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Summer Music: Case/Lang/Veirs | M Ward | Blind Pilot | Joseph


This week on State of Wonder, we crank up the volume on the summer's hottest shows, including the first live studio performance by k.d. lang, Neko Case and Laura Veirs, plus M. Ward, Blind Pilot, Joseph and more.

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Peter Sagal | Mary Roach | Darcelle XV Documentary


This week on State of Wonder, Peter Sagal takes us behind the scenes on "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me," writer Mary Roach talks maggots and penis transplants, author Lindsey West takes on the Internet trolls, and a Portland-based distributor leaves hundreds of music labels in the lurch.

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Summer Cannibals | Comics For All | Architect Brad Cloepfil | The Lost Boys Of Portlandia


This week on State of Wonder, we check out Portland’s most welcoming new comic book shop, jam to the Summer Cannibals, continue our conversation with Brad Cloepfil on the state of Portland architecture and more.

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Architect Brad Cloepfil | Disaster Artist Vanessa Renwick | Int'l Youth Silent Film Fest | Vietnam Vet Makes Art Out Of Hell


This week, State of Wonder's all about the journey: we travel the world with starchitect Brad Cloepfil, meditate on environmental disaster with artist Vanessa Renwick, tromp through the war memories of Vietnam vet Mark Waszkiewicz, go on a pilgrimage with writer Ellen Waterston and more. 

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Summer Pot Parties Up In Smoke | Comedian Curtis Cook | Secret Life of Tour Managers


This week on State of Wonder, the city's plans to enforce pot policy puts many marijuana-related events on hold, the comedian Curtis Cook talks about what it takes to be brave and writer Andi Zeisler discusses the commodification of feminism and more.

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Sale Of Portland’s Oldest Studio Co-Op Displaces Dozens Of Artists

OPB | June 26, 2016

For nearly 40 years, artists have worked out of the historic Troy Laundry Building. Now the building has a new owner, and most of those artists are searching for new homes.

Neko Case, k.d. lang And Laura Veirs Perform Their New Album Live At OPB

opbmusic | June 20, 2016

Listen to our interview with the songwriting supergroup case/lang/veirs and watch the entire concert recorded in the OPB studios in front of a studio audience.

M. Ward Live at OPB

opbmusic | March 03, 2016

The Portland-based songwriter performs songs from his new album More Rain live at OPB in front of a studio audience.

Joseph Soars With Unique Sibling Harmony

opbmusic | June 29, 2015

Sisters Natalie, Allison, and Meegan Closner weave their 3-part harmonies in the OPB Music studio.

Dirty Revival Live at OPB

opbmusic | March 10, 2016

The band brings their soulful sound, fronted by the big voice of singer Sarah Clarke, to our studios, and talks with "State of Wonder" host April Baer.

Astoria's Blind Pilot Plays The Liberty Theater

opbmusic | June 24, 2015

Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski talk about relocating to the coastal town, and play a new song.

1939 Ensemble at OPB

opbmusic | May 12, 2015

It's a set of jazz-flavored melodies over thundering percussion layers from the Portland trio.

‘Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me’ Host Peter Sagal Returns To Portland

OPB | June 18, 2016

Peter Sagal and the team from "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me" return to Portland June 23–24.

Portland's Allegro Sought Inventory On The Verge Of Liquidation

OPB | June 18, 2016

Several hundred small music labels and recording artists around the world are faced with buying their own music back from a Portland distributor.

Big Thief Live at OPB

opbmusic | April 11, 2016

The Brooklyn-based rock band perform an entertaining set of beautifully off-kilter songs from their debut album Masterpiece.

Darcelle XV

OPB | June 20, 2016

Darcelle XV is the West Coast’s oldest performing female impersonator, and operates what is likely the nation’s longest running drag revue.

Lindy West On Being An Outspoken, Fat Feminist

OPB | June 07, 2016

Lindy West doesn’t like euphemisms. Call her fat. Call her a feminist. Call her outspoken. Call her “Shrill,” the title of her new book. We talk to her about it.

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

OPB | June 16, 2016

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.”    

Books With Pictures Opens New Chapter In Comics Retail

OPB | June 11, 2016

Built with inclusivity in mind, Portland's newest comic book store, Books With Pictures, reaches for a new generation of fans.

Allegro Liquidation Leaves Labels In Lurch

OPB | June 13, 2016

The Portland-based media distributor boils down all but one unit of its business.

Taking Shape: Allan McCollum And Delia Paine Celebrate The WPA

OPB | June 11, 2016

A collaboration between two seemingly different makers — Allan McCollum and Delia Paine — bears exponential fruit at the High Desert Museum in Bend.

Summer Cannibals: Live at OPB

opbmusic | June 08, 2016

The hard-rocking Portland band plays from their new record, Full of It, and talks about the dissonance between their lyrics and sardonic attitude on stage.

Portland Architect Brad Cloepfil Normally Designs Museums – Now He's Featured In One

OPB | June 04, 2016

The stunning models of Portland's preeminent architect are as much sculpture as they are architecture. Brad Cloepfil walks us through their exhibition at the Portland Art Museum, as well as his globe-spanning career.

Teens Take A Step Back In Time To Create Silent Films

OPB | June 04, 2016

Whether working with 8mm or cell phones and CGI, youth from around the world compete at the International Youth Silent Film Festival at the Hollywood Theater.

Tsunamis, Demolitions And Dog Poop: Vanessa Renwick Takes It To The Next Level

OPB | June 02, 2016

Vanessa Renwick's new video installation, "Next-Level F---ed Up," mashes up the absurd and the awful, but ends upbeat.


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