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Aaron Scott

Aaron Scott is a producer/reporter for the weekly arts radio show "State of Wonder" at Oregon Public Broadcasting, where his stories have won a Gracie Award for Best Soft News Feature, an Edward R. Murrow Award for Use of Sound, and an APTRA Mark Twain Award for Best News Writing.
Before joining OPB, Aaron was senior editor at Portland Monthly, where he orchestrated the magazine's arts coverage and wrote narrative features. He has filed stories for "Radiolab," "This American Life," NPR and Out Magazine. Aaron has master's degrees in journalism and science writing from Columbia University and a degree in religious studies from Grinnell College, and he spent a number of polyphonic years directing publicity for the band Pink Martini.

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Can Portland Save Its Arts? | Towne Storage | Milepost 5 | Zidell Yards

This week on "State of Wonder," we take a deep dive into what Portland can do to hold onto affordable space for its artists before it's too late.

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'Welcome To Night Vale' Creators | Poets Morgan Parker And Tommy Pico

This week on "State of Wonder," Wordstock conversations with the creators of "Welcome to Night Vale" and two electric poets, Morgan Parker and Tommy Pico.

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Take A Weird Road Trip In Keith Rosson's Latest Novel, 'Smoke City'

The author of "The Mercy of the Tide" is back with a second novel, imagining one of the weirder road trips ever.

Arts | Music | NW Life | local

Oh, Inverted Album: The Shins Flip Their Recent Record On Its Head

OPB's Aaron Scott talks with The Shins’ frontman James Mercer about “The Worm’s Heart,” a through-the-looking-glass revision of last year’s album, “Heartworms.”

Arts | State of Wonder

The Shins | Joe Morton | Keith Rosson | Magellanica At Artists Rep

James Mercer shakes up one great Shins album to make another. We also hear from veteran actor Joe Morton of "Scandal" and hear about the epic new 5.5-hour play at Artists Rep.

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Remembering Ursula Le Guin | Portugal. The Man | Decemberists & Offa Rex | Randy Porter

This week on "State of Wonder," we look back on the life of the legendary writer and talk with the three Oregon bands headed to the Grammys on Sunday. 

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Portlanders Bid Mixed Goodbyes To 'Portlandia'

The sketch comedy show that has come to define Portland is coming to an end, and Portlanders have complicated feelings about that.

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Oregon Artist Turns Dead Creatures Into Beautiful Compositions

Oregon artists Christopher Marley transforms insects, reptiles and sharks into works of eye-popping art, which are on display at a large Florida exhibition.

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Goodbye, 'Portlandia' | Mimicking Birds | MK Guth | MoviePass

This week on "State of Wonder," we say goodbye to "Portlandia" as it enters its final season, hear new music from Mimicking Birds and raise a toast with MK Guth.

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Mimicking Birds Live At OPB

Watch the atmospheric rock band perform songs from their new record, "Layers Of Us," and enter to win tickets to a special album listening party in Portland at the OMSI Planetarium.

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Typhoon | Josh Ritter | Laura Veirs | Portland Youth Philharmonic

This week on "State of Wonder," exclusive sessions with singer-songwriter Josh Ritter and Typhoon, new ideas to preserve Portland arts spaces, musician Laura Veirs branches into podcasting, and more.

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Architect Of Convention Center, Other Landmark Portland Buildings Dead At 84

Robert Frasca and his firm ZGF redefined the Portland skyline with the KOIN Tower, the Multnomah County Justice Center, Waterfront Park, OMSI, and so many other buildings.

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Robert Frank, Who Changed The Course Of Photography, On View At Blue Sky

The most influential living photographer gets a rare Portland exhibition curated by the preeminent art publisher Gerhard Steidl.

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Lemony Snicket | Maria Bamford | Robert Frank

This week on "State of Wonder," comedian Maria Bamford on her hit Netflix series, author of the best-selling "Series of Unfortunate Events," and the man who pretty much invented the photography book.

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Portland Native And Classical Titan Robert Mann Dies At 97

A founder of the internationally renowned Juilliard String Quartet got his start with the Portland Youth Philharmonic in the 1930s.

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The Ghost Of Portland Past: Remembering Elliott Smith

This week on "State of Wonder," we invite Portland musicians to cover the music of Elliott Smith and reflect on his seminal record, "Either/Or."

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A Year Of Wonder: 'State Of Wonder' 2017 Arts Highlights

OPB's art show looks back on the year's best music, books, news stories and spectacular astronomical events.

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Remembering Vera Katz | Best Music Of 2017 | Minor White | Explode Into Colors

This week on "State of Wonder," we discuss the legacy of former mayor and arts booster Vera Katz, the best music of 2017, and get a glimpse into Portland's past through the photos of Minor White.

Arts | News | NW Life | local | State of Wonder

City Council Approves Portland Art Museum Expansion

The council voted to let the museum build the Rothko Pavilion across the plaza between its buildings, and expanded the hours the public can pass through.

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Todd Haynes on 'Wonderstruck' | Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah | Phoebe Bridgers

This week on "State of Wonder," we talk to Todd Haynes about his newest film, "Wonderstruck," and the fall of Harvey Weinstein; we explore Christian Scott aTunde Adjua's groundbreaking contemporary jazz; and discover the story of a painting that saved a family's lives during the Holocaust.