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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Madame Gandhi John Cameron Mitchell Black Belt Eagle Scout Gabriel Kahane

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

Madame Gandhi John Cameron Mitchell Black Belt Eagle Scout Gabriel Kahane

Sept. 1: Rebecca Gates Guest Curator

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 as a solo artist. (if you haven't checked out 2012's The Float, you need to do that) A few years ago, she began a journey into music advocacy, exploring revenue for artists and other messy areas of the post-milennial music industry. She also has a foot in the contemporary art world, through her consulting work and practice in sonic art. This week she's bring us some perspective on -The economic realities of music revenue -How art fairs are changing the game for gallerists and artists -Building a creative life around community...and more.

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

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 of the band Japanese Breakfast talks about her powerful essay in the New Yorker about crying in Asian grocery stores. Artist Demian DinéYahzi shares a poem about survival. Stacey Tran invites us to her storytelling series in which women and femmes of color tell stories about culture, through a potluck-style meal, and the Last Artful, Dodgr talks about finding her place in the hip hop firmament.

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

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

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 a pile of stories for you about some of the things art can do in traumatic times. Man-of-all-bands Papi Fimbres talks about meeting the weirdness of 2018 head-on with a radical act of self-care. The hilarious and amazing comedian Caitlin Weierhauser tells us about processing a horrendous tragedy, right in the spotlight. Cult of Orpheus founder Christopher Corbell dreams up new myths and narratives for a troubled world, and the Manila Sound shows the way through a time of martial law.

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

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

Come explore — this week, Centennial Mills, the 107-year old site of an old flour mill, gets the treatment from conceptual artist Anne Hamilton, social practice originator Harrell Fletcher and friends create a contemporary art museum inside a K-8 school, writer Cindy Baldwin interrogates parenting with a chronic illness, plus music from Jessica Hernandez and the late, great Richard Swift.

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

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

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 schools, but they're both succumbing to big challenges facing all universities. We get the details, then talk to reporter Rick Seltzer of Inside Higher Ed.

Haley Heyndrickx | Grammy-Nominated Pianist Randy Porter | Blossom and Ripley Snell | Cart...

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 pillow talk with the R&B singer Blossom and MC Ripley Snell. They'll invite us inside the dreamy world they created for their new EP. We've also got a session with one of our favorite breakout acts of 2018, singer-songwriter Haley Heyndrickx — luminous, wise, and winsome. And we'll tell some stories about how we get where we're going, both ON the map and OFF. One remarkable guy, living outside Eugene, Orego, is one of the country's foremost cartographers. We'll hear how he shares his vision of the world through handmade maps. Plus, a pianist throws his grand piano onto a trailer to play across Eastern Oregon and back again.

Haley Heyndrickx | Grammy-Nominated Pianist Randy Porter | Blossom and Ripley Snell | Cart...

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