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

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

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 transition from Portland rock journeyman to international star. This time had enormous consequences for Smith personally and professionally, but it also gave us heart-stopping music that continues to inspire fans and musicians all over the world.

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

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.

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

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

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? This week, classic stories from the L.A. punk scene, queer punk in the '90s Portland music scene and a Native museum's deal to get some time with their own priceless tribal artifacts.

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

REBROADCAST | Kiese Laymon | Ted Chiang | Rosanne Parry

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 some more winter reads, because this week we have three striking writers. They all talk about connection and relationships, between individuals and within a community, but they take us on vastly different journeys in the making. These books will hit you wherever you're living.

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

This episode originally aired on Jan. 12, 2018. Embarrassing situations don't always result in great inspiration — but we wonder if some artists actually benefit from their fiascos. Doesn't a debacle make us feel a kind of fearlessness for whatever may come next? This week, creative sparks fly from truly cringe-worthy inspiration.

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

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

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 Design Week Portland. When you start to pay attention to design, you tune in to all kinds of unspoken rules and understandings that are part of how things are made. If you haven't spent a lot of time thinking about how Native style gets used - and often mis-used in graphic design, fashion, and other disciplines - I guarantee you won't be able to un-see it after today's conversation. Thanks for listening.

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

Nicole Georges' Rumspringa

Writer, illustrator, podcaster and storyteller Nicole Georges relocated to Los Angeles to upscale her prolific career. We've loved her work for years, from her zine, "Invincible Summer" to her band, The Sour Grapes. Georges' award-winning memoir, "Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home," has been optioned for television, and her other projects are going full-tilt. Georges talks to us about making the transition, and why she still feels like a Portlander.

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

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

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

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 stories from the orchestra pit, the rehearsal hall and the studio.

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

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

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 love, and ways for thinking about the work ahead.

Back To Top