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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

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

Sun Ra Arkestra | Y La Bamba | Piano. Push. Play

This week we’re revisiting some of our favorite music stories and interviews we’ve done.

Arts | Books | local | State of Wonder

Kiese Laymon | Ted Chiang | Rosanne Parry

Bump up your beach reads with three spectacular writers, each grappling with human connection.

Communities | Music | Arts | local | State of Wonder

KayelaJ | Summer Playlist 2019 | The Numberz

From house to punk to hip-hop, this week we explore the Pacific Northwest’s exciting music scene.

Arts | Books | State of Wonder

REBROADCAST: The Panoramic Imagination Of Somaiya Daud | Susan Fletcher | Tin House

This week we’re listening to one of our favorite book interviews ever: YA writer Somaiya Daud at Portland Book Fest 2018. Interstellar intrigue on a Moroccan-inspired world? Strong female hero of color? Yes, please. Also: one of Daud's early inspirations and we say goodbye to a truly great literary journal.

Arts | local | State of Wonder

Photographer Celeste Noche | Astoria's Fisher Poets | Arte Soleil

Sometimes good stories take a while. This week, long-awaited gems from Astoria’s Fisher Poets and an arts outpost in East Portland. Also, a photographer goes the extra 4,000 miles for the literary story she believes in.

News | Arts | State of Wonder

John Doe On LA’s Punk Scene | Team Dresch | Chachalu’s Loan From The British Museum

Know your history: Stories from the L.A. punk scene, queer punk in the ‘90s Portland music scene, and a Native museum gets quality time with tribal artifacts.

Arts | Books | History | Entertainment | NW Life | Music

The Lasting Influence Of L.A. Punk

X frontman John Doe is back for another helping of stories about the legendary bands and clubs of L.A.’s punk era, and genre’s legacy.   

Music | Arts | Books | local | State of Wonder

Karen Russell | Angela Garbes | Bill Oakley | bed.

The things parents do. (Really, Mom and Dad, you shouldn’t have.)

Music | Arts | Education | local | News | State of Wonder

Marcus Fischer | A Brief History Of Craft | Goodbye To OCAC | Amy Dotson Coming To NW Film

A few updates on our creative scene, some of which will get fists pumping in the air, others will leave you feeling like your team left town.

State of Wonder

Tales Of The Side Hustle | Amy Miller | Jodi Darby | Alicia Jo Rabins | Ro Tam | Ben Tyler

The jobs that pay money. The jobs that pay out in other ways. The jobs that make art possible, and the ones threatening to take over everything. We’re checking them all out for this week’s "State of Wonder," as we talk to artists about the work they do for love, for money, or some mix of the two.

State of Wonder

Marisa Anderson | Mohanad Elshieky | Bhi Bhiman

Reverberations: Three artists respond to this moment in America.

Music | Arts | local | Entertainment | Sessions

Helado Negro Centers Voice On 'This Is How You Smile'

Known for his surreal textures and dreamy vocals, wildly talented songwriter Roberto Carlos Lange joins us in our latest session.

Arts | local | State of Wonder

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.

Arts | NW Life | local | State of Wonder

Soul’d Out Festival | Shy Girls | Jacqueline Woodson | Raven Chacon | Oregon East Symphony | The 1491s

Sometimes, innovation isn’t about radical concepts, but fresh perspectives. This week — musicians, authors and performers who offer new takes on familiar themes.

Arts | NW Life | local | State of Wonder

Colson Whitehead | Black Life Experimental Research Group | Mary Kathryn Nagle | Alex Chiu

Go beyond your textbooks. This week — artists and writers whose work is illuminating the histories that have been pushed to the margins. We might not always get it right, but it’s important we try.

Arts | local | State of Wonder

Mohsin Hamid | Terese Marie Mailhot | Mitchell S. Jackson

This week, we’re going home — wherever that is. Three contemporary writers on how their upbringing has shaped their identity and their work.

Music | Arts | Books | local | Entertainment | State of Wonder

Lindy West And 'Shrill' | Dick Dale | Morgan Parker | Tommy Pico | Kathleen Collins and 'Losing Ground'

This week, we’re digging a little deeper, looking past the surface. These are the best stories you’ve never heard.

Arts | local | Entertainment | State of Wonder

Kelly Sue DeConnick and Captain Marvel | The Numberz | Helado Negro | What’s Happening to Portland’s Creative Spaces?

From the latest Avengers film to Portland’s only black-run radio station, innovation proliferates. This week, we’re exploring new horizons in the fields of comics, radio, and even public arts policy.