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Death Penalty: Prison Superintendent | Roxane Gay's 'Difficult Women'

OPB | Jan. 19, 2017

Our death penalty series continues with a conversation with someone who oversaw executions as part of his job. We also talk to author Roxane Gay.

At Wordstock With Rob Spillman, Charles Bock And Sallie Tisdale

OPB | Jan. 16, 2017

We listen to a few conversations with authors we spoke to during the last Literary Arts Wordstock book festival in downtown Portland.

John Kitzhaber On The Death Penalty | Jon Raymond's 'Freebird'

OPB | Jan. 03, 2017

For the next installment in our death penalty series, we talk to former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber. We also hear from Portland author and screenwriter Jon Raymond about his new book, "Freebird."

Writer Sherman Alexie: Thunder Boy Jr.

OPB | Nov. 17, 2016

Northwest writer Sherman Alexie talks about his new children's book, "Thunder Boy Jr."

Oregon Fish & Wildlife Investigation | American Dream: Roseburg Resident | City of Weird

OPB | Oct. 31, 2016

Do you have a story about a spooky or weird place in Portland? Share it today on our Halloween extravaganza. Also today, we'll hear another personal story in our American Dream series.

News Roundtable | Politics And The Olympics

OPB | July 15, 2016

We review some of the biggest stories of the week. Then, ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio, Jules Boykoff tells us how the city is preparing and how these games compare to past Olympics.

Author Mohsin Hamid's Globalist Perspective

OPB | April 28, 2016

Mohsin Hamid has lived in Pakistan, the U.S. and Britain. His fiction and nonfiction explores the contradictions and complexities of globalization.

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Bud Pierce | Author Shawn Vestal

OPB | April 20, 2016

We talk to Bud Pierce, a Salem oncologist who was the first to jump into the GOP primary race for Oregon governor. And we talk to Shawn Vestal about his debut novel, "Daredevils."

Jarvis Kennedy In Burns | GOP Candidate Allen Alley | Beverly Cleary's Birthday

OPB | April 12, 2016

We talk to a member of the Paiute tribe about what Harney County is like two months after the end of the occupation. We hear from one of the Republican gubernatorial delegates. And we celebrate the 100th birthday of a beloved Oregonian children’s book author.

The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik In Portland

OPB | Jan. 21, 2016

Adam Gopnik and Dave Miller talk about the life of cities, the terrorist attacks in Paris, and the role of critics in our society with a live audience at Literary Arts in Portland.

Week 3 In Harney County | Rehab | Affordable Housing | 'Moby Dick'

OPB | Jan. 20, 2016

We're talking about: the armed occupation in Harney County, a new drug rehab facility in Sweet Home, a housing developer who donated property for a homeless shelter and the modern day resonance of "Moby Dick."

This Side Of Home: Renee Watson

OPB | Nov. 30, 2015

A novel for young adults takes up the changing nature of Northeast Portland's neighborhoods.

Healing After The Tsunami

OPB | Nov. 30, 2015

Author Marie Mutsuki Mockett explored the spiritual and emotional aspects of Japanese life after the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The Importance Of Flavor

OPB | Nov. 26, 2015

Mark Schatzker's new book, "The Dorito Effect," explores the science of flavor.

Wendell Pierce Talks About Acting, Art, And New Orleans

OPB | Nov. 16, 2015

Wendell Pierce is best known for his role as Detective William "Bunk" Moreland on "The Wire." We spoke to him at Wordstock about his memoir "The Wind in the Reeds."

John Irving And His 'Avenue Of Mysteries'

OPB | Nov. 09, 2015

Acclaimed author John Irving sits down with Dave Miller in front of an audience at Wordstock to talk about Irving's 14th novel.

Erica Jong Takes On Sex And Death In 'Fear Of Dying'

OPB | Sept. 17, 2015

Erica Jong has written more than two dozen books over the last four decades. Her new novel is a kind of follow up to her first and most famous novel, "Fear of Flying," published in 1973.

Author Karen Piper Shines A Light On "The Price Of Thirst"

OPB | Aug. 11, 2015

Who owns our water? Karen Piper spent seven years investigating the causes and implications of water privatization worldwide. 

Rebroadcast: Nikki Giovanni

OPB | July 23, 2015

We listen back to our conversation with author Nikki Giovanni about her most recent collection of poems, essays, and stories, Chasing Utopia.

Rebroadcast: A Conversation With Author Katherine Boo

OPB | July 22, 2015

We revisit our conversation with Katherine Boo, author of "Behind the Beautiful Forevers."