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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.

Photo: Steven Tonthat/OPB

Celebrating Brian Doyle's Big, Bold Oregon Legacy

This week on 'State of Wonder,' some of the Northwest's most prominent writers come together to share stories and memories of the man the "New Yorker" called "the Portland sage."

Guest Curator Victor Maldonado | Sean Patrick Carney| Elizabeth Leon | Visiting Crow's Shadow

Interdisciplinary artist Victor Maldonado takes the reins for this week’s show, introducing us to his work, his community, and the experiences that shaped his life.

Photo: Courtesy of Victor Maldonado

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.

Photo: Michael Baden/OPB

Elliott Smith's 'Either/Or' At 20 | Slim Moon | Larry Crane | Sean Croghan | Luz Elena Mendoza | Matt Drenik | The Secret Sea | Catherine Feeny

Friends and colleagues of Elliott Smith look back at seminal songs that continue to inspire fans around the world.

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The Magic Of Musician Richard Swift


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Outgoing Oregon Poet Laureate Passes Baton To Portland Poet


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Seeds Scattered: What Will Happen To Marylhurst University’s Arts Programs?


As Marylhurst University winds down 125 years of higher education, several arts-related programs have found new homes. Other assets are swathed in the mystery of the school’s dissolution.

Film Documenting The Life Of Ursula K. Le Guin To Premiere In UK


Five questions with filmmaker Arwen Curry, whose documentary "Worlds Of Ursula K. Le Guin" is complete after 10 years of work.

Changing The Container: How Le Guin Shaped Representation In Sci Fi


She mirrored the world that was while making new worlds possible.

Celebrated Oregon Author Ursula K. Le Guin Dies At 88


A one-woman revolution in fiction and fantasy — and one of Oregon’s literary treasures — author Ursula K. Le Guin has died at age 88.

Band Takes Johnny Cash's 'Folsom' Concert To Oregon Prisons


For the 50th anniversary of Johnny Cash's “At Folsom Prison,” a Portland band is restaging the concert at prisons across the state. We go with them to Coffee Creek’s women’s facility.

A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History Of Chuck Klosterman


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Rothko: Life Beyond The Abstract

OPB | Broadcast: May 3, 2018

Painter Mark Rothko sold newspapers on Portland street corners, worked in his uncle’s downtown Portland clothing store, and eventually enrolled at Lincoln High School, where he excelled. 

Sera Cahoone Live At The Old Church


The singer-songwriter performs with a string trio, before her recent Portland concert.

Painfully Honest Job Descriptions For Portland Women In Tech


Portland’s tech scene is hot. Jobs for women are not.

Portland Poet Anis Mojgani Challenges Grief And Greek Gods


The international slam poetry champion finds beauty in sorrow in his new collection, "In the Pockets of Small Gods."

Poetry And Science Collide In The Work Of Samiya Bashir


The Portland poet explores how principles like Black Body Theory and Planck's Constant impact the real world, from a taxi cab ride to gun violence and Groucho Marx.

Slaying Demons (And Cliches) With Best-Selling Portland Author Laini Taylor


The “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” author releases “Strange the Dreamer” and talks about how fantasy allows us to explore topics like war and prejudice in new ways.

Oceanography: Poet Shayla Lawson On Frank Ocean


Lawson’s new collection of work is a dialogue with one of music’s most limber and interesting writers.

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.

KMHD's 2018 Soul'd Out Festival Guide


KMHD staff breaks down this year's Soul'd Out Fest schedule day-by-day with our must-see acts and recommendations for any taste.

Words As Playground And Memory Lab: The Poems Of Stacey Tran


Her debut poetry collection, "Soap for the Dogs," steps lightly through family histories, real and imagined.

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