Producer, State of Wonder

Aaron Scott


Aaron Scott is a producer/reporter for the weekly arts radio show State of Wonder at Oregon Public Broadcasting, where his stories have won a Gracie Award for Best Soft News Feature, an Edward R. Murrow Award for Use of Sound, and an APTRA Mark Twain Award for Best News Writing.
 
Before joining OPB, Aaron was senior editor at Portland Monthly, where he orchestrated the magazine's arts coverage and wrote narrative features. He has filed stories for Radiolab, This American Life, NPR, and Out Magazine. Aaron has masters degrees in journalism and science writing from Columbia University and a degree in religious studies from Grinnell College, and he spent a number of polyphonic years directing publicity for the band Pink Martini.

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Arts | State of Wonder

Eclipse Of The Arts: 'State Of Wonder' Travels The Path Of Totality

OPB | Aug. 19, 2017 noon

This week State of Wonder travels across the solar eclipse's path of totality, from Newport to the Ochoco Mountains, for a once-in-a-lifetime cosmic journey.

Arts | Science | Economy | local | NW Life | Entertainment | News | A Guide To The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

Eclipse Of The Arts: 'State Of Wonder' Travels The Path Of Totality

OPB | Aug. 14, 2017 4:30 p.m. | Oregon

"State of Wonder" is traveling across the solar eclipse's path of totality, from Newport to the Ochoco National Forest and many places in-between. Follow the team on this once in a lifetime artistic and cosmic journey.  

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Oregon Eclipse Festival Pairs Glitter And Heavy Machinery

OPB | Aug. 12, 2017 11:41 a.m. | Big Summit Prairie, Oregon

This week, 30,000 people from around the world will head to the remote Ochoco Mountains to enjoy a mammoth festival filled with 400 musical acts and dozens of workshops, speakers and artists.

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Oregon Eclipse Festival | Eastern Oregon's Music Scene | Robert Michael Pyle

OPB | Aug. 12, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," Oregon's most audacious eclipse festival, writer Robert Michael Pyle searches for Bigfoot, the descendant of an infamous train robber plays outlaw country and more.

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Country Music Outlaws Head Home For Helix's Wheatstock

OPB | Aug. 11, 2017 1:31 p.m.

Helix natives Tylor & The Train Robbers bring their outlaw honky-tonk and gritty Americana home for the Wheatstock music festival in Helix, Oregon.

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All Classical Portland CEO Retires Amid Station Unrest

OPB | Aug. 10, 2017 4:39 p.m. | Portland

Jack Allen steered the classical music station through significant growth, but his tenure was also marked by internal strife.

Arts | Books | Entertainment | local | NW Life | State of Wonder

New Oregon Writer's Classic Novel Hits The Big Screen: 'Neither Wolf Nor Dog'

OPB | Aug. 4, 2017 1:17 p.m.

Kent Nerburn is known for bridging the gap between Native and non-Native cultures. His cult classic is seeing a resurgence here and overseas. "Neither Wolf Nor Dog" is hitting the big screen.

Arts | News | Business | A Guide To The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

To Open Or To Close? For Eclipse, Grant County Businesses Must Decide

OPB | Aug. 4, 2017 11:22 a.m.

Travel officials estimate 1 million people are headed to Oregon for this month's eclipse. Business owners in Grant County must decide whether they'll be staying open for the extra patrons — or not.

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Kent Nerburn | Yukiyo Kawano And Meshi Chavez | PSU Chamber Choir | Peter Sears

OPB | Aug. 5, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," we speak with author Kent Nerburn about the resurgence of his classic book, two artists explore a devastating act of war, and the PSU Chamber Choir takes on new work.

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Pickathon Preview: Drive-By Truckers | Charles Bradley | Tank And The Bangas | The Last Artful, Dodgr

OPB | July 29, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," picks for Pickathon! Hot studio sessions with artists on stage at one of the most eclectic fests of the summer.

Arts | Music | NW Life | local | Books | Entertainment | State of Wonder

Portugal. The Man | Eclipse Preview | Daniel H. Wilson

OPB | July 22, 2017 noon

On this week’s "State of Wonder": Portugal. The Man on the key to their new album, sci-fi best-seller Daniel Wilson on the ancient robots in his newest novel, and eclipse mania.

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The Decemberists As Offa Rex | Tracy K. Smith | DaVinci Days | Bend Arts Center

OPB | July 15, 2017 noon

This week on State of Wonder, singer Olivia Chaney and the Decemberists' Colin Meloy share their new collaboration, Offa Rex. Plus, U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith and a visit to a new post in Central Oregon's arts scene.

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Hurray For The Riff Raff | Ghost Town Poetry | Teva Harrison | Ural Thomas | Bend Art Center

OPB | July 8, 2017 noon

Devil-may-care side trips to imaginary cities, soul-searching conversation with graphic novelist Teva Harrison, and moments of wonder with Portland's premier soul interpreter.

Arts | Books | local | NW Life | State of Wonder

Vancouver's Ghost Town Poetry Hasn’t Missed A Beat Since 2004

OPB | July 7, 2017 11:34 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

The open mic poetry series fills Angst Gallery monthly with dozens of poets and poetry lovers, along with founder and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna.

Arts | Business | local | State of Wonder

Erika Bartlett At Angst Gallery: Mixing Nature And Business

OPB | July 7, 2017 10:40 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Vancouver artist Erika Bartlett has an eye for nature and a mind for business.

Arts | Books | local | NW Life | State of Wonder

Wordstock: Maria Semple | Rabih Alameddine | Alexander Chee

OPB | July 1, 2017 noon

This week, "State Of Wonder" listens back on three fantastic, truth-telling authors we interviewed at Wordstock 2016.

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Oregon Ballet Tackles Ballet's Gender Problem

OPB | June 29, 2017 11:29 a.m. | Portland

Ballet companies are full of women, but most dances are choreographed by men. Oregon Ballet Theatre is trying to fix that with a new competition.

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Beth Ditto | The Slants | Thara Memory

OPB | June 24, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," singer Beth Ditto breaks out from her band Gossip, the Slants gets their big day at the Supreme Court, and we look back on Thara Memory's complicated legacy.

Ghost Ship Fire Shakes Portland DIY Art Spaces

OPB | June 17, 2017 10:15 a.m.

While the two cities share creative DNA and a serious housing crisis, artists and fire officials differ on lessons learned.

Arts | Music | NW Life | local | Books | Entertainment | State of Wonder

Portland's New Jazz Club | Ghost Ship Fire | Lee Kelly | Kurt Busiek

OPB | June 17, 2017 noon

This week on “State of Wonder,” shake off your June gloom with the magical animals of "Autumnlands," the music of Animal Eyes, the drag art of Kaj-Anne Pepper and all that jazz at new music joint Jack London Revue.


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