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

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

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 apple pie.

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

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

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

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 Captain Marvel that was the basis for last year's big film adaptation that starred Brie Larson. And Fraction has worked on very popular storylines of X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, Fantastic Four... and, we'll say it, the best dang Hawkeye ever. They walk us through their creative process and introduce us to some cool folks along the way. We even staged readings of some of their work! Comic books on the radio? You betcha.

Emilly Prado | Michelle Ruiz Keil | Tehlor Kay Mejia

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 powerful storytelling.

Molly Gloss | Holland Andrews | Behind The Bullet

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 suggests new perspective on gun violence, to an Oregon writer who brings deep understanding in writing about grief.

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

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 remember their impact and explore other hard truths, but also look to other artists whose work has us excited for the future.

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

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

This week we visit people doing difficult and dangerous work. We talk about threats to domestic security, people fighting for their voices and stories to be told, and an act some may find the most terrifying of all: singing in public.

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

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

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 visiting an exhibition honoring Tomanowos, the Willamette meteorite, getting starry-eyed over Frances Quinlan's music, and more...

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

Guest Curator Fabi Reyna of SHE SHREDS | Noche Libre | Amenta & Intisar Abioto | Osa Atoe ...

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.

Guest Curator Fabi Reyna of SHE SHREDS | Noche Libre | Amenta & Intisar Abioto | Osa Atoe ...

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

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 to earth to follow one musician's odyssey, and explore those whimsically designed pianos that have been popping up around Portland.

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