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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 master's 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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Recent Articles

NW Life | Arts | local

Making Art For The Masses: The Unsung Master Printer

OPB | Sept. 16, 2017 1:16 p.m.

The master printer at the Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts has worked with some of the Northwest's leading artists to create print editions of their work.

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Sneaker Week | Bobbito Garcia | Deer Tick | Ages And Ages

OPB | Sept. 16, 2017 noon | Portland

This week on "State of Wonder," Portland gets its first shoe festival, the Coast gets a big new music festival with Stackstock, Deer Tick gets a new acoustic sound and more.

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George Takei | PICA's TBA Festival | Classical Music In The Wild

OPB | Sept. 9, 2017 noon

This week on 'State of Wonder,' we talk Twitter and Copland with George Takei, hear about the must-see shows at the Time-Based Art Festival, and celebrate James Baldwin with Stew and the Negro Problem.

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4 Must-See Shows At PICA's Time-Based Art Festival

OPB | Sept. 8, 2017 2:26 p.m. | Portland

Outgoing artistic director Angela Mattox picks five shows and reflects on the global festival, plus we talk with Stew of the band the Negro Problem about keeping Portland real.

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

Rose City Comic Con Preview: Wonder Woman | Luke Cage | Shutter | Autumnlands

OPB | Sept. 2, 2017 noon

This week, "State of Wonder" meets some of the local creators behind the leading comic books as they gear up for Portland's biggest comic convention, where Weird Al Yankovic rubs shoulders with 100 Harley Quinns.

Books | Arts | local | State of Wonder

Summer Deep-Dives: Tin House Flash Fiction | case/lang/veirs

OPB | Aug. 26, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," we listen back to a studio session with a dream team of songwriters: k.d. lang, Neko Case and Laura Veirs. Plus, the flash-fiction contest to end all flash-fiction contests: Plotto.

Arts | State of Wonder

Eclipse Of The Arts: 'State Of Wonder' Travels The Path Of Totality

OPB | Aug. 19, 2017 noon

This week State of Wonder travels across the solar eclipse's path of totality, from Newport to the Ochoco Mountains, for a once-in-a-lifetime cosmic journey.

Science | Entertainment | News | local | NW Life | Arts | Economy | OPB's Coverage Of The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

Eclipse Of The Arts: 'State Of Wonder' Travels The Path Of Totality

OPB | Aug. 14, 2017 4:30 p.m. | Oregon

"State of Wonder" is traveling across the solar eclipse's path of totality, from Newport to the Ochoco National Forest and many places in-between. Follow the team on this once in a lifetime artistic and cosmic journey.  

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Oregon Eclipse Festival Pairs Glitter And Heavy Machinery

OPB | Aug. 12, 2017 11:41 a.m. | Big Summit Prairie, Oregon

This week, 30,000 people from around the world will head to the remote Ochoco Mountains to enjoy a mammoth festival filled with 400 musical acts and dozens of workshops, speakers and artists.

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Oregon Eclipse Festival | Eastern Oregon's Music Scene | Robert Michael Pyle

OPB | Aug. 12, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," Oregon's most audacious eclipse festival, writer Robert Michael Pyle searches for Bigfoot, the descendant of an infamous train robber plays outlaw country and more.

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Country Music Outlaws Head Home For Helix's Wheatstock

OPB | Aug. 11, 2017 1:31 p.m.

Helix natives Tylor & The Train Robbers bring their outlaw honky-tonk and gritty Americana home for the Wheatstock music festival in Helix, Oregon.

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All Classical Portland CEO Retires Amid Station Unrest

OPB | Aug. 10, 2017 4:39 p.m. | Portland

Jack Allen steered the classical music station through significant growth, but his tenure was also marked by internal strife.

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New Oregon Writer's Classic Novel Hits The Big Screen: 'Neither Wolf Nor Dog'

OPB | Aug. 4, 2017 1:17 p.m.

Kent Nerburn is known for bridging the gap between Native and non-Native cultures. His cult classic is seeing a resurgence here and overseas. "Neither Wolf Nor Dog" is hitting the big screen.

Arts | News | Business | OPB's Coverage Of The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

To Open Or To Close? For Eclipse, Grant County Businesses Must Decide

OPB | Aug. 4, 2017 11:22 a.m.

Travel officials estimate 1 million people are headed to Oregon for this month's eclipse. Business owners in Grant County must decide whether they'll be staying open for the extra patrons — or not.

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Kent Nerburn | Yukiyo Kawano And Meshi Chavez | PSU Chamber Choir | Peter Sears

OPB | Aug. 5, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," we speak with author Kent Nerburn about the resurgence of his classic book, two artists explore a devastating act of war, and the PSU Chamber Choir takes on new work.

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Pickathon Preview: Drive-By Truckers | Charles Bradley | Tank And The Bangas | The Last Artful, Dodgr

OPB | July 29, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," picks for Pickathon! Hot studio sessions with artists on stage at one of the most eclectic fests of the summer.

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Portugal. The Man | Eclipse Preview | Daniel H. Wilson

OPB | July 22, 2017 noon

On this week’s "State of Wonder": Portugal. The Man on the key to their new album, sci-fi best-seller Daniel Wilson on the ancient robots in his newest novel, and eclipse mania.

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The Decemberists As Offa Rex | Tracy K. Smith | DaVinci Days | Bend Arts Center

OPB | July 15, 2017 noon

This week on State of Wonder, singer Olivia Chaney and the Decemberists' Colin Meloy share their new collaboration, Offa Rex. Plus, U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith and a visit to a new post in Central Oregon's arts scene.

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Hurray For The Riff Raff | Ghost Town Poetry | Teva Harrison | Ural Thomas | Bend Art Center

OPB | July 8, 2017 noon

Devil-may-care side trips to imaginary cities, soul-searching conversation with graphic novelist Teva Harrison, and moments of wonder with Portland's premier soul interpreter.

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Vancouver's Ghost Town Poetry Hasn’t Missed A Beat Since 2004

OPB | July 7, 2017 11:34 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

The open mic poetry series fills Angst Gallery monthly with dozens of poets and poetry lovers, along with founder and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna.