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150 Years Of The Oregon State Fair

OPB | Aug. 28, 2015

The  Oregon State Fair runs through Labor Day, September 7.  We broadcast live on the first day of the fair and talked to all kinds of participants — from the 4H exhibits to the table decorators, the paper artists, poets and sword swallowers.

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.

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

OPB | March 27, 2015

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

Jane Hirshfield On The Uncertainty Of Poetry

OPB | March 20, 2015

Poet Jane Hirshfield discusses her new books, "The Beauty," and "Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World."

Listening Back To The William Stafford Centennial

OPB | Dec. 25, 2014

THURSDAY: For our Christmas day rebroadcast, we bring you the show we recorded on January 17 this year, the day that would have been the 100th birthday of the late poet laureate.

Incoming And Outgoing Oregon Poet Laureates

OPB | 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.

Poet Nikki Giovanni On "Chasing Utopia"

OPB | Feb. 21, 2014

FRIDAY: Celebrated poet Nikki Giovanni's latest collection, Chasing Utopia, blends poetry and prose to tells stories that are both personal and political.

William Stafford Centennial

OPB | Jan. 17, 2014

FRIDAY: 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of William Stafford. You can join the conversation about his life and legacy at Portland's Central Library. Find out more here.

We Belong in History: Writing with William Stafford

OPB | 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.

Reading Poetry To Ferns

OPB | Dec. 13, 2013

FRIDAY: A small arts organization in Corvallis is convening a poetry reading this Friday — to ferns. We'll talk to one of the three readers and find out what appealed to her about the idea of reading poetry to a leafy plant.

News Roundtable: November 22, 2013

OPB | Nov. 22, 2013

FRIDAY: We review some of the biggest news stories of the week.

Garrison Keillor

OPB | Nov. 05, 2013

TUESDAY: Public radio icon, Garrison Keillor, has published his first volume of original poetry. He'll talk with us about O, What a Luxury, and his other radio and literary work.

One More Verselandia!

OPB | July 05, 2013

In this rebroadcast, the five winners of Portland's Verselandia poetry slam competition bring their game to Think Out Loud.


OPB | May 08, 2013

The five winners of Portland's Verselandia poetry slam competition bring their game to Think Out Loud.

Stephanie Lenox And The Poetry of Voice

OPB | May 06, 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.

Mary Szybist Discusses "Incarnadine"

OPB | March 01, 2013

MARCH 2013:  Portland author Mary Szybist's "Incarnadine" has won the National Book Award for poetry. Listen back to the conversation we had with Szybist in March.

Scott Poole's Sliding Glass Door

OPB | Dec. 12, 2011

We'll talk with Northwest poet Scott Poole about his new collection of poems, The Sliding Glass Door.

Rebroadcast: Paulann Petersen

OPB | June 14, 2011

Oregon poet laureate, Paulann Petersen, calls herself an ambassador for poetry in Oregon. We explore what that means to her.

Northwest Passages: Elyse Fenton

OPB | Jan. 27, 2011

Poet Elyse Fenton is next in our continuing series of conversations with Northwest writers.

Challenges for the National Guard

OPB | May 25, 2010

What are the specific challenges of being in the National Guard?