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Lindy West | Paul Simon Bio By Peter Ames Carlin | Rivka Galchen


This week on "State of Wonder," we're weaving a literary quilt with conversations from our favorite authors from last year's Wordstock.

Photo: Bradley W. Parks/OPB

Prince's Unreleased Album | Puppet Master Michael Curry And The Oregon Symphony | Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Immigrant Medea


This week on "State of Wonder," the puppet genius behind "The Lion King" and the Olympics, a new telling of Shakespeare's tragedy, the incredible pipes of Kelli Shaefer and more.

Photo: Phil Sandlin

Colson Whitehead And Yaa Gyasi | Oregon Eclipse | Flintstones Revamped | Overlook Horror Fest


This week on "State of Wonder," we look into the madness already surrounding August's eclipse, Oregon's a dark revamp of the Flintstones, and an even darker new horror film fest at Timberline Lodge.

Photo: Courtesy of Literary Arts

Design Week Special: Redesigning Portland With Quin Candy, Maya Lin And More


This week on "State of Wonder," we dive into the bubbling cauldron of Portland design. From streetwear to downtown Portland to sporting goods to candy, everything's on the drawing board.

Photo: OPB

2017 Oregon Book Awards: The Nonfiction Nominees


In our Oregon Book Awards special, we dig into the stories of five authors nominated in the nonfiction category: including the fantastical and dangerous love story of two journalists during WWII. 

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Playwright's Estate Tells Portland Producer He Can't Cast Black Actor

OPB | May 19, 2017

Portland producer runs afoul of the estate of Playwright Edward Albee over race and artists’ rights.

Oregonian Author Chris Sebela On Comics, Corruptions And Coffeehouses

OPB | May 13, 2017

The prolific author of "High Crimes" talks about "Heartthrob", his favorite writing spot, and why the Invisible Man is the most interesting movie monster.

Luis Alfaro's Medea Takes On The Mexican Immigrant Experience

OPB | May 12, 2017

“Mojada: A Medea In Los Angeles” recasts Euripides’ classic tale through the lens of Mexican immigrants’ experience.

Meet The Vancouver Record Label Behind Prince’s Unreleased Album

OPB | May 12, 2017

Last month, a Minnesota judge halted the release of an album from the late artist Prince. The record label in the middle of the legal battle was a largely unknown company from Vancouver, Washington.

Oregon Symphony Strikes Perfect Harmony With Puppet Master Michael Curry

OPB | May 6, 2017

Next week, the Oregon Symphony will wade into the wonderful world of puppets. For the first time, it is collaborating with artist-designer Michael Curry on a production of Stravinsky’s Persephone.

Kelli Schaefer Live At OPB

opbmusic | April 26, 2017

Watch an in-studio performance from one of Portland's most captivating singers.

Solar Eclipse Or Bust: Small Oregon Towns Grapple With How To Prepare For Thousands

OPB | May 5, 2017

The town of Spray, population 160, is bracing for 10,000 visitors and wondering, how do you begin to feed and house that many?

Oregon's Animation Magic

How Oregon became one of the animation capitals of the world

Portland Animation Artists Share Their Favorite Films

OPB | May 2, 2017

Some of Oregon's top animators talk about the films that inform their creations.

At Overlook Film Festival: A Chance To Live In A Horror Movie

OPB | May 5, 2017

Overlook Film Festival attendees were given an opportunity to play a 24 hour, four-day immersive horror game. 

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.

Colson Whitehead and Yaa Gyasi Share 300 Years of History in Two Compelling Novels

OPB | Broadcast: May 6, 2017

The two novelists, recorded in coversation at Wordstock 2016.

Portland Homeless Shelters | Flintstones Comic Book

OPB | Broadcast: April 24, 2017

A new temporary homeless shelter has opened in SE Portland. And Oregonian Mark Russell tells us about the Flinstones, which he has re-written in comic form as biting social satire.

Music Inspired By The Forest | Cycling In The Forest | Playing Music In The Forest

OPB | Broadcast: April 3, 2017

Musician DJ Spooky was inspired by time he spent in the Western Cascades. Portland has a new plan for off-road cycling throughout the city. And jazz musician Darrell Grant performed music in Elliot State Forest. 

6 Films From New Portland Animators

OPB | April 24, 2017

Here are six short, dynamic films that showcase Portland's modern animators. 

Cooking Up A Candy Empire In Portland With QUIN's Jami Curl

OPB | April 25, 2017

Jami Curl is the mastermind behind the beautiful and tasty QUIN candy. She even wrote the book on it. 

At-Risk Youth Learn Job And Design Skills At dfrntpigeon Apparel Company

OPB | Broadcast: April 21, 2017

The nonprofit New Avenues for Youth and the branding agency AKQA partnered up and created a company called dfrntpigeon. It's run by at-risk and homeless youth.

A Hike In The Sky: The Path To Maya Lin's Sandy River Bird Blind

OPB | April 28, 2017

The Confluence Project's monument to species, placed amid a restored Sandy River Delta. 

Hacking The Javelin At Design Week Portland

OPB | April 25, 2017

The University of Oregon Department of Product Design takes on one of the oldest forms of sports equipment.

Live From Portland Design Week

OPB | Broadcast: April 21, 2017

"Think Out Loud" is live from the headquarters of Portland Design Week Friday, April 21, 2017.


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