Last night, Jian and the Q crew presented Portland, Oregon with a jam-packed lineup full of locally-grown goodies. Today, we're proud to share this public radio bouquet, recorded live in the City of Roses, with Q fans everywhere.
Plus, browse highlights from the audience perspective -- and share your own -- here
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- Jian dedicates today's opening essay to the weird and wonderful city of
Portland, Oregon. In a tribute recorded live at the historic Aladdin
Theatre, our host outlines some of the reasons he and the Q crew feel
"seduced, charmed, and downright lucky" to be tapping into the scene.
- Musician, writer and actress Carrie Brownstein, the
co-creator and co-star of IFC's Emmy-nominated, WGA and Peabody
award-winning comedy series Portlandia. She'll join Jian to talk about the show's runaway success, working with funnyman Fred Armisen and more!
- Portland-based rockers The Thermals. The band will be heating up our lineup with performances from their latest record, Desperate Ground. The record draws on the high spirited, punk-influenced rock sound they've come to be known for.
- New York Times best-selling author and columnist Cheryl Strayed. She'll be joining Jian to discuss her memoir, Wild.
A film adaptation of her book, directed by Canadian director Jean-Marc
Vallée, will hit the big screen this year. Reese Witherspoon will play
- Colin Meloy, writer and frontman for the Portland indie band The Decemberists. Meloy will join us for a special solo performance and to chat about his latest projects.
- Engineer, author, and overall expert on all things robotic: Daniel H. Wilson.
His new book, Robot Uprisings, is an anthology that includes stories from some of today's best science fiction writers.
- Portia Sabin, president of Portland's artist-friendly indie label Kill Rock Stars, joins Jian to explain why the label is getting into the comedy scene. She also reveals, for the record, whether musicians or comics are easier to work with.
- "Meat thinker" and Portland Meat Collective founder Camas Davis on the importance of knowing how the sausage gets made -- something she teaches local high school students.