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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.

Photo: Courtesy of Henk Pander

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.

Photo: Aaron Scott/OPB

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.

Photo: Courtesy of the Rothko Foundation

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.

Photo: Aaron Scott/OPB

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

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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


A conversation from Wordstock 2017 dives into Taylor Swift’s savvy, inscrutable taste in leisure wear, and the fate of an NBA fan in a Timbers town.

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.

Chris Smither Performs Songs From New Album 'Call Me Lucky'


Writing in a timeless rhyming couplets, the songwriter plays three songs from his new album, "Call Me Lucky."

Author Mohsin Hamid Live At Literary Arts

OPB | Broadcast: April 5, 2018

A conversation with the author of "Exit West" in front of an audience.

At Tender Table, Stories Are Told And Tasted


Food, family, and identity are the ingredients that make up Tender Table, a storytelling series for women and nonbinary people of color in Portland. 

Novel Set On Oregon Coast Imagines A Reproductive Dystopia


Leni Zumas' novel, set on the Oregon coast, weaves together the lives of four women to explore identity, motherhood and politics.

How To Spend $7 Million: Artists Rep’s New Reality


Artists Repertory Theatre has started to move on logistics and management of game-changing $7 million gift.

Laura Veirs, From Musician To Podcaster To Author And Back


What could a musician-gone-podcaster-gone-children’s-author possibly want to do next? Return to music, naturally.

Portland Tropical Garden Blooms Fleetingly But Flourishes


A pop-up experiment in social practice finds a temporary home in Director Park.

Reactions To 'Hamilton' In Portland From A High School Hamilfan


Second national tour brings Broadway smash to an ecstatic audience.

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