Batman and Thao Nguyen, master sculptor Lee Kelly, and Northwest Dance Project does 'Carmen' with glamour and wit.