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Portland Producer Backs 'Hamilton' | Response To Ta-Nehisi Coates | Percussionist Colin Currie | Eastmoreland Controversy

This week on State of Wonder, Woody Guthrie's unknown time in Oregon, how a hometown girl became a producer on some of Broadway's biggest hits and a knockout percussionist plays our studio — literally.

Photo: Joan Marcus/Broadway in Portland

Playwright Tanya Barfield's Homecoming Season

Tanya Barfield's plays have been performed around the country, but never in Portland. Until now. State of Wonder spends the hour exploring the city and the theater through Barfield's eyes.

Drive-By Truckers | Art Museum Expansion | Tin House Fiction Contest | Malia Jensen

This week on State of Wonder, we meet southern rock's philosopher kings, the Drive-By Truckers; visual artist Malia Jensen; PNCA's new president; and the fantastic ceramicist Chris Antemann.

Photo: opbmusic

Ursula K. Le Guin | Pete Krebs | U.S. PTO v. The Slants | Portlandia v. Bookstore

This week’s show: curveballs and home runs. New developments for Oregon’s art glass makers, a SUpreme Court turn for The Slants, Plus we bring back a favorite interview to get you primed for Wordstock.

Photo: Scott Green/IFC

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Can A Stranger Designate Your House As Historic? In Oregon, They Can

OPB | Oct. 23, 2016

Keep Eastmoreland Free is fighting to prevent the neighborhood association from turning the entire neighborhood into a historic district, and thereby "pickling" the houses.

From 'Hamilton' To 'Hedwig,' Portland Producer Makes It Big On Broadway Musicals

OPB | Oct. 21, 2016

Brisa Trinchero soared from Tigard's Broadway Rose Theatre to Broadway, where she's backed Tony-winning musicals from "The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess" and "Pippin" to "Evita" and "Peter & The Star Catcher."

Colin Currie On Percussion Power And Bringing New Sounds To Life

OPB | Oct. 21, 2016

Virtuoso percussionist who’s commissioned more than 30 works talks about his residency with the Oregon Symphony, and the music that influenced his journey.

Beirut Wedding Makes The Theatrical Change Founders Want To See

OPB | Oct. 21, 2016

A new theater company has cropped up in Portland to tell the stories of people of color, and women.

Architecture And Design With Columnist-In-Residence Randy Gragg

OPB | Oct. 21, 2016

Critic and writer Randy Gragg's monthly stories about how Portland's urban space is changing for State of Wonder.

Love Burns Bright At Profile Theatre

OPB | Oct. 15, 2016

"Bright Half Life" is the rapid-fire story of two women falling in and out of love over 45 years, told in a remarkable non-linear style by playwright Tanya Barfield.

Page To Stage, Plays By Women Face Bias

OPB | Oct. 14, 2016

Playwright Tanya Barfield turns us onto research that puts the problem in painful detail.

Drive-By Truckers Perform Their Powerful New Album Live At OPB

opbmusic | Oct. 06, 2016

Listen to our interview with Drive-By Truckers and watch the rock band's entire concert recorded in the OPB studios in front of a studio audience.

State Of Wonder To Amplify Tin House's 'Plotto' Flash Fiction Contest

OPB | Oct. 07, 2016

The local publisher will offer weekly prompts from the "Master Book of All Plots" and the winners will get to read their stories live on OPB's State of Wonder.

Malia Jensen's Homeward Journey

OPB | Oct. 07, 2016

One of Portland's most celebrated contemporary artists shows new work in Portland and London. She tells us about a blazingly productive period in her practice since moving back from New York in 2014.

Portland Art Museum Announces Major New Building

OPB | Oct. 06, 2016

The museum will bridge its existing buildings with a modern pavilion and partner with Mark Rothko's children to bring major works by the iconic, Portland-raised painter over the next 20 years.

Uroboros' Impending Closure Deals Another Blow To NW Art Glass

OPB | Sept. 30, 2016

North Portland art glass supplier Uroboros is the second this year to see the end of the line.

State of Wonder: Nov. 7, 2015 — Live From Wordstock

OPB | Nov. 07, 2015

Broadcast live from Wordstock with Ursula Le Guin, Patrick DeWitt, Patterson Hood and Willie Vlautin.

Feminist Bookstore Slams 'Portlandia' And Says Show Can No Longer Film There

NPR | Sept. 30, 2016

The staff of In Other Words say the TV comedy is "diametrically opposed to our politics and the vision of society we're organizing to realize."

Pete Krebs Talks Hazel And Performs Live At OPB

opbmusic | Sept. 28, 2016

On the eve of his induction into the Oregon Music Hall Of Fame, Pete Krebs joins us for an interview and solo performance in the OPB studios.

Supreme Court To Hear Challenge Over Offensive Trademarks

AP | Sept. 29, 2016

The Supreme Court will hear a First Amendment challenge by Portland band the Slants over the government's refusal to register offensive trademarks in a case that could affect the Washington Redskins.

Loch Lomond Live At OPB

opbmusic | Sept. 21, 2016

Portland's Loch Lomond perform songs from Pens from Spain, the band's first US album in five years.

Kahlief Adams: What Plays While Gaming For Change

OPB | Sept. 24, 2016

Podcast host and gamer is on the bill at Affect Conf in early October

Bamford Blows Up With 'Lady Dynamite'

OPB | Sept. 24, 2016

Stand-up’s nicest is headed to Oregon next month to headline the All Jane Comedy Festival.

Alternative Justice: Portland Music Scene's Next Steps Amid Sexual Assault Controversy

OPB | Sept. 23, 2016

Deep dissatisfaction with the criminal justice response to sexual assault has some looking for workarounds.

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