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Legislative Update | Ghost Town Odes | Sage Grouse Agreement

OPB | Broadcast: June 12, 2017

How do you describe a ghost town?

Poet Tracy K. Smith At Literary Arts

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 16, 2017

We interview poet Tracy K. Smith at Literary Arts in front of an audience.

News Roundtable: April 29 | Military Sexual Trauma | Poetry Out Loud

OPB | Broadcast: April 29, 2016

We discuss some of the biggest stories of the week with our news roundtable. OPB reporter Conrad Wilson brings us a story about an Oregon man who was discharged from the military after being the victim of a sexual assault. High school student Mitchell Lenneville is headed to Washington, D.C., to compete in a national poetry recitation contest.

Precision Castparts' Worried Neighbors | Poor Whites Supporting Trump | Rita Dove

OPB | Broadcast: April 14, 2016

We hear from OPB reporter Amelia Templeton about the long-standing complaints by the Portland neighbors of Precision Castparts, which has apparently been emitting toxic pollution for decades. Camas-based author Jonna Ivin analyzes the role of race and class in Donald Trump's popularity. And we talk to former U.S. poet laureate Rita Dove about her work.

150 Years Of The Oregon State Fair

OPB | Broadcast: 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 | Broadcast: 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 | Broadcast: March 27, 2015

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

Jane Hirshfield On The Uncertainty Of Poetry

OPB | Broadcast: 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 | Broadcast: 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 | 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.

Poet Nikki Giovanni On "Chasing Utopia"

OPB | Broadcast: 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 | Broadcast: 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 | 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.

Reading Poetry To Ferns

OPB | Broadcast: 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 | Broadcast: Nov. 22, 2013

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

Garrison Keillor

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 5, 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 | Broadcast: July 5, 2013

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


OPB | Broadcast: May 8, 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 | 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.

Mary Szybist Discusses "Incarnadine"

OPB | Broadcast: March 1, 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.