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Housing Recovery | Cities And Self-Driving Cars | Paige McKenzie Sunshine Girl

OPB | Broadcast: April 5, 2017

New homes are getting built, but is it enough? What will our cities look like when self-driving cars really become a reality? And the young Oregonian behind the Sunshine Girl YouTube phenomenon joins us to talk about her latest book.

Author Colum McCann At Literary Arts Rescheduled

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 12, 2017

Author Colum McCann's talk in downtown Portland has been rescheduled because of weather. Details to follow when available. 

Incoming And Outgoing Oregon Poet Laureates

OPB | Broadcast: May 29, 2014

THURSDAY: Peter Sears and Paulann Petersen talk about their own experiences and reflect on the past and future of the Oregon poet laureate.

Every Generation Is A "Me" Generation

OPB | Broadcast: April 8, 2014

TUESDAY: Linguist Edwin Battistella defends the use of "first-person" pronouns.

We Belong in History: Writing with William Stafford

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 24, 2013

TUESDAY: We'll talk to some of the student poets whose work appears in the new anthology inspired by the writing of Oregon's former poet laureate.

Ann Patchett Talks About Writing And Life

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 21, 2013

Ann Patchett, the author of many award-winning novels, joins us to discuss her latest nonfiction book, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Reserve your free tickets here.

The Authors Road: Chronicling America's Writers

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 28, 2013

MONDAY: Portland-based couple George Mason and Salli Slaughter have been travelling across the country in an RV creating an archive of interviews with influential American writers.

Malcolm Gladwell Talks About Sports And "David And Goliath"

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 11, 2013

In his new book, David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell dismantles conventional thinking on topics ranging from education to criminal sentencing to basketball strategy.

Salman Rushdie's Years As Joseph Anton

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 8, 2013

Salman Rushdie's memoir Joseph Anton documents his life during the years the Ayatollah of Iran had issued a fatwa calling for Rushdie's death.

Stephanie Lenox And The Poetry of Voice

OPB | Broadcast: May 6, 2013

The poet Stephanie Lenox joins us to talk about channeling the voices of other people, and telling her own stories, in her collection Congress of Strange People.

Putting The Left Hand Of Darkness On Stage

OPB | Broadcast: May 1, 2013

Portland author Ursula K. Le Guin's groundbreaking 1969 science fiction novel is being staged by Hand2mouth Theatre and Portland Playhouse. 

Culture Club

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 16, 2012

Our weekly conversation about some of the most talked about stories of the week.

Pauls Toutonghi: Into Egypt

OPB | Broadcast: July 17, 2012

In his new novel Evel Knievel Days, Portland writer Pauls Toutonghi maps the physical and emotional distances from Butte, Montana to Cairo, Egypt.

Oregon Book Awards

OPB | Broadcast: April 23, 2012

The winners of the Oregon Book Awards will be announced Monday night.

Cheryl Strayed

OPB | Broadcast: March 16, 2012

Portland author Cheryl Strayed's new memoir chronicles her journey along the Pacific Crest Trail at a critical time in her early twenties.

Blueprints of the Afterlife

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 24, 2012

Sentient icebergs, a biological internet, and a full-scale replica of Manhattan in Puget Sound all play a role in Ryan Boudinot's rollicking, post-apocalyptic novel Blueprints of the Afterlife.

Ismet Prcic

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 27, 2011

We spoke with Ismet Prcic earlier this year about his fascinating book, Shards. It was among our favorite author interviews this year, so we're bringing it back as part of our week of holiday rebroadcasts.

Ismet Prcic's "Shards"

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 19, 2011

The Bosnian-born Portlander Ismet Prcic joins us to talk about his first novel, Shards.

Rebroadcast: 'The Oregon Experiment'

OPB | Broadcast: Sept. 2, 2011

If you missed our conversation with the author of The Oregon Experiment, here's your chance to hear it again!

Keith Scribner and 'The Oregon Experiment'

OPB | Broadcast: July 4, 2011

Corvallis author Keith Scribner joins us to talk about his latest book The Oregon Experiment.