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Hotseat: Julia Sweeney

The actress best known as SNL’s Pat on why atheists should still pray with their parents.

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Portland is officially the least religious city in the country, according to a recent study. So it’s fitting that the largest atheist organization in the country, the...   More
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 AARON SPENCER

Hotseat: Ramez Naam

Better living through biotechnology.

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Ramez Naam wants to build a better human. Formerly a program manager at Microsoft, Naam is a “transhumanist”: someone who believes humanity can and should be improved through biotechnology.    More
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Hotseat: Sharon Needles

Meet the dark, spooky future of drag.

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Sharon Needles is more Marilyn Manson than Monroe. Drag’s biggest name at the moment, Needles shocks by taking her characters to dark places rather than glamorous ones. For example, she won her    More
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 AARON SPENCER

Hotseat: Joyce Goodman

Becoming Rose Festival royalty ain’t what it used to be. Joyce Goodman knows how to fix that.

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In Joyce Goodman’s day, every girl in Portland dreamed of being crowned queen of the Rose Festival. That...
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Hotseat: Annie Sprinkle

Have a sexy Earth Day.

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Tree-humping dendrophiliacs aside, few interpret the mantra “Love the Earth” literally. Leave it to Annie Sprinkle, the porn star-turned-performance artist, to take it as far as anyone. Best   More
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Hotseat: Camas Davis

The Portland Meat Collective founder explains why people want to kill Roger Rabbit.

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When Roger Rabbit was bunnynapped, Camas Davis was blogging. The response to her daily updates on the Portland Meat Collective website wasn’t pretty.   More
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Hotseat: Greg Higgins

Greg Higgins shared his sausage-making skills in Mongolia.

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Chef Greg Higgins knows his way around a sausage. One of the forefathers of local, sustainable dining in Portland...   More
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Hotseat: Patrick deWitt

The man longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

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It sounded like an absurdity. Patrick deWitt’s second book, The Sisters Brothers, had been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the redoubtable honor bestowed annually on the finest British novel.   More
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 AARON MESH

Hotseat: Finn Brunton

The history of spam, and what the Nintendo Virtual Boy can teach us about the future of media.

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Finn Brunton is trying to figure out what the Internet “is”: What it’s doing, how it works, and how it’s evolving. Formerly a postdoctoral research fellow    More
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Rick Emerson

Zombie Economics’ Dawn of the Debt.

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They’re out there. Clawing at your mailbox. Gnawing at your mind as you sleep. Ready to devour you and your family. They have no souls. They have no conscience. The only thing driving them is the   More
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 AP KRYZA
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