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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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Design Week Portland | Buildings Full Of Women | Swift Agency | Nightwood Society | Hacienda CDC

Live at Design Week Portland, "State of Wonder" reimagines what buildings would look like if they were designed by women.

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Soul'd Out Vs. Coachella | Black Belt Eagle Scout | Shayla Lawson & Frank Ocean | Indigenous Playwrights

This week on "State of Wonder," Soul'd Out sues Coachella, three native playwrights soar at Oregon's biggest theaters, poet Shayla Lawson's love letter to Frank Ocean, and the quiet heartache of Black Belt Eagle Scout.

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Mohsin Hamid | Chris Smither | Mary Katherine Nagle’s 'Manahatta' | Stacey Tran

Magical writing from this year's Everybody Reads selection, road-tested blues from Chris Smither, plus Stacey Tran feeds our needs with her poems and her splendid storytelling series.

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Helio Sequence | Holly Andres | Kelli Schaefer | The Art Of Prosthetics

This week on "State of Wonder," we hear live music from Helio Sequence and Kelli Schaefer, travel the country with photog Holly Andres, look at the design of prosthetic limbs and harness karaoke powers to learn a language.

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'Walking Dead' Creator Hangs Up Superhero Series To Shack Up With Monsters

Robert Kirkman is ending his longest-running series, "Invincible," just as Seth Rogen announced he'd make it into a movie. Up next? Interdimensional monsters in Philly with "Oblivion Song."

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Robert Kirkman | Haley Heynderickx | Celeste Noche

This week on "State of Wonder," we dive deep with "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman, immerse ourselves in the music of breakout star Haley Heynderickx, and take one last trip to UNA Gallery for its final show.

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10 Things We Love About ‘Everything Sucks!,’ Oregon's Newest TV Show

Filmed in Boring, Oregon, Netflix’s newest show is a homage to the '90s. We have an exclusive interview with the creators.

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Netflix's 'Everything Sucks' | Allison Janney On 'I, Tonya' | Terese Marie Mailhot

This week on "State of Wonder," we talk to the creators of "Everything Sucks" and Allison Janney about her Oscar-nominated turn in "I, Tonya," and meet Portland's new creative laureate.

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New Development Could Transform Portland's Arts Landscape (And Its Skyline)

Zidell Yards wants to make artists and arts organizations central to its 33-acre development, along with OMSI. But can they make it pencil out?

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Live At The FisherPoets Gathering: Astoria's Storied Festival Of Verse

"State of Wonder" broadcasts live from the festival that draws seafarers and wordslingers from Kilauea to Corbett to Kodiak to share stories and verse from the ocean.

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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.

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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.”

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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.