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Soul’d Out Festival | Shy Girls | Jacqueline Woodson | Raven Chacon | Oregon East Symphony | The 1491s

Sometimes, innovation isn’t about radical concepts, but fresh perspectives. This week — musicians, authors and performers who offer new takes on familiar themes.

Photo: Jenny Graham/Courtesy Oregon Shakespeare Festival

The Native Perspective Missing From Design | Design Week Portland | Adia Victoria

So much Native imagery. Where are all the Native designers?

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Colson Whitehead | Black Life Experimental Research Group | Mary Kathryn Nagle | Alex Chiu

Go beyond your textbooks. This week — artists and writers whose work is illuminating the histories that have been pushed to the margins. We might not always get it right, but it’s important we try.

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Mohsin Hamid | Terese Marie Mailhot | Mitchell S. Jackson

This week, we’re going home — wherever that is. Three contemporary writers on how their upbringing has shaped their identity and their work.

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Lindy West And 'Shrill' | Dick Dale | Morgan Parker | Tommy Pico | Kathleen Collins and 'Losing Ground'

This week, we’re digging a little deeper, looking past the surface. These are the best stories you’ve never heard.

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Shy Girls at Doug Fir


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

2019 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. 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


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


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

Author Mohsin Hamid's Globalist Perspective

OPB | Broadcast: April 28, 2016

Mohsin Hamid has lived in Pakistan, the U.S. and Britain. His fiction and nonfiction explores the contradictions and complexities of globalization.

What Happened (And What Didn’t) With Portland’s Creative Space Plan


It’s been about a year since Portland City Council passed a plan to preserve affordable space for artists and makers. So what has happened since?

Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick On Captain Marvel's Big Screen Debut


The writer who re-made Carol Danvers talks about re-imagining female heroism.

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. 

Burning It Down With The Manila Sound


That time when political repression and post-colonial identity came together to make beautiful Filipino dance tracks. We've got four cuts to get you started.

Musician Michelle Zauner On Korean Identity And Grieving At H Mart


Zauner’s project Japanese Breakfast was just the beginning as she came to terms with a biracial heritage and losing her mother.

Y La Bamba At Type Foundry Studio


Luz Elena Mendoza talks with OPB about expressing her Mexican-American identity through songwriting. Watch her band, Y La Bamba, play a percussive and emotional set drawn from the new album, "Mujeres."

Artist Strives To Save Portland's Historic Mayo House


An African-American artist has stepped up to save a historic home in Northeast Portland because of his family's own struggles with gentrification. 

Door Of The Cosmos: Sun Ra On View At Portland Art Museum


The jazz visionary gets a major exhibition, uniting the many faces of his genius, from jazz to art to philosophy.

Andy Borowitz On Surviving The Death Of Satire


An ultra-marathoner of comedy writing, Andy Borowitz talks about his long-running feed of satirical news stories and his method of drawing humor out of less-than-funny times.

Classical Music's #MeToo Reckoning


Portland violinist Raffaela Kalmar is part of a cohort of musicians who spoke out about sexual abuse by the eminent concertmaster William Preucil.

DJ Anjali And The 18-Year Party


One of the godmothers of the Portland club scene, DJ Anjali, talks about cracking open the audience for Bhangra beats, and finding her place in the DJ booth.

Artist Abigail DeVille’s Critique Of The American Paradox


Abigail DeVille’s mammoth installation at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art centers around the lost histories and displaced citizens of the United States.

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.

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