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OPB's weekly journal of arts and creative work.

OPB's weekly journal of arts and creative work.
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OPB's weekly journal of arts and creative work.

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Sun Ra | DUG | The Space Lady | Pepper Pepper | Cherdonna Shinatra |

1/18/2019
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It may seem like the art world depends on gatekeeping: deciding what art goes in museums, which songs will get played, who gets the grants. But sometimes, the gates swing in ways we might not have expected. What seems like fringe turns out to be fundamental. This week, we take a look at the evolving standards of who and what is included in the world of art.

Duration:00:51:37

Satirist Andy Borowitz | “Teenage Dick” Onstage At Artists Rep | keyon gaskin And Nadia Buyse

1/11/2019
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Don’t turn away. Sometimes even the most awkward situation can be spun into something wonderful. This week: cringe-worthy national events make for brilliant satire, a new play mines liberal guilt surrounding disability, and the story of the most bizarre art festival ever.

Duration:00:49:58

Author Aja Gabel + Musicians of the Oregon Symphony | Classical’s #MeToo Reckoning | The Met Opera Aria Code

1/4/2019
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A soap opera in the string quartet. The #MeToo moment at the conservatory. And opera appreciation for the rest of us. This week, three tales both classical and modern.

Duration:00:50:21

Readers’ Delight | Super-Librarian Nancy Pearl | Books For Trails, Towers, And Trawlers

12/28/2018
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We’re drilling down with the pros to find reads that challenge, reads that work in far-flung places, and reads that will stay in your head years after you put down the book.

Duration:00:51:16

The Long Journey | Abbi Jacobson | Tara Westover | Shayla Lawson

12/21/2018
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As you contemplate the road ahead for 2019, listen to three amazing artists talk about their transformational journeys: some road trip medicine for heartbreak, a daughter emerging from a tightly-wound family cocoon, and a transatlantic odyssey involving more than one Ocean.

Duration:00:52:04

The Panoramic Imagination Of Somaiya Daud | Susan Fletcher | Tin House

12/14/2018
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Interstellar intrigue on a Moroccan-inspired world? Strong female hero of color? Yes, please. We talk with one of the YA breakout stars of 2018 at the Portland Book Festival, Somaiya Daud. Also we meet one of Daud's early inspirations and catch up on the top publishing story of the week.

Duration:00:50:06

Best of 2018 | DJ Anjali | Caitlin Weierhauser | Staff Picks from KMHD and opbmusic

12/7/2018
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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.

Duration:00:50:07

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

11/30/2018
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The jobs that pay money. The jobs that pay out in other ways. The jobs that make art possible: Artist Jodi Darby talks about driving a big rig, comedian Amy Miller pierces the thin façade of success, Alicia Jo Rabins talks about deepening her spiritual practice through teaching, and drummer Ben Tyler, in search of fast cash, finds himself in some very fast company.

Duration:00:51:08

Portland Book Festival | Tommy Orange | Trevino Brings Plenty

11/21/2018
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Tommy Orange’s breakthrough debut novel, titled, “There, There,” unites the stories of twelve Native people, brought together on one momentous day in Oakland. We meet Orange, and along with poet, Trevino Brings Plenty, discuss the depth and breadth of urban Native stories. This conversation was had live at the Portland Book Festival.

Duration:00:49:36

Portland Book Festival: Daniel H. Wilson | Angela Garbes | Elizabeth Rush

11/18/2018
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This week’s show takes us to Portland Book Festival, for conversations with three fascinating authors pondering birth, imminent environmental devastation, and...robots.

Duration:00:50:27

Creative Families | Esperanza Spalding | Kim Kovel and Jeff Kovel | Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer

11/9/2018
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When we imagine artists at home over the holidays, it’s a pretty rosy picture: imagine musical clans like the Nevilles and the Wilsons singing around the table. (Why can’t our families be that awesome???) But let’s be real — life can be tough. This week, stories about how creative families do for each other, just in time for that seasonal visit with your kin.

Duration:00:51:14

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

11/2/2018
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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.

Duration:00:50:41

Guest Curator Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker (Previously aired: Oct. 18, 2014)

10/26/2018
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This week, we’re diving into the "State of Wonder" archives for one of our favorite guest curators. Corin Tucker spent 12 years in the iconic Northwest band Sleater-Kinney. We asked Corin to look back at the Sleater-Kinney catalog with us, and think about what's changed since she moved from Olympia down to Portland in 1996.

Duration:00:51:30

Fabi Reyna | Women Of Color In Music | Esperanza Spalding | Ear Trumpet Labs | Catalinbread

10/19/2018
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This week we’re handing over the keys for State of Wonder to local musician and small business owner Fabi Reyna. She's the creator of the guitar magazine "She Shreds."

Duration:00:58:29

Design For Space, Parking, Fly Fishing And The World (Originally aired: Jan. 23, 2016)

10/11/2018
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In this week's rebroadcast, we welcome user experience (UX) designer Elena Moon as our guest curator. She has this fantastic way of explaining what works and why. She’s going to lead us through her own work and the designed world, from parking meters to space ships.

Duration:00:51:07

I Did It My Way: Prentice Onayemi | S1 | Debra Granik And Anne Rosellini | Chanti Darling

10/5/2018
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Every person who makes something, anything, it doesn’t even have to be particularly artsy, there comes this moment of like, all right, you got this idea, but you have to get it done

Duration:00:51:46

Virtually Unlimited | Kristen Lucas | SERA Architects | Darcelle XV | Crystal Rutland

9/28/2018
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Virtual reality may not quite be the tech that all the kids are doing these day, but there are entire communities interacting as we speak in VR worlds. This week, we hear about an 87 year old drag queen is the subject of a new VR narrative documentary, gearheads using VR to learn how to dismantle a car transmission - while the transmission is still running, and the fantastic UX designer Crystal Rutland talks about using VR in her firm’s practice.

Duration:00:50:54

Life, Death And Punk With Jessica Hopper | Comics Artist Anders Nilsen

9/21/2018
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The firebrand music critic has a new memoir, chronicling the formative time she spent in a gentrifying Chicago in the mid 2000's.

Duration:00:35:18

Future Tense: Julia Oldham | Daniel Wilson | Ursula K. Le Guin | Lidia Yuknavitch

9/14/2018
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What is it with humanity, anyway? Seems like, since the beginning of time, we have just been waiting for it to all fall apart. (seriously, how many sci-fi books have you read set in a time of global peace and infinite resources?) And how is it that the best futurists can extrapolate an entire world from just one concept? Listen in as we explore future-tense ideas on technology, the way we treat each other, the way we view ourselves and our environment.

Duration:00:52:15

Madame Gandhi | John Cameron Mitchell | Black Belt Eagle Scout | Gabriel Kahane

9/12/2018
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This week, artists whose work — and sometimes even their mere existence— have caused a kind of social friction. In an awesome way. You’ll hear from prolific drummer and polymath Madame Gandhi, actor/director/writer John Cameron Mitchell, musician Black Belt Eagle Scout. Also, the story composer Gabriel Kahane's groundbreaking composition for the Oregon Symphony.

Duration:00:51:16