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Disjecta's Director Ousted | Hari Kondabolu | Roger Hobbs RIP | Portland Through The Skanner's Photography


This week on State of Wonder, seismic upheaval at Disjecta, the passing of a dapper young author with a penchant for the criminal, years of Skanner photography from Julie Keefe, and a comedian who makes the political deeply funny.

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Artists Respond to Trump | Maria Semple | Alexander Chee | Rabih Alameddine


State Of Wonder kicked off Wordstock with three fantastic truth-telling authors, plus we check in with artists across the political spectrum on why art matters now.

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Wordstock: Lindy West | Peter Ames Carlin on Paul Simon | Rivka Galchen


State of Wonder's sold-out Wordstock show with sparkling conversation with three great authors, plus music by Y La Bamba's Luz Elena Mendoza.

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The Best Of OPB's State Of Wonder


A collection of the best episodes and stories from OPB's arts and culture show, State of Wonder.

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Oregon Building Leads Nation With Crowdfunded Construction And Psychedelic Design

OPB | Dec. 02, 2016

The Fair-Haired Dumbbell is the first Oregon building to solicit investments from the crowd under new regulations laid out by the JOBS Act, and perhaps the first in the U.S.

Big Plans To Transform Portland's Waterfront And Willamette Falls

OPB | Nov. 23, 2016

The architecture firm Snohetta is seeking public input for the new Willamette Falls Riverwalk, plus it recently announced it will design OMSI's central eastside properties.

Julie Keefe's Photos Show Beauty And Heartbreak Of Northeast Portland

OPB | Nov. 25, 2016

Julie Keefe has spent decades photographing seismic events and everyday life in Portland's black community for the Skanner newspaper, as seen in an exhibition at the Oregon Historical Society.

Novelist, Reed College Grad Roger Hobbs, Dead At 28

OPB | Nov. 24, 2016

thor of the noir thriller “Ghostman” dies after an overdose; Colleagues and friends remember his rare gifts for narrative.

Portland Contemporary Arts Center DISJECTA Ousts Founding Director

OPB | Nov. 23, 2016

Board forces leadership transition. Bryan Suereth is out at the end of December.

What Oregon Art Has To Say To America

OPB | Nov. 19, 2016

Oregon artists rethink their practice in a changed political landscape.

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.

Playwright Tanya Barfield's Homecoming Season

OPB | Oct. 15, 2016

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.

Where To Find State Of Wonder At Wordstock

OPB | Nov. 03, 2016

Come to Portland's book festival to hear State of Wonder talk with Richard Russo, Lindy West, Maria Semple, Peter Ames Carlin, Rivka Galchen, Alexander Chee, Rabih Alameddine, Jonathan Lethem, Karen Russell, Nikki McClure and Christopher Rothko.

Dance Collective Works It Out At PNCA

OPB | Oct. 28, 2016

Physical Education, a supergroup of performance whiz kids, is in residency this year at Pacific Northwest College of Art.

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.

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.


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