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Writer And Firefighter Sean Davis On Oregon’s Combustible Summer

OPB | Sept. 8, 2017

After weeks on southern Oregon firelines, writer Sean Davis returned home to an evacuation order.

4 Must-See Shows At PICA's Time-Based Art Festival

OPB | Sept. 8, 2017

Outgoing artistic director Angela Mattox picks five shows and reflects on the global festival, plus we talk with Stew of the band the Negro Problem about keeping Portland real.

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

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 12, 2017

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.

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

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 5, 2017

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.

Portugal. The Man | Eclipse Preview | Daniel H. Wilson

OPB | Broadcast: July 22, 2017

On this week’s "State of Wonder": Portugal. The Man on the key to their new album, sci-fi best-seller Daniel Wilson on the ancient robots in his newest novel, and eclipse mania.

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.

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."

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

OPB | Broadcast: May 6, 2017

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.

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.

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

OPB | Broadcast: April 29, 2017

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.

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. 

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. 

2017 Oregon Book Awards: The Nonfiction Nominees

OPB | Broadcast: April 22, 2017

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. 

Portland Music Producer Larry Crane Revisits Elliott Smith's 'Either/Or'

OPB | April 5, 2017

Back in 1996, Larry Crane recorded the vocals for Elliott Smith's "Pictures of Me" because Smith's personal console was broken. Twenty years later, Crane remembers his legacy. 

Conor Oberst | Portland Japanese Garden Reopens | YA Stars Laini Taylor And Sunshine Girl | Blitzen Trapper's Rock Opera

OPB | Broadcast: April 1, 2017

This week on "State of Wonder," the Portland Japanese Garden gets a huge expansion, two best-selling fantasy authors build worlds of magic and ghosts, Portland rockers' sci-fi musical, and more.

Crossed Swords Lead To 'Classical Crossroads' Concert

OPB | March 25, 2017

Facebook feud gives rise to program of vanguard compositions for 45th Parallel.

Portland Choreographer Jayanthi Raman's 'Duality' Hits Political Hurdle

OPB | March 24, 2017

Jayanthi Raman has been staging internationally renowned shows in Portland for nearly 30 years. This one had a small hiccup.

Lyle Ritz RIP | Classical Music Feud | Wendy Red Star | Feminist Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

OPB | Broadcast: March 25, 2017

This week on "State of Wonder," words nerds and classical music lovers rumble, artists get political, and Wendy Red Star soars.  

Lee Kelly | Thao And The Get Down Stay Down | Chicano Batman | NW Dance Project's 'Carmen' | Portland Arts Tax

OPB | Broadcast: March 11, 2017

Is the Arts Tax unconstitutional? Also, music From Chicano Batman and Thao Nguyen, master sculptor Lee Kelly, and Northwest Dance Project does 'Carmen' with glamour and wit.