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Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:00:00 -0800Congressman Earl Blumenauer shares his perspective on the recent election, chef Naomi Pomeroy strives to make a gourmet dish with ingredients sourced from our local convenience store, Darcelle reflects on her path to becoming America's oldest drag queen, comedian Mohanad Elshieky compares notes on life in Portland to his hometown of Benghazi, and My Bubba makes us lonesome... in a good way.Earl BlumenauerEarl Blumenauer is a man with a plan, he’s a badass with a bow-tie on a bike, he’s Portland’s cool Congressman from Oregon’s 3rd, and he’s joining us to talk about all things national and local. Founder and proprietor of the Congressional Bike Caucus, native Portlander Earl Blumenauer has been fighting for some of the causes nearest and dearest to the Rose City’s heart--wise energy use, sustainable farming, better transportation infrastructure, and public broadcasting (here here!). He led Portland’s “Bike Your Ballot” initiative this fall, and will be popping radio wheelies onstage with us November 17!Darcelle XVDarcelle XV has been called, by none other than OPB, “Portland’s iconic drag queen.” At age 86 (as of November 16!), Walter Cole--stage name: Darcelle-- has been an entertainer, business owner, and community activist for decades in the stitching of Portland’s most fundamental fabric. Darcelle is the oldest performing female impersonator in the country, and her revue, Darcelle XV, is the longest running drag show West of the mighty Mississippi. We’d make a joke about Darcelle being the sequin in Portland’s fabric, but she’s a sequin, and a stitch, and a seam, and a little piece of everything else, too.Naomi PomeroyNaomi Pomeroy is a beast. The 2014 recipient of the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Pacific Northwest, she is a Portland favorite and Oregon native. Don’t let her undergrad degree in History fool you-- Pomeroy’s culinary teeth are thoroughly cut and her creative fangs sink deep. She started Gotham Coffee Shop, Clarklewis, and Gotham Tavern here in our fair city, as well as The Oregonian’s Restaurant of the Year and Willamette Week’s Best Brunch, the aptly named Beast, which she still owns and runs. She’s been featured in Gourmet and Elle, and has been on just about everyone’s list of chefs to watch, including Food & Wine, and yes, Oprah. She’s ambitious, she’s talented-- she’s a true beast.Mohanad ElshiekyMohanad Elshieky is not just one of Portland’s upcoming Geniuses of Comedy, he’s one we need right now. Born in Libya, now a full-blown Portlander and author of The Road from Libya blog, Elshieky brings to bear in his act and his web presence a smart witness to the insanity of our social and political climates, all with humor and poise and brains.My bubbaScandinavian folk duo My bubba is a well-deserved sonic break from all the hard things harshing our days. While, yes, their songs deal with some heavies like heartbreak and loneliness, they do it in the airiest, most sultry, most disarmingly delicate ways. Between Icelander Guðbjörg Tómasdóttir (Bubba) and Swede My Larsdotter, and their 2016 album Big Bad Good, My bubba packs a punch in its vocal-driven acoustic sound wave, but it’s the kind of punch you want another bubbly glass of.
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0800Sherman Alexie discusses how his father's death inspired him to write a children's book, Garrard Conley recounts his journey through gay conversion therapy and how it impacted his relationship with his parents, and Shovels & Rope harvest their family's experiences into a rollicking hootenanny.Sherman AlexieWe have to take a deep breath for this one. OKAY. Sherman Alexie. For starters, he’s written 25 published books. You probably know his classic book of short stories The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, or his young adult novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, but did you know he also writes poetry, screenplays, and has a new children’s book out called Thunder Boy Jr? Did you know he’s also a performer? Did you know he’s won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the National Book Award for Young People's Literature? Just listing his accomplishments is more writing than we’ve done...maybe ever. On top of all that, he’s one of the most important modern authors illustrating Native American life on the reservation, all with his signature humor, despair, irony, and toughness. And we’re still leaving a lot out, trust us.Garrard ConleyOur guest Garrard Conley (pronounced without the second ‘r’), is a study in starting over. When Conley was a teen in Arkansas in 2004, he was outed as gay to his family. He was subsequently given the option of living his life without them, or going to an “ex-gay” conversion program called Love In Action. He chose to attend Love In Action, and twelve years later, has published his memoir, Boy Erased, detailing his time there, his decision to flee, and life before and afterward. Now Conley’s not only living his own life freely, his work can be found in TIME, VICE, CNN, Buzzfeed Books, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many other publications.Shovels and RopeCharleston, South Carolina band Shovels and Rope have been singin’ and stompin’ since 2008. The duo -- husband and wife Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst -- have released five albums together, toured the country who knows how many times, and have even starred in a documentary about their music titled The Ballad of Shovels and Rope. Maybe you caught them performing their hit “Birmingham” on The Late Show with David Letterman, or on your local public radio station? Maybe you’ll catch them with us this November 6?
Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:00:00 -0800Lindy West shares why she keeps speaking up on the internet despite her better judgment, Jonathan Lethem explains why he only plays poker with college professors, Emma Straub reveals why she believes her first four novels were (deservedly) rejected, and Blitzen Trapper does us right with a Gillian Welch cover.Jonathan Lethem Jonathan Lethem is a man with ambition. To wit: he’s the bestselling author of ten novels including his upcoming A Gambler’s Anatomy and the award-winning Motherless Brooklyn, which was named Novel of the Year by Esquire and won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Salon Book Award, as well as the Macallan Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger. That’s right-- his book won a Gold Dagger. He’s also one of the pioneers of accessible speculative fiction writing, has won a MacArthur “Genius” Grant, and has appeared on the cartoon Bojack Horseman, as himself. Now, he traverses his next frontier-- our show.Lindy West We want to do a sound check for Lindy West. Check check, one two. We want to make sure you can hear us shouting about her new book, Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman. We want to be certain you hear all about how she just won The Stranger’s Genius Award for books in 2016. Can you hear us yelling about her work as a columnist at The Guardian, Vulture.com, The Daily Telegraph, and Jezebel? Are we coming in loud and clear? Have you heard about her reproductive rights destigmatization campaign #ShoutYourAbortion, or her spots on This American Life? Should we go louder? Loud enough? Lindy West? Never.Emma Straub Some people call Emma Straub a “New York” author, and they’re not wrong. Looking at her new (much-lauded) novel Modern Lovers, set in Brooklyn, it’s clear that Straub knows a thing or two about the city. But if you take a closer look at Modern Lovers, or her other books The Vacationers, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, and the short story collection Other People We Married, there’s a few things you could call Straub, like a family author, or an infidelity author, or a regret author, or a love author. Not to mention a bestselling author whose work has been published in fifteen countries. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Elle, and Conde Nast Traveler, and she is a contributing writer for Rookie.Blitzen Trapper Blitzen Trapper’s frontman Eric Earley describes their album Wild Mountain Nation, critical darling, as sounding “like it had been authored by a drunken scarecrow who had been dragged behind a truck.” That album was listed on Pitchfork's‘Best Music of 2007’, as well as making it onto RollingStone's best-of list for that year. Blitzen Trapper has released eight albums to acclaim, have played virtually every cool music festival you’ve been dying to go to, and have just released a live album recorded at Third Man Records, to boot. Earley describes their sound as the kind of songs that “make you want to get loaded and get in a fight, or find a girl and fall in love forever, simultaneously.” You in? We’re in. How could we not be?
Mon, 07 Nov 2016 13:00:00 -0800In this special election episode of Live Wire, Radiolab hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich provide a cautionary tale of civic strife, comedian Baratunde Thurston speculates how the election has come to this divisive point, coder and artist Roopa Vasudevan explains what social media can show us that the polls can't, and subway performer Mike Yung demonstrates why his powerful voice went viral and reassures us that “A Change is Gonna Come.”Jad Abumrad & Robert KrulwichOkay, you know these guys. Jad Abumrad and Robert Krurlwich are the hosts of Radiolab from WNYC Studios, a radio show and podcast about curiosities. Somehow they manage to find the most curious stories and make them even curiouser. Not only has the show won them two Peabody Awards; it’s inspired us want to know more about things like the biology of sleep, stochasticity—the science of random variables, and to better understand just exactly what color is. We doubt you’re unimpressed but we’ll continue. The MacArthur Foundation awarded Jad a Genius Grant in 2011. He’s reported stories that have appeared on Studio 360, Morning Edition, All Thing’s Considered and Democracy Now! He’s the first result when you google to the name “Jad.”Don’t forget Robert--a radio and television journalist, and the former science correspondent for NPR. His work has appeared on everything from Nightline to NOVA. The New York Times put it best when they said that he’s “the man who simplifies everything without being simple.”These guys are the studs of science, the radicals of radio. Why are we even typing when they need no introduction?Baratunde ThurstonBaratunde Thurston is our comedian and cultural critic of the future, and he’s doing just what the job title implies: helping envision a better future through dialogue, comedy, and wit. Thurston is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Be Black, a collection of essays that are both hilarious and critical commentary on mass-media’s unending racism, and monochromatic portrayal of black culture in America. He co-founded Cultivated Wit - a comedy/tech incubator that brings comedians, programmers and designers together to make and break zany products. He built the digital departments for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and the Onion. He’s been on and hosted no fewer than a bajillion TV shows and podcasts including the Our National Conversation About Conversations About Race, which he co-created. The man knows how to get real and how to get real funny. He’s our future, and the future is bright. Roopa VasudevanRoopa Vasudevan is here to explain us to ourselves. An artist, creative coder, and researcher, Vasudevan is out to trace all the digital bread crumb trails we leave behind our most unthinking actions to figure out why we did what we did. Spooky, right? We think so too. Her most recent project, #Bellwether, is an exploration of Twitter data from the 2016 primaries that debuted in Cleveland during the RNC and is on its way to a show in Brussels. Her previous work has been exhibited internationally, featured by Reuters, Slate, The New Yorker blog, the FADER, Hyperallergic and more. She is currently an Arts Professor at NYU Shanghai and is making the journey back to New York to cast her absentee ballot in person and chat with us about how we really feel about this election. We’re hoping she can explain some of our choices to us, but also hoping she stays away from our Google search history...Mike YungPitchfork calls Mike Yung “the viral singer that time forgot.” Caught on video this past fall belting the Righteous Brothers’ classic “Unchained Melody” in the New York subway, Yung returned to the front of a lot of people’s minds. The video of his incredible voice went viral, getting Yung a lot more attention and a lot more invitations to late night shows, like this one with James Corden. Yung’s got a voice to move mountains, and he’ll be with us at Littlefield. Doubt we’ll forget. [...]
Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:00:00 -0700MSNBC's Chris Hayes' parents compete to see who knows the most about his career, comedian Michelle Buteau recounts the challenges of communicating with her Dutch in-laws, author Jonathan Safran Foer discusses negotiating the distance between who we are and who we want to be, and Kadhja Bonet casts a musical spell with her dreamy vocals.Jonathan Safran FoerLet’s talk about what we talk about when we talk about Jonathan Safran Foer. In part we talk about fiction, seeing as he’s written the best-selling novels Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, both recently adapted into major motion pictures. We talk, also, about diet, considering his publication of the book Eating Animals, a treatise why and how it is we justify just that: eating living things. We talk about Judaism, and family, and history, and humanity, too, because these are the things he talks about. We talk a little about awards like the Guardian First Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, and the New Yorker 40 Under 40 listing, because he has won them. We talk about his new book, Here I Am, out this fall, because it’s his first novel in a decade. We talk about a lot of things, but mostly we plan to let him talk for himself. Chris HayesAre you with Chris Hayes? We are. Let us tell you why-- Chris is a journalist, author and host of Up with Chris Hayes, and now All In with Chris Hayes, on MSNBC. He has been a writer for the publication, The Nation and a guest host of the television programs The Rachel Maddow Show, Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. But that’s not all that up with Chris Hayes. He’s with the times and with aplomb and with not a few impressive accolades. In 2013 Chris became the youngest person to host a prime-time show (he was 34!) on a major cable network. His first book, Twilight of the Elites: America After Mediocrity, was published in 2012. His second book, A Colony in a Nation, debuts in March 2017. We’re with him, are you with it?Michelle ButeauMichelle Buteau wouldn’t want us to say any of this- - she is a spunky TV host, a vivacious performer, and has just debuted her first comedy album, titled Shut Up. But we’re going to ignore that mandate and go on. She has appeared on practically every VH1 show ever made including; Big Morning Buzz Live, Best Week Ever, the I Love the…(80s etc) series, and The Jenny McCarthy Show. She guests on Broad City, has stopped by the Late Night shows, and here she is taking on public radio. You will love her unique perspective and her pizazz from her head down to her Buteau. There, we’re done, we’ll shut up now.Kadjha BonetKadhja Bonet is a visitor from the future. It’s unclear exactly where she came from-- as is the case with so many time travelers. We know she’s been cutting her musical teeth, as it were, in the LA underground scene. We know she’s got a new album coming out this month-- The Visitor via Fat Possum and Fresh Selects, and we know she sounds like a french noir film played backwards, in an underground jazz club, during an electrical storm. Her music is genre-defying and her voice is soothing and lovely, and from another time. Maybe not a time before or after this one-- maybe a time swept under the rug, or embedded in the roofbeams. We’re telling you: this is the kind of music that makes you talk in goofy poems, guys. This. Is. The. Music.