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Claudia Meza


Claudia Meza produces and co-hosts the weekly arts radio program "State of Wonder" at OPB.

She spent most of her 20s in vans, touring the country, playing in bands, learning every possible way she could fall asleep in an upright position. She attended The Evergreen State College where she studied lab sciences, music composition and digital media. Right after college, she worked as a lab analyst for the state of Washington and then the city of Portland in Oregon. From then until now she’s worked mainly in advertising and in film and television production.

Her interests include watching baseball, soccer and taking pictures of herself with cute dogs that she finds in her daily travels. This is not her dog.

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Recent Articles

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Battle Hymns: From Founders To Today, Protest Music Is American Music

From Yankee Doodle to viral TikTok video remixes, protest music has a deep and rich history in our country. Protest music is American music.

local | Nation | News | Politics

The Faces Of Protest: The Memorial Portraits Of Artist Ameya Marie Okamoto

Memorial portraits have taken a central role in the iconography of protests and social justice movements across the country in recent years. We talk with artist Ameya Marie Okamoto about her work and why putting a face to a name can be more powerful than a hashtag.

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Postcards From The Pandemic: The Lonely Writer

Jordan Hernandez, a writer from Southeast Portland has been quarantined alone for the past two months. The pandemic is changing the way she views aloneness.

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Help For Artists And Freelancers During The COVID-19 Pandemic

A collection of emergency funds and resources for working artists and freelance creatives who can't rely on severance packages, unemployment or extended sick leave.

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Florists Rescue Their Spring Blooms For Public Installations During Pandemic

That followed Gov. Kate Brown's recent stay-at-home order due to the spread of COVID-19 that forced many of Oregon's local flower shops to temporarily close. 

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Will Alternative Newspapers Survive the Pandemic?

How are the alternative weekly papers weathering the pandemic?

Entertainment | NW Life | Business | local | Arts | Recreation

For The Love Of Motorcycles: Renowned Portland Show Grows From The Ground Up

The One Motorcycle Show in Portland started as an outsider's motorcycle show designed by people who appreciated bikes as art. It's grown into a world-class motorcycle celebration.

local | Music | NW Life | Arts | Entertainment | Sessions

Marisa Anderson - Pure Form

Filmed at rustic Suttle Lodge, the guitar master performs “Lament" and walks us through her evolution as a player and composer.

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Portland Tattoo Artist Competing In Reality Show 'Ink Master'

But on Tuesday, Jan. 7, Bob Jones will be one in a team of five, representing the West Side in the world premiere of Paramount Networks, “Ink Master: Turf War."

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Batman Returns Returns: Now With Christmas

Austin, Portland and Gotham, three weird sister cities that are all connected by the surprising amount of people who like to wear costumes in public. And now we also share a musical. 

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The Life and Music of Portland Musician Lauren K. Newman

Portland musician and recording engineer Lauren K. Newman passed away this week at the age of 41 after many years of health struggles.

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Nicole Georges' Rumspringa: How A Portland Artist Is Finding Opportunity In LA

Writer, illustrator, podcaster and storyteller Nicole Georges relocated to Los Angeles from Portland to upscale her prolific career. She shows us around in her new city.

local | Arts | Books | State of Wonder

Portland Book Festival | Tommy Orange | Trevino Brings Plenty

A New York Times best-selling author talks about his astounding debut novel that features a constellation of Native American people living a contemporary urban experience.

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Caitlin Weierhauser | Looking Back At OCAC Closure | Preserving Creative Space

Some favorite listens: the curtain call for a 112-year craft institution and the battlefront for affordable arts space in Portland. Also: One comedian interrogates who the laughs are for.

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Rebroadcast: Helado Negro | Saloli | Malheur Refuge Symphony | Pendleton’s String Education Program

How music moves us. Stories about composers' musical interface with the past, interpretations of our present and instructing players of the future through song.

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Margaret Atwood & Ursula K. Le Guin | Nilufer Yanya | OK Theater’s 100th Anniversary

What gets us through those uncertain moments? The speculative story? The daring album concept? The strenuous film shoot? The risky venture? RESOLVE. This week: square-jawed stories from tenacious creators.

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Ken Burns’ Country Music | Women Who Skate | Grand Ronde’s Global Youth Gathering | Pass The Mic

American experiences. Unexpected appearances. Generational healing. Wonders never cease.

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Ruth E. Carter | THING Music Festival | ASL In The Arts

Innovators and icons do things differently. This week we hear stories from a few people changing the game in their field.

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From The Archives: Guest Curators Kelly Sue DeConnick And Matt Fraction

Smash all comics industry models. A guest-curated episode from September 2014.