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Timberline Lodge's Hand-Forged Legacy


Darryl Nelson carries on tradition as Timberline Lodge’s third-generation blacksmith  

Side Hustle Of A Laid-Off Baker Is Bringing Joy During Pandemic


Like most food service folks in Oregon, Serena Zendejas lost her job when the pandemic started. But she didn't stop baking. Instead, she turned her skills into a side hustle.

Mount St. Helens Eruption 40th Anniversary Plans Move Online

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There were once big plans for many public events to mark the 40th anniversary of the catastrophic 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. The coronavirus pandemic blew up those plans, but many are resurfacing online.

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HBO Max's Original Series: A Guide For The Perplexed

The new streaming service launches with a handful of original series, featuring ballroom culture, Anna Kendrick, Elmo and crafting. We take a look at what's on offer.


'Running For Your Life': A Community Poem For Ahmaud Arbery

For this latest community poem, NPR poet-in-residence Kwame Alexander sifted through more than 1,000 submissions reacting to the killing of Ahmaud Abrery and created a poem that speaks with one voice.


Bright Eyes Shares Lush New Single 'One And Done'

The third single to arrive in anticipation of Bright Eyes' first record in nearly a decade, "One and Done" is a picture-postcard from the crumbling Anthropocene.

Arts | Books

A Memoir Reflects On What Happens To The 'Fairest' Of Them All

During a boyhood in the Philippines, Meredith Talusan received positive reactions to the white skin and blonde hair accompanying albinism. She found a different response as a trans woman in the U.S.


Wire: Tiny Desk Concert

More than 40 years after forming, the British post-punk pioneers finally visited the Tiny Desk.


Noah Cyrus On Growing Up In Public And 'The End Of Everything'

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to the singer-songwriter about stepping out from under her family's shadow, the end of the universe and the influence of her grandfather's gospel music on her songs.

Arts | Entertainment

'The Power Of A Group' Moves Sharon Horgan, Kristin Scott Thomas In 'Military Wives'

The film follows women who form a choir to cope with their spouses' deployments to Afghanistan. "It's a story that speaks to a huge number of partners, spouses and wives of the military," Horgan says.


Clem Snide With Scott Avett: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Clem Snide and Scott Avett play spiritually searching songs from Forever Just Beyond while maintaining social distancing for their Tiny Desk (home) concert.

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Monday Mix: Christian Lee Hutson, Katy J Pearson, The Dears

Hutson's song is about the wish to get the old band back together. Hear his song, plus indie rock from Montreal and a new artist from Bristol, England just added to our broadcast this week.

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With Schools Closed Due To COVID-19, An Oregon Teen Gets A Stay-At-Home Prom

Even in a pandemic, prom most go on. A virtual prom wasn't quite what West Salem High School junior Mariana Acosta had in mind, so her family decided to through her an at-home prom.


Stuck At Home, Damien Jurado Says He's Written 3 New Albums

A songwriter beloved by songwriters, Jurado just released a new album called What's New, Tomboy? on May 1. Holed up at home in Washington state, he's furiously writing three more.

Arts | Books

'Brown Album' Centers On The Erasure Of Race In American Culture

Porochista Khakpour's work is strongest when she turns the lens on herself to examine how she, too, is complicit; many essays here are just too tantalizingly brief to allow space for deep analysis.

Entertainment | Music

Carly Rae Jepsen Releases 'Dedicated Side B,' The Album We All Needed

After hinting at a new "B-side" collection over the weekend, the Canadian pop star released the album Thursday morning.

Arts | Technology | Entertainment

Neither Flood, Nor Fire, Nor Virus Shakes The Virtual Calm Of 'Minecraft'

A non-gamer discovers peace in the pixelated world of Minecraft, where the horizon stretches on forever, and while there may be zombies, spiders and skeletons — there are also ways to fight them.


Rachel Portman Steps Away From The Screen With 'Ask The River'

The first woman composer to win an Oscar for best original score is releasing her first album of music not written for a film or stage production.


Sylvan Esso: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn perform three songs from their couch for our Tiny Desk quarantine series.

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'Hamilton' Coming To Disney+ On July 3, Bypassing 2021 Theatrical Release

A film of the original Broadway cast performing Hamilton was scheduled to hit theaters on Oct. 15, 2021. Now, it's coming to Disney+ 15 months ahead of schedule.

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'The Four Top': Meet the New Wave of Culinary E-Entrepreneurs

Who are the new culinary entrepreneurs of the COVID-19 quarantine? The innovators who are bringing foods from farms to doorsteps, sending exotic ingredients across the country, and connecting families through cooking. Our guests are Julia Niiro, Ted Farthing, and Kelly Montoya.

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Calls It Quits For The Year

Theater officials say the cancellation of the entire 2020 season will have “very real financial consequences” for the festival. 

Neighborhood Fiddler—Postcards From The Pandemic

Each evening at 7, communities across Oregon make noise in honor of health-care and other frontline workers. In one Southeast Portland neighborhood, the cacophony is led by a selfless fiddler who believes in the healing power of music. OPB reporters and photographers are capturing "Postcards from the Pandemic" to document the lived experience of people in the Northwest during this historic and unusual time. Subscribe to our channel for new OPB videos every week:

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Intuitive Voices (1909)

May 28, 8 p.m. [OPB TV]

Oregon Field Guide

Escape to the Coast (2814)

May 28, 8:30 p.m. [OPB TV]


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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.

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