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June 4: Architect Brad Cloepfil & Artist Vanessa Renwick At PDX Art Museum, Youth Silent Film + More

June 3, 2016 10:06 p.m.

This week, State of Wonder's all about the journey: we travel the world with starchitect Brad Cloepfil, meditate on environmental disaster with installation artist Vanessa Renwick, tromp through the war memories of Vietnam vet Mark Waszkiewicz, go on a pilgrimage with writer Ellen Waterston, and more. Brad Cloepfil Normally Designs Museums; Now He's Featured in One - 1:01 Portland's preeminent living architect, Brad Cloepfil, the founding principal of Allied Works, is not just an architect, but also an artist. A new exhibit at the Portland Art Museum, "Case Work," demonstrates this with over 60 sculptural works that are far from the sterile blueprints or uptight models you might expect. Cloepfil walks us through the exhibit and his globe-trotting buildings, from the Clifford Still Museum in Denver to the Museum of Art and Design in New York to the National Music Center in Calgary to Wieden+Kennedy here in Portland, the building that started it all (thanks to a gig he did designing Saucebox for $2,000 plus a $2,000 bar tab). Art Glass Moratorium Extended by the State as Glassmakers Struggle to Install Pollution Controls - 11:01 Earlier this year, a study revealed dangerous amounts of heavy metals around Bullseye Glass, whose factory is located near residential areas in SE Portland. Now Governor Kate Brown has extended a moratorium on the processes that require these metals into June, despite impassioned pleas from Bullseye. International Youth Silent Film Festival Winners Declared - 16:43 Started in Portland, the International Youth Silent Film Festival is a global competition that brings a unique challenge to aspiring filmmakers under 20: create a silent film using bare-bones production resources and one of ten original organ scores. The films are screened in theaters with live musical accompaniment, and regional champions travel to Portland to compete for the global prize on June 8 at the Hollywood Theater (it's open to the public). We speak with festival founder Jon Palanuk and the reigning NW regional winners, brothers Austin and Connor Fitzpatrick, about their incredible CGI noir short. Vietnam Vet Pulls Together Film, Photos, Memoir and Music in His Quest to Document the War - 25:41 Marc Waszkiewicz is a former US Marine who did three tours in Vietnam, beginning when he was 19. But even though he is now retired, the experience is far from over. While deployed, Waszkiewicz gathered more than 4,000 photographs and hours of 8 millimeter film footage, and has been creating art from this raw material ever since. With a book of photographs, a memoir, and an album of original songs under his belt, he is now in the process of producing a documentary film on the experience. Vanessa Renwick's Next-Level F---ed Up at the Portland Art Museum - 36:33 Installation and film artist Vanessa Renwick has created a sound and video piece that rapid-fires both a sense of impending disaster and a zen-like acceptance of change. "Next-Level F*cked Up” plays on our fears of environmental, social and cultural change, orphan seal pups and abandoned dog poop bags commingling with Portland gentrification and Hurricane Katrina footage in hodgepodge of horribleness loops — although fret not: it's not all lost. On view at the Portland Art Museum through July 19. Following A Spiritual Path, Literally - 44:02 Following a medieval tradition, Bend-based writer Ellen Waterston undertook to walk one of the most famous Christian pilgrimage routes in Europe, the Camino de Santiago. Her journey inspired a verse novel, “Via Lactea: A Woman of a Certain Age Walks the Camino,” which has now been adapted into the opera "Via Lactea." Opera Bend will premiere it June 10–12 at the Tower Theater.

Busting 'Ghost Nets' To Save Sea Life

May 30, 2013 1:37 p.m.

Fishing nets are designed to ensnare fish. And that's what they do, even after they're lost or abandoned at sea. But a response is under way.

Cleaning Up Legacy Mines, One At A Time

Nov. 9, 2012 6:43 a.m.

There are thousands of old mines throughout the Pacific Northwest that have been abandoned for decades, but are still leaching hard metals.

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Think Out Loud

Oregon Counties Abandon Immigration Hold Policies

April 22, 2014 7:20 p.m.

Counties across Oregon no longer hold people in jail for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement after a judge ruled such holds unconstitutional.

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Should We Follow Canada And Abandon The Penny?

March 4, 2013 8:06 p.m.

It's been a month since Canada officially stopped putting pennies into circulation. Shortly thereafter, President Obama called the U.S. penny obsolete and said minting them was something "we should probably change." Portland author David Wolman has written extensively about cash, including the penny — and the nickel for that matter. In his book, The End of Money, he points out that the penny takes up an amazing amount of our time. 

According to one estimate, Americans forfeit $1 billion a year due to the time spent dealing with pennies at cash registers and in wallets, when we could be doing something else, like generating income or thinking up the next Facebook. 

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History of Your Home

Aug. 29, 2011 4:30 p.m.

Have you ever wondered about the people who lived in your house before you? When I moved into my 100-year-old house in the Hawthorne District, I knew that it had a name: the Honeycomb Hideout. I noticed that someone had spray-painted lyrics to a Smiths song on a wall. I had also heard that the band Sunset Valley used to practice in the basement. I haven't verified the rumors or uncovered half of the mysteries that my house holds, but I did stumble upon an abandoned bee hive behind a tiny attic door. Are you curious about the mysteries — both structural and personal— of your house? What rumors have you heard, confirmed or dispelled about the building that you live in? The Architectural Heritage Center is holding a workshop next month to teach people how to research the answers to those questions.

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Zombie Homes Update | Pendleton May Lose Airport | Mary Roach On Her Book 'Grunt'

June 15, 2016 5:17 p.m.

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales discusses the city’s new approach to foreclosures on abandoned properties. And best-selling author Mary Roach joins us to talk about her latest book, “Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans At War.”

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales | Lead In PPS Water | Zombie Homes

May 27, 2016 10:11 p.m.

We check in with Portland Mayor Charlie Hales about what he hopes to accomplish in his last few months in office. We'll get the latest about the lead found in two schools in the Portland Public School district. And Portland Tribune reporter Peter Korn talks about his series on so-called “zombie homes,” or abandoned properties, in Portland.

Oregon Field Guide

Murres & Eagles

Feb. 4, 2010 8:30 p.m.

Ocean-going birds called common murres are abandoning some of their breeding grounds.

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Rebroadcast: Peter Rock

Dec. 28, 2009 5 p.m.

Peter Rock had a prop to help him write My Abandonment: A toy horse decorated with acupuncture numbers he picked up in a shop in Portland's Old Town. The novel is based on news accounts of a father and young daughter camping for four years in Forest Park. They were discovered, re-settled on a horse farm, then disappeared again. In the book, Rock named the toy horse Randy and made it a precious possession of the girl. Much of his story picks up where the news accounts end. He says he probably could have found out more real details about the girl and her father, Frank, but he didn't want to.

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Waldport Reacts to Shooting

Jan. 28, 2011 5 p.m.

Lincoln City police officer Steven Dodds was critically wounded during a traffic stop Sunday and police are still searching for the prime suspect, David Durham. Officers from several different jurisdictions descended on the town of Waldport, 40 miles south of Lincoln City, where Durham took off on foot after abandoning his car, which was damaged by a spike strip on Highway 101. OPB News is following this story as it develops. On Friday, we're devoting the show to the community's reaction.

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Northwest Passages: Peter Rock

June 4, 2009 4 p.m.

Peter Rock wrote his new novel, My Abandonment, because he couldn't get a news story out of his head. In 2004, runners in Portland's vast Forest Park spotted the makeshift home of a man and his 12 year old daughter. They had lived in the park for four years. Police picked them up and they were resettled on a horse farm. Then they disappeared again.

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Jenkins Heritage Tours

Jan. 17, 2008 8:30 p.m.

Dick Jenkins shares family history with visitors to his abandoned ranch south of Burns.

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