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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

Music | Politics | local | News

Positively 4th Avenue: Steve Novick's Tribute To Dylan's Nobel Prize

OPB | Dec. 2, 2016 11:10 a.m. | Portland

Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick temporarily renamed the street bordering City Hall in honor of Dylan's literary prize.

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

Fair-Haired Dumbbell | Oregon Symphony Gets Animated | Explode Into Colors | Bob Dylan On Portland's Streets

OPB | Dec. 3, 2016 noon

This week on State of Wonder, creative sugarplums sweet enough to ruin your teeth and delight your ears, featuring crowd-sourced architecture, visual music, and much much more!

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

NBCUniversal Orders New Series Based On Chelsea Cain's 'One Kick'

OPB | Dec. 1, 2016 6:45 a.m.

"One Kick" will be an international production.

News | Music

Portland Jazz Club Jimmy Mak’s To Close At Year’s End

OPB | Nov. 28, 2016 3:09 p.m.

The curtain is falling on twenty years of music and memories as Jimmy Mak’s owner seeks a buyer.

News | Arts | Books | Nation

Novelist, Reed College Grad Roger Hobbs, Dead At 28

OPB | Nov. 24, 2016 6:16 p.m. | Portland

thor of the noir thriller “Ghostman” dies after an overdose; Colleagues and friends remember his rare gifts for narrative.

News | Arts | Communities | Business | Nation

Portland Contemporary Arts Center DISJECTA Ousts Founding Director

OPB | Nov. 23, 2016 11:23 p.m. | Portland

Board forces leadership transition. Bryan Suereth is out at the end of December.

News | Music | Business | Arts | Communities | Nation | Books | State of Wonder

Disjecta's Director Ousted | Hari Kondabolu | Roger Hobbs RIP | Portland Through The Skanner's Photography

OPB | Nov. 26, 2016 noon

This week on State of Wonder, seismic upheaval at Disjecta, the passing of a dapper young author with a penchant for the criminal, years of Skanner photography from Julie Keefe, and a comedian who makes the political deeply funny.

News | local | Election | Politics | Election 2016

Portland Artists And Activists Ask, 'What Now?'

OPB | Nov. 22, 2016 6:30 a.m. | Portland

More than 800 people packed Portland’s Revolution Hall on Monday night to talk about where to turn their political energy. 

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

Artists Respond to Trump | Maria Semple | Alexander Chee | Rabih Alameddine

OPB | Nov. 19, 2016 noon

State Of Wonder kicked off Wordstock with three fantastic truth-telling authors, plus we check in with artists across the political spectrum on why art matters now.

News | Arts | local | Election | Politics | Election 2016

What Oregon Art Has To Say To America

OPB | Nov. 19, 2016 9:45 a.m. | Portland and Enterprise, Oregon

Oregon artists rethink their practice in a changed political landscape.

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

Wordstock: Lindy West | Peter Ames Carlin on Paul Simon | Rivka Galchen

OPB | Nov. 12, 2016 noon

State of Wonder's sold-out Wordstock show with sparkling conversation with three great authors, plus music by Y La Bamba's Luz Elena Mendoza.

News | Politics | local | Election | Nation | Election 2016

How Did Oregon React To Donald Trump's Victory?

OPB | Nov. 9, 2016 3:20 p.m. | Oregon City, Oregon

Tension gives way to jubilation on election night. Trump voters welcome a vindication for the state’s independent Republican wing.

Music | Sessions

Explode Into Colors: Art-Rock Reunion

opbmusic | Nov. 9, 2016 11:55 a.m.

Reunited for a pair of benefit shows last month, Explode Into Colors plays a set of dark, funky, danceable music in our studio.

Music | Entertainment | local | NW Life | Arts | Books

The Best Of OPB's State Of Wonder

OPB | Nov. 9, 2016 10:06 a.m.

A collection of the best episodes and stories from OPB's arts and culture show, State of Wonder.

Technology | News | Entertainment | Family | NW Life | Arts | State of Wonder

'State Of Wonder' From Eugene's 2015 Indie Game Con

OPB | Nov. 5, 2016 noon | Eugene, Oregon

We spend a day in Eugene's surprising hotbed of video games, playing and talking with upstart developers of all stripes.

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

August Wilson | Joe Sacco | Slenderman | Bri Pruett | Okkervil River

OPB | Oct. 29, 2016 noon

This week on State of Wonder, cartoonist Joe Sacco takes on the housing emergency, Bri Pruett takes on the dating world, Irene Taylor Brodsky takes on Slenderman and Okkervil River takes on itself.

Arts | local | NW Life

Dance Collective Works It Out At PNCA

OPB | Oct. 28, 2016 6:01 p.m. | Portland

Physical Education, a supergroup of performance whiz kids, is in residency this year at Pacific Northwest College of Art.

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

Portland Producer Backs 'Hamilton' | Response To Ta-Nehisi Coates | Percussionist Colin Currie | Eastmoreland Controversy

OPB | Oct. 22, 2016 noon

This week on State of Wonder, Woody Guthrie's unknown time in Oregon, how a hometown girl became a producer on some of Broadway's biggest hits and a knockout percussionist plays our studio — literally.

Arts | local

Beirut Wedding Makes The Theatrical Change Founders Want To See

OPB | Oct. 21, 2016 6:45 p.m.

A new theater company has cropped up in Portland to tell the stories of people of color, and women.

Arts | local | NW Life

Architecture And Design With Columnist-In-Residence Randy Gragg

OPB | Oct. 21, 2016 5:30 p.m.

Critic and writer Randy Gragg's monthly stories about how Portland's urban space is changing for State of Wonder.