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Producer, Oregon Experience

Eric Cain

Eric Cain is a producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting's historical documentary show, Oregon Experience.

Eric first came to OPB as a radio news volunteer. In 1987, he took a job with television production and has since produced segments and programs for nearly all of OPB's television shows, including Oregon Field Guide, Oregon Art Beat, The Oregon Story and now Oregon Experience.

He's received a number of awards for his work at OPB, including two regional Emmys for "Best Director" and four more for "Best Documentary."

Eric grew up in Sacramento, California, and earned a degree in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He's also studied commercial art and music.

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Recent Articles

Nation | Arts | News | local | Sustainability | NW Life | History | Broken Treaties

Broken Treaties: An Oral History Tracing Oregon's Native Population

OPB | March 20, 2017 6:30 p.m.

For the new “Oregon Experience” documentary “Broken Treaties,” native Oregonians reflect on what has been lost since and what’s next for their tribes.

Land | local | History | Oregon Experience

Broken Treaties, An Oregon Experience

OPB | March 20, 2017 9 p.m.

"Broken Treaties" introduces viewers to Oregon's Native American tribes and explores a thread of the Oregon story that hasn't been told very well over the years.

Oregon Experience

Portland Jazz Back in the Day

OPB | April 25, 2016 9 p.m.

Jazz Town examines the vibrant, post-World War II eruption of music and nightlife in North and Northeast Portland. A colorful and significant chapter in the city’s cultural narrative, this short-lived period is largely unknown to many Oregonians.

Music | History | Food | 'Jazz Town': Portland's Golden Jazz Age

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.

'Jazz Town': Portland's Golden Jazz Age

Behind The Scenes: Scoring 'Jazz Town'

OPB | March 30, 2016 11:06 a.m.

Just how do you score a jazz documentary? Bring together five talented musicians and let them play.  

Arts | Entertainment | Oregon Experience

Vilma Silva on Shakespeare's work: "Claim it. It's yours."

OPB | Oct. 19, 2015 midnight

Vilma Silva on Shakespeare's work: "Claim it. It's yours."

NW Life | Arts

Where 50,000 Of Oregon Shakespeare Festivals' Garments Go To Rest

OPB | Oct. 19, 2015 noon

The shop, located in the huge new Oregon Shakespearean Festival production facility in Talent, Oregon, contains about 50,000 used garments and another 15,000 accessories. 

NW Life | Arts | Entertainment

Did Shakespeare Really Invent The Word 'Elbow'?

OPB | Oct. 19, 2015 midnight

A quick search on the internet will produce hundreds of words and phrases attributed to William Shakespeare. But did he actually invent them?

Oregon Experience

Scott Kaiser on Translating Shakespeare into... English.

OPB | Oct. 19, 2015 midnight

OSF's Scott Kaiser on translating Shakespeare into... English.

Oregon Experience

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival

OPB | Oct. 19, 2015 midnight

Oregon Experience explores the origins and the evolution of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

NW Life | Environment | History | Greetings From The Northwest: Under The Weather

The First Landscape Photos Of The Columbia Gorge

OPB | Aug. 1, 2015 6 a.m.

Two years after the Civil War, an internationally renowned landscape photographer turned his lens to Oregon. The results are breathtaking.

NW Life | local | History | Oregon Historical Photo Of The Week

Oregon Historical Photo: Mount Tabor Reservoir

OPB | July 6, 2015 midnight | Portland

One of Portland’s many distinctive attributes is its drinking water.  The ordinary tap water here tastes so good that a local company once bottled it under the "Bull Run" label for sale in stores.

NW Life | local | Oregon Historical Photo Of The Week

Oregon Historical Photo: Tracking The Mystery Train

OPB | Feb. 9, 2015 midnight

Oregon Experience Producer Eric Cain was intrigued by this photo of a logger on a train. Find out what his sleuthing revealed about where and when the photo was taken, as well as what was taking place in the picture.

NW Life | local

Early Salmon Can Labels Reveal Clever Marketing

OPB | Feb. 4, 2015 8:30 a.m.

Columbia River salmon canneries shipped their products to national and international markets, developing dozens of brand names and competing for the most appealing labels. View a slideshow of some of these historic labels.

Oregon Experience


OPB | Jan. 26, 2015 7:30 a.m.

Founded in 1811 by wealthy fur baron John Jacob Astor, Astoria is the oldest United States settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. Learn more about the multifaceted history of this city and where those two centuries of activity have brought Astoria today.

NW Life | local | Oregon Historical Photo Of The Week

Oregon Historical Photo: Outpost Astoria

OPB | Jan. 26, 2015 midnight

Astoria is the oldest U.S. settlement west of the Rocky Mountains, though it remains relatively isolated to this day. Find out how its history has been marked by boom times from exploitation of abundant natural resources such as salmon and timber.

local | Arts | Books | History | Oregon Experience

Ken Kesey: An Oregon Life

OPB | Jan. 3, 2014 2:30 p.m.

Ken Kesey, author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962) and Sometimes a Great Notion (1964), was one of the best-known authors to ever emerge from Oregon. Airing January 20 at 9 p.m.  


Oregon Experience

OPB | July 10, 2013 5:11 a.m.

Oregon Experience Reveals The Lives Of The Oystermen

OPB | April 18, 2011 9 p.m.

Oysters are unusual little creatures, and they've played a distinctive role in Pacific Northwest history. As Euro-Americans settled this region, the native oyster became one of the first natural resources to be exploited on a large scale — and one of the first to be depleted. The oyster business spawned the creation of several coastal communities and precipitated the demise of a vast Indian reservation. Yet the oysters themselves and the colorful oystermen who farm them have contributed many unacknowledged environmental benefits, as well.