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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."

Oregon Commune Living

OPB | June 15, 2015

Margaret Grundstein has written a memoir about her years in a commune in Western Oregon during the 1970's.

Robert Putnam On Upward Mobility

OPB | June 10, 2015

The Harvard political scientist says the economic ladder that poor people used to use to pull themselves up has all but disintegrated.

How A Father Duped His Son Into Being An International Spy In Oregon

OPB | May 14, 2015

A CIA agent sells information to the Russians, gets caught, then convinces his son to spy for him. It's all in Bryan Denson's thrilling new book: The Spy's Son.

Blended: Writers On The Stepfamily Experience

OPB | May 08, 2015

Portland author Samantha Waltz has collected a series of essays from writers around the country. We talk to her and two of the other Oregon authors.

Economist Joseph Stiglitz On Inequality

OPB | April 30, 2015

Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz's new book is "The Great Divide: Unequal Societies And What We Can Do About Them."