Portland

3:15am

Sat June 29, 2013
Sports

Randonneurs Are In It For The Ride, Not The Race

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 1:44 pm

Michael Bingle of Vancouver, Wash., rides through Grand Ronde, Ore., during a 400-kilometer randonnée in May.
Angela Evancie

For many of us, a single cycling event — the Tour de France — defines athleticism on two wheels. The epic race was first organized by a French newspaper editor named Henri Desgrange in 1903. But Desgrange also had a hand in the creation of a very different style of cycling: the randonnée, a long distance-ride that prizes camaraderie and self-sufficiency over flat-out speed.

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12:58pm

Mon June 24, 2013
World Cafe

Next: Houndstooth

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 3:45 pm

Houndstooth.
Jaclyn Campanaro Courtesy of the artist

An indie-rock quintet based in Portland, Ore., Houndstooth features singer Katie Bernstein and guitarist John Gnorski — both of whom are originally from Austin, Texas. The band's sound reflects both hometowns, with Gnorski's loping guitar riffs hinting at bluesy Southern influences.

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11:04am

Fri May 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Calmly, From Portland, It's The Quiet Music Festival

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 1:05 pm

The show Portlandia recently featured a skit titled "The Battle Of The Gentle Bands." Portland will host the Quiet Music Festival this weekend.
IFC/YouTube

Not all music festivals are carnivals of noise, propelled by thudding drums and screeching guitars. In fact, for the annual Quiet Music Festival of Portland, which begins today, the goal is to experience calming sounds.

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8:38am

Wed May 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Dirty Diapers Pile Up In Portland Recycling Bins: 'It's Not Pretty'

Portland recycling handlers say they've seen more diapers in recycling bins after the city switched to biweekly trash pickups. A file photo shows bags of diapers in a container at a California recycling facility.
David McNew Getty Images

Waste and recycling handlers in Portland, Ore., say they're seeing an unfortunate side effect of the city's reduction in garbage pickups: 120 pounds of dirty diapers a day, tucked into recycling bins.

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1:44am

Tue April 23, 2013
The Salt

Journey Of A Specialty Coffee Bean, From Cherry To Cup

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 2:12 pm

Coffee beans are raked to dry in the sun in western Guatemala.
David Gilkey NPR

When we wanted to know how the growth of the specialty coffee movement is influencing the lives of farmers, we took a trip to the mountainous region of Huehuetenango in Guatemala.

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