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KCTS9.org/battleready If you were to guess who is responsible for looking out for wildlife, you probably wouldn't think of the Army. As it turns out, more than 400 threatened or endangered species live on U.S. military land — almost four times more than in national parks. So how do we protect animals in dangerous places? Credits Producer/Writer: Katie Campbell Narrator: Katie Campbell Editor: Amy Mahardy Photography: Ken Christensen, Katie Campbell Graphics: Madeleine Pisaneschi Graphics Research: Tony Schick Production support: Carolin Jones Additional Photography: Center for Natural Lands Management, Boland and Parish
KCTS9.org/battleready The Hanford nuclear site armed the atomic bomb that helped bring an abrupt end to World War II. But the Cold War turned Hanford into a major source of plutonium and of radioactive waste. A quarter-century after the Cold War's end, Hanford workers continue to trace their health ills to waste-related exposures at the site. Credits Producer/Writer: Ken Christensen Narrator: Ken Christensen Editors: Ken Christensen, Amy Mahardy Photography: Ken Christensen Graphics: Madeleine Pisaneschi Additional photography: Prelinger Archives, U.S. Department of Energy Music: Daniel Pemberton, Chris Zabriskie, Bob Holroyd
What if today's urban landscapes could return to the level of natural efficiency of an evergreen forest? That's what the Seattle-based Bullitt Foundation is attempting to do by creating the world's greenest office building on the edge of the Capitol Hill neighborhood overlooking downtown Seattle. It's called the Bullitt Center. The grand opening for the building took place Earth Day, April 22, 2013. Read and see more at http://earthfix.us/bullitt. Written, narrated and edited by Michael Werner Produced by Michael Werner & Katie Campbell Photography by Michael Werner, Katie Campbell & Greg Davis
What portable classrooms mean for student health and the environment and why school districts keep adding them. Special report by EarthFix and InvestigateWest here: http://earthfix.info/portables/ Produced, written, narrated and edited by Katie Campbell Reported by Katie Campbell, Ashley Ahearn and Tony Schick Photography by Katie Campbell and Aileen Imperial Graphic by Nicole Fischer and Danika Sandoz
News | local | OPB News BlogSept. 24, 2014 3:30 p.m.
Headlines for Wednesday, Sept. 24: The Scoggins Creek wildfire is 100 percent contained, according to officials; the Seaside City Council passed an ordinance that would place a tax on the sale of legal pot; the U.S. Forest Service wants to limit filming and photography in federal wilderness areas; and more.
What a week! Disjecta's founder gets shown the door, we remember the precocious writer Roger Hobbs, Hari Kondabolu returns to Portland to put some funny back in politics, and we hear about the importance of play, even as an adult. Upheaval at Disjecta - 1:10 Disjecta Contemporary Arts Center is losing its founding executive director at the end of this year, and it’s not a happy split. The organization’s board took the unusual step of asking founding director Bryan Suereth to leave in what it calls a "leadership transition." Thing is, there's no new leadership named, leaving the nonprofit's future in flux. Portland Through Decades of Skanner Photography - 4:55 Few Portland artists can claim deeper ties to the city than Julie Keefe. She’s shot for everyone from the Oregonian to the New York Times, but she might be best known, at least in Northeast Portland, as the primary photographer for the Skanner newspaper, where she’s documented Portland’s African American community since 1991. A selection of photos drawn from the tens of thousands she's shot are on display at the Oregon Historical Society through Dec. 18. The Passing of Author Roger Hobbs - 14:33 We lost a great young voice this month. Roger Hobbs was the author of two books, including the New York Times bestseller “Ghostman,” a thriller about a shadowy thief under a 48-hour deadline to clean up after a heist gone wrong. Hobbs was well known for wearing suits to class and saying his research involved hanging out at seedy bars and buying drinks for criminals in exchange for stories. Hari Kondabolu Finds the Funny in Politics - 22:15 Comedian Hari Kondabolu is one of the sharpest wits around this election season, which maybe should come as no surprise — after all, he got his start in comedy from a very unlikely place: political activism. Onstage at comedy clubs throughout the Pacific Northwest, he discovered he could actually fuse the two, getting the audience warmed up to — and even laughing at — really hard subjects. The Mystical Paintings of John Simpkins - 29:23 In a ghost town in Oregon’s Alvord Desert, John Simpkins spends his days in solitude, making huge, soulful paintings in one of the most remote places in the West. opbmusic Session with Genders - 35:15 Portland band Genders is a story of rebirth. It started as the looser side project to another band in town, Youth. But band members pulled the plug on Youth in 2012, and have been going strong as Genders since. They stopped by the OPB studio to play songs from their newest EP, "Phone Home." The Architecture Firm that's Transforming Portland's Waterfront - 39:42 Good news and bad in the global architecture firm Snohetta's quest to transform Portland's waterfront. First, the bad: the James Beard Market got booted from its home at the base of the Morrison Bridge, meaning it's once again homeless. But in good news, the partners behind the Willamette Falls Riverwalk at the old Blue Heron Mill in Oregon City have raised $19 or $25 million for the first phase, and Snohetta is deep in the design process with the public, which includes, well, games. Our columnist in residence, Randy Gragg, stopped by to tell us how it's working, plus to let us know Snohetta has signed on for a third project: to design plans for OMSI's 16 acres of riverfront property in the central eastside. It Ain't All Swings and Teeter-Totters — The Next Generation of Playground Design - 45:19 Play is such an essential part of childhood, but it can be an even more lasting experience, when a little thought goes into the places we play. Design Museum Portland has an exhibition on view called "Extraordinary Playscapes" through Dec. 17 at the Pacific Northwest College of Art that examines the current thinking in play design and the importance of play in our lives.
Few Portland artists can claim deeper ties to the city than Julie Keefe. She’s shot for everyone from the Oregonian to the New York Times; she’s done major community engagement projects like Hello, Neighbor, where kids in North Portland interview elders about how the neighborhood has changed; and she’s wrapping up four years as Portland’s first creative laureate. But she might be best known, at least in Northeast Portland, as the primary photographer for the Skanner newspaper, where she’s documented Portland’s African American community since 1991, as see in the exhibition “Document of a Dynamic Community: The Skanner Photography of Julie Keefe," at the Oregon Historical Society through Dec. 18. The hundreds of photos, drawn from the tens of thousands Keefe has shot, depict the everyday triumphs, challenges, and banalities of life in North, Northeast, and increasingly East Portland. "What the Skanner did is said, 'here, we're going to show you our parades, and we're going to show the girl scout troupes and the chess clubs and the golf teams that are bringing people together," says Keefe. "They showed everyday life in a very dynamic, wide-ranging community in ways that we don't see in the [mainstream media] headlines. So I felt super privileged to be able to gain trust and respect in a community that I was an outsider in." The Skanner was started in 1975 by husband-and-wife team Bernie and Bobbie Foster. Living just blocks away from its offices, Keefe started shooting for the paper in 1991. One entire wall of the exhibition is wall-papered in snapshots of everything from Juneteenth parades to political rallies to Rose Princess coronations, depicting hundreds of everyday Portlanders, political figures, and visiting dignitaries like President Obama. Some of the photos carry bittersweet emotions for Keefe, like one showing the founder of Self Enhancement Inc, Tony Hobson Sr., shaking the hands of students on the opening day of the SEI Academy. The nonprofit has an incredible track record for improving the lives and educational experiences of at-risk youth, and when it was built in Unthank Park, it pushed out a lot of the drug activity. But that in turn led to new folks moving in, which accelerated the gentrification of the neighborhood, pushing out a lot of long-term residents, too, many of them Keefe’s neighbors. And then there were the truly heartbreaking events. "There were times when I was really emotional," she says. "I couldn't distance myself — I knew a lot of these people. I watched them with their pain. One of the first things I shot was a candle-light vigil, and then when I kept photographing them, it just never stopped. Kendra James was shot by the police three blocks from my house." The exhibition includes three photos following the death of James: one of her memorial, one of a march against the shooting, and one of a public hearing with the police. Keefe tells us what it was like to document a community in the interview above.
News | local | OPB News BlogSept. 30, 2014 3 p.m.
Headlines for Tuesday, Sept. 30: The Bend City Council rejected an appeal against the proposed OSU-Cascades campus; the Eugene City Council is considering a tax on the sale of marijuana; Rep. Peter DeFazio and others demand the U.S. Forest Service change commercial photography and filming rules; and more.
From photography, illustration and video to data visualizations and immersive experiences, visuals are an important part of our storytelling at NPR. Here's a selection of our favorites from 2016.
What we noticed this week: people throwing off convention to remake a city, reinterpret symphonic music, inspire a new wave of activism, or just bang out a new beat. Take a break from holiday hurly-burly to hear all the latest. You (and You and You) Can Own a Slice of This Building - 1:10 In the middle of one of Portland’s biggest real estate booms, one building stands out. It’s called the Fair-Haired Dumbbell, but it’s not just the name and psychedelic design that make it unique. It's also the first commercial building in Oregon and perhaps the first in the nation to raise money via online crowdfunding, and for as little as $3,000, you can own a piece of it. The Oregon Symphony Gets Animated - 8:39 As the second in its collaborative SightSound trilogy, the Oregon Symphony invited animator Rose Bond to create visuals to accompany Messiaen's epic symphony "Turangalîla" from Dec. 3-5. Think "Fantasia," but live and in person as four projectors bring the walls of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall to life in a symphony you can see as well as hear. opbmusic Session with Explode Into Colors - 17:31 The reunion of Explode Into Colors for two epic live shows this fall had Portland music fans in ecstasy. This trio played some of the most ambitious jams around. The three of them stopped making music together a couple of years ago, but in October they got back together for benefit shows on behalf of all-ages music venues, including Portland’s Friends of Noise. Adrienne Truscott: What's So Funny About Rape Jokes? - 28:48 There’s an ongoing debate in the comedy world about rape jokes. Are they acceptable provocation or, as Donald Trump might argue, harmless locker room talk? Or are they beyond the pale? One thing both sides can likely agree upon is that, with a few exceptions, they tend to be the kind of jokes that only male comedians tell. That is, until Adrienne Truscott. Truscott is a veteran of the international cabaret scene, but last year, she came through town with her first stab at a stand-up comedy show about rape jokes, and it was as smart and funny as it was unsettling. She's back, thanks to Boom Arts, with a second run of "Adrienne Truscott's Asking For It," Dec. 8–11. Jamila Clarke and Wolff Gallery - 38:33 Wolff Gallery is a new spot on NW Glisan Street showing works from traditionally underrepresented artists. They currently have an evocative narrative photography exhibition by Jamila Clarke on display. Printing Trees with Bend's Pat Clark - 46:05 Pat Clark is an artist and the founder of the print-making haven Atelier 6000. All kinds of work gets made there, but, being in Bend, it’s one place that originates interesting images of the natural world. Clark’s work is no exception. Some of her prints and drawings are in the show “Inspired By Trees” now on view at the World Forestry Center in Portland.
Corvallis-based professional photographer Kat Sloma recently ditched her traditional camera in favor of an iPhone.
Through a program run by Portland's Self Enhancement Incorporated, Anna Robertson learned the skills she uses to create marvelous works of graphic art. View a slideshow of her work.