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Arts, Culture, Literature, Poetry, Native Americans, Pub Quiz, Martial Arts, Photography, Portland
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Portraits of artists. Portraits of everyone. Portraits of anyone.

Anyone who has left a mark, made a dent or cracked a wall, applied color to canvas or brushed their fingers through water, darned yarn or punched a typewriter, defended and resisted, held the room breathless in their particular way of passing through. 

The Staple is presented by the IPRC, and produced by Sunny Bleckinger.


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Episode 15 - Women's Studies Major

Airs at: Tue, 03/14/2017 at 5:00pm
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Essayist Martha Grover reads from her latest collection, “The End of My Career,” an Oregon Book Award finalist for 2017. The music in this episode is by In Love with a Ghost, Hiroto Kudo, and Lucy in Disguise. Photo by Martha Grover. Read more

Episode 14 - Those Who Act

Airs at: Tue, 01/10/2017 at 5:00pm - 5:30pm
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Voices of people taking positive action followed by an interview with activist Kathryn Stevens. Below are links to some of the organizations mentioned in the episode:  Be The Millers Emergency Houseless Resource Drive Portland's Resistance Boots on the Ground Backpacks ... Read more

Episode 13 - Moving beyond fear

Airs at: Tue, 12/20/2016 at 5:00pm - 5:30pm
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Shanti Webley, a 2nd degree black belt in Mo Duk Pai Kung Fu, explains how his martial art helps people uncrumple fear and move through it. Marcus Atkins, a 3rd degree black belt in Kenpo Kung Fu, shares the challenges and rewards of a life dedicated to the study of martial... Read more

Episode 12 - Those Who Turn

Airs at: Mon, 10/17/2016 at 5:00pm - 5:30pm
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Jo Hamilton was searching for an artistic medium to express the way she saw the world. She tried everything, until one day she discovered that the medium she was looking for had been with her all along. She just never realized it could be considered art. Now she has pioneer... Read more

Episode 11 - Paper Wheel

Airs at: Mon, 08/22/2016 at 5:00pm - 5:15pm
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A short piece that turns the entire IPRC into a piece of moving origami, through audio! Produced in December of 2015, back when it felt like the IPRC might remain forever tucked away in it's location on SE Division, even as the city spun like a whirlwind. This episode was... Read more

Episode 10 - Outsiders

Airs at: Mon, 05/02/2016 at 5:00pm - 5:45pm
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Featuring the quintessential outsider: a Native American living in his Native America. We take a walk through the Whitaker Ponds Nature Park with poet Trevino Brings Plenty who talks about life as a native, life as an American, and how he explores those dualities in verse, ... Read more

Episode 9 - Excursions

Airs at: Mon, 01/11/2016 at 5:00pm - 5:30pm
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Piano music of Samual Barber carries us into the confined world of short story writer Jacob Aiello who is cooking the same lunch for himself again and again until magically we are transported to Paris and toward the source of his particular disorder.  Music provided genero... Read more

Episode 8 - Redemption

Airs at: Mon, 09/07/2015 at 5:00pm
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Roy Smallwood was mourning the sudden loss of his parents, looking for comfort in heroin and falling deeper in despair. Then he stumbled upon something that saved his life. And everyone else calls it trivial.  Read more

Episode 7 - Stepping Out

Airs at: Mon, 06/08/2015 at 5:00pm - 5:30pm
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Photographer Mercy McNab goes beyond her comfort zone to find herself.   Music provided generously by Toe.  Photo "Pink Roses" by Mercy McNab.  Read more

Episode 6 - Agate Picking

Airs at: Mon, 04/06/2015 at 5:00pm - 5:30pm
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  On a walk through Forest Park, author Alexis Smith (Glaciers, Marrow Island) talks of loathing summer, the joy of running, and her family's history of agate picking. Music generously provided by Laura Gibson.  Read more