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Molly Gloss | Holland Andrews | Behind The Bullet


This week: interviews and stories from places of devastation and salvation — and all the spots in between.

Photo: Emily Krause

W.E.B. Du Bois’ Data Visualization | Maria Semple | Open Signal | Head Cleaner | The Nude Party


This week we explore hard truths but also talk with artists who keep us hopeful for the future.

Photo: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division

Dom Flemons | Bundyville | Roger Guenveur Smith | Low Bar Chorale | Las Chuntá


A 100% fun and safe episode, all about people in precarious situations.

Photo: Catalina Ausin/Courtesy of Genevieve Roundané 

Artist Garrick Imatani | Mdou Moctar | Hop Along | Lucy’s Punk Rock Show For Kids | Roll Hardy


Punk shows for all ages — and we mean all ages, bearing witness to a celestial visitor, and one painter captures a city’s industrial landscapes.

Photo: Claudia Meza/OPB

Guest Curator Fabi Reyna Of She Shreds


This week we’re handing over the keys for "State of Wonder" to musician and publisher Fabi Reyna. She's the creator of the guitar magazine She Shreds.

Photo: Courtesy She Shreds

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W.E.B. Du Bois' Depictions Of Black Life In 1900 On Display In Portland

OPB

An exhibit at the 1900 World's Fair in Paris, led by W.E.B. Du Bois, portrayed the first post-slavery generation of black Americans. Today, selected works are on display at the Portland Art Museum.

Portland’s Low Bar Chorale Brings Together Big Crowds For Group Singalongs

OPB

Producer Kate Sokoloff and music director Ben Landsverk bring together musicians to perform live for audiences, coordinate large singalongs and create a feeling of community. 

Listen: OPB's 'Bundyville' Podcast

OPB

From Longreads and Oregon Public Broadcasting, “Bundyville” returns for a second season to pick up where the first season left off. "Bundyville: The Remnant" is a seven-part series that explores the world beyond the Bundy family and the armed uprisings they inspired.

Roll Hardy: Painting Portland's Impermanent, Industrial Beauty

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 1, 2018

Landscapes scarred by time and the remnants of transient visitors. Places at the periphery of Portland, filled with existential silence and potential danger. This is the world Roll Hardy paints.

Sahel Sounds Takes On Tuareg Rock Film

OPB

Musicologist Christopher Kirkley's love for Saharan guitarists inspired him to take on an homage to Purple Rain, recast in Africa.

Hop Along Live At Wonder Ballroom

opbmusic

The Philadelphia rock band perform songs from their masterful 2018 album, and lead singer Frances Quinlan chats with opbmusic's Jerad Walker.

Artist Garrick Imatani Reimagines Tomanowos At Chachalu Museum

OPB

Imatani and the Confederates Tribes of Grand Ronde recently premiered a work of art four years in the making, inspired by a unique spiritual entity in Pacific Northwest tribal history.

How Fabi Reyna Re-Tuned The Guitar Industry In 5 Short Years

OPB

She's just your basic industry-changing, magazine-publishing CEO of her own burgeoning media empire.

Bloom Where You’re Planted: Arte Soleil In Southeast Portland

OPB

A bootstrapped arts center fills the gap in a Portland community on the margins.

For Remote Communities In Scotland's Outer Hebrides, Mobile Libraries Are A Lifeline

NPR

Library vans ply lonely roads and deliver books, including works in Gaelic, to hundreds of isolated residents. Seeing the mobile librarian is sometimes the only human contact they will have for days.

Portland Parks Budget Cuts Mean Change For Arts Programs

OPB

The Multnomah Arts Center, the Community Music Center and the Laurelhurst Dance Studio need to develop funding models as the city tries to get the Parks and Recreation Budget under control.

Writer Karen Russell Paints The World Orange

OPB

The Pulitzer finalist short-story champ is back with a new story collection exploring environmental dread, girl heroism and the terrors of parenthood.

bed. Live At Kelly's Olympian

opbmusic

The Portland rock band perform songs from their much-anticipated full-length debut "Replay" and chat with OPB's Jerad Walker.

A Symphony In Burns Seeks Healing, 3 Years After Occupation

OPB

The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge became a household name in 2016, not for its beautiful scenery or because 300 bird species flock there, but because a militant, anti-government group had taken over headquarters for 41 days, leading to a fatal shooting. Three years later, an Oregon symphony offers music as healing.

Shy Girls at Doug Fir

opbmusic

We catch up to the smooth bedroom pop act at soundcheck at Doug Fir Lounge.

2019 Soul'd Out Festival Guide

KMHD

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. Featuring: Roy Ayers, Makaya McCraven, Theo Croker, Kadhja Bonet, Bernard Purdie and more.  

Jacqueline Woodson At Literary Arts

OPB | Broadcast: April 4, 2019

Author and poet Jacqueline Woodson joins us in front of an audience at Literary Arts in downtown Portland.

A Mural On 82nd Avenue And The Art Of Taking Up Space

OPB

Alex Chiu struggled to wrap his brain around why the seemingly innocent images in his mural made people so angry. Perhaps it wasn't what the people in his artwork were doing, but the color of their skin.

Mitchell Jackson's New Memoir Chronicles Growing Up Black In Portland

OPB | Broadcast: March 28, 2019

Mitchell Jackson's new memoir, "Survival Math," tells of his life growing up in Northeast Portland.

Terese Marie Mailhot On Memoir, Memory And Agency

OPB

Shattering stories and laser-focused language mark a breakthrough debut memoir.


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