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Josephine County Public Safety | Portland Police Search | Author Blake Nelson

OPB | Broadcast: May 22, 2017

Voters in Josephine County finally passed a public safety levy. Also, we continue our series of conversations about Portland's next police chief. And we talk to local author Blake Nelson.

At Wordstock With Rob Spillman, Charles Bock And Sallie Tisdale

OPB | Broadcast: 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 | Broadcast: Jan. 3, 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."

Casey Jarman On 'Death: An Oral History'

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 15, 2016

A local author takes a look at death and dying, mortality and grieving.

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

OPB | Broadcast: 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 | Broadcast: 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.

This Side Of Home: Renee Watson

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 30, 2015

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

Healing After The Tsunami

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 30, 2015

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

John Irving And His 'Avenue Of Mysteries'

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 9, 2015

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

Campaign Seeks Culturally Diverse Children's Books

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 20, 2015

The Children's Book Bank has launched A Story Like Mine, a campaign that aims to make more culturally diverse children's books available to kids.

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

OPB | Broadcast: 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.

Oregon Commune Living

OPB | Broadcast: June 15, 2015

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

Blended: Writers On The Stepfamily Experience

OPB | Broadcast: May 8, 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.

What's Your Pick For Oregon's Official State Book?

OPB | Broadcast: March 27, 2015

FRIDAY: "Sometimes a Great Notion?" "Fight Club?" "Wild?"

Ursula K. Le Guin Draws Spotlight At National Book Awards

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 20, 2014

THURSDAY: The legendary Northwest author delivered an impassioned speech last night at the National Book Awards, where she received the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

Physics Lessons From The Science Teacher You Wish You'd Had

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 19, 2014

TUESDAY: Portland-based mechanical engineer, musician and author Christine McKinley brings us the laws of physics like you've never heard them before.

Chris Ware's Unique Storytelling

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 1, 2014

FRIDAY: Graphic novelist Chris Ware's work is spellbinding, meticulously detailed, and darkly humorous.

How We Became Bicoastal

OPB | Broadcast: July 24, 2014

THURSDAY: We listen back to Dave's interview with Peter Stark about the adventure-filled story of John Jacob Astor's audacious but doomed plan to create a commercial fur empire in the northwest.

Wading Into Smith Henderson's Fourth of July Creek

OPB | Broadcast: June 30, 2014

MONDAY: We'll talk to the Portland author about his debut novel and the critical acclaim it's received.

George Saunders Reflects On Writing And Kindness

OPB | Broadcast: May 12, 2014

MONDAY: George Saunders has become one of the most popular writers in America for his short works of fiction and non-fiction.