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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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Design Week Special: Redesigning Portland With Quin Candy, Maya Lin And More

OPB | April 29, 2017 noon | Portland

This week on "State of Wonder," we dive into the bubbling cauldron of Portland design. From streetwear to downtown Portland to sporting goods to candy, everything's on the drawing board.

Fish & Wildlife | Forestry | Flora and Fauna | Recreation | NW Life | Arts | State of Wonder

A Hike In The Sky: The Path To Maya Lin's Sandy River Bird Blind

OPB | April 28, 2017 12:05 p.m.

The Confluence Project's monument to species, placed amid a restored Sandy River Delta. 

Nation | News

Hacking The Javelin At Design Week Portland

OPB | April 25, 2017 10:31 a.m.

The University of Oregon Department of Product Design takes on one of the oldest forms of sports equipment.

Books | NW Life | local | State of Wonder

Oregon Book Award Winners Announced

OPB | April 25, 2017 6:30 a.m. | Portland

A dazzling literary chronicle of one of America’s most haunting writers took the top prize for general non-fiction at this year’s Oregon Book Awards.

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

2017 Oregon Book Awards: The Nonfiction Nominees

OPB | April 22, 2017 noon

In our Oregon Book Awards special, we dig into the stories of five authors nominated in the nonfiction category: including the fantastical and dangerous love story of two journalists during WWII. 

Think Out Loud

Live From Portland Design Week

OPB | April 21, 2017 noon | Portland

"Think Out Loud" is live from the headquarters of Portland Design Week Friday, April 21, 2017.

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

Portland Writers Group The Guttery Challenges Notion Of Solitary Writing

OPB | April 19, 2017 10:17 a.m.

It’s easy to imagine writers as solitary dreamers, spending hours writing up stories alone. But lots of great writers share their best work with trusted friends.

News | local | Entertainment | Arts

HBO's Newest Show Will Film In Portland

OPB | April 17, 2017 2:41 p.m.

The show was created by Alan Ball, whose prior hits for the channel include the Emmy and Peabody-winning drama “Six Feet Under” and the Southern vampire soap opera “True Blood.”

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

Solange And Soul'd Out | Chuck Close In Pendleton | Wild Ones | Portland Art Museum

OPB | April 15, 2017 noon

This week's "State of Wonder" has great art, great soul and great authors, all wrapped up in phyllo dough and covered in honey.

NW Life | Music | State of Wonder

5 Shows To See At Soul'd Out 2017

OPB | April 14, 2017 5:45 p.m.

KMHD DJ Derek Smith tells us his most anticipated acts for Portland's annual Soul'd Out Festival. 

NW Life | local | Arts | State of Wonder

In Flux: Vancouver’s North Bank Artists Gallery Sees No Path Forward

OPB | April 14, 2017 2:29 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Anchor gallery for the downtown Vancouver cultural scene will hold its last show in May.

NW Life | local | News | Arts

Vancouver’s North Bank Gallery To Close In May

OPB | April 10, 2017 10:45 a.m.

One of the city's most prominent contemporary art galleries falls victim to rising rents.

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

Elliott Smith's 'Either/Or' At 20 | Slim Moon | Larry Crane | Sean Croghan | Luz Elena Mendoza | Matt Drenik | The Secret Sea | Catherine Feeny

OPB | April 8, 2017 noon

Friends and colleagues of Elliott Smith look back at seminal songs that continue to inspire fans around the world.

NW Life | Music | State of Wonder

Portland Music Producer Larry Crane Revisits Elliott Smith's 'Either/Or'

OPB | April 5, 2017 4 p.m. | Portland

Back in 1996, Larry Crane recorded the vocals for Elliott Smith's "Pictures of Me" because Smith's personal console was broken. Twenty years later, Crane remembers his legacy. 

Music | Entertainment | Arts | Sessions

'Either/Or' At 20: Celebrating The Music Of Elliott Smith

opbmusic | April 5, 2017 9:56 a.m.

Friends and colleagues look back at seminal songs that continue to inspire fans around the world.

NW Life | local | Music | Arts

Composer Kenji Bunch On Collaborating With Eugene Ballet On 'Snow Queen'

OPB | March 31, 2017 4:51 p.m. | Eugene, Oregon

Principal dancer Danielle Tolmie suits up as the vivacious, domineering Snow Queen in the Eugene Ballet production.

local | News | Arts

Following $200,000 Debt, Eugene Opera Parts Ways With General Director

OPB | March 27, 2017 2:50 p.m.

The Eugene Opera will hire a resident executive director to replace Mark Beudert.

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

Crossed Swords Lead To 'Classical Crossroads' Concert

OPB | March 25, 2017 10:37 a.m. | Portland

Facebook feud gives rise to program of vanguard compositions for 45th Parallel.

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

Lyle Ritz RIP | Classical Music Feud | Wendy Red Star | Feminist Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

OPB | March 25, 2017 noon | Portland

This week on "State of Wonder," words nerds and classical music lovers rumble, artists get political, and Wendy Red Star soars.  

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

'Grimm' Warehouse Sale | March Sadness | Architecture In Virtual Reality

OPB | March 18, 2017 noon

This week on State of Wonder, 'Grimm' sells all the monsters, sad songs to make you happy, British psych rock, and much more.