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April Baer

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.

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Recent Articles

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Pete Krebs Talks Hazel And Performs Live At OPB

opbmusic | Sept. 28, 2016 1:57 p.m.

On the eve of his induction into the Oregon Music Hall Of Fame, Pete Krebs joins us for an interview and solo performance in the OPB studios.

Arts | local | NW Life

Kahlief Adams: What Plays While Gaming For Change

OPB | Sept. 24, 2016 1:33 a.m. | Portland

Podcast host and gamer is on the bill at Affect Conf in early October

Arts | local | NW Life

Bamford Blows Up With 'Lady Dynamite'

OPB | Sept. 24, 2016 12:14 a.m. | Portland

Stand-up’s nicest is headed to Oregon next month to headline the All Jane Comedy Festival.

Music | News | local | NW Life

Alternative Justice: Portland Music Scene's Next Steps Amid Sexual Assault Controversy

OPB | Sept. 23, 2016 9:46 p.m. | Portland

Deep dissatisfaction with the criminal justice response to sexual assault has some looking for workarounds.

Arts | News | local | NW Life | State of Wonder

Rebirth And Revival | Maria Bamford | Loch Lomond | Kahlief Adams | Carla Rossi | Alternative Justice

OPB | 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 | Music | News | local | NW Life

Best Practices: What The Pros Say About Preventing Sexual Assault

OPB | Sept. 23, 2016 3:56 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force has thoughts on making spaces safer.

Music | News | local | NW Life

Q&A With The Author Of A Sexual Assault Blacklist

OPB | Sept. 23, 2016 11:47 a.m. | Portland

An organizer of DIY music events talks about why she keeps a list of artists accused of assault or rape, and why she decided to share it with other bookers.

Arts | Entertainment | local | NW Life | State of Wonder

Where Art And Science Collide | Skyscrapers Made of Wood | The Minders

OPB | 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.

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An Artist Sees Portland In Stereoscopic Show

OPB | Sept. 15, 2016 1:41 p.m. | Portland

Sharita Towne’s photo exhibition on view this month at Newspace Center for Photography is designed to help people to see the gentrification of Portland in a new way.

Music | News | local | Politics | NW Life

Safer Altogether: Women In Portland Music Scene Confront Sexual Assault

OPB | Sept. 9, 2016 4:50 p.m. | Portland

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 Scene

OPB | 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.

Arts | News | local | NW Life | Books

Le Guin’s 'Orsinia Tales' Earn Prestigious Publication

OPB | Sept. 5, 2016 5 a.m.

Some lesser-known works by Oregon literary great Ursula K. Le Guin will be republished this week by the Library of America.

Arts | Business | NW Life | Books | local | Entertainment | State of Wonder

Rose City Comic Con Preview | Image Comics Moves To Portland | Bitch Planet | Harrow County | Bandette

OPB | 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.

Arts | Entertainment | local | NW Life | Books | State of Wonder

Tobin And Coover's Impish 'Bandette' Makes Off With Another Eisner

OPB | Sept. 1, 2016 11:48 p.m. | Portland

Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover's digital series in a fantasy-land Paris offers a new kind of action heroine.

Arts | Business | News | local | NW Life

NBC's 'Grimm' Is Ending, But It's Not The End Of TV In Portland

OPB | Aug. 30, 2016 10:07 a.m. | Portland

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 Wonder

LAIKA's Kubo | The Last XOXO Festival? | PICA TBA Preview | Ages And Ages

OPB | 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.

Agriculture | Arts | News | Recreation | World | State of Wonder

XOXO 2016 Fest Will Be Its Last — For Now

OPB | Aug. 26, 2016 4:45 p.m. | Portland

XOXO founders Andy McMillan and Andy Baio move their community onto Slack and into a workspace known as Outpost.

Arts | Business | local | NW Life

With Arts Central's Shutdown, What's Next For Central Oregon's Arts Leadership?

OPB | Aug. 25, 2016 8:15 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

Arts Central announces complete shutdown; Arts and Culture Alliance digs in.

Arts | NW Life | local | Books | State of Wonder

Actors Jesse Eisenberg And Wendell Pierce On Their First Books

OPB | 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.

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Skylab Builds Portland A Brand New Yard

OPB | Aug. 6, 2016 noon | Portland

A new highrise pushes Portland's architectural boundaries and sets a tone for Burnside bridgehead.