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Portland Book Festival: Daniel H. Wilson | Angela Garbes | Elizabeth Rush

This week's show takes us to Portland Book Festival, for conversations with three fascinating authors pondering birth, imminent environmental devastation, and...robots.

Portland Book Festival: Daniel H. Wilson | Angela Garbes | Elizabeth Rush

Creative Families | Esperanza Spalding | Kim Kovel and Jeff Kovel | Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer

When we imagine artists at home over the holidays, it's a pretty rosy picture: imagine musical clans like the Nevilles and the Wilsons singing around the table. (Why can't our families be that awesome???) But let's be real — life can be tough. This week, stories about how creative families do for each other, just in time for that seasonal visit with your kin.

Creative Families | Esperanza Spalding | Kim Kovel and Jeff Kovel | Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer

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

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 writer addressing the magical thinking, fantasies, and illusions that shaped our world.

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

Guest Curator Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker (Previously aired: Oct. 18, 2014)

This week, we're diving into the "State of Wonder" archives for one of our favorite guest curators. Corin Tucker spent 12 years in the iconic Northwest band Sleater-Kinney. We asked Corin to look back at the Sleater-Kinney catalog with us, and think about what's changed since she moved from Olympia down to Portland in 1996.

Guest Curator Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker (Previously aired: Oct. 18, 2014)

Fabi Reyna | Women Of Color In Music | Esperanza Spalding | Ear Trumpet Labs | Catalinbread

This week we're handing over the keys for State of Wonder to local musician and small business owner Fabi Reyna. She's the creator of the guitar magazine "She Shreds."

Fabi Reyna | Women Of Color In Music | Esperanza Spalding | Ear Trumpet Labs | Catalinbread

Design For Space, Parking, Fly Fishing And The World (Originally aired: Jan. 23, 2016)

In this week's rebroadcast, we welcome user experience (UX) designer Elena Moon as our guest curator. She has this fantastic way of explaining what works and why. She's going to lead us through her own work and the designed world, from parking meters to space ships.

Design For Space, Parking, Fly Fishing And The World (Originally aired: Jan. 23, 2016)

I Did It My Way: Prentice Onayemi | S1 | Debra Granik And Anne Rosellini | Chanti Darling

Every person who makes something, anything, it doesn't even have to be particularly artsy, there comes this moment of like, all right, you got this idea, but you have to get it done

I Did It My Way: Prentice Onayemi | S1 | Debra Granik And Anne Rosellini | Chanti Darling

Virtually Unlimited | Kristen Lucas | SERA Architects | Darcelle XV | Crystal Rutland

Virtual reality may not quite be the tech that all the kids are doing these day, but there are entire communities interacting as we speak in VR worlds. This week, we hear about an 87 year old drag queen is the subject of a new VR narrative documentary, gearheads using VR to learn how to dismantle a car transmission - while the transmission is still running, and the fantastic UX designer Crystal Rutland talks about using VR in her firm's practice.

Virtually Unlimited | Kristen Lucas | SERA Architects | Darcelle XV | Crystal Rutland

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

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