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.
Arts | Music | State of WonderOPB | June 25, 2016 noon
This week on State of Wonder, we crank up the volume on the summer's hottest shows, including the first live studio performance by k.d. lang, Neko Case and Laura Veirs, plus M. Ward, Blind Pilot, Joseph and more.
Listen to our interview with the songwriting supergroup case/lang/veirs and watch the entire concert recorded in the OPB studios in front of a studio audience.
Arts | Books | Entertainment | NW Life | Music | State of WonderOPB | June 18, 2016 noon
This week on State of Wonder, Peter Sagal takes us behind the scenes on "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me," writer Mary Roach talks maggots and penis transplants, author Lindsey West takes on the Internet trolls, and a Portland-based distributor leaves hundreds of music labels in the lurch.
Peter Sagal and the team from "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me" return to Portland June 23–24.
Several hundred small music labels and recording artists around the world are faced with buying their own music back from a Portland distributor.
Arts | News | NW Life | local | State of WonderOPB | June 11, 2016 10 a.m. | Bend, Oregon
A collaboration between two seemingly different makers — Allan McCollum and Delia Paine — bears exponential fruit at the High Desert Museum in Bend.
Arts | Entertainment | Music | NW Life | State of WonderOPB | June 11, 2016 noon
This week on State of Wonder, we check out Portland’s most welcoming new comic book shop, jam to the Summer Cannibals, continue our conversation with Brad Cloepfil on the state of Portland architecture and more.
DEQ's Keith Johnson lays out what the agreement will and won't do for Bullseye's production.
Architect Brad Cloepfil | Disaster Artist Vanessa Renwick | Int'l Youth Silent Film Fest | Vietnam Vet Makes Art Out Of HellOPB | June 4, 2016 noon
This week, State of Wonder's all about the journey: we travel the world with starchitect Brad Cloepfil, meditate on environmental disaster with artist Vanessa Renwick, tromp through the war memories of Vietnam vet Marc Waszkiewicz, go on a pilgrimage with writer Ellen Waterston and more.
The stunning models of Portland's preeminent architect are as much sculpture as they are architecture. Brad Cloepfil walks us through their exhibition at the Portland Art Museum, as well as his globe-spanning career.
Vanessa Renwick's new video installation, "Next-Level F---ed Up," mashes up the absurd and the awful, but ends upbeat.
Books | Music | local | Entertainment | Arts | NW Life | State of WonderOPB | May 28, 2016 noon
This week on State of Wonder, the city's plans to enforce pot policy puts many marijuana-related events on hold, the comedian Curtis Cook talks about what it takes to be brave and writer Andi Zeisler discusses the commodification of feminism and more.
State regulators talked about new limits on art glass emissions today. But the hearing turned emotional as the wife of the owner of Oregon’s art glass leader made a surprise appearance.
Lead test results are in for nearly 200 people who live and work near Bullseye Glass in Southeast Portland. So far, none of them shows lead levels that would require medical care or follow-up.
local | News | Arts | NW Life | Environment | Business | Portland's Toxic Air ProblemOPB | May 24, 2016 2:45 a.m. | Portland
One supplier is getting out of the game; another is teetering under regulatory pressure for toxic air emissions.