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Elliott Smith's 'Either/Or' At 20 | Slim Moon | Larry Crane

December 27th, 2019

50:40

This week’s show is a rebroadcast from April 2017. Twenty-two years ago Elliott Smith opened a door into a hypnotic new world. The album, “Either/Or,” released on Kill Rock Stars, marks a turning point in Smith’s …

Scotland's Mobile Libraries | Tales from the Fisher Poets | East Portland’s Arte Soleil

December 20th, 2019

50:11

Sometimes good stories take a while. This week, long-awaited gems from Astoria’s Fisher Poets and an arts outpost in East Portland. Also, a photographer goes the extra 4,000 miles for the literary story she believes in.

REBROADCAST | John Doe On LA’s Punk Scene | Team Dresch | Chachalu’s Loan From The British Museum

December 13th, 2019

51:01

This episode originally aired on June 8th, 2019. It’s a weird world that obliges you to negotiate for decades to borrow things your great-grandparents made. And where are we if we can’t recover and know our history? …

REBROADCAST | Kiese Laymon | Ted Chiang | Rosanne Parry

December 6th, 2019

50:55

State of Wonder is bringing back some of our best episodes, and today’s was an easy yes. Some years, you get some good books. And then there are years that deliver great ones. We hope you’ve got room on your shelf for …

REBROADCAST | Satirist Andy Borowitz | 'Teenage Dick' At Artists Rep | keyon gaskin And Nadia Buyse

November 29th, 2019

51:05

This episode originally aired on Jan. 12, 2018. Embarrassing situations don’t always result in great inspiration — but we wonder if some artists …

REBROADCAST | The Native Perspective Missing from Design | Design Week Portland | Adia Victoria

November 22nd, 2019

50:53

This episode originally aired on April 13, 2018. We’re playing some of our favorite episodes this fall, looking back on all the things we made over six years of State of Wonder. Today’s is something special we did for …

Nicole Georges' Rumspringa

November 16th, 2019

16:08

Writer, illustrator, podcaster and storyteller Nicole Georges relocated to Los Angeles to upscale her prolific career. We’ve loved her work for …

REBROADCAST | Abigail DeVille | Leni Zumas | Typhoon | Omar El Akkad

November 15th, 2019

50:20

This episode originally aired on Nov. 3, 2018. 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 …

REBROADCAST | Aja Gabel + Oregon Symphony | Classical’s #MeToo Reckoning | The Met Opera Aria Code

November 8th, 2019

51:06

Wash some dishes to Brahms, and for one brief shining moment, you’ll feel like your life is being directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. This week, three …

Nicole Georges | Malia Jensen | Anne Ellegood | Guns and Design

November 1st, 2019

54:18

It’s April’s last show before heading off to Michigan … sigh. There WILL be more State of Wonder faves in the weeks to come, but right now we’re delivering some final thoughts on what it means to leave the place you …

REBROADCAST | Tommy Orange | Trevino Brings Plenty

October 25th, 2019

50:53

This week we are re-visiting a conversation we had in 2018 with author, Tommy Orange. His breakthrough debut novel, titled, “There, There,” unites the stories of twelve Native people, brought together on one momentous …

Caitlin Weierhauser | Looking Back at OCAC Closure | Preserving Creative Space

October 19th, 2019

51:17

As we head toward the end of the year - and a big transition for State of Wonder - we’ve sorted a few key stories about where we’ve been and what we’ve done.

Helado Negro | Saloli | Malheur Refuge Symphony

October 4th, 2019

52:31

This episode originally aired in April 2019. Who doesn’t love music? You’re not going to believe this, but we actually found someone. JoAnna Wendel experiences musical anhedonia, a condition in which songs read as an …

Indie Film Producer Christine Vachon_Karen Russell_Mitchell Jackson_Christopher Marley

September 27th, 2019

51:04

The producer who brought so many classics of queer cinema to life is coming to BendFilm Festival this fall. We talk with Christine Vachon about working with Todd Haynes and other breakout '90s auteurs. Also, Christopher …

Margaret Atwood & Ursula K. Le Guin | Nilufer Yanya | OK Theater’s 100th Anniversary

September 21st, 2019

50:30

What gets us through those uncertain moments? The speculative story? The daring album concept? The strenuous film shoot? The risky venture? RESOLVE. …

Ken Burns’ Country Music | Women Who Skate | Wellness Warrior Camp | Pass The Mic

September 14th, 2019

50:13

This episode is as American as it gets. We got country music, women skateboarding, indigenous youth reconnecting with their land, immigrant and refugee children learning to play music. All we're missing is a recipe for …

Ruth E. Carter | THING Music Festival | ASL in the Arts

September 7th, 2019

50:48

Innovators and icons tend to have something in common, they do things differently. This week we hear stories from a few people changing the game one costume, festival, or ASL gesture at a time.

From The Archives: Kelly Sue DeConnick & Matt Fraction

August 29th, 2019

50:01

This week we're going back to a favorite guest curated episode from 2014. Husband and wife Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction have each racked up top awards for their comic books. DeConnick has written a run of …

Emilly Prado | Michelle Ruiz Keil | Tehlor Kay Mejia

August 24th, 2019

50:12

As much as we may try, we can never leave our younger selves in the dust. This week, three writers mine from their own childhoods to create some …

Molly Gloss | Holland Andrews | Behind The Bullet

August 16th, 2019

51:13

Yearning for voices to steer you through the darkness this week? We’ve found stories from places of devastation and salvation: from an artist whose voice harnesses a wild range of human emotion, to a film project that …

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

August 10th, 2019

50:18

This week we lost two giants in the arts community, Pulitzer- and Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison and poet and musician David Berman. We …

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

August 2nd, 2019

50:14

This week we visit people doing difficult and dangerous work. We talk about threats to domestic security, people fighting for their voices and …

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

July 27th, 2019

49:37

Happy Moon Week! If you didn’t make it to OMSI or the High Desert Museum to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first crewed space mission to the moon, you can still celebrate our shared celestial history. We’re …

Guest Curator Fabi Reyna of SHE SHREDS | Noche Libre | Amenta & Intisar Abioto | Osa Atoe | DJ Anjali | Esperanza Spalding | Ear Trumpet La

July 19th, 2019

51:10

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.

Sun Ra Arkestra | Y La Bamba | Piano. Push. Play

July 12th, 2019

51:10

We’re taking a look back at some of our favorite music stories and interviews. We blast out of this galaxy with Afrofuturistic music, come back down …

Summer Reads: Kiese Laymon | Ted Chiang | Rosanne Parry

July 5th, 2019

50:19

Bump up your beach reads with three spectacular writers, each grappling with human connection: Kiese Laymon's Southern coming-of-age, science-fiction …

KayelaJ | Summer Playlist 2019 | The Numberz

June 29th, 2019

51:17

This week, we’re kicking off our summer playlists. We called in some experts: The people in town actually making the music, writing about it and putting on the shows. Artist and rapper, KayelaJ, is also about to drop a …

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

June 20th, 2019

50:04

The continuing search for awesome summer reads led us back to one of our favorite interviews from Portland Book Fest 2018 — and quite possibly one of our favorite book interviews ever! Somaiya Daud’s debut novel lit up …

Scotland's Mobile Libraries | Tales from the Fisher Poets | East Portland’s Arte Soleil Scotland | Tales from the Fisher Poets | East Portl

June 15th, 2019

50:06

Sometimes good stories take a while. This week, long-awaited gems from Astoria’s Fisher Poets and an arts outpost in East Portland. Also, a photographer goes the extra 4,000 miles for the literary story she believes in.

John Doe On LA’s Punk Scene | Team Dresch | Chachalu’s Loan From The British Museum

June 8th, 2019

50:41

It’s a weird world that obliges you to negotiate for decades to borrow things your great-grandparents made. And where are we if we can’t recover and know our history? This week, classic stories from the L.A. punk scene …

Jesmyn Ward & Mitchell Jackson | Arts Hub On The Move | Portland Parks Art Budget Cuts

June 1st, 2019

50:52

Home can be a place you love and a palace of mixed feelings. But at its best, home is the place where you can be seen and feel understood.

As we kick …

Karen Russell | Angela Garbes | Bill Oakley | bed.

May 25th, 2019

49:59

As a parent, you’ve buried your ambitions, your social life and your dignity. You’ve put your own health and well-being on the back burner. But hey, once a year you might get brunch. Parent-child relationships are a …

Marcus Fischer | A Brief History of Craft | Goodbye To OCAC | Amy Dotson Coming To NW Film

May 18th, 2019

50:17

Lest you thought the Blazers were the only action in town, we’ve got some updates. Oregon claims the only Northwest artist selected for this year’s Whitney Biennial. A much-beloved film center makes a dream match with a …

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

May 9th, 2019

50:34

We're revisiting one of our favorite shows from last year. The jobs that make art possible, and the ones threatening to take over everything. We’re talking with artists about the work they do for love, for money, or …

Marisa Anderson | Mohanad Elshieky | Bhi Bhiman

May 3rd, 2019

36:51

It's almost impossible not to view everything around us — whether it’s music, books, movies, or films — in the context of the political turmoil …

Helado Negro | Saloli | Malheur Refuge Symphony | Pendleton’s String Education Program

April 27th, 2019

52:35

Who doesn’t love music? You’re not going to believe this, but we actually found someone. Still, music remains — for most of us — one of the most …

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

April 19th, 2019

51:18

Maybe things in our lives haven’t actually changed, but we can see them differently. This week, artists hitting the reset buttons for us through their work: composer Raven Chacon, sketch comedians the 1491s, Shy Girls, …

The Native Perspective Missing from Design | Caroline Blechert | Louie Gong | Whitney Minthorne | Neebin Southall |Adia Victoria

April 12th, 2019

50:11

As often as Native and Native-influenced imagery turns up in apparel, graphic design, product design, and elsewhere, there’s a chronic dearth of …

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

April 5th, 2019

50:26

Don’t trust 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.

Mohsin Hamid | Terese Marie Mailhot | Mitchell S. Jackson

March 29th, 2019

49:41

People say, there’s no place like home. But what if “home” is more than one place, or it doesn’t exist anymore, or it hurts to revisit? This week, three incredible writers share how the concept of home influences their …

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

March 23rd, 2019

50:27

This week, we’re trading in the familiar narratives for some new, previously-unheard ones: a plus-sized coming-of-age story, a pair of young poets of …

Brian Michael Bendis | David F. Walker | Nilüfer Yanya | Mousai Remix

March 15th, 2019

50:31

Sometimes, it’s easy to feel like we’re lacking in heroes. This week, we’ve got a collection of tales to prove valor is anything but dead. Meet the …

Kelly Sue DeConnick and Captain Marvel | The Numberz | Helado Negro | What’s Happening to Portland’s Creative Spaces?

March 9th, 2019

49:57

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that art can be a powerful, trailblazing force. Art is so much more than an oil painting hung on a …

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

March 1st, 2019

47:25

This episode originally aired on November 3, 2018.

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 …

Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast | Tender Table | Demian DinéYazhi´ | The Manila Sound

February 23rd, 2019

51:04

In the age of ephemera, fleeting tastes and snapshots can leave the most indelible experiences. Artists reflect on what endures and what satisfies.

Y La Bamba | Roman Mars | Kill Rock Stars’ Portia Sabin | Jesse Thorn

February 16th, 2019

51:19

Luz Mendoza of the band Y La Bamba shares the inspiration for her new album, “Mujeres.” Portia Sabin talks to us about the KRS produced Bratmobile podcast series, "Girl Germs." Plus, some of the major players in the …

Walidah Imarisha | Oregon’s Black Pioneers | Pontypool | Arthur Bradford & Matt Sheehy | Art Policy Shift In Portland

February 9th, 2019

50:45

It’s all about perspective. Does anything ever really change, or do we — the observers — merely shift our thinking? On this week’s show, we examine how Oregon’s artists, historians and public employees are rewriting our …

FisherPoets Best Of 2018 | Kelli Schaefer | Anders Nilsen

February 1st, 2019

51:30

Ever found yourself in a room full of people, feeling totally and overwhelmingly alone? Don’t worry — there’s art for that. This week, we take a look …

Mary Oliver | Claudia Rankine | The Mayo House | Mia Zara and ‘No Candy’ | Julia Oldham

January 26th, 2019

50:53

When the going gets tough (and we mean really, really tough) what pulls you back from the edge? For some folks, it’s revisiting a favorite poem; for …

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

January 19th, 2019

51:42

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 …

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

January 12th, 2019

50:06

Don’t turn away. Sometimes even the most awkward situation can be spun into something wonderful. This week: cringe-worthy national events make for …

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

January 5th, 2019

50:29

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.

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

December 28th, 2018

51:16

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.

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

December 21st, 2018

52:12

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 …

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

December 14th, 2018

50:14

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 …

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

December 7th, 2018

50:15

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.

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

December 1st, 2018

51:13

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 …

Portland Book Festival | Tommy Orange | Trevino Brings Plenty

November 21st, 2018

49:41

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, …

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

November 18th, 2018

50:35

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

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

November 10th, 2018

51:22

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 …

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

November 2nd, 2018

50:56

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, …

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

October 26th, 2018

51:46

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 …

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

October 20th, 2018

51:10

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."

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

October 11th, 2018

51:22

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 …

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

October 6th, 2018

52:02

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 …

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

September 29th, 2018

51:17

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 …

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

September 22nd, 2018

35:29

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

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

September 14th, 2018

52:31

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 …

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

September 12th, 2018

51:32

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 …

Sept. 1: Rebecca Gates Guest Curator

August 31st, 2018

51:28

Not so easy keeping up with this week’s guest curator, Rebecca Gates. But fun? You bet.
First, there’s her recording career, both in the Spinanes and …

Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast | Last Artful Dodgr | Demian DinéYazhi´ | Tender Table

August 25th, 2018

51:57

We’re exploring those connections between art, food, culture, ancestral lands and how it all fuses and fits and makes up who we are. Michelle Zauner …

The Manila Sound | Comedian Caitlin Weierhauser | Papi Fimbres' Homiefest | the Cult of Orpheus

August 18th, 2018

51:26

What exactly is art supposed to do about the state of the world in 2018? Carry a political flag? Make us forget about bad things? This week we’ve got …

Created Spaces | Anne Hamilton | Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas | Richard Swift | KSMOCA

August 11th, 2018

49:47

Come explore — this week, Centennial Mills, the 107-year old site of an old flour mill, gets the treatment from conceptual artist Anne Hamilton, …

Wonder Extra! Why Two of Oregon's Creative Colleges are Closing

August 3rd, 2018

12:45

It has been a devastating summer for students and staff at two Oregon that helped thousands of creative Oregonians to find their calling. The Art Institute of Portland and Marylhurst University are two very different …

Haley Heyndrickx | Grammy-Nominated Pianist Randy Porter | Blossom and Ripley Snell | Cartographer Dave Imus | Hunter Noack

August 3rd, 2018

38:32

Fill up the cooler and buckle up! We are getting you all set up for your weekend summer road trip — lots of great music to keep you moving, including …

Podcast Roundup | Outside Magazine | Jay and Miles Xplain the Xmen | Roam Schooled

July 27th, 2018

50:28

This time we live in is a feast of audio storytelling. You can find a podcast for any interest — from Harry Potter to stories of death-defying survival — and it turns out Oregon is a hotbed of homemade shows. We’re …

Buildings Full of Women | State of Wonder at Design Week Portland 2018

July 21st, 2018

52:01

We gathered some of Portland’s brightest minds at the creative event space the Nightwood to ask: What would buildings designed by and for women look …

Lasting Grace - A Memorial for Writer Brian Doyle

July 13th, 2018

51:45

This week on “State of Wonder,” some of the Northwest’s most prominent writers come together to share stories and memories of the man the “New Yorker” called “the Portland sage,” Brian Doyle, who died in 2017 at the age …

Victor Maldonado | Sean Patrick Carney | Crow's Shadow

July 7th, 2018

50:13

This week's show is guest curated by Victor Maldonado.. An interdisciplinary artist who works in paint, as well as more ephemeral mediums, he also teaches at PNCA in Portland. We talk with Victor about what shaped his …

Elliott Smith 'Either/Or' At 20 | Slim Moon | Larry Crane | Sean Croghan | Luz Elena Mendoza | Matt Drenik | The Secret Sea | Catherine Fee

June 22nd, 2018

53:52

Twenty years ago, Elliott Smith opened a door into a hypnotic new world. The album, “Either/Or” marks a turning point in Smith’s transition from Portland rock journeyman to international star. We sat down with Smith’s …

Oct. 21: Eastern Oregon Film Festival, Where Big Movies Meet Small Town

June 15th, 2018

50:47

If you’re sitting in a dark room with a cattle rancher, a fish biologist and an English professor, watching a sci-fi film shot on a $200,000 budget, …

Ursula K. Le Guin | Readers of Color React to Her Work | Filmmaker Arwen Curry Prepares to Release UKL Biopic | Music and Poetry of the Kes

June 9th, 2018

49:18

On the eve of a grand literary celebration, we remember the life, writing, and transformative thinking of an Oregon literary titan.

Playwright Tanya Barfield's Homecoming Season

June 1st, 2018

52:33

Tanya Barfield grew up in Portland and first caught the theater bug from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. But even though her plays have been …

Viet Thanh Nguyen | Back Country Book Club | L.A. Salami

May 25th, 2018

53:04

Pulitzer Prize winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen on refugee families and walking in his mom and dad’s shoes. We’ve also got reading recommendations …

Typhoon | Alex Gino's KidLit Trans Hero | Arthur And Katherine Bradford

May 19th, 2018

48:36

This week we turn our face toward the void with one of Oregon's great painters, the band Typhoon, a mother and son who share a unique creative language, and a new play that explores a new dimension to urban displacement.

Johnny Cash's Folsom At 50, Paul Simon, Chuck Klosterman, Aaron Scott's Greatest Hits

May 12th, 2018

50:50

Do we sound a little verklempt this week? Our show is full of fond farewells, from Paul Simon's goodbye tour to our own producer Aaron Scott's …

May 5: Mark Rothko, Sera Cahoone, Women in Tech, Chris Coleman

May 4th, 2018

40:45

Had enough of the status quo? This week’s wonders are shaking it up: the greatest modern artist who ever called Portland home, a director who set the bar higher, two friends turning fan-favorite songs upside down, and …

Apr. 28: Oregon Book Awards: Laini Taylor, Omar El Akkad, Anis Mojgani, Samiya Bashir, Nicole Georges

April 28th, 2018

52:53

Today on "State of Wonder," we talk finalists for the Oregon Book Awards in fiction, poetry, graphic literature, and more.

"Strange the Dreamer" with Laini Taylor — 1:42

Laini Taylor possesses an epic imagination. In her …

Apr. 21: Design Week Portland with Swift Agency, Bora Architecture, project, and more

April 21st, 2018

51:22

We went live this week for Design Week Portland at the hottest new event space in Northeast Portland: the Nightwood. And we invited some exciting people in architecture and development to talk about homes and work …

Apr. 14: Soul'd Out Vs. Coachella, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Shayla Lawson & Frank Ocean, and more

April 14th, 2018

51:33

This week on "State of Wonder," Soul'd Out sues Cochella, three native playwrights soar at Oregon's biggest theaters, poet Shayla Lawson's love …

Apr. 7: Mohsin Hamid, Chris Smither, Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Manahatta

April 7th, 2018

51:21

Stories often emerge from scribblings in notebooks. But we also find them tumbling out of pantries, rolled amid rumpled shirts in suitcases and …

Leni Zumas’s Dystopian Vision | Artist Rep’s Big Gift | Remembering Bend’s Arts Champion

March 31st, 2018

52:36

We’ve got one hot read for you imagining an alternative future for American women, plus news from Portland and Central Oregon. Shuck off those gardening gloves and sit a spell!

Hamilton In Portland | Laura Veirs | Willy Vlautin | Portland Tropical Garden

March 24th, 2018

49:24

Just in time for the last excruciatingly gray days of March, we’ve found a slew of artists making wonderfully reflective work, directing our energy …

Mar. 17: Helio Sequence, Holly Andres, Kelli Schaefer, The Art of Prosthetics

March 16th, 2018

51:29

This week on "State of Wonder," we get live music from Helio Sequence and Kelli Schaefer, travel the country with photographer Holly Andres, look at …

Mar. 10: Walking Dead Creator Robert Kirkman, Haley Heynderickx, Celeste Noche

March 10th, 2018

51:23

This week on "State of Wonder," we’re going to dive deep with "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman into the worlds of zombies and caped crusaders; immerse ourselves in the music of Portland's newest breakout star, …

Netflix's 'Everything Sucks' | Allison Janney on 'I, Tonya' | Therese Marie Mailhot

March 3rd, 2018

52:37

This week on "State of Wonder," we talk to the creators of "Everything Sucks" and Allison Janney about her Oscar-nominated turn in "I, Tonya," and meet Portland's new creative laureate.

Live Show in Astoria | Fisher Poets | Photographer Corey Arnold | Moe Bowstern |

February 24th, 2018

53:03

A spectacular live show from the 21st annual Fisher Poets Gathering in Astoria, where a unique way of life gives rise to truly unique poems, songs, …

Feb. 17: How Can Portland Save Space For Artists?

February 17th, 2018

53:05

The squeeze on Portland's real estate market has sent artists scampering for affordable space. On Feb. 28, Portland city leaders will bring a year's worth of research to bear with two dozen recommendations aimed at …

The Shins, Joe Morton, Keith Rosson, plus Magellanica at Artists Rep

February 2nd, 2018

37:39

Our valentine to you, dear members, this week includes musical inversions with The Shins' James Mercer, who remixed one great Shins album to make another. We also hear from veteran actor Joe Morton of "Scandal", check …

Jan. 27 Ursula Le Guin Remembered, Portugal The Man, Decemberists & Offa Rex, Randy Porter & Nancy King

January 27th, 2018

52:40

This week on "State of Wonder," we remember the life and legacy of the ground-breaking writer Ursula K. Le Guin, and then we talk with Oregon's three …

Jan. 20: Final Portlandia, Mimicking Birds, MK Guth, MoviePass, and More

January 20th, 2018

51:40

This week on "State of Wonder," there are birds everywhere. We say goodbye to "Portlandia" as it enters its final season, hear new music from the Portland band Mimicking Birds, meet the Michelangelo of animal art, and …

Jan. 13: Typhoon, Josh Ritter, Laura Veirs, Portland Youth Philharmonic

January 13th, 2018

50:54

This week on "State of Wonder," exclusive sessions with singer-songwriter Josh Ritter and the epic band Typhoon, new ideas to preserve Portland's arts spaces, musician Laura Veirs branches into podcasting and children's …

Typhoon Talks About Offerings at opbmusi

January 11th, 2018

13:46

Kyle Morton and his band join us for an opbmusic studio session in front of a live audience. The new record, "Offerings" is the tale of a disturbing …

Jan. 6: Lemony Snicket, Maria Bamford, Robert Frank, Artists Repertory Theatre

January 6th, 2018

51:10

This week on "State of Wonder," the comedian Maria Bamford on her hit Netflix series, author Daniel Handler on his best-selling "Series of Unfortunate Events" books, and the man who pretty much invented the photography …

Dec. 30: Author Tom Perrotta Considers Online Porn Culture | Remembering Fred Cole

December 29th, 2017

52:46

Best-selling novelist Tom Perrotta has a flair for finding humanity in talks about thinking through the social and spiritual dimensions of inetrnet porn for his bittersweet satire, "Mrs. Fletcher". We also discuss …

Dec. 30: Author Tom Perrotta Considers Online Porn Culture | Remembering Fred Cole

December 29th, 2017

52:46

Best-selling novelist Tom Perrotta has a flair for finding humanity in talks about thinking through the social and spiritual dimensions of inetrnet porn for his bittersweet satire, "Mrs. Fletcher". We also discuss …

Dec. 23: Ghost of Portland Past: Remembering Elliott Smith

December 21st, 2017

50:29

Twenty years ago, Elliott Smith opened a door into a hypnotic new world. The album “Either/Or,” released on Kill Rock Stars, marks a turning point in Smith’s transition from Portland rock journeyman to international …

Dec. 16: Remembering Vera Katz, Best Music Of 2017, Minor White, Explode Into Colors

December 16th, 2017

51:23

This week on "State of Wonder," we discuss the legacy of former mayor and arts booster Vera Katz, the best music of 2017, and get a glimpse into Portland's past through the photos of Minor White.

Remembering Beloved …

Dec. 9: Todd Haynes on Wonderstruck | Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah | Phoebe Bridgers

December 9th, 2017

51:07

This week on "State of Wonder," we talk to Todd Haynes about his newest film, "Wonderstruck," and the fall of Harvey Weinstein; we explore Christian Scott aTunde Adjua's groundbreaking contemporary jazz; and discover …

Dec. 2: Five Oregon Podcasts You Have to Hear

December 2nd, 2017

51:28

This time we live in is a feast of audio storytelling. You can find a podcast for any interest, from Harry Potter to stories of death-defying survival, and it turns out Oregon is a hotbed of homemade shows. In fact, …

Nov. 25: Celebrating Brian Doyle's Big, Bold Oregon Legacy

November 21st, 2017

51:40

This week on "State of Wonder," some of the Northwest's most prominent writers come together to share stories and memories of the man the "New Yorker" called "the Portland sage."

It’s hard to imagine a more …

Nov. 18: Wordstock: Chuck Klosterman, Hannah Tinti, Katie Kitamura

November 18th, 2017

51:21

This week on 'State of Wonder,' we bring you the second show we recorded live at Wordstock, this time with the culture writer Chuck Klosterman, who …

Nov. 11: Live at Wordstock with 'Welcome to Night Vale' Creators and Poets Morgan Parker and Tommy Pico

November 12th, 2017

50:51

Wordstock — Portland's book festival — is that most wonderful of days, when Oregonians’ book lust reaches a fever pitch, culminating in increased …

Nov. 4 - Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne | Comics and Book Publishing | Taneka Stotts | Samiya Bashir | Medea in LA

November 3rd, 2017

52:57

Crawl inside this week and prepare to be dazzled: we visited an installation made by the team behind some of rock’s most amazing live shows, science powers up spellbinding poems by Samiya Bashir, and why comic book …

Oct. 28: George Saunders, Scary Movies, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Polybius Conspiracy and More

October 26th, 2017

50:35

Gather round all you ghoulies and goblins. "State of Wonder" is going to channel up some ferocious wonders on this week’s episode. We’ve got picks …

Finding Grace in Disgrace - Artist Antonio Martorel

October 25th, 2017

7:20

Eminent Puerto Rican artist discusses his show at Linfield College. Themes of rain and deluge took on a horrific resonance after Hurricane Maria hit, …

Oct. 21: Eastern Oregon Film Festival, Where Big Movies Meet Small Town

October 21st, 2017

50:47

A Man, A Woman, And A Talking Robot Head Walk Into A Desert ...

The opening night film is a sumptuous sci-fi fable about a guy, a girl and a robot head hiking across a desert looking for a mythical lake. “Everything …

Oct. 7: Carrie Brownstein, Bend Film Fest, Jackpot Records, Art of Science

October 6th, 2017

52:52

This week on “State of Wonder,” we talk Sleater-Kinney and “Portlandia” with Carrie Brownstein, get a preview of the Bend Film Fest, paint some …

Sept. 30: Tony Kushner, Fun Home at PCS, Joan Shelley, Arvie Smith

September 30th, 2017

35:45

This week on 'State of Wonder,' the writer behind 'Angels in America' and the movies 'Lincoln' and 'Munich' on writing for today, the head of …

Sept. 23: Arts Tax Spared, Filthy Friends, Sidewalk Chalk, Artists Rep and More

September 22nd, 2017

51:33

Live sessions with Sidewalk Chalk and the star-studded Filthy Friends, plus Rene Denfeld on how her work as a private investigator inspired her book, Artist Rep shakes up the theater season and more.

Sept. 16: Sneaker Week, Bobbito Garcia, Deer Tick, Marie Watt, New Arts Centers, Crow's Shadow & More

September 16th, 2017

51:56

Ready for new fall things? Out with last year's school shoes, in with fun new kicks like Sneaker Week, the Stackstock Music Festival, and more.

Sept. 9: George Takei, PICA TBA Festival, Stew and The Negro Problem, End of a Costumed Era and More

September 9th, 2017

52:37

This week on 'State of Wonder,' we talk Twitter and Copland with George Takei, hear about the must-see shows at the Time-Based Art Festival, celebrate James Baldwin with Stew and the Negro Problem. Also firefighter Sean …

Sept. 2: Comic Con Preview: Wonder Woman, Luke Cage, Autumnlands, Shutter, Iron Circus and More

August 31st, 2017

53:12

Almost time for Rose City Comic Con! We talk with Wonder Woman's Greg Rucka, David F. Walker on Luke Cage, Kurt Busiek and Ben Dewey discuss their fantasy adventure Autumnlands. Plus C. Spike Trotman on making the …

Aug. 26: case/lang/viers_Tin_House Flash Fiction

August 24th, 2017

53:08

It’s that rare bird, a truly super supergroup: alt-country firebrand Neko Case, world-class indie lyricist Laura Veirs and songstress supreme k.d. …

Aug. 19: Total Eclipse of the Art: State of Wonder Travels the Path of Totality

August 19th, 2017

51:31

This week our show traveled across the solar eclipse path of totality, from Newport to the Ochoco National Forest and many places in between for a …

Total Eclipse of the Art: Day 5, Suttle Lodge

August 18th, 2017

9:55

This week, OPB’s State of Wonder will be driving across Oregon ahead of the eclipse, checking out the preparations towns in the path of the totality are making. Today they’re at Suttle Lodge, north of Sisters, where …

Total Eclipse of the Art: Day 4, Oregon Eclipse Festival

August 17th, 2017

10:36

This week, OPB’s State of Wonder is driving across Oregon ahead of the eclipse, checking out the preparations towns in the path of the totality are making. Today they’re in the middle of the Ochoco National Forest at …

Total Eclipse of the Art: Day 3, Madras

August 17th, 2017

9:44

This week, OPB’s State of Wonder will be driving across Oregon ahead of the eclipse, checking out the preparations towns in the path of the totality are making. Today they’re in Madras.

Total Eclipse Of The Art: Day 2 - Corvallis

August 15th, 2017

10:07

This week, OPB’s State of Wonder is driving across Oregon ahead of the eclipse, checking out the preparations towns in the path of the totality are making. Today they’re in Corvallis checking out an art exhibit focused …

'State Of Wonder's' Great Eclipse Road Trip: Newport, Oregon

August 14th, 2017

10:07

"State of Wonder" is traveling across the solar eclipse's path of totality, from Newport to the Ochoco National Forest and many places in-between.

Aug. 12: Oregon Eclipse Festival, Eastern Oregon's Music Scene, Robert Michael Pyle, John Yeon at the Art Museum & More

August 12th, 2017

52:10

Oregon's Most Audacious Eclipse Festival Comes Covered in Glitter - 2:42

We visit the Big Summit Prairie in the Ochoco Mountains, where a temporary city is being built to host some 30,000 attendees from around the world. …

Aug. 5: Kent Nerburn's "Neither Wolf Nor Dog," Yukiyo Kawano And Meshi Chavez, PSU Chamber Choir, Peter Sears & More

August 5th, 2017

51:39

The Search Is on for a New Director at Portland’s Regional Arts and Culture Council

During outgoing director Eloise Damrosch’s 30-year tenure, the …

July 29: Pickathon Preview: Drive-By Truckers, Charles Bradley, Last Artful Dodgr, Jay Som, Tank & the Bangas and Big Thief

July 28th, 2017

51:49

Drive-By Truckers Explore Duality And Dirt - 1:20

With their double-barreled live sets and searing lyrical craft, the Drive-By Truckers are an easy add to top-ten list of best American rock bands playing today. Formed in …

Portugal. The Man Takes Us To Woodstock

July 22nd, 2017

8:35

For the Portland band, Portugal. the Man, creating “Woodstock,” the band’s newest album, took a long time. They couldn’t stop writing, and pumped out …

Tips On Photographing Eclipse 2017

July 22nd, 2017

5:55

Portland-based astro-photographer Jake Breed gives us a demonstration of best practices for getting a perfect shot during the two minutes of daytime …

Portugal. The Man Takes Us To Woodstock

July 22nd, 2017

8:35

For the Portland band, Portugal. the Man, creating “Woodstock,” the band’s newest album, took a long time. They couldn’t stop writing, and pumped out …

Daniel Wilson's Steampunk Robot Romp Through History

July 22nd, 2017

10:54

Our favorite futurist has gone all anachronistic. Daniel Wilson, a New York Times best-selling novelist, robotics engineer, and Cherokee citizen, gave us forward-thinking science fiction page-turners. Wilson’s new …

Bag and Baggage Theatre recasts Shakespeare With Ancient Persian Classic

July 22nd, 2017

8:08

Bag&Baggage Productions in Hillsboro is about to premier an adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” that opens new doors on a story that is even older …

Author Nancy Coffelt Gets Kids Ready For The Big Eclipse

July 22nd, 2017

6:13

Baker City writer and illustrator Nancy Coffelt teamed up with publisher Elaine Cuyler to create her new book, “The Big Eclipse,” which uses charming animal characters and goofy jokes to help kids learn about the …

July 22: Portugal. The Man, Eclipse Preview, Daniel Wilson, Romeo & Juliet Redux and More

July 21st, 2017

51:20

A New Book Aimed at Elementary Astronomers

The Baker City writer and illustrator Nancy Coffelt teamed up with publisher Elaine Cuyler to create her new book, “The Big Eclipse,” which uses charming animal characters and …

July 15: The Decemberists as Offa Rex, Tracy K. Smith, Da Vinci Days, Bend Arts Center

July 14th, 2017

51:41

A New Collaboration for The Decemberists: Offa Rex

The Decemberists may have finally met their match. The band has been collaborating with British …

DaVinci Days Is Back In Corvallis

July 14th, 2017

11:27

This weekend Corvallis celebrates the return DaVinci Days: the festival where art and science mix. It started 29 years ago in the spirit of Leonardo DaVinci — a man as much about math as Mona Lisa. At this festival …

Colin Meloy And Olivia Chaney in New Folk Collaboration - Offa Rex

July 14th, 2017

10:34

The Decemberists may have finally met their match. The band has been working with British singer Olivia Chaney under the name Offa Rex — a reference …

Artist Mixes Nature And Business

July 9th, 2017

10:00

It’s not often you find an artist whose work incorporates nature, meditation and a business plan.
Erika Bartlett is such an artist.

Hurray for the Riff Raff | Ghost Town Poetry | Teva Harrison | Ural Thomas | Bend Art Center

July 8th, 2017

53:51

Devil-may-care side trips to imaginary cities, soul-searching conversation with graphic novelist Teva Harrison, and moments of wonder with Portland's …

July 1: Authors Maria Semple, Rabih Alameddine and Alexander Chee at Wordstock

June 30th, 2017

52:14

Maria Semple on "Today Will Be Different" - 1:23

The world of Maria Semple's imagination is a glowing place. Her characters rocket off on madcap …

June 24: Beth Ditto, The Slants, Thara Memory, Omar El Akkad, and More

June 24th, 2017

51:42

This week on "State of Wonder," singer Beth Ditto breaks out from her band Gossip, the Slants gets their big day at the Supreme Court, and we look back on Thara Memory's complicated legacy.

After Years of Fighting, The …

June 17: PDX's New Jazz Club, Ghost Ship Fire, Lee Kelly, Kurt Busiek

June 17th, 2017

51:49

This week on “State of Wonder,” shake off your June gloom with the magical animals of "Autumnlands," the music of Animal Eyes, the monumental …

Jun. 10: Grisha Bruskin | Lidia Yuknavitch | Robin Bacior | Blind Pilot | Schnitzer Museums at More NW Universities

June 9th, 2017

52:37

Into the Mystic: this week, artist Grisha Bruskin and writer Lidia Yuknavitch lead us along their paths for spiritual truth. Bruskin - fresh off the Venice Biennale, makes huge tapestries are the centerpiece of a a new …

June 3: Remembering Brian Doyle, Poet & Hero Micah Fletcher, Loch Lomon, Women in Horror & Blake Nelson

June 2nd, 2017

52:05

To say it was a tough week… doesn’t really seem to cover it. Portland is still reeling from the stabbing that badly shook up the city’s sense of …

May 27: Wonder Woman, Edward Albee and the Casting Dilemma, Tank and the Bangas, Teaching With Holograms

May 27th, 2017

51:23

Grab your passport and sunglasses because we are going on an intercontinental adventure.

We will journey to the amazon to discover the secret history …

May 20: Paul Simon Bio by Peter Ames Carlin, Lindy West, Rivka Galchen

May 20th, 2017

53:10

In anticipation for Wordstock 2017, which announced its return on Nov. 11, we take a step into the time machine and revisit last year's wordsmiths. The big news is that the subject of one of their books, a musician you …

May 13: Prince's Unreleased Album, Puppet Master Michael Curry & The Oregon Symphony, Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Immigrant Medea

May 12th, 2017

51:40

We're digging deep this week into all of your burning questions.

What does it take to craft gigantic puppets for Broadway? Does art history as we know it need a drastic makeover? And how exactly did a small record label …

May 6: Colson Whitehead & Yaa Gyasi, Solar Eclipse, New Horror Fest At Timberline Lodge, Flintstones Revamped & More

May 4th, 2017

51:48

Want to be transported to another place? A place where the sun hides behind the moon, where horror and history collide in a famous old hotel on top …

Apr. 30: Design Week Special: Redesigning Portland With Quin Candy, Maya Lin & More

April 28th, 2017

51:25

It’s Design Week in Portland! The week when all of the makers, the tallest and the smallest, get together to talk about the looks they love, the …

April 22nd: Oregon Book Awards Nominees

April 21st, 2017

53:04

We meet the contenders for the general nonfiction category: Tracy Daugherty, Andi Zeisler, Kathleen Dean Moore, Bill Lascher, and Sue Armitage.

Apr. 15: Solange & Soul'd Out Music Fest, Chuck Close in Pendleton, Wild Ones, Portland Art Museum, Diana Abu Jaber, North Bank Closes

April 14th, 2017

52:16

Chuck Close Portraits Heat Up The Pendleton Art Scene

It's not every day that a small town arts center gets to pick works from a blue chip artist like it's checking out library books, but that's basically how this show …

Apr. 8: Elliott Smith 'Either/Or' at 20 Live Event

April 7th, 2017

43:46

Twenty years ago, Elliott Smith opened a door into a hypnotic new world. The album, “Either/Or”, released on Kill Rock Stars records, marks a turning point in Smith’s transition from Portland rock journeyman to …

Laini Taylor Extended Interview on "Strange the Dreamer" and the Power of Fantasy

April 1st, 2017

27:12

As a girl, Laini Taylor wanted to be a writer. She would dream up magical worlds filled with witches and monsters. But once she got into high school …

Apr. 1: Conor Oberst, SXSW, PDX Japanese Garden, Laini Taylor, Sunshine Girl, Blitzen Trapper & More

April 1st, 2017

50:11

Spring Break is upon us, and we are embarking on an adventure. We will be slaying beasts in the fantastical world of novelist Laini Taylor (that have surprising real world parallels), exploring the haunted house of …

Jack Perrin Teaches Science with Unconventional Flare

March 26th, 2017

6:36

Jack Perrin is not your typical science teacher.

“I really love hands on stuff,” he told me last month when I visited him in White Salmon, Washington. …

See Art, Win Money, Make A Difference With Two New Portland Programs

March 25th, 2017

10:32

Ever passed a gallery and seen something that looked interesting through the window, but found yourself thinking "I could never afford it" or "I …

Mar. 25: Lyle Ritz RIP, Classical Music Feud, Wendy Red Star, Women on Wikipedia & More

March 24th, 2017

50:43

This week we are all about change. From feminist art wikipedia editing parties to a young composer calling for a revitalization of classical music, Portland artists and musicians challenge the canon.

March Sadness …

Online Clash Lays Path For Classical Crossroad

March 24th, 2017

10:02

Greg Ewer of 45th Parallel and Tristan Bliss talk about digging deep to resolve an online spat and forge a deeper conversation about welcoming new …

Rasika Dance Faces Visa Hurdles

March 24th, 2017

4:32

Jayanthi Raman has been staging Internationally renown shows in Portland for nearly 30 years. This one had a small hiccup.

Huge Ceramics Conferene Coming to Portland

March 18th, 2017

8:46

We talk with Eutectic Gallery's Brett Binford about the onset of NCECA in Portland this week.

March Sadness Mixdown 1- Brackets For the Saddest Songs

March 18th, 2017

14:21

Rack up the brackets: we are in the midst of a tournament to find the most sorrowful of songs! Elliott Smith or Franz Schubert? Billie Holiday or the …

Mar. 18: Grimm Sells Its Monsters, NEA Funding Cuts, Temples, March Sadness, VR and More

March 18th, 2017

52:11

Questions? We've got questions: What if you could look inside a building before it is even built? How is it that sad songs actually make you happy? …

NW Dance Projects Combines Passion With Humor In New Adaptation Of ‘Carmen’

March 13th, 2017

11:02

During a rehearsal in Northwest Dance Project’s light-filled Portland studio for a new adaptation of “Carmen,” set in part in ‘50’s-era beauty …

Mar. 11 2017: Lee Kelly, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, NW Dance Project's 'Carmen,' Chicano Batman

March 11th, 2017

50:25

This week, a transformational garden yields find treasures, a dance company whips a classic into an ebullient, glamorous new form, and we sway with …

Photographers Lauren Semivan and Tara Sellios

March 4th, 2017

9:18

Two artists on impermanence, their process, and the joys of the 8 x 10 view camera.

Mar. 4: Colum McCann, Thara Memory, Modernizing Shakespeare, Surfer Blood & More

March 3rd, 2017

52:03

Ever find yourself lost in Shakespeare's flowery prose? A new project helps translate his writing into modern English. We also delve into a devastating scandal in the jazz community and take a trip across America on a …

Indictment Of Thara Memory Shakes Music Community

March 2nd, 2017

7:50

The bandleader who drove students to top-level performances is served an indictment for sex abuse charges.

Comics Artists Leila Del Duca & Kit Seaton on "Afar", "Shutter" & more

February 25th, 2017

7:42

Artist Leila Del Duca is wrapping up her amazing series with Joe Keatinge, "Shutter". We talk to her about her new YA graphic novel with Georgian Kit Seaton, "Afar".

Feb. 25: Virtual Reality Art, Last Artful Dodgr, National Museum of African American History

February 25th, 2017

51:58

The crocuses are popping up, and this week's show blossoms with new music, new technology, dazzling comics, and so much more!

Artists Will Transform …

With VR, Artists Will Transform Your World

February 24th, 2017

7:10

Imagine a gallery where you can step into a painting, fly through the ceiling to the heaven’s above, or learn a dance from a virtual flamingo. It’s not a world far off. Virtual and augmented reality stand to transform …

Making Public Access TV Cool For A New Generation

February 21st, 2017

7:51

From “Wayne’s World” to “UHF,” public access television often seems to serve more as a satirical punching bag than a respected media form. But that’s about to change.

Portland Community Media is renovating its building …

Feb. 18: Damien Lillard's Rap Career, RAC's Grammy Win, 1939 Ensemble & More

February 18th, 2017

51:57

This week on "State of Wonder," the Blazer talks about his side-gig as a rapper, Portland's indie remix pioneer brings home the win, Portland Community Media gets an update and more.

Eugene Opera Hits the Pause Button - …

From Controversy To Icon, Portland's Aerial Tram Turns 10

February 12th, 2017

8:49

Ten years ago, two silvery orbs began floating 3,000 feet between Marquam Hill and South Waterfront over the roofs and backyards of one of Portland’s …

David F. Walker On The New Marvel "Luke Cage" Series And More

February 11th, 2017

21:41

The man who re-imagined John Shaft, Night Hawk, and Power Man talks to us about the new Luke Cage standalone series he's writing, starting in May, what he thought of the Netflix series, and why Black Mariah has to be …

Feb. 11: Marvel's Luke Cage, Shy Girls, Eugene Opera, Liz Vice, Portland's Aerial Tram & More

February 11th, 2017

52:32

Grab your rain coat and take a ride on the aerial tram, head out to the International Film Festival, support your art-loving neighborhood watering …

Hollywood Theatre Opens At The Portland Airport

February 4th, 2017

5:13

Portlanders love to love their airport. There’s the Stumptown coffee, the Powell’s bookstore, the local restaurants, and perhaps the most …

Feb. 4: Hollywood Theatre Opens at PDX Airport, Black Film Fest, Arvo Pärt Fest & Immigrant Artists

February 4th, 2017

35:45

This week on State of Wonder, immerse yourself in a sonic wonderland of Arvo Pärt's music, catch a short film at the airport and hear from local artists about their experience as refugees.

Iraqi Artist Farooq Hassan On …

Director Elizabeth Huffman On The Refugee Crisis And A Theatrical Response

February 4th, 2017

17:50

Director Elizabeth Huffman talks to us about the play she's directing this weekend by Turkish playwrite Sedef Ecer, and her a one-woman show juxtaposing a wealthy Syrian refugee with Marie Antoinette. She performed the …

PDX Black Film Fest Picks With David F. Walker

February 3rd, 2017

22:02

While America spent last winter wondering why the National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was taking so long to reflect the face of America, some amazing features were in the works, featuring …

Portland Holds First Arvo Pärt Festival in North America

February 2nd, 2017

7:16

Portland-based vocal ensemble Cappella Romana creates otherworldly mystic sounds with layers of harmony, plumbing that space where eastern and …

Jan. 28: Chloe Eudaly, Portland Winter Lights Festival, Tony Furtado, Sallie Tisdale

January 27th, 2017

51:49

Mid-winter blues got you down? We've got the remedy for that. Whether its getting outside in the darkest time of year for a European-style light festival, hearing music from one of Portland's premiere Americana stars, …

Chloe Eudaly Moves To City Hall

January 26th, 2017

13:49

Goodbye Reading Frenzy, hello SW 4th Ave. We sit down with Portland's new City Commissioner, Chloe Eudaly. Her meteoric rise from indie bookseller to Council parallels the city's growing unease with growth, …

From 'South Park' to Hong Kong, The Many Voices of Eliza Jane Schneider—Extended Interview

January 20th, 2017

25:47

For five years, Eliza Jane Schneider played most of the female characters on South Park: Wendy, Shelly, Mrs. Cartman, the Mayor — they’re all her. She’s created characters for everything from the animated film “Finding …

Jan. 21: Roxane Gay, Artists in Protest, South Park's Eliza Jane Schneider & More

January 20th, 2017

51:34

There’s been a huge transition on the national stage. The curtain has closed on one act and opened on another. There’s a whole new cast of players, …

Making Traditional Dance Modern

January 15th, 2017

8:21

Subashini Ganesan and Oluyinka Akinjiola stop in to talk about their upcoming performance of new work, IGNITE. They’re from radically different …

Bend Home Meets Living Building Challenge

January 14th, 2017

13:23

A visit to Desert Rain, the Bend home of Tom Elliott and Barbara Scott that is the first single-family home in the world to earn certification under the Living Building Challenge.

PDX Choreographer Revels In the Forbidden

January 13th, 2017

5:57

When it comes to women, there are two things American culture doesn’t look so kindly on: age and weight. Tahni Holt’s newest show revels in both.

By …

Jan. 14: David Byrne, Typhoon's Kyle Morton, Pander Brothers, Dance Across Cultures & More

January 13th, 2017

51:55

State of Wonder will melt your winter blahs down to marshmallowy molten goodness with provocative dance projects, hot new fiction, and music for …

Oregon Jewish Museum Has A New Home And Big Dreams

January 12th, 2017

4:16

By 2015, the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education had a problem — the good kind of problem: It couldn’t accommodate the crowds …

A Fragile Year - Portland Art Glass Maker Uroboros Founder On Selling His Business

January 7th, 2017

13:43

Amid regulatory crackdown on Northwest glass makers, Eric Lovell transfers the business to California-based Oceanside GlassTile.

Design, Planning, And Portland's New Mayor Ted Wheeler

January 7th, 2017

17:25

We listen back to what Ted Wheeler said as a candidate about his arts agenda for Portland, and talk with three bright guys in design, architecture, and planning about what challenges lie ahead for Portland during …

Jan. 7: Year In Review: Can Artists Afford Portland, Art Glass Apocalypse, New Mayor & More

January 7th, 2017

51:42

2016 was packed — packed! — with big arts stories, both locally and nationally (we're still mourning you, Bowie and Prince, Cohen and Jones, and all the other dynamos). We decided to spend our first episode of 2017 …

Dec. 31: Richard Russo, Nikki McClure, Jonathan Lethem & Karen Russell at Wordstock

December 28th, 2016

53:08

We love talking to authors about their books, but do you know what’s almost more fun? Talking to them about other people's books. This year, at the book festival Wordstock, we rounded up some amazing writers and …

Dec. 24: What Does It Mean To Support The Arts? Going Beyond Year End Giving

December 22nd, 2016

51:58

Because our mailboxes are flooding with requests for year-end giving, we're listening back to an episode we did last year with philanthropist, …

NE Portland American Legion Post Gets Lit

December 19th, 2016

8:37

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Ever been in an American Legion hall?

They’re not fancy, but for a certain generation they’re as familiar as the corner taproom. They're the place to …

Son of Mark Rothko on His Father's Connection to Portland at the Art Museum

December 19th, 2016

7:22

Mark Rothko is one of the 20th century’s most famous painters, and his formative years were spent in Portland: He immigrated here at age 10 from …

Dec. 17: Mark Rothko at PDX Art Museum, Nu Shooz, A Stripper's Opera, Imago's 'La Belle'

December 17th, 2016

51:57

This week we take you on a sleigh ride from operatic strippers to poetry by veterans.

What Do You Get When You Mix Opera And Stripping?

This month a …

The Strippers Tale - Viva's Holiday Is Back Onstage

December 13th, 2016

4:12

The Cult of Orpheus is reviving last year's popular original, one-act opera, "Viva's Holiday", based on the memoirs of the celebrated Portland exotic …

KMHD Best Of 2016

December 9th, 2016

11:49

Warm your hands on these picks from KMHD program director Matt Fleeger, and OPB digital producer David Stuckey. We talk about a few selections from KMHD's top ten albums of 2016, plus a few live shows that kept us …

Dec. 10: Tin House Fiction Contest Winners, Best Jazz of 2016, Brian Doyle and Sabina Haque

December 9th, 2016

52:33

Stories of reptile love, seeing your neighbors darkest secrets, a bizarre visit to the dentist — these are just some of the stories from the Plotto flash fiction contest we did with the publisher, Tin House. Plus, we …

Tin House 'Plotto' Flash Fiction Contest Winners

December 9th, 2016

30:53

If you’ve been tuning into State of Wonder this fall, you know that we’ve been full bore on a flash fiction contest being run by the …

Grand Prize: "Hey Neighbor" by John Lawton

December 9th, 2016

3:31

If you’ve been tuning into State of Wonder this fall, you know that we’ve been full bore on a flash fiction contest being run by the …

Week 2: “Rust" by Annesha Sengupta

December 9th, 2016

3:39

If you’ve been tuning into State of Wonder this fall, you know that we’ve been full bore on a flash fiction contest being run by the …

Week 3: "Thanksgiving" by Carolyn Oliver

December 9th, 2016

3:18

If you’ve been tuning into State of Wonder this fall, you know that we’ve been full bore on a flash fiction contest being run by the …

Week 4: "Laws" by Zana Previti

December 9th, 2016

4:34

If you’ve been tuning into State of Wonder this fall, you know that we’ve been full bore on a flash fiction contest being run by the …

Week 5: "Saint Burma" by Nikki HoSang

December 9th, 2016

3:41

If you’ve been tuning into State of Wonder this fall, you know that we’ve been full bore on a flash fiction contest being run by the …

Dec. 3: Fair-Haired Dumbbell, Explode Into Colors, Oregon Symphony Goes Animated & More

December 3rd, 2016

52:12

What we noticed this week: people throwing off convention to remake a city, reinterpret symphonic music, inspire a new wave of activism, or just bang …

Oregon's First Crowd-Funded Building, The Fair-Haired Dumbbell

December 2nd, 2016

5:48

Do you ever drive by one of the dozens of buildings going up in Portland and think, man, I wish I owned a slice of that masonry pie? Well, now you can.

In the middle of one of Portland’s biggest real estate booms, one …

The Beauty And Heartbreak of NE Portland Thru The Skanner Photos Of Julie Keefe

November 25th, 2016

9:20

Few Portland artists can claim deeper ties to the city than Julie Keefe. She’s shot for everyone from the Oregonian to the New York Times; she’s done …

Big Plans To Transform Portland's Waterfront

November 25th, 2016

5:42

The creative firm behind such famous spaces as the Alexandria Library and the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has its eyes on Portland's waterfront, and there's good news and bad.

First, the bad: the James Beard …

Novelist Roger Hobbs Dead At 28

November 25th, 2016

8:19

A brilliant stylist of crime lit, Hobbs is remembered by editor Gary Fisketjon and Professor Robert Knapp of Reed College.

(photo cred. Leah Nash)

Nov. 26: Hari Kondabolu, Disjecta's Director Ousted, Roger Hobbs RIP, Julie Keefe & More

November 24th, 2016

51:53

What a week! Disjecta's founder gets shown the door, we remember the precocious writer Roger Hobbs, Hari Kondabolu returns to Portland to put some …

Prof. Robert Knapp Remembers Roger Hobbs

November 24th, 2016

12:12

Best-selling author Hobbs wrote his New York Times bestseller,
"Ghostman" during his senior year at Reed College. At the same time he was working on …

Nov. 19: Maria Semple, Alexander Chee, Rabih Alameddine, Artists Respond to Trump

November 19th, 2016

51:32

This week, we bring you the second of two shows we'd recorded live at Wordstock, Portland's book festival. It's sparkling hour with three witty truth-tellers. But first, we wanted to check in: how're you feeling after …

Nov. 12: Wordstock with Lindy West, Paul Simon Bio, Rivka Galchen and Luz Elena Mendoza

November 11th, 2016

51:00

The toast of the literary season is Portland’s book festival, Wordstock. This week we bring you the first of several shows we taped: a bang-up time with three exceptional authors, and one song that left us starry-eyed, …

Explode Into Colors Studio Session with opbmusic

November 9th, 2016

11:19

Such a treat. The legendary dance-funk-art-rock band tells the story of their all-too-brief fall reunion, and what they love about playing together.

Nov. 5: Live at Eugene's Indie Game Con

November 4th, 2016

50:26

Eugene is a surprising hotbed of video games. "Tribes," "Godzilla: Destroy All Monster's Melee," and "Red Baron" are just a few games to be developed in its local studios.

While larger studios like Pipeworks tend to …

Physical Education at PNCA

October 29th, 2016

7:33

A collection of performance all-stars embark on a year-lond residenct with PNCA's Center for Contemporary Art and Culture. The first workshop session …

Oct. 29: Joe Sacco, August Wilson, Okkervil River, Bri Pruett, Slenderman & More

October 29th, 2016

51:40

War Cartoonist Joe Sacco on How Portland's Housing Crisis Is Like a Refugee Crisis

You might find and unusual comic stuffed in your mailbox or slipped under the door in the coming weeks. Titled "Rent Crisis," it's by the …

Can A Stranger Designate Your House As Historic? In Oregon, They Can

October 22nd, 2016

12:00

Is your house historic—officially, as in listed on the National Register of Historic Places?

In Oregon, nominating a house to the register is solely …

From 'Hamilton' To 'Hedwig,' Portland Producer Brisa Trinchero Makes It Big On Broadway Musicals

October 22nd, 2016

10:55

What do the hit Broadway shows "Hamilton," "Matilda," "Hedwig and the Angry Itch," and "Pippin" have in common? Lake Oswego native-turned-Broadway producer Brisa Trinchero.

Trinchero grew up working the box office at the …

Beirut Wedding: Make The Change You Want

October 21st, 2016

5:36

A new theater company has cropped up in Portland to tell the stories of people of color, and women. The first production for Beirut Wedding World …

Colin Currie On Percussion Power And Bringing New Sounds To Life

October 21st, 2016

10:01

The dynamic percussionist Colin Currie is back onstage this weekend with the Oregon Symphony. Midway through his artist’s residency, he’s performed …

Oct. 22: PDX Broadway Producer On 'Hamilton,' Ta-Nehisi Coates, Percussionist Colin Currie & More

October 21st, 2016

55:22

Star Percussionist Colin Currie Plays Our Studio —

The Oregon Symphony welcomes Colin Currie back to the stage Oct. 22–24. We talk with Curry about …

Love Burns Bright At Profile Theatre

October 15th, 2016

5:01

“Bright Half Life,” the sweeping story of lesbian soul mates, spans 45 years in little more than 60 minutes, which is a lot to keep track of if …

Oct. 15: Playwright Tanya Barfield's Homecoming Season

October 15th, 2016

51:09

Tanya Barfield grew up in Portland and first caught the theater bug from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. But even though her plays have been …

QA - Extended Conversation with Emily Glassberg Sands

October 15th, 2016

29:28

Here's our extended interview with Emily Glassberg Sands, Ph.D, who teamed up with playwright Julia Jordan for three studies exposing gender bias in …

Page To Stage: Women Playwrights Face Bias

October 15th, 2016

9:53

Playwright Tanya Barfield turns us onto research that puts the problem into painful detail.

Malia Jensen "Ground Effects"

October 7th, 2016

8:58

One of Portland's top contemporary artists talks to us about new work on view at Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland and Marion Goodman Gallery in London, and her move back from New York.

Oct. 8: Drive-By Truckers Live, Art Museum Expansion, Tin House Fiction Contest, Malia Jensen & More

October 7th, 2016

52:05

Doing the hard work never sounded so good. We turn to some veteran creatives this week for the antidotes to antic times.

Drive-By Truckers' "American Band" Takes On A Mad World - 1:48

Ever since coming together in Athens, …

Uroboros To Close Operations In Early 2017

October 1st, 2016

3:08

Portland art glass manufacturer Uroboros just announced that the company plans to close the plant that it has operated on North Kerby Ave. in Portland for over 43 years.

Oct. 1 - Ursula K. Le Guin | Pete Krebs | U.S. PTO v. The Slants | Portlandia v. Bookstore

September 30th, 2016

34:36

This week’s show: curveballs and home runs. New developments are on deck in the saga of Oregon’s art glass makers, and for one act trying to get recognition for its entirely ironic band name. Plus we bring back a …

Pete Krebs' Autumn Trifecta

September 28th, 2016

14:15

Pete Kreb’s career can be read as an index marker for Portland’s musical identity. He came up a scruffy kid when the city was a dark, dank proving ground for punk. He got his musical passport stamped at all the …

Kahlief Adams On Gaming For Change

September 24th, 2016

5:26

Podcaster extraordinaire Kahlief Adams of "Spawn On Me" gives us a preview of his upcoming talk at AffectConf — while playing, of course. He and his co-hosts hosted a Twitch session in January 2014 that raised $5000 in …

Maria Bamford Blows Up With Lady Dynamite

September 24th, 2016

11:35

Maria Bamford delivers the deets on her hit Netflix series, "Lady Dynamite", rebooting after a breakdown, and her magnificent range of voicings. Bamford headlines the All Jane Comedy Festival Oct 5-9.

Maria Bamford WEB EXTRA - Extended interview

September 24th, 2016

39:19

The All Jane Comedy Festival scored big this year, landing Maria Bamford as headliner for the final night of the festival next month.

Bamford has carved out a space as one of the most innovative voices in comedy. Her …

Alternative Justice In Portland Music Communities

September 24th, 2016

7:34

The gut-wrenching conversation over safety and sexual assault continued this week in Portland’s music community. As police investigate claims against …

Sept. 24 | Maria Bamford | Loch Lomond | Kahlief Adams | Carla Rossi | Alternative Justice + more

September 24th, 2016

53:04

When life gives you mental breakdowns and dysfunctional justice, use them to make something new. Settle in; we’re spinning tales of artists digging …

Drag Queens & Indians: Or What Cher & Peter Pan Have In Common

September 21st, 2016

16:44

The multimedia artist Anthony Hudson is best known around Portland for his drag queen persona, Carla Rossi — a white-faced clown of a queen who bills …

Loch Lomond on Its New Album, 'Pens from Spain'

September 21st, 2016

8:49

One thing we love about the Portland band Loch Lomond is that, ever since Ritchie Young started it 13 years ago, it has operated as a revolving …

Will Future Skyscrapers Be Built of Wood?

September 18th, 2016

10:20

Among all the buildings going up in the biggest boom in Portland history, only one of them can be called the first of its kind in the nation.

It’s a simple four-story building called Albina Yard on North Albina Street. …

Sept. 17: Where Art and Science Collide, High-Rises Made of Wood, The Minders and Sharita Towne

September 16th, 2016

52:14

Will Future High-Rises be Made of Wood?

Among all the buildings going up in the biggest boom in Portland history, only one of them can be called the first of its kind in the nation. Instead of relying on steel and …

Sharita Towne Sees Our City In Stereo

September 15th, 2016

6:30

Sharita Towne’s photo exhibition on view this month at Newspace Center for Photography is designed to help people to see the gentrification of …

Oregon Playwright Shoots True With 'The Gun Show'

September 10th, 2016

10:29

E.M. Lewis tells five stories from her life that capture every side of the debate, from growing up with guns to being held at gunpoint.

Read the full …

Safer Altogether | Women In Portland Music Scene Confront Sexual Assault

September 10th, 2016

10:05

Last weekend, a Portland musician who plays in several bands made a shocking admission on his Facebook page. Joel Magid described in graphic terms how he’d tried to rape a woman, until, he says, a friend intervened. The …

Sarah Clarke

September 10th, 2016

5:45

This is one of a collection of interviews this week reacting to the very public revelation of a sexual assault by Portland musician Joel Magid. …

Elizabeth Elder

September 10th, 2016

6:11

This is one of a collection of interviews this week reacting to the very public revelation of a sexual assault by Portland musician Joel Magid. …

Ali Clarys

September 10th, 2016

3:41

This is one of a collection of interviews this week reacting to the very public revelation of a sexual assault by Portland musician Joel Magid. …

Jeni Wren Stottrup

September 10th, 2016

7:26

This is one of a collection of interviews this week reacting to the very public revelation of a sexual assault by Portland musician Joel Magid. …

Sept. 10: The Gun Show, Remembering Bob Ross & Rick Bartow, Rock'n'Roll and Sexual Violence & More

September 9th, 2016

52:18

Oregon Playwright Shoots True With 'The Gun Show' - 1:15

“The Gun Show” tells five stories about guns drawn from the life of the award-winning playwright E.M. Lewis. She grew up in rural Oregon, where she was surrounded …

PMOMA Becomes Houseguest At The Square

September 9th, 2016

9:42

This weekend, Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square transforms into a weekend-long art party.
Libby Werbel of the Portland Museum of Modern Art …

Sept. 3: Image Moves to PDX, Rose City Comic Con Preview, Kelly Sue DeConnick on Bitch Planet & More

September 2nd, 2016

51:54

Gather ‘round, True Believers. We’re getting all geeked up for the Rose City Comic Con, Sept 10–11. It’s always a hot ticket, given the critical mass of comics creators making their home around these parts now, but we …

Image Comics to Move to Portland

September 2nd, 2016

9:53

For a week, rumors have been circulating that Image Comics, the nation's third largest comic book publisher, is moving to Portland. OPB can now …

Bandette Steals Hearts, Jewels, Eisners

September 2nd, 2016

8:17

The husband and wife creative team of Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover are getting ready to publish “The House of the Green Mask”, the third volume of …

PICA Kicks Off TBA Festival With Horn Extraordinaire Kelly Pratt And A Sea Of Horn Players

August 27th, 2016

10:14

Imagine hundreds of horn players — trumpets, trombones, tubas, French horns — surrounding you in a warehouse, their notes surging, diverging, and sloshing from side to side, wall to wall, like whiskey in a barrel on the …

Can Ages and Ages Make Songs About Earthquakes and the End of Civilization Fun? Yes, They Can.

August 26th, 2016

11:55

Can Ages and Ages make songs about earthquakes and the end of civilization fun? Yes, yes they can.

No one can deny that the band Ages and Ages is infectious. All those hand claps and group harmonies have made songs like …

Aug. 27: LAIKA's Kubo, End of XOXO Festival, PICA TBA Preview, Ages and Ages & More

August 26th, 2016

50:39

XOXO's Pulls Plug on the Festival, But Plugs in a New Workspace - 1:15

Over the last four years, the XOXO Festival has become a premier destination …

XOXO Fest Shifts Gears

August 26th, 2016

5:31

In about two weeks, Andy McMillan and Andy Baio will welcome several hundred makers what may be the last XOXO Festival.

The Fest is a mere four years …

Aug. 20: New Music from Blind PIlot & Joseph, Classical Music Meets Silent Disco & More

August 19th, 2016

52:03

It’s set to be a blistering weekend, so we’re going to do our best to cool things down this hour with classical music in the woods, golden harmonies …

Buster Keaton's Oregon-Filmed 'The General' Tours State With A New Score

August 5th, 2016

10:18

Filmed in Cottage Grove, Buster Keaton’s 1926 silent film, “The General,” is considered one of the greatest movies of all time. Telling the story of a blundering train conductor who inadvertently saves the Confederate …

Aug. 6: The Building Portlanders Love to Hate, Buster Keaton's 'The General' Gets a New Score & More

August 5th, 2016

51:25

This week, on State of Wonder: a multi-city birthday party for Oregon’s milestone in silent film history, Buster Keaton’s "The General," with a brand …

Skylab Builds Portland A Brand New Yard

August 5th, 2016

10:46

Not since Big Pink or the Interstate Bank tower has Portland produced a highrise that so many people have opinions about. We’re talking about Yard, …

Aug. 13: Jesse Eisenberg, Wendell Pierce and Alicia Jo Rabins at Wordstock

August 4th, 2016

50:53

This week on State of Wonder, we take a break from our summer reading to look back at last year's Wordstock book festival. We'll hear from three …

Ceramics Meets Rock’n’Roll At The LH Project In The Wallowas

July 30th, 2016

9:35

There are a lot of reasons to visit Joseph, Oregon, beginning with the spectacular Wallowa Mountains. But for ceramic artists, there’s one very …

Michelle Grabner On The Disjecta Biennial

July 29th, 2016

16:06

It's the art road trip of the summer! Work on view in 13 Oregon cities. Milwaukee-based artist, academic, and curator Michelle Grabner curates this …

July 30: Art Road Trip With Disjecta Biennial, the Rock'n Roll Shangri-La of Ceramics and More

July 29th, 2016

55:06

This week, the vacation comes to you! We've got excellent road trips to some of the most beautiful and inspiring parts of Oregon and the creators who …

Portland Skyline Aims Higher

July 29th, 2016

24:37

State of Wonder's Columnist-in-Residence, Randy Gragg, talks to designers of three new icons in the Portland Skyline: Park Avenue West, The …

The Color Of Memory

July 29th, 2016

4:07

A show at Jeffrey Thomas Gallery addresses issues of memory through the work of 16 West Coast artists who emphasize or deny color in their work.

On View: Arvie Smith at Portland Art Museum

July 29th, 2016

8:47

Visual artist Arvie Smith talks to us about his decades of work interpreting and subverting mainstream images of black life. His work is on view at …

July 23: The Funniest Thing In Portland, With Shelley McLendon

July 22nd, 2016

51:37

Portland’s comedy scene is incendiary, and one of the prime movers we have to thank for it is Shelley McLendon. She’s the mastermind behind Bad Reputation Productions, which has staged hilarious adaptations of movies …

Portland Writer Melanie Alldritt Doesn't Want To Be Beautiful

July 18th, 2016

6:50

In a world where we think we’ve seen everything, the videos of the shootings of Alton Sterling and, especially, Philando Castile were shocking …

July 16: Art And Race—Mic Capes & Rasheed Jamal, August Wilson Red Door Project, Arvie Smith & More

July 16th, 2016

52:15

This week on State of Wonder, we’re going to spend the hour exploring how the region’s artists are using their work to process the hurricane of emotions that erupted after last week’s deadly shootings of two African …

Response Through Resistance: Rasheed Jamal And Mic Capes

July 15th, 2016

15:51

We sat down with Rasheed Jamal and Mic Capes to talk about their writing, and next steps after Minneapolis, Baton Rouge, and Dallas.

Summer Fishtrap: Timothy Egan, Bobbie Conner, Sherwin Bitsui & Erika Wurth, + more!

July 7th, 2016

52:49

Every summer, writers from all over the country head to the base of the towering Wallowa Mountains for Summer Fishtrap, a conference about writing …

The Museum's NW Curator Looks Back At 46 Years Of Regional Art

July 2nd, 2016

8:37

When Bonnie Laing Malcolmson started as a 17-year-old student at the Museum Art School at the Portland Art Museum in 1970, there wasn’t much of a …

Peeling Back Layers On Lower Burnside Lofts

July 2nd, 2016

8:57

All those new apartment buildings going up all over Portland? They're not all created equal. What exactly are developers paying for when they engage …

July 2: Sherman Alexie, PDX's Oldest Art Co-Op Displaced, Science of Music & More

July 2nd, 2016

52:02

Dozens Of Artists Displaced After Sale of Troy Laundry Building

For nearly 40 years, dozens of artists have worked out of the historic Troy Laundry …

Sale Of Oldest Portland Studio Co-Op Displaces Dozens Of Artists

June 26th, 2016

12:17

For nearly 40 years, dozens of artists have worked out of the historic Troy Laundry Building in Portland’s Central East Side. It's the oldest …

June 25: kd lang/Neko Case/Laura Veirs, M Ward, Blind Pilot, Joseph And More

June 24th, 2016

51:05

Hey people! It’s summer! Time to hit some shows. And to help you get your calendar arranged, this week we're cranking up the volume on some of the …

Allegro Stockpiled Inventory In Advance Of Liquidation

June 17th, 2016

6:20

More on what's happening to hundreds of independent record labels left in the lurch by Allegro Media Group's liquidation.

June 18: Peter Sagal, Mary Roach, Darcelle, Lindy West, Big Thief & More

June 17th, 2016

51:45

Portland Pride Stands Up For Orlando

After the shooting at the Pulse night club in Orlando, leaders of Portland Pride and community members have …

Political Buttons Changed My Life: Delia Paine's Election Year Odyssey

June 11th, 2016

10:47

In 2008, Bend-based Delia Paine found herself swept up in a moment that fused art, message, and community. She told us this story when we visited her …

High Desert Museum Commissions New Work for "Art For A Nation"

June 10th, 2016

7:38

Contemporary Artist Allan McCollum and Bend button czar Delia Paine, talk about their collaboration for an installation on view through October 2.

Books With Pictures

June 10th, 2016

6:05

Katie Proctor's vision for a more inclusive experience in a brick and mortar comic book store. Her shop, Books With Pictures, is the latest iteration of a national discussion about women as readers and vendors.

June 11: Women-Led Comics Shops, Summer Cannibals, , Allan McCollum, Brad Cloepfil Pt 2 + More

June 10th, 2016

53:06

It's been one of those weeks when we almost got lost in the sheer enjoyment of the prep.

1:10 Books With Pictures - Portland has a new comic book shop, officially open for business. Books With Pictures is a cozy …

Teens Take A Step Back In Time To Create Silent Films

June 4th, 2016

8:36

The International Youth Silent Film Festival challenges people 20 and younger to take a step back in time. Using one of ten original organ soundtracks and whatever equipment they have access to, whether 8mm cameras or …

Architect Brad Cloepfil—Extended Interview At The Portland Art Museum

June 4th, 2016

36:43

Before architects make buildings, they make tiny buildings.

You’ve probably seen architectural models: they’re made of wood, are generally nice looking, and offer an idea of what’s under construction.

But the exhibition …

June 4: Architect Brad Cloepfil & Artist Vanessa Renwick At PDX Art Museum, Youth Silent Film + More

June 3rd, 2016

51:55

This week, State of Wonder's all about the journey: we travel the world with starchitect Brad Cloepfil, meditate on environmental disaster with installation artist Vanessa Renwick, tromp through the war memories of …

Tsunamis, Demolitions And Dog Poop: Vanessa Renwick Takes It To The Next Level

June 3rd, 2016

7:23

Visual artist Vanessa Renwick has created a new installation that speaks to the “hodgepodge of horrible” we meet in modern life — a multi-screen …

May 28: City Cracks Down On Pot Parties, Comedian Curtis Cook, Secret Lives of Tour Managers & More

May 27th, 2016

52:00

This week on State of Wonder, the city's plans to enforce pot policy puts many marijuana-related events on hold, the comedian Curtis Cook on what it …

WeWork Comedy Showcase Builds a Bridge

May 27th, 2016

3:42

In hanging around with Curtis Cook, we stumbled across a pretty interesting event he’s involved with. The Do What You Love comedy showcase at We …

Curtis Cook Throws Curveballs

May 27th, 2016

22:44

Comedian Curtis Cook excels at a kind of curveball - unassuming riffs that steer you right where he wants you.
Cook has been on fire lately, telling tales on his own post-feminist angst, calling out racial hang-ups, and …

Portland Just Says No To Many Marijuana-Related Summer Events

May 27th, 2016

4:16

Since the legalization of recreational marijuana in Oregon last year, there’s been an explosion or pot-related events: from big celebrations like …

Can Bonsai Be High Art? UPDATED STORY

May 21st, 2016

7:50

When most Americans think of bonsai — the craft of pruning and shaping small trees — they probably think of an ancient gardening craft practiced by …

DEQ Responds On Bullseye Lead Tests

May 21st, 2016

4:44

DEQ's Jennifer Flynt responds to concerns raised by Bullseye Glass regarding recent enforcement actions.

(photo cred. Oregon DEQ)

Bullseye Glass Responds On Lead Levels

May 21st, 2016

7:46

Our full conversation with Jim Jones, a Vice President at Bullseye Glass.

May 21: Art Glass Apocalypse, Scott Pemberton, Bonsai Murai, Katie Chase

May 21st, 2016

53:10

Bask in the glorious variety of Portland's spring musical offerings, then head to the hills with a book and a yen for natural beauty. Be here now, this week on State of Wonder.

1:00 GLASSAPOCALYPSE NOW - Spectrum Glass …

Friends Of Noise AIms For A Non-Profit All-Ages Venue

May 19th, 2016

6:53

This weekend a concert series kicks off in North Portland. Organizers say the shows are stepping stones toward a new non-profit all-ages music venue. …

From Jazz Hippies To Hit Makers: The Return Of Nu Shooz

May 19th, 2016

6:00

If you've stepped onto a dance floor in the last few decades, then you've likely heard "I Can't Wait." It's the song that held sway over the pop charts for a good chunk of 1986 and inspired a generation of musicians. …

What Is Timber Rock? Ask Scott Pemberton.

May 19th, 2016

3:49

Through the lens of some of Portland’s most influential music scenes—think Satyricon, X-Ray Cafe, and Jimmy Mak’s—Scott Pemberton has channelled a ray of sunlight he calls “timber rock.”

That’s the name of his latest …

Ann Sanderson, candidate for Portland Council Pos. 1

May 12th, 2016

23:41

Sanderson is well-known as an advocate against a proposed Portland street tax. She's a small business owner, proprietor of Odango! Hair Salon on Woodstock.

00:18On checking out art as she’s knocking campaigning
“I started …

Sue Stahl - Candidate For Council Pos. 4

May 12th, 2016

16:51

Sue Stahl is a long-time civil rights activist best known in Portland for her advocacy work for people with disabilities. She is the vice-chair of the Portland Commission on Disability and chair of the Accessibility in …

May 14: Summer Reads: Katherine Dunn RIP, Phil Knight, Monica Drake, Mo Daviau & Victoria Jamieson

May 12th, 2016

49:55

Summer came early this year, and it has us already dreaming of weekends at the beach or up in the mountains, kicking back in a hammock with a book between our hands. So we put together a show to highlight some of the …

Mo Daviau's Spirited Novel Explores Love And Music With A Time-Traveling Twist

May 12th, 2016

9:58

Portland writer Mo Daviau’s new novel, “Every Anxious Wave,” grew out of her cocktail-party ice-breaker: "If you could go back in time and see any …

Monica Drake Haunts Portland With Her New Short Story Collection

May 12th, 2016

9:46

Monica Drake is one of Portland’s better known contemporary bards. Her 2007 novel "Clown Girl" followed a young woman navigating a scene not unlike …

Victoria Jamieson Clobbers YA Tropes In "Roller Girl"

May 12th, 2016

9:49

Victoria Jamieson has written books for kids and teaches children’s literature at Pacific Northwerst College of Art, but in her spare time, she …

Ann Sanderson, candidate for Portland Council Pos. 1

May 12th, 2016

23:41

Sanderson is well-known as an advocate against a proposed Portland street tax. She's a small business owner, proprietor of Odango! Hair Salon on Woodstock.

00:18On checking out art as she’s knocking campaigning
“I started …

Katie Chase's Superbly Off-Kilter Take On Coming-Of-Age Stories

May 11th, 2016

9:09

It’s a cliche that children are full of questions, but certain types of questioning — far from the innocent realms of “why is the sky blue?” — mark …

May 7: Charles Bradley, Mohsin Hamid, QDoc Film Fest, Peter Pan Prequel And More

May 6th, 2016

49:22

In honor of Mothers everywhere, we have several stories about new projects being brought into the world this week: a film project that's all about learning from the past, the Eugene Symphony's three ambitious new …

'Peter Pan' Prequel Sparkles At Portland Playhouse

May 4th, 2016

8:00

Ever wondered how Peter Pan came to be the boy who never grew up? Or how he and Captain Hook came to be arch nemeses?

We might never know the real reason (at least according to author J.M. Barrie), but the authors Dave …

What Are You Looking At?: Holly Andres - The Fallen Fawn

April 30th, 2016

5:52

Holly Andres is not just one of the best working photographers in Portland — she’s also one of the busiest. Her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, the …

Apr. 30: Maurice Sendak At Portland Opera, Radiation City, Holly Andres, Snohetta, Portland Ballet

April 29th, 2016

34:29

This week on State of Wonder, Maurice Sendak goes to the opera, retro-tinged indie pop with Radiation City, darkness and light with photographer …

An International Architecture Firm Wants To Reshape Portland

April 28th, 2016

10:10

While the architectural firm Snøhetta might not be a household name in Portland, it has become one of the biggest players in architecture …

Portland Funk Remembers Prince

April 25th, 2016

11:05

Too soon! Too soon! What are we doing here again, eulogizing one of our musical icons? And yet, there it was: Thursday’s news about the death of …

Apr. 23: Prince RIP, PICA's New Digs, PNCA Protests, PDX Jazz Town And More

April 23rd, 2016

52:48

This week on State of Wonder we have stories of love, loss, law and looking back.

Full story:

Two NW Drag Queens Boldly Go Where No Queens Have Gone Before

April 23rd, 2016

9:16

Is it possible for there to be too much glitter? We think not, but it will surely be put to the test next weekend. Two of the Northwest’s most …

Meet The Bradfords

April 23rd, 2016

10:37

Painter Katherine Bradford and her son Arthur (a Portland writer and filmmaker) are having entirely too much fun talking about each other's work.
See "Katherine Bradford: Divers and Dreamers" at Adams and Ollman gallery …

Funk Flows Forward: Remembering Prince

April 23rd, 2016

11:05

Too soon! Too soon! What are we doing here again, eulogizing one of our musical icons? And yet, there it was: Thursday’s news about the death of …

PICA Finds A Permanent Home After Years Of Roaming

April 22nd, 2016

6:27

The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art announced Thursday that a patron has bought a 16,000-square-foot compound at 15 NE Hancock St. and offered it to PICA rent-free for 10 years, with an option to extend the …

Apr 16: From Space Ships to Hobbit Houses, UX Design With Guest Curator Elena Moon

April 14th, 2016

54:08

To prep for Design Week Portland, we're listening back to our guest curator show with user experience (UX) designer Elena Moon. She has this fantastic way of explaining what works and why, and she’s going to lead us …

Sarah Iannarone - Candidate For Portland Mayor

April 9th, 2016

31:34

As the 2016 mayoral race picks up speed, we continue to bring candidates in to the studio to talk about the future of arts and culture in Portland.

Shannon Estabrook - Candidate For Council Pos. 4

April 9th, 2016

25:08

Our candidate interview series continues this week with Shannon Estabrook, a retired Portland Community College instructor and seasoned political …

David Schor - Candidate For Portland Mayor

April 9th, 2016

22:14

The latest mayoral candidate to hit the State of Wonder hot seat is David Schor, an assistant attorney general at the Oregon Department of Justice. …

Apr. 9: Rick Bartow RIP, Seinabo Sey, OBT's Beautiful Decay, AU's Choir Collaboration & More

April 8th, 2016

51:42

This week's show is filled with joy and sorrow, because there're always two sides to every coin.

The Passing of an Oregon Giant - 1:03
Last week the …

Swedish Pop Sensation Seinabo Sey In Studio

April 7th, 2016

12:09

Almost since the release of her first single, "Younger," at the ripe age of 23 in 2013, Gambian-Swedish singer Seinabo Sey has been hailed as a pop sensation. She went on to win the Swedish Grammy for Best Newcomer in …

Swedish Singer Seinabo Sey: Extended Interview

April 7th, 2016

18:18

Almost since the release of her first single, "Younger," at the ripe age of 23 in 2013, Gambian-Swedish singer Seinabo Sey has been hailed as a pop sensation. She went on to win the Swedish Grammy for Best Newcomer in …

Rick Bartow, Stunning NW Artist, Dies At Age 69

April 5th, 2016

10:56

Rick Bartow, one of the region’s most striking and accomplished artists, died on Apr. 2 at the age of 69 from complications arising from congestive …

Gil Kelley on Parallel Planning Worlds: Portland and San Francisco

April 2nd, 2016

24:09

Our columnist in residence, Randy Gragg, directs the John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape. This week he suggested we talk with Gil …

BodyVox Invites Famous Non-Dancers To Make Dance

April 1st, 2016

8:33

What happens when a conductor, a chanteuse, and a visual artist walk into a dance studio?

To start out, you get words and descriptions like “floorography” and “it’s jazz crabs versus hot rocks.” That is, if you’re …

Apr. 2: The Thermals, Dandy Warhols, Beverly Cleary, BodyVox & More

April 1st, 2016

50:55

Hear the Dandy Warhol's new record early at a dive bar near you; get moved by BodyVox's big collaboration with A-list non-dancers; tune in to an …

The Crisis Facing Portland Theaters - Extended

March 28th, 2016

10:34

Shelley McLendon struggled for years to find affordable theaters to stage her sell-out adaptations of movies like “Road House” and “The Lost Boys,” as well as sketch and improv comedy shows.

“It wasn’t just affecting …

Leviathan: Where Storytelling Meets Improv

March 26th, 2016

15:20

Leviathan bills itself as the monster of all improv shows, and a canny beast it is. It works like this: a guest storyteller tells a series of stories based on suggestions from the audience, and then a group of hardy …

Mar. 26: What's Funny About Portland With Shelley McLendon

March 26th, 2016

51:47

One of the prime movers we have to thank for Portland’s incendiary comedy scene is Shelley McLendon. She’s the mastermind behind Bad Reputation Productions, which has staged hilarious adaptations of movies like "Road …

Shelley McLendon & Wendi McLendon-Covey: Sisters Of Comedy

March 25th, 2016

42:15

Sisters Wendi McLendon-Covey ('Bridesmaids,' 'The Goldbergs,' 'Reno 911') and Portland performer Shelley McLendon on growing up Baptist, how their …

Pochas Radicales: The Radical Act of Conversation

March 19th, 2016

5:16

We catch up with Precipice Fund grantees Pochas Radicales - you can hear their podcast, echo/hecho right here on Soundcloud. https://soundcloud.com/pochasradicales

Mar. 19: Esperanza Spalding, Thao Nguyen, Sharon Olds, Artists Rep's Explosive Play & More

March 19th, 2016

51:54

Thao & the Get Down Stay Down on opbmusic
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down's latest release, A Man Alive, is a striking alliance with tUnE-yArDs' electropop virtuoso Merril Garbus, where the band stretches its sound …

Artists Rep's Explosive, Hilarious Play About Race 'We Are Proud to Present..."

March 19th, 2016

10:37

Artists Repertory Theatre production of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s "We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years …

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down: Breaking Down Walls for "A Man Alive"

March 17th, 2016

7:46

Thao Nguyen and the Get Down Stay Down teamed up with Merrill Garbus of tUnE yArDs for the new record. Here's music and conversation from this week's …

Jim Lee - Candidate For Portland Council Pos. 4

March 15th, 2016

33:34

Jim Lee is a regular visitor to city council meetings, frequently encouraging leaders to improve the quality of the city's publicly-owned venues.

Bim Ditson - Candidate For Mayor

March 12th, 2016

20:49

Bim annotation

Bim Ditson's a well-known guy in rock circles, as the drummer for And And And, also for his work on Red Bull's Sound Select series of …

'Stupid F**king Bird' Twists Checkhov to Hilarious Effect

March 12th, 2016

7:12

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Portland is no stranger to the works of Eugene-born playwright Aaron Posner. Portland Center Stage and Artist Repertory Theater have staged his …

Mar. 12: Women In Tech, Stupid F--king Bird, Cristina Henriquez, Dirty Revival & More

March 12th, 2016

51:17

We have binders full of stuff for you today. As it turns out, many are full of women.

Qcut And The Quest For Jeans That Fit -
A new Oregon start-up is …

Painfully Honest Job Descriptions For PDX Women In Tech

March 11th, 2016

8:50

What would job descriptions sound look like if they really reflected what goes down for women in tech workplaces? April chats it up with Megan …

Bullseye Subject Of Class Action Suit And Complaints

March 5th, 2016

5:50

In depth on the complaints about glassmakers that led two top officials to resign at DEQ. Also, we talk to one of the plaintiffs in a class action …

Mar. 3: Robin Coste Lewis, M Ward, Sandra Cisneros, Robert Rauschenberg & More

March 5th, 2016

51:23

We’re laughing on the outside and crying on the inside this week.

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Brings Copyright Law Into the 21st Century - 00:59
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation announced this week it will no …

Crack Comedians Amy Miller And Sean Jordan Say Goodbye To Portland

March 4th, 2016

9:20

If Portland's stand-up scene can seem a crowded one, it's about to get a bit smaller. Amy Miller and Sean Jordan have been working their comedic magic for years in Portland, but the two are moving to Los Angeles this …

Sean Davis, Candidate for Portland Mayor

February 28th, 2016

30:57

Mayoral candidate Sean Davis teaches writing at Mt. Hood and Clackamah Community Colleges. His memoir, "The Wax Bullet War", was published in 2014 on …

The Global Reach of Bullseye Glass

February 27th, 2016

9:29

The Portland glassmaker's emission problem sends ripples through global art glass community.

Feb. 27: Stela Comics, Harrow County, Rucka & Le Guin On Harper Lee, Deep Sea Diver, Bullseye Glass

February 27th, 2016

53:23

We are up to our eyeballs this week in Interesting.

00:58 Stēla Comics
Digital comics are big business. Sales in 2014 topped $100 million dollars — and …

Bright Lights: Portland's Mayoral Candidates Talk Urban Design

February 26th, 2016

1:14:35

Mayoral candidates Jules Bailey and Ted Wheeler talk about architecture, urban planning, and design with Randy Gragg at the Bright Lights …

'Harrow County' Makes Horror Comics Beautiful (And Frightening)

February 26th, 2016

9:58

Can a horror comic be beautiful? In the hands of Portland comic book artist Tyler Crook and author Cullen Bunn it can.

The two have created a Gothic …

A Mayoral Candidate's Walking Tour of Portland

February 26th, 2016

14:50

This week our resident architecture critic, Randy Gragg, joined mayoral candidates Jules Bailey and Ted Wheeler on walkabout. Gragg took the …

Stela Comics Wants To Remake Your Comics Experience

February 26th, 2016

4:50

Digital startup Stēla Comics leverages Portland's talent pool to make made-for-mobile publisher/reader app.

Feb. 20: Black Violin, OBT Choreographers James Canfield & Nico Fonte, Irene Taylor Brodsky & More

February 19th, 2016

51:57

The arts news is coming in size XL this week.

Glass Houses
In Southeast Portland, residents continue to reel from news that they've been exposed to unhealthy levels of heavy metals in the air. As we reported last week, …

Sex, Love, Death: James Canfield and Nicolo Fonte's Choreography

February 19th, 2016

9:14

The bloom of youth and the stillness of maturity hit the stage at Oregon Ballet Theatre this season with James Canfield’s take on "Romeo and Juliet," …

Filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky On Her Newest Films: 'Open Your Eyes' And 'Beware The Slenderman'

February 19th, 2016

18:45

Irene Taylor Brodsky has made a number of award-winning documentaries, ranging from "Hear and Now," which followed her deaf parents as they heard for …

Portland Indie Remix Pioneer, RAC, On His Grammy-Nominated Work

February 13th, 2016

9:49

Portlander Andre Allen Anjos is up for a Grammy on Monday for best remixed recording. He works under the name RAC, and he’s become the go-to guy for remixing indie bands, from The Arcade Fire to Foster the People.

As a …

Feb. 13: Pussy Riot, Diana Nyad & Cheryl Strayed, RAC's Grammy-Nominated Remix & More

February 13th, 2016

50:35

We are all feeling positively giddy because of everyone sending their nickles and dimes during pledge week. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU.

Portland's Brittle Glass House
One of the world’s top makers of art glass is …

Eugene Symphony Marks 50th with Three Commissions

February 12th, 2016

6:40

The Eugene Symphony pushes itself to a new level for its 50th anniversary season with three new commissions.

Chloe Eudaly, Candidate for Pos. 4

February 9th, 2016

38:45

This spring we're sharing a series of candidate interviews regarding Portland's future and the arts.

City council candidate Chloe Eudaly has seen a lot change in the arts community since she opened her bookstore, Reading …

Starchitect Kengo Kuma's Ambitious Plans For The Portland Japanese Garden

February 5th, 2016

10:30

State of Wonder is starting a new series focused on architecture, design, and the changing face of the city with columnist-in-residence Randy Gragg. …

Feb. 6: Director Todd Haynes on 'Carol' and Bowie, Craft Museum To Close, Portland Biennial & More

February 5th, 2016

33:22

It's pledge week, people! Of course we're putting out the good china: one of the season's most sumptuous films, a new way to look at a Portland icon, and the unveiling of the Portland 2016 Biennial artists.

Portland's …

PNCA To Close The Portland Museum Of Contemporary Craft and Sell Its Location

February 4th, 2016

4:03

The Museum of Contemporary Craft is no stranger to changes in name and location. It was originally founded in 1937 as the Oregon Ceramics Studio on SW Corbett Avenue. It went through several titles before settling on …

Fred Stewart, candidate for Portland Pos. 4

February 2nd, 2016

34:08

One of a series of candidate interviews regarding Portland's future and the arts.

Fred Stewart is an impatient Portlander. That’s why, he told us …

The Santa Photos Never Picked Up

February 1st, 2016

3:01

Getting a photo taken while sitting on Santa's lap can be awkward in the best of circumstances, but these misfit shots are another level of Christmas weird. John Strieder reports for us.

Jan. 30: Candidates Forum On Arts And Culture

January 29th, 2016

1:25:34

This week we moderated a candidates' forum hosted by the Regional Arts and Culture Council and the Creative Advocacy Coalition. The purpose was to …

The Unexamined River Isn't Worth Fishing

January 22nd, 2016

9:38

Do designers have a shelf life? That's the question State of Wonder guest curator, the user experience designer Elena Moon, asked that set us in search of a craft that only improves with age.

Amy Hazel, who co-owns a …

Tiny House, Meet Roving Caravan - Olympia's Zyl Vardos

January 22nd, 2016

8:16

Ten years ago, the quintessential tiny house was a re-purposed shipping container, industrial-modern and proud of it. That was fitting for a movement whose rising appeal was tethered to the global financial crisis, but …

Jan. 23: From Space Ships to Parking Meters, UX Design With Guest Curator Elena Moon

January 22nd, 2016

51:58

This week we welcome user experience (UX) designer Elena Moon as our guest curator. She has this fantastic way of explaining what works and why, and she’s going to lead us through her own work and the designed world, …

Dandy Warhols On Playing With David Bowie

January 16th, 2016

9:56

The Dandy Warhols first met Bowie because he was singing along. It was Glastonbury in 2000, and the band looked to the side of the stage during their …

Half-Blind Enterprise Artist Paints In Vivid Colors

January 16th, 2016

6:09

While we were in Joseph for a show about art in rural communities last summer, we heard about a painter you might not expect to find in cowboy country, where most of the art leans towards landscapes and wildlife.

Good Guys Win: Comics Artist Ibrahim Moustafa

January 16th, 2016

7:23

After a big 2015 finale to his mountaineering thriller, "High Crimes", Moustafa is back with a special issue of DC's "Doctor Fate".

Jan. 16: PDX Musicians Remember David Bowie, Beat Connection, Ibrahim Moustafa & More

January 15th, 2016

50:23

This week on State of Wonder: Oregonians mourn the death of a legend (including some who shared his stage), a Portland artist helps reboot DC Comics’ …

Kelly Sue DeConnick And Taki Soma - Extended Interview

January 9th, 2016

20:27

Here's the supercut of our talk with Kelly and Taki. They're pals, but had never worked together before Issue 6 of Kelly's Image Comics series, Bitch Planet. It tells the backstory for Meiko Maki, the whip-smart …

Jan. 9 2016: Bitch Planet, Lily Tomlin, Oregon Story Board, Revolution Hall

January 8th, 2016

53:11

Uppity Women and Then Some...

This week's show features trailblazers, plus a couple of lookbacks at stories from last year, with updates on what …

Dec. 26: Quentin Tarantino & Hollywood Theatre, The Go-Go's, Allen Toussaint, Miranda July & More

December 23rd, 2015

51:45

Shows, records, openings, performances, books, festivals — we've enjoyed an unusual amount of beauty in 2015. So we thought we’d take a look back at …

Jan 2 2016 - Arts/Rural Love Stories

December 23rd, 2015

52:38

What happens when small towns try to jump-start their economies with arts centers and cultural offerings? We find out with road trips to Joseph, …

What's Next After Trust Hiatus

December 19th, 2015

12:58

We talk with Meyer Memorial Trust CEO Doug Stamm about why the foundation has taken a hiatus from accepting new grant applications. Our guest …

Dec. 19: Philanthropy, Japanese Garden, PICA & Guest Curator Dorie Vollum

December 18th, 2015

53:22

Philanthropist. Instigator. Friend to the arts. Dorie Vollum is all of these, and also, this week’s guest curator on “State of Wonder.”

We’re …

Oregon Artist Finds Eye-Popping Beauty In Dead Insects, Snakes & Birds

December 12th, 2015

10:40

The Salem-artist Christopher Marley transforms dead things into art. We’re not talking butterfly boxes or your favorite hipster bar taxidermy here. Marley preserves exotic birds, insects, snakes, and even octopi using …

Oregon Grammy Nominees: Lori Henriques + More

December 11th, 2015

4:34

Grammy nominations are out! We review who's who, what's what, and chat with Lori Henriques, the amazing composer whose witty, brisk songs for kids are up for an award in the Best Children's Record category.

Clatsop Faculty Pays Tribute To Royal Nebeker

December 11th, 2015

3:43

Clatsop Community College has renamed its gallery after the dynamic painter and educator Royal Nebeker, who died in 2014. A faculty show now on view …

Tom Manley On Leaving PNCA - Extended QA

December 11th, 2015

19:00

Pacific Northwest College of Art's President Tom Manley is ending a 12-year run steering Oregon's biggest art school. We talk about the …

Dec. 12: PDX Grammy Nods, Jaw-Dropping Bug Art, The Heartless Bastards, Rejected Santa Photos & More

December 11th, 2015

51:17

Vibrant Masterpieces From The Bodies Of Exotic Animals
The model-turned-Salem artist Christopher Marley transforms dead things into art. We’re not talking butterfly boxes or taxidermy here. Marley preserves exotic …

Powells Most Expensive Book

December 5th, 2015

6:12

Visitors to Portland's famous bookstore may never know there's one very rare and VERY expensive volume hidden away beyond the stacks. John Rosman …

Dec. 5 - John Malkovich, "Carol" Review, Sneaker Culture, Powells Most Expensive Book & More

December 4th, 2015

50:28

John Malkovich make a record, a Southern rocker relocates to Portland, kids confront gentrification and sneakers become high fashion. Change is afoot in this week’s State of Wonder.

Malkovich On Vinyl
Actor and director …

Elton Cray Reads Favorite Popebars

December 4th, 2015

2:07

We just could not resist. A dip into the week's best Twitter meme, with a little help from Portland MC Elton Cray.

Darren Orange: Further Along the Slipstream

December 4th, 2015

3:24

We catch up with Darren Orange, one of Astoria's most dynamic artists. He's got a show on view through the end of December, "Cascadian Slipstream".

John Malkovich, Plato, And The Vampire Life

November 28th, 2015

5:45

The actor, his longtime collaborator Sandro, and the composer Eric Alexandrakis talk about working on their new vinyl-only drop, "Like A Puppet …

Alicia Jo Rabins' Divinity School

November 26th, 2015

11:42

Poet, performer, & scholar talks about her first book of poems.

(photo courtesy of Alicia Jo Rabins)

Q&A: Actor Jesse Eisenberg Gives Us Hiccups Of Laughter

November 25th, 2015

17:44

Jesse Eisenberg is best known for starring in movies like “The Social Network,” “Zombieland” and next year's "Batman v. Superman." But he’s quickly gaining attention for his writing as well, in the form of both plays …

Nov. 28: Wordstock with Jesse Eisenberg, Alicia Jo Rabins, & Wendell Pierce

November 24th, 2015

54:01

Three authors with fascinating and atypical histories talk about works they published in 2015:

Actor and activist Wendell Pierce put an indelible mark …

Nov 21: Wordstock with Colin & Maile Meloy, Chelsea Cain, Carson Ellis And More

November 20th, 2015

52:03

For our second show recorded live at Wordstock, we sit down with two amazing groups of writers:

Portland's Most Infamous Writing Group
We begin the hour with a veritable Justice League of Portland writers: Chelsea Cain, …

Nov. 14: George Takei & Marc Acito, Darrell Grant, Paige Powell, Liminal & More

November 14th, 2015

50:38

Today on the show: creativity and geography.

Salem Chamber Orchestra Files For Bankruptcy
Last month, the Salem Chamber Orchestra board announced the …

Marc Acito Pledges 'Allegiance' - A New Broadway production

November 13th, 2015

10:25

Playwright Marc Acito - a longtime Portlander - talks to us about collaborating with a team that included George Takei on the new musical, …

Darrell Grant Explores Further 'Territory'

November 13th, 2015

15:34

CD release show scheduled for Grant's love letter to Oregon. KMHD's Matt Fleeger talked to Darrell about the latest incarnation.

Salem Chamber Orchestra In Bankruptcy

November 13th, 2015

7:32

The ensemble ends 31 years of concerts, insolvent. We talk with musicians and former staff.
(photo credit: Salem Chamber Orchestra)

Paige Powell’s Magnificent Ride Through New York City In The 1980s

November 13th, 2015

8:37

When Portland-native Paige Powell worked at “Interview Magazine” in New York City in the 1980s, she traveled in rarified circles. There were lunches with Bianca Jagger, dinners with David Bowie, and an endless parade of …

Nov. 7: Wordstock - Ursula Le Guin, Patterson Hood, Willie Vlautin & Patrick DeWitt

November 7th, 2015

51:29

We're broadcasting live today from the Portland Art Museum for the city's biggest book extravaganza, Wordstock. We're going to be talking with a …

Oct. 31 - Wordstock Preview With Sunshine Girl, Ben Percy, Carson Ellis, Lidia Yuknavith & More

October 30th, 2015

51:44

For the past two years, Portland's biggest literary festival has been on a bit of a hiatus. But next Saturday, another Portland nonprofit for word nerds is resurrecting Wordstock from the grave.

On this episode of State …

Oct. 24: Eugene Indie Game Con

October 23rd, 2015

51:06

Eugene is a surprising hotbed of video games. "Tribes," "Godzilla: Destroy All Monster's Melee," and "Red Baron" are just a few games to be developed in its local studios.

While larger studios like Pipeworks tend to …

Book Of Scores At Disjecta

October 17th, 2015

6:01

Curator-In-Residence Chiara Giovando walks us through her first full group show at Disjecta.

Mixed Feelings At Portland Hip Hop Day

October 17th, 2015

3:51

Mayor Hales declared a day to recognize hip hop artists. Is it more than lip service?

Portland Building Renovation on Council Agenda This Week

October 17th, 2015

8:28

Portland City Council is about to consider renovations at one of the city's most iconic buildings. We talk with Randy Gragg of the U of O's Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape about what might lie ahead.

Oct. 17: Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi, Portland Building, Disjecta, Greg Robinson & More

October 16th, 2015

37:41

This week we tackle the big subjects: the future of the Portland Building, the humor (or lack thereof) of rape jokes, the history of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival & more. Join us!

The Future Of Portland's Most …

Oct. 10, 2015: Blitzen Trapper, Edward Curtis, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Laura Heit

October 9th, 2015

33:56

Spoiler alert: This week's State of Wonder includes shocking revelation, ticklish truth, and true-to-life stories of art on the make.

Blitzen Trapper Live
Last week, Blitzen Trapper unleashed its eighth studio album, All …

Showing Edward Curtis

October 3rd, 2015

9:08

We talk with Atelier 6000’s executive director, Dawn Boone, and Portland Art Museum's curator of Native American Art Deana Dartt and also and PAM's …

The Confessions of Jessica Jackson Hutchins

October 3rd, 2015

4:05

"I like accident. I like impulse to be reflected in the final product."

Are two shows enough to contain all Hutchins' ideas about intimacy, domestic …

Showing Edward Curtis

October 3rd, 2015

9:08

We talk with Atelier 6000’s executive director, Dawn Boone, and Portland Art Museum's curator of Native American Art Deana Dartt and also and PAM's …

Oct 3, 2015: Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Toni Morrison, Vinnie DeWayne, + more

October 3rd, 2015

53:11

Spoiler alert: this week's State of Wonder includes shocking revelation, ticklish truth, and true-to-life stories of art on the make.

Shaking Up Shakespeare - 01:44
Oregon Shakespeare Festival commissions modern-English …

Third Angle Merges Sound With Architecture In 'Frozen Music'

September 30th, 2015

8:01

Inspired by Goethe’s quote, “music is liquid architecture, and architecture is frozen music,” the Portland new music ensemble Third Angle will team up with the choir group Cappella Romana to transform one of Oregon’s …

Oregon Shakespeare Festival To Modernize Shakespeare’s Entire Canon

September 29th, 2015

4:02

No one debates that Shakespeare is one of the greatest writers in the English language. What is debatable is just how much today’s audiences actually understand that language.

“I'll be really honest to say I can't …

State of Wonder Podcast 092615

September 26th, 2015

47:54

Where the Wonderful talk about doing what they do!

00:45-02:58Blitzen Trapper's about to drop a new record! Here's a preview, with Eric Earley …

State of Wonder: Sept 26th 2015 - Tiempo Libre, Elizabeth Gilbert, Wild Ones, + more

September 26th, 2015

53:59

Where the Wonderful talk about doing what they do!




Where the Wonderful talk about doing what they do!


01:18-03:31Blitzen Trapper's about to drop a …

Is Portland The Epienter Of A Cool New American Bonsai Movement?

September 18th, 2015

7:24

When most Americans think of bonsai — the craft of pruning and shaping small trees — they probably think of an ancient gardening craft practiced by …

Sept 19, 2015: Artists Displaced, Natasha Kmeto, Twilight, High Design Bonsai, Edward Curtis & More

September 18th, 2015

50:44

This week: artists get kicked out of Towne Storage, Natasha Kmeto gets vocal, bonsai gets a high design update, vampires get all touristy and so much more.

Hundreds Of Artists Lose Their Studios At Towne Storage - 5:08

Q&A - Commissioner Nick Fish On Affordable Artist Space

September 18th, 2015

5:24

Fish talks about the city's toolbox for dealing with a scarcity of maker space.

Towne Storage Closes, Leaving Hundreds Of Artists Looking For New Studios

September 18th, 2015

4:15

We meet a few of the artists in the midst of the Towne Storage exodus, and hear about the forces driving the change.

What Are You Looking At: Wendy Red Star Reviews Edward Curtis: Shadow Catcher

September 18th, 2015

7:50

A collection of Edward Curtis' portraits of Native people are on view through October 31st at Bend's Atelier 6000. We tagged along with visual artist …

State of Wonder: Sept. 12 2015 - Patrick DeWitt, C. Spike Trotman, Hector Tobar, Bed, & more!

September 12th, 2015

53:17

00:52 How a white guy from Indiana tricked his way past northwest poet Sheman Alexie, to get published in Best American Poetry 2015.

04:05 XOXO Fest welcomes C. Spike Trotman to town this weekend.

13:05 Dreamy, resonant …

Patrick DeWitt's "Undermajordomo Minor"

September 12th, 2015

6:55

DeWitt talks about his newest novel, a propulsive, playful fable for grown-ups. We also get an update on the film treatment of his 2011 runaway hit, …

One-Woman Publisher C. Spike Trotman Gives Voice To Underrepresented Characters In Comics

September 11th, 2015

8:58

C. Spike Trotman got her start in comics with the web series “Templar, Arizona,” about a slightly irregular town filled with junkies, millionaires, …

New Performance Venue In Old Town

September 9th, 2015

2:50

We chat up Shelley McClendon about the new performance venue she is preparing for a mid-October opening - The Siren Theater.

Planet-Eating Space Whales And Sartorial Talking Chickens Fill Craig Thompson’s 'Space Dumplins'

September 5th, 2015

16:35

n the galaxy of graphic novels, Craig Thompson is a singular talent. His books don’t just tell different stories: they take place in entirely …

Sept. 5 - cartoonist Craig Thompson, musician Craig Finn, Astoria Music Festival, Fiddle Camp & More

September 4th, 2015

51:25

This week: we travel from the front lines of forest fires to the trailer parks of outer space. It's all in a day's work for the Labor Day weekend.

Wallowa Fiddle Camp Attracts Pickers, Fiddlers From All Over

September 4th, 2015

5:09

One day in July we were driving through the small town of Wallowa in the far Northeast corner of Oregon on our way to Joseph to record a show from …

A Trace History - A Painter's Take On Change In China

September 1st, 2015

9:03

Watercolorist Rachel Davis' graceful meditations on changes in China's built environment.

(credit: "Balance", Rachel Davis, 2015. Courtesy of Charles …

You Can Judge Publisher Tin House By Its Covers

August 30th, 2015

6:27

The old adage may say, “Don’t judge a book by a cover,” but don’t tell that to the designers at the Tin House.

The Portland publisher release about a …

State of Wonder: Aug. 29, 2015 - "Latino" Vs. "Hispanic", Business & The Arts, Tin House & More

August 28th, 2015

50:23

Our "How To" episode: how to design a book cover, how to correctly use the terms “Latino” and “Hispanic,” and how to revive your relationship with the arts.

1:06 - This week, members of the nonprofit Business for …

Time for a Re-Set? Arts-Business Interface in Portland

August 28th, 2015

8:30

With a long-time advocacy group winding down operations, what's going to bridge the gap between metro Portland's business and creative communities?

Photo credit: Third Rail Repertory Theatre)

Nate Fasold Hunts Down Famous Guitars

August 28th, 2015

8:21

As a vintage guitar collector and owner of Black Book Guitars, Nate Fasold is a master excavator. He's dogged, detail-oriented and knows how to stay …

Slim Moon's Leap Of Faith

August 28th, 2015

8:00

Kill Rock Stars Records' co-founder Slim Moon has a new career in the ministry. He talks to us about finding his calling, and what skills translate from Saturday night to Sunday morning.

Portland Comics Artist Spells It Out On Latino vs Hispanic

August 27th, 2015

3:38

Periscope Studios' Terry Blas got 170,000 shares on a comic in which he breaks down his bi-cultural identity. Every used "Latino" and "Hispanic" …

PHAME Partners With Laura Gibson For World Premiere Musical

August 21st, 2015

7:25

For over thirty years, PHAME has provided opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities to pursue their passion in the arts, sharing the …

State Of Wonder: Aug. 22, 2015 - Frank McCourt, PHAME, Divers, Papi Fimbres, Ellen Urbani & More

August 21st, 2015

51:32

Today on the show: lots of goodbyes. A writer says goodbye to the New Orleans she used to know. A musical phenom gives Portland a big farewell smooch, as he takes off for the continent. And a dancer bids farewell to a …

New Book Tells The Story Of The Aftermath Of Huricane Katrina

August 19th, 2015

10:50

Portland author Ellen Urbani lived through the final years of Guatemala’s horrific civil war — an experience she wrote about in her first book, "When I Was Elena." She then spent 13 years as an art therapist working …

Aug. 15: Small Towns & The Arts, A Love Story: Joseph, Burns & Tieton

August 14th, 2015

50:51

What happens when small towns try to jump-start their economies with arts centers and cultural offerings? We find out with a road trip to Joseph, …

Could An Arts Center Be Harney County's Salvation?

August 14th, 2015

14:21

In the 1970s, Burns was one of the wealthiest counties in the state by per capita. Now, it’s near the bottom. They’ve tried everything to turn things …

Joseph, Oregon: From Poster Child For Economic Depression To Arts Powerhouse

August 14th, 2015

22:43

What can you say about Joseph? It’s a picture perfect town at the base of the picture perfect Wallowa Mountains.

But it wasn’t always that way.

“It was …

How Tiny Tieton Transformed Into Central Washington's Mighty Arts Titan

August 14th, 2015

13:48

We ran across lots of interesting case studies of rural towns leveraging arts and culture. But Tieton, Washington, might be unique. This story came …

Remade For Residency - Jennings Hotel Under Construction

August 12th, 2015

7:19

Greg Hennes talks about his new project renovating the Jennings Hotel on Joseph's Main Street. He's converting it for short stays and maker space.

Greek-Sailor-Turned-International Artist Paints Astoria Blue

August 8th, 2015

9:02

The life of Astoria painter Christos Koutsouras sounds like it was ripped from a classic adventure novel. Born in 1957 on the island of Samos, the birthplace of people like Epicurus and Pythagoros (you know, the guy …

State Of Wonder: Aug. 8 - Pickathon, Jason Isbell, Kamasi Washington, Video Games & More

August 8th, 2015

51:24

We got mixed up with some seriously talented people this week:

Visual artist Christos Koutsouras talks about his compulsion to paint, and new work …

Game Developers At Jumpdrive Studios Talk About Their New Title XO

August 6th, 2015

6:36

Developers at Portland's Jumpdrive Studios give us the skinny on the radical crowd-sourcing that's shaping their first title, XO. It'll be available on STEAM next year.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Sweats Amercia's De-Industrialization With A New Play

July 31st, 2015

8:55

A half dozen actors run through a scene in one of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s rehearsal rooms. The setting is a bar in Reading, Pennsylvania, after the financial crises. A group of steelworkers are talking about …

State Of Wonder: Aug. 1, 2015 - Seattle Art Fair And Portland Jazz With KMHD's Matt Fleeger

July 30th, 2015

51:33

This week, a tasty sound sandwich consisting of two ingredients:

1) We've got advance coverage of the Seattle Art Fair with a Think Out Loud discussion on the Pacific Northwest's foray into the high-end art fair market. …

State Of Wonder: July 25, 2015 - Calexico, Helio Sequence, Lost Lander, Y La Bamba, Joseph & More

July 24th, 2015

52:27

This is it, folks: we’re in the peak heat of the summer music season. PDX Pop Now is this weekend. Pickathon plucks through Happy Valley next …

Celebrating Portland Musician Dave Camp

July 21st, 2015

9:06

Last week, Portland lost someone who breathed glittering joy into the local music scene. Dave Camp passed on July 15 after a months-long, profoundly …

State Of Wonder: July 18, 2015 - Live From Summer Fishtrap Writers Gathering at Wallowa Lake

July 17th, 2015

51:01

Every summer, writers from all over the country head to the base of the towering Wallowa Mountains for Summer Fishtrap, a conference about writing and the West. This year, they celebrated the 100th anniversary of the …

Timothy Egan On Stories Hiding In Plain Sight

July 15th, 2015

7:00

Seattle native Timothy Egan talks about his work digging for hidden narratives in American history. He delivered the keynote at this year's Summer Fishtrap. For more writers at the conference, check out our show this …

Bobbie Conner At Summer Fishtrap

July 14th, 2015

7:22

The ED of Tamástlikt Cultural Institute talks about stories hidden from history.

State Of Wonder: July 11, 2015 - Artists Repertory Theatre's ArtsHub

July 10th, 2015

51:58

This week, we take you behind-the-scenes at one of the city's most dynamic theaters, Artists Repertory Theatre, with a show recorded in front of a live audience on the Alder Stage.

The longest-running company in town has …

Portlander Dave Depper On Touring With Death Cab For Cutie

July 3rd, 2015

8:13

There are musicians in Portland who seem like they’ve played with everyone. And then there’s Dave Depper. His resume is a who’s who of local acts: Menomena, Loch Lomond, Fruit Bats, Laura Gibson, and at least 18 others. …

State Of Wonder: July 4, 2015 - Death Cab For Cutie, PAM's New Modern Art Curator & More

July 3rd, 2015

51:10

We've got a picnic of music and news for you this week. So grab a plate; we're going to pile it high.

Rumors flying about superstar mandolinist …

Quintana Galleries Closing Down

July 3rd, 2015

5:54

Portland's much beloved Rose and Cecil Quintana are closing their eponymously-named gallery after 42 years representing Native American artists. Phoebe Flanigan has the story.

Portland Art Museum Hires New Mod/Contempo Curator

July 3rd, 2015

4:16

Sara Krajewski is coming back to the Northwest, to steer PAM's Modern and Contemporary Collection. Get the whole scoop, and click over here to read a …

Lidia Yuknavitch Explores a Scorching New World

July 3rd, 2015

6:17

We talk to one of Portland's most evocative and fearless writers about her new novel, The Small Backs of Children. Visit our show page for info on …

State Of Wonder: June 27, 2015-Allen Toussaint, Shakespeare Meets The Go-Go's & New Record Press

June 27th, 2015

51:09

Who says the past is behind us? This week, creators are bringing new life to traditional forms.

1:19 - We meet the dream team behind Cascade Record Pressing, Oregon's new vinyl record plant in Oregon City.

8:53 - We …

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Mashes-Up The Go-Go's With The Elizabethan Story 'Old Arcadia'

June 26th, 2015

9:15

Tony-winning playwright Jeff Whitty combines the the music of The Go-Gos with Sir Richard Sidney's 'Old Arcadia' for a deliciously over-the-top glam musical.

(photo credit: Oregon Shakespeare Festival)

New Orleans Legend Allen Toussaint Takes Center Stage

June 26th, 2015

12:49

The ever-elegant, deeply influential Crescent City songwriter and composer talks to us about his life and music. Watch our website for the full story …

Cascade Record Pressing Finds Its Groove

June 22nd, 2015

7:38

A powerhouse Portland start-up secures six coveted presses to begin operations. More pics here

State Of Wonder June 20, 2015 - Astoria Show With Blind Pilot, The Astoria Music Festival & More

June 19th, 2015

50:30

Over the past decade, Astoria quietly became a hotbed for creatives looking for inspiration, community, space, and affordability. Now that economic times are on the rebound, how can Astoria keep its lifestyle affordable?

Astoria Music Festival Surrounds Town With Sound

June 19th, 2015

19:16

How did a festival this wide-ranging take root in a town under ten-thousand? We talk with AMF artistic director Keith Clark, Cary Lewis, pianist and AMF director of Chamber Music. Also, music from Cary, Oregon Symphony …

Where We Make: Astoria's Creative Culture

June 19th, 2015

10:45

Sarah Nebeker, Jack Harris, and Darren Orange talk with us about how Astoria built its creative community, and the pressures the city is dealing with to maintain critical mass.

Blind Pilot's Israel Nebeker And Ryan Dobrowski On Making Music In Astoria

June 19th, 2015

19:45

Taking its name from the pilot boats that guide freighters through the treacherous mouth of the Columbia River, the band Blind Pilot sprang from …

State Of Wonder: June 13, 2015 - Third Angle New Music & New Yorker Music Critic Alex Ross

June 12th, 2015

49:43

This spring, Third Angle New Music knocked our socks off with its unique partnership with "New Yorker" music critic Alex Ross.

In his history of 20th …

Goonies 30th Draws Fans, Some Eye-Rolls in Astoria

June 8th, 2015

5:35

Phoebe Flanigan mixes with Goonies fans at the film's 30th anniversary celebration. This film's locations still draw thousands of tourists. At the …

Zach Dundas Explores The Immortal Life Of Sherlock Holmes

June 5th, 2015

9:51

Perhaps no fictional character has stood the test of time like Sherlock Holmes. From his creation by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887, he has deduced …

State Of Wonder: June 6, 2015 - Sherlock Holmes, Karen Karbo, Tango At Reed & Indigenous Art Fest

June 5th, 2015

49:23

We are stoked, stoked, and stoked about summer — too much good stuff happening. Here's what's coming up on this week's show to help you kick down the door on your weekend.

1:33 - A quick hello to the entrepreneurs behind …

Karan Karbo's Rail Odyssey

June 5th, 2015

7:04

Writer Karen Karbo talks about spending two weeks train-bound: what she wrote, what she saw.

Suite Sandy Boulevard

June 5th, 2015

3:14

Lou Watson's new experimental work, created and conceived on her block.

One Flaming Arrow: Year One

June 5th, 2015

5:04

Festival of Native contemporary artists breaks through goals to launch.

Sci-Fi & Social Justice: Octavia's Brood

May 29th, 2015

7:08

Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown talk about editing the new anthology of speculative fiction with a social justice lens.

What Are You Looking At?: Ai WeiWei at PAM

May 29th, 2015

7:30

We're launching a new series of reviews. Curator Namita Wiggers looks at Ai Weiwei's "Circle of Animals: Zodiac Heads" at Portland Art Museum.

State Of Wonder: May 30, 2015 - Ai Wei Wei At PAM, OBT's New Home, Mark Doty, Gabe Fernandez & More

May 29th, 2015

50:38

This week's crop of wonders finds the fantastic in familiar things, and the inspiration in the extraordinary:

1:00 - Karen Karbo is railbound! She's one of 24 writers out of 16,000 to score the first round of the …

Women Missing From Summer Fests

May 22nd, 2015

4:13

opbmusic's Jerad Walker runs the numbers on women's representation at summer music festivals. Also, Bitch Magazine' Sarah Mirk has thoughts on the big disparities in bookings.

(photo cred: opbmusic)

Shy Girls' New Mixtape & More

May 22nd, 2015

10:28

Dan Vidmar of Shy Girls talks about his recent 13-song drop, how a tough year affected his music, and his synthesis of old-school R&B sounds with …

PDX Makers Mad May

May 22nd, 2015

10:28

Kelley Roy of ADX Portland and Joshua Lifton of Crowd Supply talk about the joys of locally made goods, and what was said at this month's White House Roundtable.

State Of Wonder: May 23, 2015 - Philip Glass, Shy Girls, Helio Sequence, Maker Movement & More

May 22nd, 2015

50:22

We kick off the Memorial Day Weekend (and dare we say summer) with a show about music and makers.

1:25 - Dan Vidmar of Shy Girls talks about his new mixtape release and the challenges of keeping emotional honesty in …

Likewise: An Art Bar That Mixes Cocktails And Creativity

May 15th, 2015

7:15

What do you get when two artists walk into a bar?

Likewise.

The floor-to-ceiling curtains conceal one of the city's most outlandish business establishments by day. But by night, they part to reveal a set of stadium …

Portland Playhouse Takes On 'The Simpsons' -- And The Apocalypse

May 15th, 2015

9:40

What has four fingers, a yellow face, and is totally evil?

Montgomery Burns, of course.

But after twenty-six excellent years as America’s most laughably despicable super villain, Mr. Burns’ character is facing a big …

State Of Wonder: May 16, 2015 - 'Grimm' Actors At PCS, 1939 Ensemble & 'The Simpsons' Get Theatrical

May 15th, 2015

50:37

Ready for some new? Here comes an hour of creative horsepower.

1:17 - "Grimm" stars Sasha Roiz and Silas Weir Mitchell on their stage turn with PCS's "Three Days of Rain."

7:25 - Just when we'd had our fill of …

Pacific Crest Jazz Orchstra Takes Ellington Prize

May 14th, 2015

6:15

Youth orchestra dazzles New York audience; Thara Memory talks to KMHD about the big night.

Grimm Stars Take On Three Days Of Rain

May 14th, 2015

6:10

Silas Weir Mitchell and Sasha Roiz chat with April about their roles in "Three Days of Rain" at Portland Center Stage. Production info over here:

Q&A With 1939 Ensemble

May 12th, 2015

5:14

April chats up Jose Medelles and David Coniglio. With John Thomas, they are 1939 Ensemble. Their style? Jazz goes to a party with avant-garde, raises a glass with funk and Latin. The new record is "Black Diamond Pearl". …

Los Porteños: Poetry From The Interior

May 10th, 2015

7:40

Los Porteños - a Latino writers' collective from metro Portland - is about to present works in response to two guiding stars of the poetry world - …

The Haunting Of Sunshine Girl, Oregon's Surprising YouTube Star

May 9th, 2015

9:32

In 2010, a series of videos started appearing on YouTube called "The Haunting of Sunshine Girl." They were DIY, Blair Witch-style episodes following …

Portland's Most Legendary Art Party: PICA's DaDa Ball

May 9th, 2015

9:11

In the 1990s, Portland’s Dada Ball was the stuff of legends. An unorthodox gala thrown each year by the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), the ball was as debaucherous as it was provocative. It happened …

State Of Wonder: May 9, 2015 - PICA's DaDa Ball, Other Lives, Haunting Of Sunshine Girl & Bend Arts

May 9th, 2015

38:39

1:25 - Paige McKenzie, perhaps the Pacific Northwest's biggest homegrown YouTube star, talks about creating the runaway-hit series The Haunting of Sunshine Girl from her house outside Portland. She reads from her new YA …

Portland's Most Legendary Art Party: PICA's DaDa Ball

May 9th, 2015

9:11

In the 1990s, Portland’s Dada Ball was the stuff of legends. An unorthodox gala thrown each year by the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), the ball was as debaucherous as it was provocative. It happened …

Awards Granted For Bend Cultural Tourism Fund

May 8th, 2015

7:31

$125,000 in grants to help market arts and culture events. The endgame? Getting heads in beds during Bend's shoulder season.

PIGSquad Challenges Gamers To Make A New Game In 48 Hours

May 5th, 2015

9:57

We're up late with game developers large and small for Ludum Dare, a global 48-hour challenge. This year, Portland Indie Game Squad hosted a Ludum Dare event at Urban Airship. Take a listen.

Triangle Productions Revisits Portland's Anything-Goes Theater Heyday

May 2nd, 2015

10:58

Triangle Productions is closing its 25th anniversary season with a tribute to another long-running Portland theater institution: Storefront Theatre.

During its twenty year run, Storefront was infamous for productions …

State Of Wonder: May 2, 2015 - PDX Gamers, Katherine Boo, Guster & Willie Nelson...In Vancouver?

May 1st, 2015

51:30

This week we're mashing up past and present.

2:07 - A Triangle Productions world premiere, "Storefront Revue: The Babes Are Back," tells the story of the anything-goes creative maelstrom that was Portland's Storefront …

Changing Of The Guard - Nancy Ives & Portland Cello Project

April 24th, 2015

6:20

Nancy Ives, our Cellist-in-Residence, introduces us to the outgoing and incoming artistic directors of Portland Cello Project. We talk about transitions, and favorite moments from the group's repertoire. This segment …

Nancy Ives On The Music Of Louis Andriessen

April 24th, 2015

4:52

Preparing for a performance with Fear No Music, our Cellist-In-Residence introduces us to an influential but little-known European composer.

Nancy Ives On Music To Get You Through Winter

April 24th, 2015

6:13

We talk with Nancy about what kind of sounds sustain us through the long dark nights, and the joys of finding new and challenging music. This broadcast first aired January 31st 2015.

Nancy Ives: On Composition

April 24th, 2015

8:56

In this segment (initially broadcast December 20th 2014), our cellist-in-residence talks about composing for the Portland Cello Project's new record, …

Portland Cello Project Plays Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" - Exclusive Listen

April 24th, 2015

3:46

Our cellist-in-residence, Nancy Ives, invited in outgoing Portland Cello Project artistic director Doug Jenkins and incoming director Skip vonKuske to discuss the passing of the baton (bow?). While talking about some of …

Nancy Ives: On Composition

April 24th, 2015

8:56

In this segment (initially broadcast December 20th 2014), our cellist-in-residence talks about composing for the Portland Cello Project's new record, …

State Of Wonder: Apr. 25, 2015 - Grimm, Etsy, Portland Cello Project, Jackson Pollock & More

April 24th, 2015

51:25

Today's show feels a bit rough around the edges — in a good way, like rugged-smelling aftershave or good-quality field-dressed jerky. OK, maybe it's not quite so chewy as all that, but every bit as satisfying.

For links …

Nancy & Friends - Innovation And Classicism

April 24th, 2015

11:00

Nancy Ives brings Oregon Symphony pals Greg Ewer and Joe Berger along for a conversation about innovation and classicism in music. This segment originally aired in November 2014

(Photo cred. Wikimedia Commons)

Nancy Ives On Auditions + More

April 23rd, 2015

9:29

Nancy Ives, Principal Cello for the Oregon Symphony and State of Wonder's Cellist-in-Residence, regales us with scary stories of Symphony auditions, parity in musical hires, and takes your questions. This segment …

Chin-Sun Lee Reads From The Ravine

April 21st, 2015

3:25

Here's a longer excerpt from Chin-Sun Lee's chilling, evocative short story, inspired by the landscape at Summer Lake. She wrote this on her first residency at PLAYA. You can learn more here:

Ben Percy On State Of Wonder

April 21st, 2015

8:11

Must be heard to be believed: a great Oregon-born writer and definitely one of our favorite voices. Ben Percy's new book is The Dead Lands. He'll read at this event Wednesday night. April 22nd:

A Visit To PLAYA At Summer Lake

April 19th, 2015

31:43

This place blew us away - the scenery, the creative vibe, the conversations between resident artists and scientists. Take a listen.

The New Revolution Hall Finds Its Niche — In A Glorious Historic Building

April 18th, 2015

8:14

There’s a shining new music venue opening this weekend. Or shall we say, shining old venue.

Revolution Hall is in the original auditorium at the heart …

State of Wonder Apr. 18 2015: PLAYA Summer Lake, Rick Bartow, Revolution Hall

April 17th, 2015

52:19

00:40 A Wonderful tour through PLAYA - Summer Lake. it's a residency program for artists and scientists, the kind of place where time stops and …

Essential Van Sant On State Of Wonder

April 11th, 2015

9:33

Mario Falsetto is the author of the recently-published, "Conversations with Gus Van Sant". He's teaching a new class at the Northwest Film Center focusing on Van Sant's features and influences. We also hear from film …

Sleater - Kinney In The OPB Studio

April 11th, 2015

17:01

Nothing but awesome here, as Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker, and Janet Weiss breeze in to talk about powering up for their reunion, and recording the new record, "No Cities to Love".

Joined Voices Brings Together The Camas High School Choir With Indie Acts Sama Dams and Adam Singley

April 10th, 2015

6:47

It’s 7:05 a.m. on a Friday morning, but the students getting ready for choir practice inside the Camas High School theater building are wide awake.

State Of Wonder: Apr. 11, 2015 – Sleater-Kinney, Essential Gus Van Sant, Samantha Wall, OBT & More!

April 10th, 2015

52:34

This is the show you've been waiting for! And we, at least, can't wait any longer:

1:15 - Sleater-Kinney joins us in the studio. All three members. Swoon.

19:35 - The NW Film Center kicks off the festival Essential Gus …

Third Rail Highlights Two Of Portland's Most Collaborative Actors

April 4th, 2015

8:44

Third Rail Repertory Theatre's production of “Belleville” is a complex, Hitchockian-style psychological thriller by hotshot playwright Amy Herzog. …

Fact+Fiction - Two Perspectives On Photography

April 3rd, 2015

14:09

Photographers David Hilliard and Colleen Plumb talk about their respective shows at Elizabeth Leach Gallery and Blue Sky Gallery this month. (The …

Trial Date Set For Forgery Case

April 3rd, 2015

3:56

An update on the art forgery case that popped up in Portland last month.

State Of Wonder: Apr 4, 2015 - Damien Rice, Portland Photo Month, Third Rail Rep, Lost Lander & More

April 3rd, 2015

51:26

Wonderous sounds this week! And feasts for the eyes, too.

1:30 - Damien Rice talks about finding his way back to music with "My Favorite Faded Fantasy," a much-anticipated record — and his first in eight years. He's at …

Damien Rice On State Of Wonder

April 2nd, 2015

7:16

New sounds from Rice - his first record in eight years. We talk with him about getting back int he studio and working with Rick Rubin. He'll be in Portland April 20th. Info's over here!

Cari Luna Reading From "The Revolution of Everyday"

March 28th, 2015

6:09

Novelist Cari Luna reads an excerpt from her debut "The Revolution of Everyday." You can hear our full conversation with Luna here:

Cari Luna on "The Revolution of Everyday"

March 28th, 2015

14:42

Cari Luna originally started writing her debut novel, “The Revolution of Everyday,” as a Dear John Letter to New York City. She was born there and …

State Of Wonder: Mar 28, 2015—The Fiction Episode, Willy Vlautin, Smith Henderson, Cari Luna & More

March 27th, 2015

51:10

We’ve got a special show for you this week: it’s the Wonder homage to fiction. With the Oregon Book Awards coming up on April 13, we spend the hour with the five finalists for the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction.

The group …

Radio Documentary: A Day In The Life Of Artists Rep's ArtsHub

March 21st, 2015

23:21

Shared workspace is all the rage with start-ups, artisans, and freelancers these days, but does it work for arts nonprofits? Artists Repertory Theatre is finding out. It has invited eight other theater-related …

Catching Up With Andrea Stolowitz

March 21st, 2015

21:31

A few minutes with one of Oregon's best-known playwrights, Andrea Stolowitz.
(photo credit: Sabine Samiee)

Giving Props: Natalie Heikkinen of Artists Repertory Theatre

March 20th, 2015

5:32

Touring around Artist Rep's ArtsHub, one of our favorite moments was hanging out with prop master Natalie Heikkinen

March 21: Guest Curator Damaso Rodriguez Live At Artists Repertory Theatre

March 20th, 2015

52:23

This week, we take you behind-the-scenes at one of the city's most dynamic theaters, Artists Repertory Theatre, with a show recorded in front of a live audience on the Alder Stage.

The longest-running company in town has …

A Tenuous Business - frank talk about actors, money, and systems of support

March 20th, 2015

9:50

Three actors talk about facing down financial difficulty. Also, our guest curator Dámaso Rodriguez discusses the system of support Artists Rep is …

State Of Wonder Blues

March 20th, 2015

4:44

Last night's taping at Artists Rep Theatre was a blast. And the icing on the cake? The musical stylings of Bourbon Jockey. The band includes Matthew Jones, managing director of Profile Theatre, and Ross McKeen, managing …

Meet The Guest Curator: Damaso Rodriguez

March 17th, 2015

6:48

The artistic director of Artists Repertory Theatre has big ideas about the role theater can play in the community. He's also developed vanguard new …

State Of Wonder: Mar. 14, 2015 - Hollywood Theater, Nicholas Payton, Ural Thomas & More

March 13th, 2015

52:47

Everything looks different this week somehow — bigger, brighter, more vivid. Is it us? A new projector? A bird? A plane? Or is it the Wonder? Come hear what we have for you:

1:13 - Oregonian reporter Bryan Denson …

Hollywood Theatre Resurrects 70mm Film with "2001: A Space Odyssey"

March 13th, 2015

8:53

Whether you’ve seen Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi epic “2001: A Space Odyssey” or not, you know its cultural traces. There’s the opening music (actually a …

Motoya Nakamura's Sakura Sakura

March 13th, 2015

1:55

Photographer Motoya Nakamura's new show is Sakura Sakura. Here's a link if you'd like to see them in person. http://www.oregonnikkei.org/exhibits.htm#exhibit

Geronimo Johnson Welcomes You To Braggsville

March 7th, 2015

4:42

Novelist Geronimo Johnson has been teaching for years - at Iowa, OSU Cascades, and elsewhere. His new satirical novel sends up academia, racial …

State of Wonder: Mar 7, 2015 - Kim Gordon, Ursula Le Guin, Geronimo Johnson, Edna Vazquez + More

March 7th, 2015

50:25

The flowers are abloom, and so are the arts. Get out, get out, while the sun's still shining, and turn up the volume with these stories:
1:09 - …

Temperature Check

February 27th, 2015

2:34

New Governor? Legislative session in progress? A few quick hits on what's happening with arts and culture policy in Salem.

Blond Poison & The Wyden Family Story

February 27th, 2015

5:08

Verona Studio's new production, and its connection with Oregon Senator Ron Wyden's late father.

Checking In With Brian Rogers

February 27th, 2015

5:26

A few minutes with the executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission.

State of Wonder: Feb. 28 2015 - Blond Poison, Billy Childs, Roman Mars + MORE

February 27th, 2015

52:31

00:41 Governor Kate Brown on arts?
03:12 "Blond Poison"
08:30 Edwidge Danticat from Portland Arts and Lectures
16:24 Requiem for a Carpet: Rendered + 99% Invisible
29:37 opbmusic's Stagepass with Summer Cannibals.
32:11 …

Carson Ellis - A Vision Of Home

February 25th, 2015

7:32

The celebrated artist behind the Wildwood books and The Decemberists’s album covers releases her first children’s book.

Perspectives On PAM Search

February 21st, 2015

6:17

Curator/artist Kristan Kennedy, gallerist Elizabeth Leach, and collector Sarah Miller Meigs share perspectives on Portland Art Museum's search for a …

State of Wonder: Feb. 21 2015 - PAM curator search, Bibi McGill, Carson Ellis, Hailey Niswanger

February 20th, 2015

53:19

Oscar previews
Melissa Lowery's new doc"Black Girl In Suburbia"
Oregon Art Beat tracks down Bibi McGill.
Survey:attitudes toward arts and culture.

Tucker Martine On State Of Wonder

February 15th, 2015

9:17

In talking with this week's guest curator, Matt Fleeger, we got to thinking about the pervasive influence of jazz on other genres. Sometimes it manifests in unexpected ways. Matt suggested we get in touch with record …

Matt Fleeger: Confessions Of The Reluctant Jazz Guy

February 14th, 2015

10:22

When Matt Fleeger agreed to be our guest curator this week, we knew we'd struck gold.

He's one of our favorite guys around the building. As program …

Past And Future Tense: A Jazz Roundtable

February 14th, 2015

13:22

This week, our guest curator, Matt Fleeger got us thinking about the tensions between jazz's glorious history and its relentless drive toward the great new sounds.

Tension is good, in a creative sense, right? But you …

Feb 14, 2015: Guest Curator Matt Fleeger of KMHD on Jazz

February 14th, 2015

43:06

This week: it's Confessions of the Reluctant Jazz Guy.

Our pal Matt Fleeger of KMHD Jazz Radio turns us on to some new artists and talks about how jazz as a meta-genre — a way to better understand many forms of music.

Madonna Comix Explores The Ephemeral

February 6th, 2015

5:06

An arresting new show opened at Augen Gallery this week.

Artist Dianne Kronberg's "The Madonna Comix" is a series of prints inspired by 11 poems with titles like "Madonna of the Cigarettes," "Madonna of the Suitcase," …

Feb 7, 2015: Pander Bros, Nicky Finney, Portland Opera To Go, Madonna Comix, Opbmusic From Tennis

February 6th, 2015

34:22

This week, works in translation, from printmakers to Rossini. Things get flipped on their head with surprising results....

1:04 - The Pander Brothers …

Portland Opera To Go's Bilingual Barber

February 6th, 2015

6:24

Portland Opera is re-imagining Rossini’s famous comedy “The Barber of Seville” as a bi-lingual play for the company’s Opera To Go program, which performs dozens of shows around Oregon and Southwest Washington, mostly …

Bend Cultural Tourism Fund Seeking Applicants

January 30th, 2015

1:47

A new stream of revenue is opening up in Central Oregon. Arts and culture groups are being encouraged to apply if they have projects that will draw …

PNCA Moves To 511 Broadway

January 30th, 2015

11:38

PNCA's new building, restored, renovated, and re-imagined by Brad Cloepfil and Allied Works. We get a tour and talk with Cloepfil and Tom Manley about what the rebirth of this historic building means for PNCA and for …

Jan. 31, 2015: Rainn Wilson and Backstrom, PNCA, Nick Jaina, Thara Memory, Nancy Ives

January 30th, 2015

51:10

1:18 - We tour PNCA’s new home in the old federal post office building downtown and sit down with President Tom Manley to discuss the college’s …

Jan. 24, 2015: Miranda July, Richard Blanco, Christopher Hitchens, Intel's futurist, p:ear

January 23rd, 2015

51:12

1:21: Poet Richard Blanco talks about writing a poem for Presidential Obama's second inauguration, and how sexual identity and heritage inform his writing process.
10:00: Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas burn it up for …

Richard Blanco Reflects On Poetry, Identity, And Cuba

January 23rd, 2015

8:38

Richard Blanco talks about his path coming to terms with his cultural identity and his sexual identity.

Richard Blanco Reads "Queer Theory According To My Grandmother"

January 23rd, 2015

2:55

Richard Blanco reads "Queer Theory According To My Grandmother" from his collection "Looking for The Gulf Motel."

Miranda July's Relentless Creativity

January 23rd, 2015

15:20

Filmmaker, writer and artist Miranda July has just published her first novel.

She’s been well known in conceptual art circles for a long time, in …

Jan. 17, 2015: Michael Chabon, Sleater-Kinney, Decemberists, My Own Private Idaho, Frank McCourt

January 16th, 2015

51:40

0:00: Intro
1:15: We preview releases by two of Portland’s biggest bands: Sleater-Kinney and theDecemberists.
9:20: Hand2Mouth Theater workshops their …

Jan. 10, 2015: Digital Storytelling, Amy Miller, Jewel Heist, Elizabeth Strout, Art In Isolation

January 9th, 2015

51:38

0:00: Intro
1:20: Oregon Story Board strives to grow the field of digital storytellers.
9:30: Comedian Amy Miller explains why pursues her stand-up career in Portland.
15:50: John Simpkins journeys into the heart of …

Novelist Richard Ford Reflects On Old Age, Writing, And Frank Bascombe

January 2nd, 2015

38:03

Last year, Richard Ford published a book called "Let Me Be Frank With You." It’s the fourth book he’s written about his most famous protagonist, the New Jersey-dwelling former sportswriter, Frank Bascombe. One of these …

Jan 3, 2015: Richard Ford on writing, Daniel H. Wilson and Nick Lambert's new game

January 2nd, 2015

50:16

0:00: Intro
2:00: Author Daniel H. Wilson, who brought us “Robopocalypse,” talks about the launch of his new mobile game, “Mayday! Deep Space!” with …

Dec. 27 2014 - From the Archives: Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction

December 29th, 2014

52:31

Quality time with two people who've rocked the comics world in 2014. They curated our show, suggesting topics and talking about the trends shaping the industry.

Dec. 20, 2014: Portland Hip-Hop, Dear White People, Nancy Ives, Hector Hernandez, Gary Ferguson

December 19th, 2014

53:14

0:00: Intro
1:10: Mac Smiff of We Out Here debriefs on the year in Portland’s hip hop scene.
12:40: Portland’s Independent Police Review reports on …

Dec. 13, 2014: Cheryl Strayed, 'Wild,' De Niro's Life, African Hip Hop, Frogz, Sallie Ford,

December 12th, 2014

51:04

•0:00: Intro
•1:10: Wild gets its Portland premier! We were there on the red carpet, and we’ll hear from Cheryl Strayed on what’s next for her.

Dec 2014: Mic Crenshaw's Afrikan Hip Hop Caravan

December 12th, 2014

11:00

Portland MC Mic Crenshaw just returned from his second trip for the Afrikan Hip Hop Caravan - a series of summit meetings he helps facilitate to talk …

Cheryl Strayed On Making a Movie out of 'Wild'

December 12th, 2014

16:34

Cheryl Strayed talks about the process of turning her book 'Wild' into a movie.

Photographer Richard Mosse Portrays Conflict In Surreal Light

December 5th, 2014

15:10

"The Enclave" looks at the lives of those affected by violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Dec. 6, 2014: Richard Ford, Elliott Smith Tribute, Saul Bellow, Surreal War Photos, Living with HIV

December 5th, 2014

53:13

0:00: Intro
1:25: Portland Cello Project’s new album adapts the songs of Elliott Smith.
12:00: Photographer Richard Mosse and cinematographer Trevor Tweeten bring their surreal war photography and video to Portland Art …

Portland Cello Project Revisits Elliott Smith

December 4th, 2014

11:59

PCP Artistic Director Douglas Jenkins and Larry Crane (Jackpot Recording Studios/Tape Op Magazine) talk to us about the new record they co-produced. "to e.s." includes both covers of and original music inspired by …

John Waters: 'I've Made Bad Taste A Little More Respectable'

November 26th, 2014

32:26

Beloved cult filmmaker John Waters is coming to Portland to perform his Christmas live show. We'll talk to him about the holidays, and hear about his …

Nov. 29, 2014: John Waters, Abraham Verghese, Calligraphy

November 26th, 2014

51:48

0:00: Intro
1:20: John Waters talks about his schlocky — and acclaimed — career and tells us what to expect from A John Waters Christmas, which he's bringing to Portland's Aladdin Theater on Dec. 8.
34:10: Abraham …

Slim Moon's Leap Of Faith

November 21st, 2014

8:00

Kill Rock Stars Records' co-founder Slim Moon has a new career in the ministry. He talks to us about finding his calling, and what skills translate from Saturday night to Sunday morning.

Nov. 22, 2014: Ursula Le Guin, Margaret Atwood, Horse Feathers, Charles Mingus, Las Cafeteras

November 21st, 2014

53:11

-0:00: Intro
-1:30: Slim Moon talks about his career transition from punk rock godfather to Unitarian minister.
-9:15: Horse Feathers break out with an …

Tradition And Innovation On Display at Native X

November 14th, 2014

4:00

Last week, prominent Native American artists from around the country gathered at Union/Pine — a gallery in southeast Portland. They were here for a gallery showing of contemporary design curated by Native(X).

Nov. 15, 2014: Changes at Portland Opera, Marjane Satrapi, Laura Gibson Heads East, Native X

November 14th, 2014

53:15

0:00: Intro
1:00: Revolution Hall will open in February
1:40: Portland Opera becomes a summer festival with smaller shows.
6:30: Cellist-in-residence …

Vin Shambry Remembers Ben Buckley

November 7th, 2014

6:27

Portland Actor Ben Buckley took his own life in early September. Vin Shambry, who'd known Ben since high school, delivered a version of this story at …

The Decemberists' Conlee On Cancer — 'Things Are Better...Kind Of'

November 7th, 2014

8:55

Jenny Conlee, the accordionist, pianist, and keyboard player for the Decemberists and Black Prairie talks about her experience going through treatment and coming out the other side.

Nov. 8, 2014: New Decemberists, Art Post-Cancer, Remembering Ben Buckley, Art From Short Stories

November 7th, 2014

53:14

1:05: New Decemberists music. Plus the band's keyboardist Jenny Conlee talks about her struggle with cancer, and an effort to help others who are diagnosed young.

11:00: Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche from the Literary Arts …

Nov. 1, 2014: State of Wonder Turns 1!

October 31st, 2014

53:14

State of Wonder is turning one year old. We're going to revisit some of our favorite moments from our first 52 weeks of broadcasting.

Image credit: …

DIY "Homebrew" Games: Extra Lives For Vintage Systems

October 24th, 2014

5:52

Last weekend's Portland Retro Gaming Expo showcased Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, of course. But it also featured new "homebrewed" games for decades-old …

Oct 25, 2014: Retro Gaming, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, Symphony Auditions, Wallace Stegner, & More

October 24th, 2014

53:15

1:30: New “homebrew” games for old video game systems
7:40: Author James McBride on identity and success
18:40: Part 2 of our conversation with …

Peter Buck On State Of Wonder

October 24th, 2014

12:38

With platinum-selling R.E.M. records in the rear-view mirror and some gloriously weird vinyl records out on the Mississippi Records imprint, Buck …

What The Heck Is A Remaster?

October 21st, 2014

5:47

The remastered boxset. It’s a rite of passage for nearly every great band. But what exactly is remastering?

Image credit: Nacho Torres / Creative Commons

SOW 101814: Guest Curator Corin Tucker

October 18th, 2014

51:19

Guest Curator Corin Tucker looks back on the Sleater-Kinney catalog, and helps us get at what's changed for musicians in Portland from the mid-90s and today.

Daniel Peabody On Bruce Guenther.WAV

October 11th, 2014

3:23

Daniel Peabody of Elizabeth Leach Gallery talks about the Portland Art Museum's outgoing Chief Curator.

Roger Hart Remembers Paul Revere Dick

October 11th, 2014

4:58

Roger Hart remembers his friend Paul Revere Dick, founder of Paul Revere and the Raiders.

Louis And Tracy Pain Remember Linda Hornbuckle

October 11th, 2014

3:59

Fast friends for years, Tracy and Louis Pain talked to us about their good friend Linda Hornbuckle. Louis and Linda played together in various …

Bend Film Festival Expands To Warm Springs Under New Director

October 10th, 2014

4:16

The Bend Film Festival is taking place this weekend. The festival has a new executive director at the helm. And for the first time, festival goers will be able to see films on the Warm Springs reservation, including one …

Oct. 14: Bruce Guenther Farewell, Linda Hornbuck and Paul Revere Pass, Bend Film Fest, Ohman

October 10th, 2014

34:37

0:00-6:10: Paul Revere Dick and Linda Hornbuckle Pass Away
6:10-11:20 Central Oregon Arts Summit And Bend Lodging Tax
11:20-17:25: Bruce Guenther …

David Mitchell Full Interview

October 3rd, 2014

48:30

An extended conversation with David Mitchell, who sat down with us to discuss his new work, his writing influences, parenting a child who has autism, growing up with a stammer, and the spiritual themes that inform his …

Oct. 4, 2014: David Mitchell, Design Week, Project Pabst, Furniture Porn

October 3rd, 2014

36:07

00:00 EDJ
03:15 Design Week
14:05 Project Pabst
16:50 David Mitchell
27:50 Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial
32:40 Furniture Porn

Mark Takiguchi's Furniture Porn At Worksound

October 3rd, 2014

6:35

Mark Takiguchi dishes about his new show at Worksound International, the manufactured world of home decor catalogues, and why it took him three years to find the perfect couch. His paintings will be up through the end …

Writers On Design

October 2nd, 2014

10:43

Carl Alviani of Ziba Design, John Vieira of Nemo Design, and Sarah Mirk of Bitch Media talk about design that works in Portland, and the interplay between urban design and public dialogue.
Members make these …

Sept. 27 2014 - State of Wonder FULL SHOW

September 26th, 2014

53:23

-Museum curators battle to choose a new work for Portland Art Museum’s collection.
-Joshua Wolf Shenk takes on the myth of the solitary genus and the …

Anatomy Of A Fight Scene: Wait Until Dark

September 26th, 2014

4:30

Northwest Classical Theatre Company is in the midst of the show, Wait Until Dark, which includes a rather involved fight scene.
We spoke with Clara …

Hari Kondabolu On State Of Wonder

September 26th, 2014

24:27

Our sit-down with Brooklyn's Hari Kondabolu. We can categorically say he's the only comedian we've ever talked to with a masters in human rights …

Juliet's Nurse On State Of Wonder

September 26th, 2014

7:37

Author Lois Leveen talks about re-imagining the most famous play in English. Her new novel, Juliet's Nurse, views Shakespeare's play through the …

Wordstock Acquired By Literary Arts

September 22nd, 2014

4:08

The low-down on Literary Arts' acquisition of Portland's festival of books.

Do The Right Thing Revisited

September 20th, 2014

20:32

David Walker, Sean Jordan, and Jason Lamb talk about where they were when Spike Lee's epic 1989 film came out, and it's come to mean to them over the years.

What Ancient Ruins Teach Us About Our Brains And Art

September 19th, 2014

3:53

Francisco Fernandez de Miguel is using pre-Columbian art to study the neuroscience of how we perceive art.

Seg 3: Seniors and Sexuality, Salsa on the Rise, and Legal Representation for Freelancers

September 19th, 2014

17:05

Salsa music and dance is becomming more popular in the U.S. and Portland, "All the Sex I've Ever Had" brings seniors on stage to talk about …

Seg 2: Science of Seeing Art, Teaching Artists to Write, and Run-On Sentence

September 19th, 2014

15:27

Monica Drake teaches artists how to write in common English, Run-On Sentence captures the West in song, and a neurobiologist uses ancient murals to …

Seg 1: Do the Right Thing, Bruce Guenther Retires, Dreamscape

September 19th, 2014

18:52

Bruce Guenther, chief curator at the Portland Art Museum, retires. Hollywood Theater shows Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing," and hosts a race …

Mike Doughty On State Of Wonder

September 13th, 2014

5:53

Talking with this week's guest curators, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction, about how creators are finding new paths to their audience, they suggested we check our Mike Doughty's method. Doughty. He's an indie rock …

091314 Seg 3: Matt and Kelly Sue with Mike Doughty and Jen Van Meter

September 12th, 2014

17:17

Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick guest curate.

Jen Van Meter discusses the role of women in the comics industry and introduces us to Dr. Mirage …

091314 Seg 2: Matt and Kelly Sue with Mike and Laura Allred & Taki Soma and Mike Oeming

September 12th, 2014

13:46

Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction introduce us to a few of Oregon's other comics couples: Eugene's Mike and Laura Allred, and Portland's Taki Soma and Mike Oeming.

091314 Seg 1: Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction

September 12th, 2014

20:17

We meet comics husband-wife duo Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick. Fraction introduces us to his Eisner Award-winning series "Sex Criminals," and DeConnick shares her Eisner-nominated "Pretty Deadly."

Mike And Laura Allred on State of Wonder

September 12th, 2014

14:49

These two. Not to mention world famous for their vibrant, eye-popping, classic work. They're also certifiably adorable. We made them tell the story of how they met, and also discussed their process, and what their value …

SOW Cellist - In - Residence Nancy Ives

September 5th, 2014

10:59

Look, Mom! We've got our very own cellist! Nancy Ives, principal cello for the Oregon Symphony, kicks off an occasional series of conversations about music and musicians' lives. Give her a big welcome.

James Lavadour Chosen For Crystal Bridges Museum Of American Art Exhibit

September 5th, 2014

3:42

The museum's State of the Art exhibit focuses on over 100 cutting-edge contemporary American artists.

Aaron Draplin On State Of Wonder

September 5th, 2014

7:48

One design mag called Aaron Draplin "the hardest working designer in America". We just think his stuff looks awesome. The man behind Field Notes, and the iconic logos of Patagonia and Sasquatch shoots the breeze about …

090614 Seg 3: James Lavadour at Crystal Bridges, Chanticleer Trü and Stephanie Snyder on TBA

September 5th, 2014

13:01

Stephanie Snyder talks about revisiting Tracy + the Plastics at TBA Fest, James Lavadour explains the pieces showing at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and Chanticleer Trü brings Evelyn "Champagne" King to TBA.

090614 Seg 2: Cellist in Residence Nancy Ives, Mobile Photography, Tahni Holt at TBA

September 5th, 2014

20:01

Tahni Holt tells us what she's got planned for TBA, The Arts Center in Corvallis showcases mobile photography, and we hear what Oregon Symphony …

090614 Seg 1: Sleater-Kinney Box Set, Dropping Gems at TBA, Aaron Draplin's Design World

September 5th, 2014

18:19

Aaron Meola from the Dropping Gems record label talks TBA Fest, Corin Tucker gives us the skinny on the Sleater-Kinney remastered box set, and Aaron …

Canticle Explores Veterans' Experiences Through Opera

August 29th, 2014

6:54

A new contemporary opera, The Canticle of the Black Madonna, takes the stage in Portland this weekend.

Unedited - Monica Drake's Bedtime Story.WAV

August 29th, 2014

13:19

Editor's note: This audio contains strongly suggestive language that was edited from the radio broadcast.

083014 Seg 3: Farewell Dolorean, Iraq War Opera, and Refugee Memories

August 29th, 2014

19:19

The opera The Canticle of the Black Madonna explores the life of an Iraq War vet returning home. Jim Lommasson photographs the objects Iraqi refugees …

083014 Seg 2: Monica Drake and Ron Funches

August 29th, 2014

18:30

Monica Drake reads a surreal and creepy bedtime story for adults, and we revist a conversation with Ron Funches when he was just beginning his …

083014 Seg 1: Vinyl Heaven, and the Gospel of Liz Vice

August 29th, 2014

13:12

We stop by the Discogs record swap and hear how the company provides crucial tools for vinyl lovers. Plus Liz Vice sings some of her gorgeous gospel.

The Galiels On Crafting JUX

August 23rd, 2014

7:41

David and Leana Galiel are the father-daughter team behind Elbowfish. Their game studio is developing both online and board games. They're one of the companies incubating within Oregon Story Board. Their new game is a …

Percussionist Derek Rieth Dies

August 23rd, 2014

3:15

Derek Rieth, who toured for years with Pink Martini, has died. He was well-known in Portland music circles for his intense dedication to Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music, and tireless devotion to sharing the music.

Aug 23 2014 Segment 3: Everybody Reads Mitchell S. Jackson, Springfield's Simpsons Mural

August 22nd, 2014

16:22

Mitchell S. Jackson's novel, "The Residue Years," will be Multnomah County Library's 2015 Everybody Reads book. We revist a couple of past …

Aug 23 2014 Segment 2: Physics Works For You, Swan Sovereign, A Father-Daughter Game Design Team

August 22nd, 2014

20:09

Christine McKinley explains how the laws of the universe help us understand the laws of human behavior. Then we hear what her band, Swan Sovereign, has been up to. Plus David and Leana Galiel, a father-daughter game …

Aug 23 2014 Segment 1: Black Prairie, Eastern Oregon Arts Showcase, Wheatstock Music Festival

August 22nd, 2014

14:51

Black Prairie kicks out the jams on their new album, the ArtsEast Biennial 2014 highlights some amazing art from the 541 area code, and Wheatstock …

053114 State Of Wonder music+tech Segment

August 19th, 2014

9:14

We get into the weeds of the relationship between musicians and developers with Simon Tam of The Slants, and Ryan Nikolaidis of Cloneless Media.

Walidah Imarisha On State Of Wonder

August 16th, 2014

10:06

Walidah Imarisha reads from her new collection, Scars/Stars, and talks about the intersection of poetry and politics.

Courtenay Hameister Reflects On The Passing Of Robin Williams

August 15th, 2014

3:21

The Portland writer Courtenay Hameister reflects on the passing of Robin Williams.

Stumptown Improv Festival And Robin Williams

August 15th, 2014

13:00

The first Stumptown Improv Festival is taking place in Portland this weekend, and it’s a big deal for the city. Portland’s had a comedy explosion …

Aug 16 2014 Segment 3: Portraying LBJ, Sidnee Snell

August 15th, 2014

15:50

Playwright Robert Schenkkan and actor Jack Willis talk about bringing Lyndon Johnson to the stage for "All the Way" and "The Great Society" at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Sidnee Snell walks us through her fabric …

Aug 16 2014 Segment 2: Walidah Imarisha, Art from Internment Camps

August 15th, 2014

13:47

Walidah Imarisha examines social issues and racial tension through poetry, and "Art Behind Barbed Wire" features arts and crafts made in WWII internment camps.

Aug 16 2014 Segment 1: Stumptown Improv, Remembering Robin Williams, "Working" Kirk Reeves Mural

August 15th, 2014

21:43

We check out Portland's inagural Stumptown Improv Festival with PDX's The Liberators. Plus: comedians remember Robin Williams, and muralist Gwenn Seemel memorializes "Working" Kirk Reeves

Jan 25 2014 State of Wonder skim

August 13th, 2014

10:06

Jazz trumpeter Farnell Newton guest curates the show.

David Shafer: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

August 12th, 2014

8:35

Portland writer and journalist David Shafer's new novel finds three people adrift. Their lives converge as they're drawn into a vast corporate conspiracy. The New York Times called the book a "clattering pop thriller …

Bill Hoppe - The State Of Wonder Interview

August 9th, 2014

15:20

A self-described optic mechanic, Bill Hoppe has lived and painted in Bend for 14 years. He's got some huge, beautiful works on view this month at …

Lucinda Parker Curates Non Finito

August 8th, 2014

14:44

When Lucinda Parker was asked to curate a show this month at Laura Russo Gallery, she chose to feature artists she describes as having great focus. Ranging in age from their 40s through their 70s, George D. Green, Heidi …

David Shafer: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

August 8th, 2014

8:35

Portland writer and journalist David Shafer's new novel finds three people adrift. Their lives converge as they're drawn into a vast corporate conspiracy. The New York Times called the book a "clattering pop thriller …

Aug. 9 2014 Segment 3 - Art Of The Wild, Pickathon

August 8th, 2014

13:54

We recap this year's Pickathon action, and meet one of the artists at a show in the Gorge, marking the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act: all it's meant to Oregon's wild places and artists inspired by them.

Aug. 9 2014 Segment 2 - Non Finito, TisDass

August 8th, 2014

17:45

Lucinda Parker shows us around Non Finito, a show she's curated featuring four artists she loves.
Also, we listen to a bit of an opbmusic session with Niger's TisDass.

Aug. 9 2014 Segment 1 - David Shafer, Trygve Faste

August 8th, 2014

16:39

We sit down with David Shafer to talk about his breakout debut novel, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Also, Trygve Faste talks about the intersection of studio art and design.

David Shafer: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

August 8th, 2014

8:35

Portland writer and journalist David Shafer's new novel finds three people adrift. Their lives converge as they're drawn into a vast corporate conspiracy. The New York Times called the book a "clattering pop thriller …

David Shafer reads on State of Wonder

August 5th, 2014

2:44

David Shafer's new novel, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, is both a tech thriller and a meditation on three people becoming unmoored. Listen on this week's …

Sean Joseph Patrick Carney On SOW

August 1st, 2014

35:41

Given the amped-up energy of his performance works and the inspired lunacy of his video practice, you might think talking with Sean Joseph Patrick …

Crow's Shadow Gets A New Executive Director

August 1st, 2014

3:30

Karl Davis starts at Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts the week of Aug 3rd.

Aug 2 2014 Full Show: Guest Curator Victor Maldonado

August 1st, 2014

53:24

Portland conceptual artist Victor Maldonado is our guest curator this week. He walks us through some of what he's been working on, and some artists he's paying attention to.

Aug 2 2014 Segment 4: Elizabeth Leon

August 1st, 2014

8:53

How one recent art school grad found her place in a setting that wasn't instantly welcoming.

Aug 2 2014 Segment 3: Sean Joseph Patrick Carney

August 1st, 2014

17:06

Sean Joseph Patrick Carney talks talk pop songs, parodies, and his conflicted relationship with social practice art.

Aug 2 2014 Segment 2: The Invisible College

August 1st, 2014

7:55

Victor Maldonado and a few other Portland artists explain the idea of an invisible college that exists in the creative community.

Aug 2 2014 Segment 1: Victor Maldonado, Crow's Shadow, Lucha

August 1st, 2014

17:32

Guest curator Victor Maldonado explores stereotypes and the ideas of belonging and borders with his art. He fills us in on his latest work.

July 26 Segment 3: Cheryl Strayed, Laura Gibson

July 28th, 2014

23:44

July 26 Segment 3: Cheryl Strayed, Laura Gibson by OPB's State of Wonder

July 26 Segment 2: Courtenay Hameister, Swan Sovereign

July 28th, 2014

11:32

July 26 Segment 2: Courtenay Hameister, Swan Sovereign by OPB's State of Wonder

July 26 Segment 1: Matt Sheehy, Arthur Bradford

July 28th, 2014

14:53

July 26 Segment 1: Matt Sheehy, Arthur Bradford by OPB's State of Wonder

July 19 Segment 2: Sahel Sounds, Cash Music, Farnell Newton

July 21st, 2014

17:25

July 19 Segment 2: Sahel Sounds, Cash Music, Farnell Newton by OPB's State of Wonder

July 19 Segment 3: Jitney, Farnell Newton

July 21st, 2014

14:01

July 19 Segment 3: Jitney, Farnell Newton by OPB's State of Wonder

July 19 Segment 1: Farnell Newton, Liv Warfield

July 21st, 2014

19:45

July 19 Segment 1: Farnell Newton, Liv Warfield by OPB's State of Wonder

July 12 2014 - Segment 3: Wes Anderson's Influences, DEAN!, The Portland Mavericks

July 11th, 2014

14:55

0:15: Luke And Rachel Price perform as DEAN!
2:45: The Portland Mavericks baseball team
3:45: The Movies that made Wes Anderson

July 12 2014 - Segment 1: Kill Rock Stars Goes Funny, Competitive Gifs, and the Art of Trash

July 10th, 2014

23:13

1:35: Art at the waste transfer station.
4:45: YIX and the art of the competitive gif
12:30: Kill Rock Stars Records adds comedians to roster

July 12 2014 - Segment 2: Photographing America's Tribes and Music from Star Anna & Run On Sentence

July 10th, 2014

13:46

0:15: Run On Suntence's new music
1:15: Star Anna's broken heart on "Go To Hell"
7:00: Matika Wilbur's project to photograph every Indian tribe

Chelsea Cain: How To Survive A Summer Thriller

July 4th, 2014

4:20

Chelsea Cain, author (and survivor) of the Archie Sheridan series, schools us on how not to get clubbed, flayed, eviscerated or mauled this summer.

July 5 2014 - StOW Segment 3: PDA, Modern Kin, Sara Swink

July 4th, 2014

14:42

00:00 PDA: A work of social practice re-interpreting family
04:45 Modern Kin at opbmusic's Stagepass series
10:45 Sara Swink on Oregon Art Beat

July 5 2014 - StOW Segment 2: Kwame Dawes, Whitelandia, Porch Music

July 4th, 2014

14:29

00:00 Quality time with poet and Professor Kwame Dawes.
06:05 A check-in on the documentary project Whitelandia
11:03 We catch some Porch Music with Third Angle Ensemble

July 5 2014 - StOW Segment 1: Chelsea Cain, Smith Henderson

July 4th, 2014

21:52

Hope you don't mind us crashing your summer reading list, but we've got two hot ones for you. Chelsea Cain, who's publishing a new novel, One Kick, …

Whitelandia at a Crossroads?

July 4th, 2014

4:59

We check in with OPB Arts and Life Producer Ifanyi Bell on a story he's been following: the growing chorus of comment on two white filmmakers' …

Porch Music! Third Angle Brings the Bucolic

July 4th, 2014

4:28

We love Third Angle Ensemble's brilliant idea for previewing next season's works: a series of bite-sized, informal concerts on porches across Portland's Irvington neighborhood.

Kwame Dawes: Form & Structure

July 4th, 2014

5:49

Here's the segment from this week's show with poet and professor Kwame Dawes. He's on faculty at Pacific University's MFA Writing program, and makes …

Kwame Dawes Reads for State of Wonder

July 4th, 2014

3:08

The Jamaican poet Kwame Dawes is a consistent favorite at Pacific University's Low-Residency MFA program. While he may be best known for his critical writing on the works of Bob Marley, he's written evocatively on a …

June 28 2014 - StOW Segment 3

June 28th, 2014

14:58

Gorgeous sounds from the Delines, a new project from Richmond Fontaine frontman Willy Vlautin. The band also includes RF drummer Sean Oldham, Jenny Conlee on keyboards, bass player Freddy Trujillo, Tucker Jackson on …

June 28 2014 - StOW Segment 3

June 28th, 2014

14:58

Gorgeous sounds from the Delines, a new project from Richmond Fontaine frontman Willy Vlautin. The band also includes RF drummer Sean Oldham, Jenny Conlee on keyboards, bass player Freddy Trujillo, Tucker Jackson on …

June 28, 2014 - StOW Segment 2

June 28th, 2014

16:10

Tom Spanbauer's latest book, I Loved You More, is an unsparing story of entwining relationships between three lovers. Spanbuaer talked to OPB's Dave …

June 28 2014 State of Wonder Segment 1

June 28th, 2014

15:16

Remember Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer, the totally charming twin sisters and fabric artists who came to our show in Bend? Turns out, there's a lot more to their story than we were able to get to last week. Today, they talk …

Lubbesmeyers design new work for Jubelale label

June 20th, 2014

10:56

The utterly charming Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer dropped in with a surprise for our taping audience: their recently completed fiber work, commissioned by Deschutes Brewery. The image will grace tens of thousands of …

Bend: Bouncing Back

June 20th, 2014

12:47

Emily Carr, Pamela Hulse Andrews, and Pat Clark share three views on the post-recession creative economy.

062114 Sow Kiarra Saito Beckman

June 20th, 2014

6:27

Young Violinist from Bend, Oregon Kiarra Saito Beckman played throughout the show during breaks and transitions and also did a solo rendition of …

062114 State of Wonder Recorded Live from Bend FULL SHOW!

June 20th, 2014

53:21

02:31 - Poet Emily Carr, who also runs the Low-Residency Writing MFA program for Oregon State University-Cascades and one of this year’s Pushcart Prize nominees.
05:09 - Panel Discussion on the impact of the recession on …

061414stow Quiet Music Festival

June 14th, 2014

8:40

Chris Johanson talks about the 4th year of the Quiet Music Festival at Disjecta June 27th, 2014 - June 28th, 2014

Beats Lyrics Leaders launching 16-month hiphop project

June 14th, 2014

5:45

We dropped in on a studio session with the group, as they get ready to launch a long-term project. VIsion of the Drum aims to train Native youth in industry skills and create a brand new record at the end of 16 months.

061414 State of Wonder Segment A

June 14th, 2014

16:07

01:28 - Beats Lyrics Leaders
07:14 - Oregon Children's Theatre's reading of "columbinus"

061414 State of Wonder Segment B

June 14th, 2014

19:43

00:17 – Chris Johanson and the Quiet Music Festival at Disjecta
08:52 – Ural Thomas & the Pain

061414 State of Wonder Segment C

June 14th, 2014

16:09

00:12 – Monica Bill Barnes and One Radio Host Two Dancers with Ira Glass
08:33 - Tuileries Garden exhibit at Portland Art Museum
11:00 – Oregon Historical Society's "Clink! Taste of Oregon Wines" Oregon wines through the …

061414stow Quiet Music Festival

June 14th, 2014

8:40

Chris Johanson talks about the 4th year of the Quiet Music Festival at Disjecta June 27th, 2014 - June 28th, 2014

060714 State of Wonder Seg A

June 7th, 2014

20:11

01:20 – Choreographer Rachel Winchester's dance theater "Girl Pool: an Adaptation" inspired by a Kurt Vonnegut short story.

07:52 – "Assembly" PSU's …

060714 State of Wonder SegB

June 7th, 2014

15:30

Fashioning Cascadia: Northwest fashion designers panel discuss the state of the industry

060714 State of Wonder SegC

June 7th, 2014

16:19

Brian Rogers was named to lead the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust

08:12 – Sean Healy's "Extroverts" contemporary art opening …

Brian Rogers' Candidate QA

June 7th, 2014

31:28

This is the QA Brian Rogers took part in last Monday, as part of the Oregon Arts Commission's hiring process. He talks about his background and experience, and fields some questions about advocacy and how he'd approach …

SOW Dustin Hamman Extended Clip

May 31st, 2014

1:47

April Baer discusses the art of "practicing" with Dustin Hamman of the band Run On Sentences

053114 The Doubleclicks – Full Interview

May 31st, 2014

4:54

April Baer talks with Angela Webber of The Doubleclicks about their Kickstarter success, Dimetrodon and Weekly Song Wednesdays

UX, UI, U Got To Be Kidding

May 31st, 2014

10:04

Our guest curator Simon Tam got into it a bit with SonicBids over a redesign. We spent some time talking about the interface of music and tech. Ryan …

053114- SOW Frank Portman Full Interview

May 30th, 2014

32:32

Frank Portman is an author of two Young Adult (YA) novels King Dork and Andromeda Klein with a sequel to King Dork due in December. He also fronted …

053114 Sow SegA

May 30th, 2014

20:38

053114 Sow SegA by OPB's State of Wonder

053114 Sow SegC

May 30th, 2014

20:59

053114 Sow SegC by OPB's State of Wonder

053114 Sow SegB

May 30th, 2014

10:16

053114 Sow SegB by OPB's State of Wonder

Scott Showalter on State of Wonder

May 24th, 2014

6:53

This week we welcome the newly-named president of the Oregon Symphony.

052414 State Of Wonder Seg B

May 23rd, 2014

18:01

052414 State Of Wonder Seg B by OPB's State of Wonder

052414 State Of Wonder Seg C

May 23rd, 2014

19:05

052414 State Of Wonder Seg C by OPB's State of Wonder

052414 State Of Wonder Seg A

May 23rd, 2014

14:29

052414 State Of Wonder Seg A by OPB's State of Wonder

Guest Curator Jeff Jahn: Why Portland As a Place for Artists?

May 17th, 2014

13:30

We explore guest curator Jeff Jahn's theory of Portland as a "Capital of Conscience." Observations from three Portland artists, Sean Healy, Avantika Bawa and Chris Johanson about what it is about Portland that attracts …

State of Wonder comes to Classical Up Close - COMPLETE SESSION

May 17th, 2014

1:44:15

The Musicians of the Oregon Symphony stage a series of informal concerts each year - Classical Up Close. They very kindly invited us to join the party for one of this year's shows. Here's April and OS Principal …

051714 State of Wonder Seg C

May 17th, 2014

21:46

Segment C
– Classical Up Close
– Spring for Music

051714 State of Wonder Seg B

May 17th, 2014

15:41

Segment B
–Marco Benevento
–George Saunders

051714 State of Wonder Seg A

May 17th, 2014

14:00

Segment A
– Failed Kickstarter
– Povey Glass Studio
– Bullseye Evolve shout-out

051014 State of Wonder Segment C - Recycled Rain, Dave Stewart

May 10th, 2014

6:35

Final segment of this week's show! A preview of the Recycled Rain project show. Also John Rosman fills us in on the career of comics colorist Dave …

051014 State of Wonder Segment B - Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, App the Film

May 10th, 2014

17:29

Our second segment features the revivial of one of our favorite theatrical works of 2014, Alicia Jo Rabins' "A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff". We also check out a new Dutch tech thriller that asks you to turn your phone …

051014 State of Wonder Segment A - Abioto Family, Monologues

May 10th, 2014

13:18

Oh the Wonder! Here's the first part of this week's show, featuring some quality time with the Abioto sisters, and a recap of the wild weekend in New …

Bill Rauch Extended Interview

May 3rd, 2014

10:50

This is an extended conversation with Bill Rauch, Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Director of "All the Way" on Broadway, Director of the "Pirates of Penzance" at the Portland Opera.

050314stow A Seg - Matt Braunger - CoverOregon - Laura - Gibson

May 2nd, 2014

11:58

State of Wonder talks to comedian Matt Braunger about his work wiith the Bridgetown Comedy Festival and Laura Gibson responds to the Cover Oregon parody by Lisa Loeb

01:33 – Bridgetown Comedy Festival and Matt Braunger

050314stow C Seg Todd Snider Beth Harrington

May 2nd, 2014

12:10

State of Wonder talks with musician Todd Snider about his new book "I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like" and Beth Harrington's new documentary about the Carter and Cash family's impact on country music "The Winding …

050314stow B Seg Bill Rauch - Laura Fritz

May 2nd, 2014

14:16

State of Wonder's second segment this week talks with Oregon Shakespeare Festival's artistic director Bill Rauch about the Tony nominated play "All the Way" staring Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad" fame. Bill Rauch is …

050314-SOW-Matt Braunger Bridgetown Comedy Fest

May 2nd, 2014

6:28

April interviews comedian Matt Braunger about co-hosting the Bridgetown Comedy Festival

042614 Guest Curator Jeff Jahn, Japanese Garden, OR Poet Laureate Peter Sears

April 26th, 2014

53:23

This week we were joined by guest curator Jeff Jahn to talk about his take on art in Portland. We also talked to Oregon's newly announced Poet Laureate Peter Sears.

01:00 — Guest Curator Jeff Jahn
04:25 — Portland Artists …

Federale Interview

April 23rd, 2014

6:34

April speaks with the members of Portland band Federale on the eve of their 10th Anniversary celebration at Mississippi Studios. Their music mines the sounds of spaghetti westerns.

Rene Denfeld - more of our interview

April 19th, 2014

19:19

Rene Denfeld's new novel draws on her professional experience as a legal investigator on death penalty cases. It weaves vivid, difficult truths about …

Namita Gupta Wiggers on State of Wonder

April 19th, 2014

6:54

Namita Gupta Wiggers is on our show this week, talking about changes in the regional art landscape since 2000, and the recent news that she's stepping down as Director/Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Craft.

Apri. 19 2014 FULL SHOW: OAB exhibtion, Namita Wiggers, Rene Denfeld, Federale, Primus St John

April 19th, 2014

53:23

We look back at 15 years of Oregon artists on television with Oregon Art Beat. Curator Namita Wiggers helps us look back. Plus, Rene Denfeld's novel Enchanted, the spaghetti western twang of Federale, and poet Primus …

Rene Denfeld reads from The Enchanted

April 18th, 2014

1:14

Denfeld is a legal investigator who works on death penalty cases, seeking out information that might be relevant during inmates' appeal process. Her new novel, The Enchanted, is about prison life, the complicated …

041214 SOW Wafaa Bilal at Linfield Gallery

April 12th, 2014

10:00

Wafaa Bilal is an Iraqi American artist who is writing the names of civilians killed in the Iraq war on the walls of the Linfield gallery in McMinnville in translucent paint.

Rasheed Jamal on State of Wonder

April 12th, 2014

14:05

Rasheed Jamal performs as a solo artist, and he's one-third of The Resistance. This is a longer version of the interview on our April 12th show. Go …

041214 SOW Kenji Bunch, Alison Roper, Wafaa Bilal, Makoto Fujimura

April 12th, 2014

53:33

We explore compelling installation work with Wafaa Bilal, breakout thinking with Makoto Fujimura, and Alison Roper's longtime love affair with her OBT audience.

1:00 — Kenji Bunch
8:18 — Oregon Rep Singers
10:44 — …

Oregon Repertory Singers' Board Chair Mike Lindberg Speaks

April 12th, 2014

10:37

Mike Lindberg talks to April about the allegations of missing records that triggered a police investigation. We haven't been able to reach former …

If It Please You Lord: Keith Achepohl's ex-votos

April 5th, 2014

6:34

Lovely objects of devotion. Eugene artist Keith Achepohl has created lovely works inspired by his collection. Hit our website for images and exhibit …

Apr. 5 2014 - FULL SHOW: PDX Arts tax, Cascadia Composers, Russian choral, Kneebody etc.

April 5th, 2014

53:18

Agonies. Ecstacies. We ran into a number of works this week exploring our relationship to the unseen, from Keith Achepohl's lovely, poignant ex-voto prints to Cappella Romana's haunting Russian choral melodies. If your …

Portland Arts Education And Access Fund: A Work in Progress

April 5th, 2014

14:56

The tax has paid big dividends to public schools, which have funded arts teaching positions. In some cases, entire music programs have been restored. …

Cappella Romana to premier lost Russian choral work

April 5th, 2014

8:44

Cappella Romana's upcoming show features Maximilian Steinberg's Passion Week Cycle, a work that artistic director Alexander Lingas discovered recently. See our website for show details, and some further reading.

Cascadia Composers Bring "Watermark" to Eugene, Portland

April 5th, 2014

8:10

David Steinberg and Jeff Winslow of Cascadia Composers tell us about how the group has lent strength to their process. See our website for info on the April 11th and 13th shows!

Cascadia Composers 3: Mark Vigil "Trio For Violin, Clarinet & Piano, 1st movement"

April 5th, 2014

4:06

"Stylistically I prefer each piece of mine to be unlike any of its predecessors." Listen for Mark's colleagues in this week's show. We'll preview …

Cascadia Composer 2: Mike Hsu "Potomac"

April 5th, 2014

7:24

Another sample of work from Cascadia Composers. Mike is a Portland-area physician who also plays and composes.

Cascadia Composers 1: Jeff Winslow's "Alone on the Prairie"

April 5th, 2014

5:03

Listen this week for an interview with Jeff Winslow and David Bernstein as we preview the Cascadia Composers upcoming shows in Eugene and Portland.

Lindsay Hill's Sea of Hooks

March 29th, 2014

19:31

Lindsay Hill's debut novel is a dazzling collection of over a thousand micro-chapters, weaving together the story of 12-year-old Christopher …

Crow's Shadow Master Printmaker Frank Janzen

March 29th, 2014

5:06

Frank Janzen spends days with artists, teaching them the art of printmaking. He's the master printmaker at Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts. But he doesn't often talk about his own work. We caught up with Frank to …

Young Artists Debut

March 29th, 2014

8:11

This week a collection of teenage musicians from Portland and surrounding communities step onstage to take their game to the next level. The Young …

Mar. 29 2014 FULL SHOW - Young Artists, St. Vincent, Sea of Hooks, Harry Smith, Crow's Shadow

March 29th, 2014

53:01

We seem to be running into a lot of long thinkers, lately - artists who don't shirk from taking their time to do the work they want. Jump in! Here's a rough guide to this week's episode.

01:35 - 00:00 Young Artists Debut

"Measure Twice, Swear Three Times": Verne Marr's Custom Banjos

March 22nd, 2014

7:33

We met a lot of great people on our trip to Pendleton, but Verne Marr was one of our favorites. A tall, soft-spoken retired wildlife biologist, he …

Dakota Brown on State of Wonder

March 22nd, 2014

5:42

Dakota Brown's got a lot on his plate right now: school, gigs, a new record in the works. We caught him before a recent gig at Hamley's to find out …

James Kindle checks in

March 22nd, 2014

5:38

The one & only James Kindle is preparing for a week-long residency at Al's Den in Portland. We caught up to talk about his band's recent record, and other happenings.

FULL SHOW: Weekend in Pendleton

March 21st, 2014

53:02

Who better to be snowed in with than the cats & kittens of Pendleton? We spent six wintery days smack in the middle of Umatilla County's amazing creative community. Here are some of the people we met.

00:22Oregon …

Bag & Baggage Re-Imagines Lear

March 18th, 2014

5:02

Scott Palmer and actors from Hillsboro's Bag & Baggage Theater discuss their adaptation of Shakespeare's classic. Watch for an update on this story. The show's lead, Kevin Connell, was found Monday to have suffered …

Oregon Arts Commission meets in Ashland

March 15th, 2014

3:21

Commissioners meet to get an update on the executive hiring process, and other matters.

Fusionarte's Cinescopio at Hollywood Theatre

March 15th, 2014

5:51

The radio show Fusionarte's film series screening 50's and 60's era Lucha libre films has become a surprise hit. The final installation in the series is coming up Thursday night, March 20th. Listen up!

Portland2014 curator Amanda Hunt

March 15th, 2014

16:33

Disjecta's biennial project, Portland2014 is on view, with a massive, multi-gallery celebration of the regional art scene. Curator Amanda Hunt of …

Mar. 15 2014 - FULL SHOW: Portland2014, St Johns hip hop, XRAY FM, Cinescopio, + MORE

March 14th, 2014

53:21

01:25 Disjecta's Portland2014 with curator Amanda Hunt
19:00 North Portland hip hop
25:40 XRAY FM to launch today
32:15 GIF art explosion
37:24 Cinescopio
43:15 Bag & Baggage reimagines Lear
48:15 OAC meeting in Ashland

Oregon's Cultural Advocacy Coalition's "Big Think" - Full Interview

March 8th, 2014

26:02

April sat down with Oregon's Cultural Advocacy Coalition's Chris Coleman and Christine Drazan to discuss their upcoming "Big Think" about arts and …

Mar. 8 2014 - FULL SHOW Crackdown, Frozen, CAC, Freddy Ruiz

March 7th, 2014

53:06

01:35 Police and Hip-Hop
11:13 Amenta Abioto
12:40 Freddy Ruiz Jr
17:29 Cultural Advocacy Coalition's "Big Think"
30:00 Salem's David Metzger, Oscar …

Sallie Ford dishes on the new lineup

March 1st, 2014

9:22

Sallie Ford dishes about her new all-lady lineup. They're playing two Oregon shows this month.

Tord Gustavsen visits our sister station, KMHD

March 1st, 2014

7:09

Tord and the Quartet stopped by in advance of their PDX Jazz show. Talking with Compass Points host Sean Phillips, Gustavsen talked about his philosophy of incorporating emotional intensity and and elegance. Watch for a …

Mar. 1 2014 FULL SHOW - Nikki Giovanni, Dave Allen, Not A Silent Movie, Tord Gustavsen

March 1st, 2014

52:24

Lots to tall you about - most of it under OPB's roof! Here's the rundown of today's show.


01:45 - 08:30 Nikki Giovanni
08:35 - 17:40 Dave Allen
19:50 - 25:08 This Is Not A Silent Movie
25:15 - 32:30 Tord Gustavsen Quartet

Cruising the Art Fairs with Oregon Gallerists

February 23rd, 2014

11:54

Jane Beebe of PDX Contemporary and Theo Downes-LeGuin of Upfor join April & guest curator Rebecca Gates to talk about how premier art fairs are changing the game.

(BTW this construction pictured, left, is a sample …

Making It Better: Peter Walters

February 23rd, 2014

8:36

Some people talk about how there's not enough going on in their hometown. Peter Walters actually did something about it.

Dave Gulick on StOW

February 23rd, 2014

10:35

Dave Gulick's band, Derby, had some big years. But that didn't necessarily translate into financial success, until they got a few lucky breaks with …

Cool Nutz - Seeing it from different levels

February 22nd, 2014

16:00

Terrence Scott has seen the music industry from almost every side. As an artist, producer, promoter, and radio host, he's got a unique perspective on what is and isn't working in music revenue. To hear our broader …

Liz Harris on music and revenue

February 22nd, 2014

12:43

Liz Harris, who records gorgeous atmospheric music as Grouper, balances work in music and visual art - neither are particularly easy places to make a …

Feb. 22 2014 FULL SHOW: Rebecca Gates, music revenue, art fairs, Peter Walters

February 22nd, 2014

53:01

Not so easy keeping up with this week’s guest curator, Rebecca Gates. But fun? You bet.

01:44Say hello to Rebecca Gates
04:00Musicians and Revenue
23:50Cruising the Art Fairs with Oregon gallerists
36:50Peter Walters profile

Valentines's Day Edition: Arty Couples

February 14th, 2014

33:06

The only thing more complicated than keeping a creative career going? Keeping two going. This week, three couples who've carved out creative lives together. We meet the couples behind Miracle Theater, Plazm Magazine, …

José Eduardo Gonzáles & Dañel Malán

February 6th, 2014

12:56

In the beginning, all they wanted was a venue to do some theater. But as José Eduardo Gonzáles and Dañel Malán grew their small theater company. In the thirty years since they founded Miracle Theater, they've produced …

Inside the Eastern Oregon Film Festival

February 1st, 2014

9:02

La Grande is gearing up for the Eastern Oregon Film Festival. We sat down with the festival's director and programmers to talk about making a three-day festival work in a town of 13,000.

Alicia Jo Rabins and A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff

February 1st, 2014

12:54

Poet, musician, and Torah Scholar Alicia Jo Rabins is about to premier a new staged work exploring the world of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff, …

Feb. 1 2014 StOW FULL SHOW: Kaddish for Madoff, EOFF, Turiya Autry, Duckler's Ragnarok

February 1st, 2014

53:24

What's with all the destruction this week? There's a certain apocalyptic glimmer about the place this week. Dig in for a heaping helping of Wonder to ease the passage of the End of Days.

01:15 - 03:20 Arts Tax update

Portland Playhouse presents Jitney

January 26th, 2014

9:42

Russell Hornsby and Rodney Hicks joins us to discuss August Wilson's Jitney.

CASH Music on State of Wonder

January 26th, 2014

15:31

A bit more with Jesse Von Doom and Maggie Vail about making it easier for musicians to navigate the digital world.

Liv Warfield - The State of Wonder interview

January 26th, 2014

7:58

Boy are we blown away by Warfield's sophomore solo release, The Unexpected. She talks to April about her four years singing with Prince's New Power …

Christopher Kirkley of Sahel Sounds

January 25th, 2014

18:23

Here's the long version of our interview with Christopher, with details on the filmmaking side of things. Listen for him on the show today at noon!

Gerard Schwarz - the full State of Wonder interview

January 18th, 2014

32:16

Here’s the rough guide to our interview.

00:00 - 02:35 Building the All-Star Orchestra
02:36 - 03:45 Following Bernstein’s tradition of music education

Andres Alcala on Eyes For Consuela

January 18th, 2014

10:36

Here's the longer version of our interview with Andres Alcala. He stars in Eyes for Consuela at Profile Theater. And, for the record, he couldn't be …

Jan. 18 2014 - FULL SHOW: Theaters, Diversity, Gerard Schwarz, White Bird, DIY Kids, Glena the movie

January 18th, 2014

53:44

We're all over issues in performing arts this week. Be sure to look for the long version of our interview with Maestro Gerard Schwarz, coming soon....

02:40 - 06:15 NYT outs Bacon triptych owner
06:20 - 08:00 Glena the …

Jennifer Boyden Reads For StOW

January 11th, 2014

2:04

We love Jennifer Boyden's standout collection, The Declarable Future. The book includes one very long poem she says took years to write. The Poem's …

Jan. 11 2014 FULL SHOW - Poets on Stafford, Kesey, Shaw Bros.

January 11th, 2014

51:16

This week, lots of love for William Stafford. Matthew Dickman, Jennifer Boyden, and Vince Wixon share some favorite works, and talk about their own writing. Also, remembering the films of the Shaw Brothers.

00:45 - 20:53 …

Jan. 4 2014 - FULL SHOW - SEED: Words + Music

January 4th, 2014

50:24

This week State of Wonder presents stories and songs recorded last month at SEED: Words + Music. Curated by Live Wire head writer Courtenay Hameister, this event brought together amazing writers like Cheryl Strayed and …

SEED: Words + Music - extra songs and stories here

January 3rd, 2014

1:20:44

SEED: Words + Music - extra songs and stories here by OPB's State of Wonder

State of Wonder FULL SHOW Dec 28 2013 - Year In Review

December 28th, 2013

51:46

Today's show looks back at some of the key art stories of 2013 - plus KMHD's Matt Fleeger brings us the best releases of 2013. Very, very nice selections for beefing up your heavy rotation.

Dec. 21 2013 FULL SHOW: Francis Bacon @PAM, Deer Lodge, BendFilm & more

December 21st, 2013

51:03

02:30 - 0855 Francis Bacon on view at PAM
09:05 - 20:00 Robert Adams: A Question of Hope
20:26 - 27:22 Deer Lodge George Jones tribute
27:27 - 30:22 BendFilm Director Out
30:44 - 37:05 Mousai Remix @ PHAME Academy
37:30 - …

Dec. 14 2013 FULL SHOW: "Seasonings" Pineros, PCP, Backfence, Blue Moon

December 14th, 2013

51:01

02:15 - 08:25Betty Marin's Pineros project
08:30 - 15:55Portland Cello Project's Winter
16:00 - 18:00Tillamook's Cheesecracker
18:10 - 20:25Jefferson Smith at Backfence PDX
20:30 - 23:35PICA awards Precicpice Fund grants

Rock Abroad: Rock Camp and Rock School roundtable

December 7th, 2013

21:20

Our roundtable discussion with Rock Camp for Girls and Rock School staff exploring their shows on the road in Bahrain and Afghanistan.

Dec. 7 2013 State of Wonder FULL SHOW! Nutcracker, Crystal Schenk, Intisar Abioto, Rock abroad

December 7th, 2013

52:12

Here's the rundown, people:

06:00 - 12:30 High Desert Nutcracker
16:15 - 21:10 Crystal Schenk's Shelter at Bullseye
23:05 - 29:40 Intisar Abioto and The …

William Shakespeare's Star Wars

December 2nd, 2013

6:30

Think Out Loud host, Allison Frost interviews author Ian Doescher about his book and is joined by members of the Portland Actors Ensemble who perform scenes from the book.

Nov 30 2013 FULL SHOW: Health Care, Rick Bartow, Sherman Alexie, Esperanza Spaulding, Slater Smith

November 30th, 2013

50:57

Everybody having a nice holiday? Here's today's rundown:
02:20 - 12:00 Musicians & Health Care. Can the ACA help artists?
12:00 - 21:30 Newport's …

Boom Arts Brings The Natasha Plays to Portland

November 23rd, 2013

10:40

We like what Ruth Wikler-Luker is doing over at Boom Arts - a theater group devoted to socially-engaged work. This week's production: The Natasha Plays.

Sergei Tcherepnin

November 23rd, 2013

7:49

This week, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art welcomes Sergei Tcherepnin. He works with sound the way some visual artists work with paint or …

Mary Szybist Wins National Book Award for Poetry

November 23rd, 2013

6:03

An Oregon seeker finds herself onstage, accepting one of the top prizes in American letters.

Nov. 23 2013 full show - Ann Patchett, Mary Szybist, the Natasha Plays, etc.

November 23rd, 2013

49:49

Big day today. Here's the rundown:

01:55 - 07:50 Mary Szybist wins National Book Award for Poetry
07:50 - 18:30 The Natasha Plays
18:45 - 26:30 Sound artists Sergei Tcherepnin comes to PICA
26:30 - 28:10 Pixies Video on All …

State Of Wonder Nov. 16 2013 Full Show Symphonies, Sacco, Fruit Bats

November 16th, 2013

50:01

Our guest curator this week is Ethan Sperry, who directs the PSU Chamber Choir and the Oregon Repertory Singers. Here's where to find other stories in the show.

01:15 - 05:50 Alyssa Macy, a new member of the Oregon Arts …

Alyssa Macy

November 16th, 2013

5:03

Keep your eye on this one. After several years out of state, Alyssa Macy came back to Oregon this fall to work for The Native Arts & Cultures …

Kelly Sue DeConnick on State of Wonder

November 9th, 2013

24:35

Kelly Sue DeConnick on her new series, Pretty Deadly, iconography in comics, and more

Willy Vlautin

November 9th, 2013

8:14

The film adaptation of Willy Vlautin's novel The Motel Life hits screens nationwide this weekend. Willy dropped in to tell us what it was like watching the process.

Jon Steiner's Global Graffiti

November 9th, 2013

26:31

Here's the long version of our conversation with Jon.

State of Wonder 110913 FULL SHOW - Comics Mvula Graffiti

November 9th, 2013

50:02

Today we're hanging out with guest curator Douglas Wolk, and talking some comics with Allie Brosh & Kelly Sue Deconnick. Also: Arty names for …

Finding Laura Mvula

November 8th, 2013

8:27

The singer-songwriter from the United Kingdom recently made her Portland debut at the Crystal Ballroom. After a day of cat-and-mouse, we finally …

State of Wonder Nov. 2 2013 FULL SHOW

November 2nd, 2013

49:41

Action packed broadcast launch! Here's the rundown:
00:00-01:30 open
01:30-03:45 What are you listening to?
03:45-10:05 Ian Karmel
10:18-12:10 Fiddler accident
12:30-17:30 Oregon Arts Commission Shakeup
17:30-23:40 …

State of Wonder - Ann Hamilton

November 2nd, 2013

22:01

This is the long version of April's conversation with Ann Hamilton. Hamilton's exhibition is up at Elizabeth Leach Gallery through January 11.

Royal Nebeker

November 2nd, 2013

11:06

An outgoing Oregon Arts Commission member shares thoughts on the departure of the Commission's Executive Director, Chris D'Arcy, who was asked to leave.

Ian Karmel Is Back! (For the Weekend)

November 2nd, 2013

11:16

Portland's iconic funnyman returns to Portland for a few days. He stops by State of Wonder to tell us tales from Los Angeles, the city he now calls home. Hear about how he's doing, who he's hanging out with and that his …

The State of Music and Video

October 20th, 2013

8:27

Dating back to the era of silent films, when many theaters employed a house pianist, music has played a fundamental role in the moviegoing …

The Secret Language of Color

October 18th, 2013

11:17

Mother and Daughter, duo Joann and Arielle Eckstut have teamed up to help us understand why the sky is blue, a rose, red and why the grass is actually greener on the other side. In their new book, the duo discuss how …

The Blow - State of Wonder interview

October 18th, 2013

9:08

Khaela and Melissa dish on their seven year (!!!) process, making their new, self-titled record. They're playing in Portland Sunday Oct 20.

Darrell Grant and Mike Horsfall: An MJQ tribute

October 17th, 2013

8:50

Tonight at the Mission Theater in Portland, Portland pianist Darrell Grant and friends will pay tribute to the Modern Jazz Quartet. The group had a catalytic effect on many musicians' thinking and style during the 50's …

State of Wonder Pilot 091413 1 Of 2 - Ray Dolby, WA Book awards, The Digits

October 15th, 2013

18:16

We are all over the road, getting face time with Washington Book Award winners, including Amanda Coplin. Also Ifanyi checks in with Scotty Iseri's project, educating the short set through with music.

State of Wonder Pilot 091413 2 Of 2 - Mitchell Jackson & Co.

October 15th, 2013

17:16

A segment from the Sept 14th pilot.
00:56 Novelist Mitchell Jackson drops by to chat with Dave Miller.
10:21 Ifanyi Bell gets Jackson and some old …

David Biespiel on State of Wonder

October 9th, 2013

16:00

Poet, essayist, and Attic Institute founder David Biespiel drops in for our recent literary field trip.

State of Wonder 100713 PILOT 1/3 Jaina, Ponteri, Biespiel

October 5th, 2013

17:57

We're on a field trip to Powell's City of Books this week! Nick Jaina, Jay Ponteri, and more. Our guest curator this week i poet and Attic Institute founder David Biespiel.

State of Wonder 100713 Pilot 2/3 Strayed, Biespiel, Powell's

October 5th, 2013

27:48

Our field trip to Powell's continues. We dig into the archives for Cheryl Strayed. Guest Curator David Biespiel talks about the intersection of …

State of Wonder 100713 Pilot 3/3 Videos, JC Brooks

October 5th, 2013

20:24

Ifanyi gets the skinny on the Reel Music Film Festival, and talks with video director and auteur Alicia Rose about her work. We say goodbye to guest curator David Biespiel. Also, OPB Music welcomes J.C. Brooks and the …

SoW Nick Jaina - Extended clip

October 4th, 2013

4:10

One of our favorite guys. Nick Jaina on what he's reading and writing. Listen for him on this week's pilot.

SoWstrayedexcerpt

October 2nd, 2013

7:10

Wordstock is a veritable Tour de Strayed this year. One of Portland's most celebrated writers, Cheryl Strayed, will share the stage with fellow book club rock star Ayana Mathis Thursday night for the festival opener, …

SoW 092813 1 Of 3 - Geniuses, Maple theft, OR Trail

October 1st, 2013

16:43

Today's pilot kicks off with hat tips to Carrie Mae Weems and Trimpin. Also, remember the old Oregon Trail video game? We go to the live simulation …

SoW 092813 2 Of 2 - Galileo, The Blow

October 1st, 2013

10:32

2nd segment - we check out Portland Opera's CD release of a Phillip Glass work they staged last year. Also the Blow talks about their first record in 7 years.

SoW 092813 Cleaning Art Call&resp DisOriented

October 1st, 2013

20:17

Final segment of this week's pilot. The guy tasked with cleaning public art in Portland, Corvallis Artists' Call and Response exhibition, and Asian-American women in comedy.

SoW 090713 1 Of 2 - Arts Tax, Jackson, Tamastslikt

October 1st, 2013

15:43

Today's show starts with a check in on Portland's arts tax. Then we visit Jackson Middle School, where the arts are already a part of everything kids …

SoW 082413 1 of 2 - OR Ballet, Gone Home, PDX film fest

October 1st, 2013

27:11

Our second pilot, first half. We start with a quick chat with the new Artistic Director fo the Oregon Ballet Theatre. Then game developer Steve Gaynor checks in on his company's runaway hit, Gone Home. Also, we …

SoW 081713 1 of 3 - open, theater, Aaradhna

October 1st, 2013

22:10

FIrst pilot! First segment! A Roundtable of theater pros and critical types talk about the intersection worlds of what theaters can market, and what they decide to program. Also, kiwi pop phenom Aaradhna.

Farewell

February 22nd, 2024

0:39

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