This week on State of Wonder, comedian Shelley McLendon introduces us to Portland's scrappy improv scene and her sister, the comedian Wendi McLendon-Covey ("Bridesmaid," "The Goldbergs"), in preview of the Stumptown Improv Festival.
Photo: Andy Batt
State of Wonder spends the hour exploring how the region's actors, hip-hop artists, writers and others are using art to work through racial justice and the recent shootings.
Photo: Courtesy of the Portland Art Museum
State of Wonder travels to the Wallowas for a live show at the annual gathering about writing and the West, with guests Timothy Egan, Erika Wurth, Kim Stafford, Sherwin Bitsui and more.
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This week on State of Wonder, we hear about artists who have been displaced from the Troy Laundry building, why OHSU neuroscientist Larry Sherman thinks every brain needs music, what Sherman Alexie's inspiration was for his new book and more.
Photo: Courtesy of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
More State of Wonder
OPB | July 18, 2016
The young writer works through her experiences as a black women, as well as the recent shootings, through her writing.
OPB | Nov. 12, 2015
See what painter Arvie Smith has been doing since his appearance on Art Beat 15 years ago.
OPB | July 16, 2016
Portland hip-hop artists Rasheed Jamal and Mic Capes recently came in to the studio to talk about race, music and the current state of equality for people of color.
OPB | July 12, 2016
Best known for the long-running family show “Frogz,” the Portland theater mainstay will sell its east side building.
OPB | July 02, 2016
Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson has worn many hats in the NW art world, from student to president of the Oregon College of Arts and Craft to NW art curator. She looks back at 46 years on the eve of her retirement.
OPB | July 01, 2016
New multi-unit apartment buildings are popping up all over Portland at a breakneck pace. Turns out, they are not all created equal.
OPB | June 26, 2016
For nearly 40 years, artists have worked out of the historic Troy Laundry Building. Now the building has a new owner, and most of those artists are searching for new homes.
opbmusic | June 20, 2016
Listen to our interview with the songwriting supergroup case/lang/veirs and watch the entire concert recorded in the OPB studios in front of a studio audience.
opbmusic | March 03, 2016
The Portland-based songwriter plays Saturday and Sunday at Revolution Hall this weekend. Watch his performance live at OPB in front of a studio audience.
opbmusic | June 29, 2015
Sisters Natalie, Allison, and Meegan Closner weave their 3-part harmonies in the OPB Music studio.
opbmusic | March 10, 2016
The band brings their soulful sound, fronted by the big voice of singer Sarah Clarke, to our studios, and talks with "State of Wonder" host April Baer.
opbmusic | June 24, 2015
Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski talk about relocating to the coastal town, and play a new song.
opbmusic | May 12, 2015
It's a set of jazz-flavored melodies over thundering percussion layers from the Portland trio.
OPB | June 18, 2016
Peter Sagal and the team from "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me" return to Portland June 23–24.
OPB | June 18, 2016
Several hundred small music labels and recording artists around the world are faced with buying their own music back from a Portland distributor.
opbmusic | April 11, 2016
The Brooklyn-based rock band perform an entertaining set of beautifully off-kilter songs from their debut album Masterpiece.
OPB | June 20, 2016
Darcelle XV is the West Coast’s oldest performing female impersonator, and operates what is likely the nation’s longest running drag revue.
OPB | June 07, 2016
Lindy West doesn’t like euphemisms. Call her fat. Call her a feminist. Call her outspoken. Call her “Shrill,” the title of her new book. We talk to her about it.
OPB | June 16, 2016
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales discusses the city’s new approach to foreclosures on abandoned properties. And best-selling author Mary Roach joins us to talk about her latest book, “Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans At War.”
OPB | June 11, 2016
Built with inclusivity in mind, Portland's newest comic book store, Books With Pictures, reaches for a new generation of fans.
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