State of Wonder

These stories were produced for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Check out State of Wonder’s epic summer of 2017 road-trip. We followed the solar eclipse's path of totality across Oregon, from Newport to the Ochoco National Forest, on a once-in-a-lifetime cosmic journey.  

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Inaugural Sneaker Week PDX

Forget Stumptown. Portland could just as easily be dubbed Sneakertown. The city is home to footwear giants like Nike, Adidas and Under Armour, to say nothing of coffee shops and design academies catering to indie designers and the sneaker-obsessed. The inaugural Sneaker Week seeks to lace it all together. It kicks off this week.

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Historic costume shop closes

Ellen Marie Wonder, also known as “Grandma Wonder,” began making floats and costumes for the Rose Parade in the 1890s. The business she built, now known as Helen’s Pacific Costumers, was still whipping up homemade costumes and custom-built mascots until last week when after 127 years, they closed their doors, permanently.

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How to photograph an eclipse

On Aug. 21, 2017, the “Great American Eclipse” will cast its shadow across the continental United States, carving out a path from Oregon to South Carolina. Oregonians are in a unique position to witness this rare celestial event as the moon passes in front of the sun, sending those of us along the path of totality into complete daytime darkness. In other words, photographic gold.