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Best Of 2018 | DJ Anjali | Caitlin Weierhauser | Staff Picks From KMHD And opbmusic

The year that was in jazz music, homegrown indie rock, comedy and more. However 2018 has been treating you, we’ve got picks to help you celebrate the good things of the year.

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Tales Of The Side Hustle | Amy Miller | Jodi Darby | Alicia Jo Rabins | Ro Tam | Ben Tyler

So many ways to work! A film artist talks about driving a big rig. A man of many bands takes a night job as a locomotive engineer. And a gig for fast cash puts one drummer in very fast company.

Photo: Claudia Meza/OPB

Portland Book Festival | Tommy Orange | Trevino Brings Plenty

A New York Times best-selling author talks about his astounding debut novel that features a constellation of Native American people living a contemporary urban experience.

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American Fantasies: Abigail DeVille | Leni Zumas | Typhoon | Omar El Akkad

If you’ve been feeling like the lines are blurring between the America you imagined and the America we all live with, take a listen. We found some incredible artists and writer addressing the magical thinking, fantasies, and illusions that shaped our world.

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Guest Curator Corin Tucker

Corin Tucker from the iconic power punk trio, Sleater-Kinney, looks back at the band's catalog, and what's changing for musicians in S-K's hometown, Portland.

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OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 1, 2018

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