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April Baer

April Baer hosts the weekly arts show, State of Wonder, covering how art is made and consumed. Prior to this assignment, she worked as a reporter and was the local host of Morning Edition.

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 BA in Communications from Ohio State University. April grew up in the Midwest and now lives in Portland.

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Recent Articles

Business | Arts | NW Life

Reset Time: Arts, Business Interface In Metro Portland

OPB | Aug. 27, 2015 3:15 p.m. | Portland

The demise of Business for Culture and Arts presents an opportunity for new ideas.

Arts | Books

'You Say Latino' Comic Spells It Out

OPB | Aug. 25, 2015 7:29 p.m.

Portland comics artist Terry Blas publishes a mini-comic called "You Say Latino," that takes on racial, national and linguistic identity with an artistic flare.  

local | Arts | News

Former PICA Curator Tapped To Run Portland Art Series

OPB | Aug. 20, 2015 7:45 p.m. | Portland

Former PICA director will shape events to be held in 2016.

NW Life | local | Arts | Books

New Book Tells The Story Of The Aftermath Of Huricane Katrina

OPB | Aug. 19, 2015 7 a.m.

Portland author Ellen Urbani puts her training in trauma therapy to use in her debut novel about two mothers and two daughters surviving Katrina's aftermath.

Economy | local | Arts | Entertainment | NW Life

Joseph: From Economic Depression To Arts Powerhouse

OPB | Aug. 15, 2015 8:35 a.m. | Joseph, Oregon

Once just a pit stop on the way to Wallowa Lake, Joseph, Oregon, is now a destination of its own thanks to a bustling arts, culture and tourism scene.

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

State of Wonder: Aug. 15, 2015 - Arts And Small Towns, A Love Story

OPB | Aug. 15, 2015 noon

What happens when small towns try to jump-start their economies with arts centers and cultural offerings? We find out with a road trip to Joseph, Burns, and Mighty Tieton, Washington.

Economy | local | Arts | NW Life

How This Tiny Washington Town Became An Arts Titan

OPB | Aug. 13, 2015 5:45 p.m. | Tieton, Washington

A single entrepreneur plugs in the arts for Central Washington town.

Business | local | Arts | NW Life

An Inspiring Renovation Comes To Life In Joseph

OPB | Aug. 12, 2015 6 a.m.

Entrepreneur Greg Hennes surpassed his Kickstarter goal by $27,000 to fix up the historic Jennings Hotel in Joseph, Oregon.

NW Life | Music | Arts | State of Wonder

State of Wonder: Aug. 8, 2015

OPB | Aug. 8, 2015 noon | Portland

Seekers + savants: Kamasi Washington, Jason Isbell, painter Christos Koutsouras, Pickathon recap, fun and games with Jumpdrive Studios, and more.

NW Life | local

Portland's Jumpdrive Uses Crowdsourcing To Shape New Game

OPB | Aug. 5, 2015 11:50 p.m.

A new title goes through a crowdsourced evolution.


Pickathon Musicians Share Songs For Summer

OPB | Aug. 2, 2015 1 p.m. | Happy Valley, Oregon

Portland's Pickathon Independent Music Festival is known as an event musicians love to attend as much as fans. So what's on their turntables, tape decks and iPods this summer? We took advantage of the proliferation of artists at the Pendarvis farm to ask a range of musicians about what sounds are turning them on.

local | Arts | News | State of Wonder

State Of Wonder: Aug. 1, 2015

OPB | Aug. 1, 2015 noon | Portland

This week, a tasty sandwich: coverage of the Seattle Art Fair, then KMHD program director Matt Fleeger takes us on a tour of Portland's jazz scene.

NW Life | local | Books

Timothy Egan On Stories Hiding In Plain Sight

OPB | July 14, 2015 2:45 p.m.

"So much of the United States has been strip-mined of story and put into mythology."

NW Life | local | History

Stories Hidden From History: Roberta Conner

OPB | July 14, 2015 10:38 a.m. | Portland

The executive director of Tamástlikt Cultural Institute on who tells the stories of Native people.

NW Life | local | Arts | Entertainment

Portland Author Lidia Yuknavitch Examines A Scorching New World

OPB | July 3, 2015 12:47 p.m. | Portland

State of Wonder spoke with Portland writer Lidia Yuknavitch about her new novel, “The Small Backs of Children,” which publishes July 7.  She has a reading at Powell's July 8.

NW Life | local | Arts | State of Wonder

State of Wonder: July 4, 2015

OPB | July 4, 2015 noon

It's a patriotic explosion of arts this weekend: Portlander Dave Depper on joining Death Cab for Cutie, the news that mandolinist Chris Thile might take over for Garrison Keillor, a new modern curator at the art museum, Lidia Yuknavitch's new book, Other Lives' opbmusic session and more!

local | Arts | News

Portland Art Museum Taps New Art Curator

OPB | June 30, 2015 2 p.m. | Portland

Sara Krajewski is the museum's next curator of modern and contemporary art.

State of Wonder

State of Wonder: June 27 2015

OPB | June 27, 2015 noon

Everything old is new again — a new vinyl record factory, the Go-Go's reborn, pay phones as art project, and MORE.


Crescent City Legend Allen Toussaint Takes Center Stage

OPB | June 27, 2015 6 a.m.

The High Priest of New Orleans music talks about his life and songs.

local | Arts | News

Artist Creates, Lives In Solitude Of Alvord Desert

OPB | June 26, 2015 4:26 p.m. | Portland

With just his dog at his side and Facebook at his fingertips, solitary artist John Simpkins carves out productive time in one of Oregon's most remote landscapes.