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Beth Ditto | The Slants | Thara Memory | Omar El Akkad

This week on "State of Wonder," singer Beth Ditto breaks out from her band Gossip, the Slants get their big day at the Supreme Court, and we look back on Thara Memory's complicated legacy.

Photo: Mary McCartney/Courtesy of the artist

Portland's New Jazz Club | Ghost Ship Fire | Lee Kelly | Kurt Busiek

This week on “State of Wonder,” shake off your June gloom with the magical animals of "Autumnlands," the music of Animal Eyes, the drag art of Kaj-Anne Pepper and all that jazz at new music joint Jack London Revue.

Photo: David Stuckey/OPB

Grisha Bruskin | Lidia Yuknavitch | Robin Bacior | Blind Pilot | Schnitzer Museums

New beginnings are afloat: the re-opening of the Oregon Jewish Museum, a Jordan Schnitzer-backed PSU art museum and the spellbinding writing of Lidia Yuknavitch.

Photo: April Baer/OPB

RIP Brian Doyle | Portland MAX Attack Survivor Speaks Out | Healing With Portland Band Loch Lomond

This week on "State of Wonder," we hear MAX attack survivor Micah Fletcher's poetry and remember the brilliant work of Oregon author Brian Doyle.

Photo: Courtesy of Sabina Haque

Wonder Woman | Edward Albee And The Casting Dilemma | Tank And The Bangas | Teaching With Holograms

This week on "State of Wonder," we bring your wildest dreams to life with a healthy dose of Wonder Woman, a new education project using augmented reality, and the surprisingly sweet story behind "The Simpsons" Krusty the Clown.

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Hood River Teacher Wins Tony Award For Theater Education

OPB | June 23, 2017

Step aside Bette Midler: The Tony Award for education goes to Rachel Harry of Hood River.

Supreme Court Sides With Portland Band The Slants In Trademark Dispute

OPB | June 19, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of an Asian-American band from Portland, The Slants, in a trademark dispute with the federal Patent and Trademark Office. The ruling ends an eight-year legal battle. 

First Listen: Beth Ditto, 'Fake Sugar'

NPR | June 8, 2017

The Gossip singer's solo debut recasts her as a versatile, pop-minded rock star who can still shake the rafters with her voice when the moment calls for it.

'It’s Just A Damn Good Way': Remembering Thara Memory

OPB | June 23, 2017

The death of the 68-year-old trumpeter and educator leaves a void — and questions.

Comics Creators Kurt Busiek And Ben Dewey On 'Autumnlands'

OPB | June 17, 2017

Kurt Busiek's new fantasy comic book, "Autumnlands," imagines a future world ruled by magic-wielding anthropomorphized animals.

Ghost Ship Fire Shakes Portland DIY Art Spaces

OPB | June 17, 2017

While the two cities share creative DNA and a serious housing crisis, artists and fire officials differ on lessons learned.

Animal Eyes: Live at OPB

opbmusic | June 14, 2017

With pop songs that combine psychedelic sounds and oddly danceable rhythms, the band makes ambitious and fun listening.

Jack London Revue Aims To Curate Diverse Range Of Music With Jazz As Foundation

KMHD | June 9, 2017

As 2017 began, innumerable music lovers and musicians alike lamented the loss of both Jimmy Mak and his storied venue for jazz.  Downtown Portland has a new venue for jazz called The Jack London Revue.

Portland Author Lidia Yuknavitch's Interstellar Joan Of Arc

OPB | June 6, 2017

Portland author Lidia Yuknavitch borrows from the future and the past with her new post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel "The Book of Joan."

Jordan Schnitzer Reveals Museum Funding For 2 More Northwest Universities

OPB | June 9, 2017

Schnitzer is giving $5 million to the fundraising campaign for Portland State University’s new art museum. This means, within the next few years, four regional academic museums will bear his name.

Oregon Jewish Museum Reopens With Colossal New Vision

OPB | June 9, 2017

The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education will reopen its doors with the towering tapestries of Grisha Bruskin and an exhibit chronicling the state's history of discrimination.

Robin Bacior at OPB

opbmusic | May 6, 2015

Portland transplant Robin Bacior and her trio play from their hypnotic new release Water Dreams.

Portland Artist Leads Student Project To Heal Divided City

OPB | June 1, 2017

Narratives about city unrest take on new context after weekend stabbings.

Not Your Scream Queen: Portland Horror Film Festival Bolsters Female Voices

OPB | June 2, 2017

Portland Horror Film Festival is placing women filmmakers center stage by offering them free submissions. The result: more than double the amount of female directed films than last year.

A Guide To Some Of Brian Doyle's Best Works

OPB | May 28, 2017

Brian Doyle’s 28 published works put him in a category of extraordinarily prolific writers. Once he got started, there was no stopping him.

Oregon Author Brian Doyle Dies At 60

OPB | May 27, 2017

Award-winning Oregon author Brian Doyle died at his home in Lake Oswego Saturday after a months-long struggle with cancer.

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.

Comics Writer Greg Rucka On Wonder Woman, Stumptown And More

OPB | May 26, 2017

Nearing the end of a second acclaimed run with Wonder Woman, Greg Rucka talks Amazon theory and relishes getting back to his creator-owned series.

The Not-So-Secret BDSM History Of Wonder Woman

OPB | May 26, 2017

How the Amazing Amazon's creator built in plenty of less-than-subtle references to kink.

Oregon Project Uses Holograms To Transform The Classroom

OPB | May 26, 2017

Oregon Story Board, Intel and Clackamas Community College have created a cutting-edge educational curriculum using the Microsoft HoloLens.

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