State of Wonder State of Wonder features interviews and reporting on the latest in visual arts, theater, music, literature, culture and more.
State of Wonder

State of Wonder

From Oregon Public Broadcasting

State of Wonder features interviews and reporting on the latest in visual arts, theater, music, literature, culture and more.

Most Recent Episodes

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

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 comic book writers investing in the tenacity of teens, an all-female string quartet playing the classics on their own terms, and a London-based musician keeping the demons at bay.

Kelly Sue DeConnick and Captain Marvel | The Numberz | Helado Negro | What's Happening to ...

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 gallery wall. We use art as a tool for imagining new possibilities, forging better lives. This week, we're talking with folks who are expanding the boundaries of their field, from comics to radio to civic works.

Kelly Sue DeConnick and Captain Marvel | The Numberz | Helado Negro | What's Happening to ...

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

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 and writers addressing the magical thinking and fantasies that shaped our world.

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

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

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

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

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

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 podcasting industry weigh in on their rapidly expanding medium.

Walidah Imarisha | Oregon's Black Pioneers | Pontypool | Arthur Bradford & Matt Sheehy | A...

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 collective story. From pioneer history to contemporary arts policy, big changes are underway.

Walidah Imarisha | Oregon's Black Pioneers | Pontypool | Arthur Bradford & Matt Sheehy | A...

FisherPoets Best Of 2018 | Kelli Schaefer | Anders Nilsen

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 at how local artists are exploring the meaning of longing and connection.

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

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 others, it's about finding something — anything — to laugh at, even when the circumstances are hardly humorous. From historic preservation to nuclear fallout, this week's show proves there's no one way to survive.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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