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Arts | local | State of Wonder

Art Installation On Portland's Waterfront Is A Dreamy Summer Respite

The installation, "habitus," on the waterfront is like an island of respite in the dog days of Portland summer.

Arts | local | State of Wonder

Created Spaces | Ann Hamilton | Jessica Hernandez And The Deltas | Richard Swift | KSMOCA

Ann Hamilton at Centennial Mills, Detroit's Jessica Hernandez soars back into town, and Harrell Fletcher & friends turn a school into a museum.

News | Technology | local

Scientists At Oregon State Are Building Robots That Can Walk Like Us

Walking is the most natural way for humans to get around. But for a robot? Not so much. This is a problem Jonathan Hurst is trying to solve at Oregon State University.

Books | Arts | News | local | State of Wonder

Viet Thanh Nguyen | Back Country Book Club | L.A. Salami | RACC

Long reads and leisurely listens. Get your holiday weekend started with backcountry book recommendations, the long view of what arts should do for a city, and songs that can stop time.

NW Life | Arts | local | State of Wonder

Typhoon | Alex Gino's KidLit Trans Hero George | Henk Pander | Arthur And Katherine Bradford

This week we turn our face toward the void with one of Oregon's great painters, the band Typhoon and a new play that explores a new dimension to urban displacement.

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

Johnny Cash's 'Folsom' At 50 | Paul Simon | Chuck Klosterman | Fond Farewell

This week on “State of Wonder,” we say goodbye to producer Aaron Scott, head to an Oregon prison for the 50th anniversary of Johnny Cash's "At Folsom Prison" concert, and more.

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

Mark Rothko | Sera Cahoone | Women In Tech | Coleman Exits Portland Center Stage

This week on "State of Wonder," makers and breakers: abstract iconoclast Mark Rothko's Portland roots, ladies in tech tell what their jobs are really like, plus Sera Cahoone refashions everything.

Books | Arts | Entertainment | NW Life | local | State of Wonder

Oregon Book Awards: Laini Taylor | Omar El Akkad | Samiya Bashir | Nicole Georges | Anis Mojgani

This week on "State of Wonder," we talk with finalists for the Oregon Book Awards, the state's highest literary honors.

NW Life | Arts | local | State of Wonder

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.

NW Life | Arts | Entertainment | local

Stars Align In Oregon For 3 Indigenous Playwrights

An auspicious meeting of three playwrights, all indigenous, all women. We got to be in the room with them.

Arts | Business | local | Oregon Art Beat

Sharing The World In 3-D: Rich Dubnow And Oregon’s Iconic View-Master

Meet a photographer who got his start shooting stills for the Oregon-born View-Master company and never stopped loving 3-D.