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The Funniest Thing In Portland With Shelley McLendon


This week on State of Wonder, comedian Shelley McLendon introduces us to Portland's scrappy improv scene and her sister, the comedian Wendi McLendon-Covey ("Bridesmaid," "The Goldbergs"), in preview of the Stumptown Improv Festival.

Photo: Andy Batt

Somebody Do Something: Portland Artists Respond To Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas


State of Wonder spends the hour exploring how the region's actors, hip-hop artists, writers and others are using art to work through racial justice and the recent shootings.

Photo: Courtesy of the Portland Art Museum

Writing Outside The I-5 Corridor At The Summer Fishtrap Gathering


State of Wonder travels to the Wallowas for a live show at the annual gathering about writing and the West, with guests Timothy Egan, Erika Wurth, Kim Stafford, Sherwin Bitsui and more.

Photo: Aaron Scott/OPB

Artist Displacement | Sherman Alexie | Science of Music


This week on State of Wonder, we hear about artists who have been displaced from the Troy Laundry building, why OHSU neuroscientist Larry Sherman thinks every brain needs music, what Sherman Alexie's inspiration was for his new book and more.

Photo: Courtesy of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

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Portland Writer Melanie Alldritt Doesn’t Want to Be Beautiful: She Wants To Speak

OPB | July 18, 2016

The young writer works through her experiences as a black women, as well as the recent shootings, through her writing.

Art Beat Update: Arvie Smith

OPB | Nov. 12, 2015

See what painter Arvie Smith has been doing since his appearance on Art Beat 15 years ago.

Hip-Hop Artists Rasheed Jamal And Mic Capes Talk Race And Music

OPB | July 16, 2016

Portland hip-hop artists Rasheed Jamal and Mic Capes recently came in to the studio to talk about race, music and the current state of equality for people of color.

Imago Theatre To Sell Its Historic Portland Building Amid Rising Costs

OPB | July 12, 2016

Best known for the long-running family show “Frogz,” the Portland theater mainstay will sell its east side building.

Portland Art Museum's NW Curator Looks Back At 46 Years Of Regional Art

OPB | July 02, 2016

Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson has worn many hats in the NW art world, from student to president of the Oregon College of Arts and Craft to NW art curator. She looks back at 46 years on the eve of her retirement.

Peeling Back Layers On Portland's Infill Development

OPB | July 01, 2016

New multi-unit apartment buildings are popping up all over Portland at a breakneck pace. Turns out, they are not all created equal.

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 plays Saturday and Sunday at Revolution Hall this weekend. Watch his performance 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.


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