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'State Of Wonder' In Corvallis | Opioid Lawsuit | Eclipse Cell Coverage | Portland's Tech Scene


What will Corvallis do for the eclipse? And will sketchy cell coverage in Eastern Oregon be a problem during the eclipse? Also, more on Multnomah County's lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, and an exploration of Portland's tech industry.

Photo: Amelia Templeton/OPB

Oregon Eclipse Festival | Eastern Oregon's Music Scene | Robert Michael Pyle


This week on "State of Wonder," Oregon's most audacious eclipse festival, writer Robert Michael Pyle searches for Bigfoot, the descendant of an infamous train robber plays outlaw country and more.

Photo: Aaron Scott/OPB

Kent Nerburn | Yukiyo Kawano And Meshi Chavez | PSU Chamber Choir | Peter Sears


This week on "State of Wonder," we speak with author Kent Nerburn about the resurgence of his classic book, two artists explore a devastating act of war, and the PSU Chamber Choir takes on new work.

Photo: Courtesy of Roaring Fire Films

Pickathon Preview: Drive-By Truckers | Charles Bradley | Tank And The Bangas | Last Artful, Dodgr


This week on "State of Wonder," picks for Pickathon! Hot studio sessions with artists on stage at one of the most eclectic fests of the summer.

Photo: Bill Purcell

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Oregon Eclipse Festival Pairs Glitter And Heavy Machinery

OPB | Aug. 12, 2017

This week, 30,000 people from around the world will head to the remote Ochoco Mountains to enjoy a mammoth festival filled with 400 musical acts and dozens of workshops, speakers and artists.

Concerts In Rural Oregon? At 1 Enterprise Theater, Artists Say 'OK'

OPB | Aug. 11, 2017

When Darrell Brann bought a concert venue in Wallowa County, he knew it wasn’t a no. 1 destination for big touring bands or really touring bands of any size. These days, that's changed.

Country Music Outlaws Head Home For Helix's Wheatstock

OPB | Aug. 11, 2017

Helix natives Tylor & The Train Robbers bring their outlaw honky-tonk and gritty Americana home for the Wheatstock music festival in Helix, Oregon.

Greek Sailor, Turned Artist, Paints Astoria Red

OPB | Aug. 8, 2015

Christos Koutsouras has lived a life ripped from a classic adventure novel. He ran away from his home on the Greek island of Samos at 18 to sail the world, before becoming a painter and then settling in Astoria. His biggest local show yet runs through Sept. 8.

PSU Chamber Choir Collaborates With Star European Composer

OPB | May 18, 2016

The internationally acclaimed Portland State Chamber Choir releases the first U.S. album of Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds’ work.

New Oregon Writer's Classic Novel Hits The Big Screen: 'Neither Wolf Nor Dog'

OPB | Aug. 4, 2017

Kent Nerburn is known for bridging the gap between Native and non-Native cultures. His cult classic is seeing a resurgence here and overseas. "Neither Wolf Nor Dog" is hitting the big screen.

To Open Or To Close? For Eclipse, Grant County Businesses Must Decide

OPB | Aug. 4, 2017

Travel officials estimate 1 million people are headed to Oregon for this month's eclipse. Business owners in Grant County must decide whether they'll be staying open for the extra patrons — or not.

Metro Portland's Arts Agency Looks For New Leadership

OPB | Aug. 4, 2017

The Regional Arts and Culture Council seeks a replacement for long-time administrator Eloise Damrosch.

Nick Fish On Finding Portland's Next Arts Chief

OPB | Aug. 5, 2017

Portland City Council's point man on arts policy talks about what he's looking for as the hiring process picks up steam.

Suspended Moment: 2 Artists Explore Atomic Legacy

OPB | Aug. 5, 2017

Visual artist Yukiyo Kawano and choreographer Meshi Chavez talk about the show they brought to Los Alamos, Hanford, and now Portland.

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.

The Last Artful, Dodgr: opbmusic session

opbmusic | Feb. 23, 2017

The fast-rising Portland rapper -- along with producer Neill Von Tally -- joins us for songs from their new release, Bone Music.

Tank And The Bangas Live At OPB

opbmusic | May 17, 2017

The winners of the 2017 Tiny Desk Contest stop by our studio for a colorful and funny live session and interview.

Jay Som Live At OPB

opbmusic | May 5, 2017

The Oakland rock band, fronted by prodigious talent Melina Duterte, perform songs from their sophomore release, Everybody Works.

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

opbmusic | Oct. 6, 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.

10 Tips To Capturing Stellar Images Of The Oregon Solar Eclipse

OPB | July 19, 2017

On the morning of Aug. 21, 2017, the moon will pass in front of the sun creating a rare total solar eclipse in Oregon and casting parts of the state into complete daytime darkness. In other words, photographic gold.

A New Eclipse Book Aimed At Elementary Astronomers

OPB | July 21, 2017

“The Big Eclipse,” by award-winning author and illustrator Nancy Coffelt, balances goofy, eclipse-glasses-wearing animals with lessons about science and safety.  

Oregon Arts Commission Chair Brian Rogers On Budget Cuts

OPB | Broadcast: July 17, 2017

The Oregon Arts Commission is preparing to implement a 14 percent budget reduction. We sat down with the commission's executive director, Brian Rogers, to talk about the cuts' impact on the agency.

Bend Art Center Opens In Changing Central Oregon Arts Landscape

OPB | July 14, 2017

Bend's Atelier 6000 reopening as the Bend Art Center is a signpost for the restless conversation in Central Oregon art circles about who speaks for art and what needs to be said.

3 Things About Arts In The 2017 Oregon Legislative Session

OPB | July 15, 2017

With the overall Oregon budget in such grim shape, reductions in state support for the arts were expected.


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