Host, State of Wonder Host
April Baer hosts the weekly radio arts show, State of Wonder, at Oregon Public Broadcasting, covering how art is made and consumed. Prior to this assignment, she worked as a reporter and was the local host of Morning Edition at OPB
Before coming to OPB in 2004, she worked as a studio engineer, host, reporter and occasional music host at several stations in Ohio.
She earned a degree in communications from Ohio State University.
April grew up in the Midwest and now lives in Portland.
Deep dissatisfaction with the criminal justice response to sexual assault has some looking for workarounds.
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Rebirth And Revival | Maria Bamford | Loch Lomond | Kahlief Adams | Carla Rossi | Alternative JusticeOPB | Sept. 24, 2016 10 a.m.
When life gives you mental breakdowns and dysfunctional justice, use them to make something new. We’re spinning tales of artists digging into the toolkit to delve identity and community. Sometimes these things can be found only a few levels up.
Arts | Entertainment | local | NW Life | State of WonderOPB | Sept. 17, 2016 noon
This week on State of Wonder, we take a trip to a residency program that welcomes artists and scientists, look into a technology that wants to revolutionize how buildings are built, listen to The Minders' first album in ten years and talk gentrification with artist Sharita Towne.
Last weekend, a prominent Portland musician admitted to attempted sexual assault in a Facebook post. The response from others in the Portland music scene was swift and staggering.
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The Gun Show | Remembering Bob Ross & Rick Bartow | The Confession That's Rocking Portland's Music SceneOPB | Sept. 10, 2016 noon
This week on State of Wonder, a provocative (and funny!) show about guns, news about a sexual assault that's rocking the music community, an arts explosion at Pioneer Courthouse Square and more.
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Rose City Comic Con Preview | Image Comics Moves To Portland | Bitch Planet | Harrow County | BandetteOPB | Sept. 3, 2016 noon | Portland
This week, State of Wonder goes all in on previewing of Portland's biggest comic con, talking with some of the region's top artists and writers, plus breaking the news about a new addition to the Portland scene.
The show which has filmed in Portland since its beginning is set to end after this season. But Tim Williams with Oregon Film says the stage is set for more big projects.
Arts | Music | Entertainment | local | NW Life | State of WonderOPB | Aug. 27, 2016 noon
This week on State of Wonder, we learn why XOXO is pulling the plug, get a preview of the brass extravaganza that opens PICA's TBA Festival, talk happy songs about earthquakes with Ages and Ages and more.
Arts Central announces complete shutdown; Arts and Culture Alliance digs in.
Arts | NW Life | local | Books | State of WonderOPB | Aug. 13, 2016 noon
Actors Jesse Eisenberg and Wendell Pierce talk about jumping from the big screen to the page with stories of comedy and post-Katrina New Orleans, respectively. Plus, Alicia Jo Rabin reads mystical poetry and plays a little music.