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

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

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 Sc...

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

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 in the '80s, and Portland queer punk from the '90s, and a Native museum's deal to get some time with priceless tribal artifacts.\

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

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

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 back in the folding chair with a frosty glass and some porch music, we're thinking about all the comforts of home. Writers Jesmyn Ward and Mitchell S. Jackson trade stories about recreating the places they grew up. A dozen nonprofits make a home away from home. And some beloved assets of Portland's parks system — its arts resources — get ready to transition off the city budget.

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

Karen Russell | Angela Garbes | Bill Oakley | bed.

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 complicated matter for us all. This week, artists talk about the things parents do. It's all worth it. (Isn't it???)

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

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 new incoming director. But the story of the week (and possibly the year) is the end of a 112-year-old institution, close to the heart of Oregon's creative identity. We mark the occasion with a look into why craft still matters and always will.

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

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

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 some mix of the two.

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

Marisa Anderson | Mohanad Elshieky | Bhi Bhiman

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 washing over the U.S. right now. Some artists get pushed into tackling the times, and some go there by choice. This week,three kinds of response, in music, words, and more.

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

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 intuitive tools to work out our feelings. This episode is a music intensive that dives right into those emotions. Music haters, you have been warned.

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

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

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, and more...

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

The Native Perspective Missing from Design | Caroline Blechert | Louie Gong | Whitney Mint...

As often as Native and Native-influenced imagery turns up in apparel, graphic design, product design, and elsewhere, there's a chronic dearth of Native designers or influencers involved in the creation. Adia Victoria kicks off the show with a very candid and quote-worthy filled interview about what led to hew emotionally raw — and at times unsettling — new collection of songs.

The Native Perspective Missing from Design | Caroline Blechert | Louie Gong | Whitney Mint...

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