Program will look back at the Sleater-Kinney legacy and Portland’s changing musical ecosystem

OPB’s weekly arts and culture radio program State of Wonder will feature Corin Tucker, former singer and guitarist for the band Sleater-Kinney, on its October 18 show.

Tucker will serve as guest curator for the program—joining April Baer as co-host and also shaping the content and selecting the interview subjects for the week’s show.

“Corin and the band played a key role in putting the Northwest music scene on the map. The durability of the Sleater-Kinney catalogue is just amazing. She brought us perspectives from an incredible range of experience, from globally-known acts to the grass roots,” said April Baer, host of OPB’s State of Wonder.

The show takes a look at the legacy of Sleater-Kinney, one of the most respected rock bands the Northwest ever produced. It will also revisit the fertile musical ecosystem Tucker found when she moved from Olympia to Portland in 1996.

Baer and Tucker will also visit music venues around Portland Tucker both played and went to hear music, to see how they have changed over the years. They will also speak to several individuals in local Portland music scene, digging into questions such as whether Portland still has the economic and creative resources that make it possible for bands to grow and flourish here, and what music industry success means today.

Interviews in the program include:

  • Larry Crane of Jackpot Records, who recorded Sleater-Kinney, The Decemberists, Elliot Smith, and many others
  • Gilly Hanner of Calamity Jane
  • Jody Bleyle of Hazel, Team Dresch and others
  • Joanne Bolme of the Jicks, Quasi, and other bands
  • Rebecca Gates of the Spinanes
  • Tres Shannon, co-owner of Portland’s X-Ray Cafe

The show coincides with the October 21st release of Sub Pop Record’s limited edition deluxe vinyl box set Start Together, which is a collection of all seven of Sleater-Kinney’s studio albums. During the show, State of Wonder will talk with veteran engineer Greg Calbi, who remastered the songs for the box set.

The show featuring Corin Tucker airs Saturday, October 18 at noon on OPB Radio and can also be streamed online.

Follow State of Wonder on Facebook and Twitter to see what will be discussed on upcoming shows, learn about local artists and creators, see upcoming events and find out more about what’s happening in the arts community.

State of Wonder is made possible by a grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, along with support from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, the U.S. Bank Foundation, the Jackson Foundation and the Pacific Power Foundation. Other supporters of arts and culture programming at OPB include the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, the Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust along with a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission.


About State of Wonder
State of Wonder is a magazine-style show featuring interviews and reporting on the latest in visual arts, theater, music, literature, culture and more. It delivers the week’s show-stopping stories, ideas and must-see happenings, and has frank conversations about the economic, social and political currents shaping the creative economy. The show consists of original stories and draws from content within OPB’s robust arts and culture portfolio including Oregon Art Beat, OPB News, Oregon Experience, KMHD jazz radio and opbmusic. State of Wonder airs every Saturday at noon on OPB Radio and can be streamed online from or on mobile devices with the OPB News app.

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