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Why Cantaloupe And Bags Of Spinach Are Enshrined At A Portland Museum


Deadly germs can come from anywhere, even a cantaloupe.

opbmusic's Monday Mix: Buck Meek, M. Ward, Prince


This week, opbmusic highlights tracks from a solo album by Big Thief guitarist Buck Meek, Portland musician M. Ward and a posthumous release from Prince.

Meet The Monks Of The Columbia River Gorge


Forest-dwelling monks have kept an obscure Buddhist tradition alive in the Columbia River Gorge with the help of the White Salmon, Washington, community.

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Film Documenting The Life Of Ursula K. Le Guin To Premiere In UK

Five questions with filmmaker Arwen Curry, whose documentary "Worlds Of Ursula K. Le Guin" is complete after 10 years of work.

Education | local | Books | News

Book About Transgender Girl Breaks Ground — And Stirs Controversy — In Oregon Schools

Alex Gino’s middle-grade novel “George” is a revelation for transgender kids. But it’s also drawn some fire in the statewide literary competition.

NW Life | local | Arts | Business | Oregon Art Beat

Watch: "Rothko: Life Beyond The Abstract"

Painter Mark Rothko  sold newspapers on Portland street corners, worked in his uncle’s downtown Portland clothing store, and eventually enrolled at Lincoln High School, where he excelled. 

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Changing The Container: How Le Guin Shaped Representation In Sci Fi

She mirrored the world that was while making new worlds possible.

Music | NW Life | local | Arts

Band Takes Johnny Cash's 'Folsom' Concert To Oregon Prisons

For the 50th anniversary of Johnny Cash's “At Folsom Prison,” a Portland band is restaging the concert at prisons across the state. We go with them to Coffee Creek’s women’s facility.

Books | Arts

The Vast And Violent Rural Northwest, In 'Come West And See'

Maxim Loskutoff's collection of short stories picks at the tensions between city and country among everyday Westerners — who find themselves living among heavily-armed separatist militias.

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A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History Of Chuck Klosterman

A conversation from Wordstock 2017 dives into Taylor Swift’s savvy, inscrutable taste in leisure wear, and the fate of an NBA fan in a Timbers town.

local | Books | Arts | State of Wonder

Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin

On the eve of a grand literary celebration, we remember the life, writing and transformative thinking of an Oregon literary titan.

Music | local | News

Photos Of Kurt Cobain's Death Scene Will Not Be Made Public

The Washington State Court of Appeals has ruled that photographs from the scene of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's death will not be released publicly.

NW Life | Sports | local | History | Recreation

The National Champions You Never Knew Portland Had

How a group of hobbyists brought the ancient Irish sport of hurling to the Northwest — and why they don't see it vanishing any time soon.

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Come To opbmusic's Session With Sama Dams

They'll play from their new album "Say It" and talk with OPB "State of Wonder" host April Baer at Kelly's Olympian in downtown Portland, May 25.

Books | Arts

Tom Wolfe, Best-Selling Author And Genre-Breaking Journalist, Dies At 88

The author of Bonfire of the Vanities and The Right Stuff used to give himself a quota of 10 triple-spaced pages per day. He also experimented with literary techniques in his non-fiction.


Frightened Rabbit Singer Scott Hutchison Found Dead At 36

The artist disappeared Tuesday night, setting off a police search and a groundswell of support from fans and peers.

local | Sports | News | Think Out Loud

What Would You Name Portland's Hypothetical MLB Team?

Listeners suggest all kinds of names for a Portland Major League Baseball team.


Donald Glover's 'This Is America' Holds Ugly Truths To Be Self-Evident

NPR Music's hip-hop journalist Rodney Carmichael breaks down the political and racial nuances of Donald Glover's new video.

NW Life | local | Food

Portland Girls' Cookbook Raises $10,000 For Jane Goodall Chimps

As sixth-graders, 14 Portland, Oregon, girls decided to create a fundraiser vegetarian cookbook. As high school freshmen, they just donated $10,000 to Jane Goodall's sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees.

NW Life | local | Sports | Animals

Could An Oregon Horse Ever Win The Kentucky Derby?

The chances of an Oregon horse winning the Kentucky Derby is the longest of long shots. But the sheer will of one Oregonian has increased the odds for years to come.

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New Details Released About Laika's Next Film

The film — known only as "Film Five" — is set to open sometime this year and will feature the voices of Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana and Zach Galifianakis.


Meet Naia Izumi, The 2018 Tiny Desk Contest Winner

The fourth annual Tiny Desk Contest winner has been revealed. Get to know the Georgia-hailing guitarist who won over the hearts of our judges this year.

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Portland Hip-Hop Promoter And Advocate Idris 'Starchile' O’Ferrall Dies At 42

Idris 'Starchile' O'Ferrall died Thursday. The founder of the Mic Check showcase in Portland suffered from lymphoma.


Listen: 'The Four Top' Presented By OPB


Savor the conversation. Every other Monday, a roundtable of culinary media insiders discuss today’s hot-button topics in food and beverage culture. Hosted by Katherine Cole.

Cooking With OPB

Recipes, tips and how-to's from around the Northwest.