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April Baer


April Baer hosts the weekly arts show, State of Wonder, for OPB, 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. April grew up in the Midwest and now lives in Portland.

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Recent Articles

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State of Wonder: Feb. 28 2015

OPB | Feb. 28, 2015 noon

Blond Poison in wartime Germany, shimmering sounds from Billy Childs, Timmy Failure at OCT and MORE!

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Requiem For A Rug

OPB | Feb. 27, 2015 2:55 p.m.

The life and times of the most famous airport carpet in the world.

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Blonde Poison And The Wyden Family Story

OPB | Feb. 27, 2015 1:09 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The story behind Verona Studio's new production of Blonde Poison — including Senator Ron Wyden's connection to the notorious Gestapo informant Stella Kubler-Isaacson.

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Temperature Check: Arts Leadership In Salem

OPB | Feb. 27, 2015 12:14 p.m.

Divining Kate Brown's position on arts & culture, Brian Rogers checks in from the Oregon Arts Commission, and more.

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Strayed Taps DeCourcy For Oscar Gown

OPB | Feb. 22, 2015 5 a.m.

Local designer creates gown for author's red carpet walk.

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State of Wonder: Feb. 21 2015

OPB | Feb. 21, 2015 12:06 p.m.

Illustrator Carson Ellis, guitarist Bibi McGill, PAM's curatorial search, Oregon's attitudes on arts and culture, and MORE!

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Four Perspectives On PAM's Curatorial Search

OPB | Feb. 21, 2015 5:17 a.m.

Kristan Kennedy, Elizabeth Leach, and Sarah Miller Meigs share perspectives on Portland Art Museum's search for a new curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Also, PAM director Brian Ferriso on the search status.

local | Arts | News

Survey: Public Values "Creative" Life Over "Arts"

OPB | Feb. 18, 2015 2:57 p.m.

A new survey offers a look at how Oregonians value view arts and culture — from high culture to daily expressions of creativity.

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State of Wonder: Feb. 14 2015

OPB | Feb. 14, 2015 noon

Matt Fleeger, program director at our sister station KMHD Jazz Radio, takes over this week with progressive sounds and conversation about jazz as a meta-genre.

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Producer Tucker Martine's Jazz Edge

OPB | Feb. 13, 2015 11:43 p.m.

The man who's shaped records for the Decemberists, Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, and dozens of other indie stars talks about his work with Bill Frisell, and how jazz shapes his sensibility.

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Matt Fleeger: Confessions Of The Reluctant Jazz Guy

OPB | Feb. 13, 2015 8:35 p.m.

Get to know this week's guest curator, KMHD Program Director Matt Fleeger. We also hit the streets for some ideas about the nature of jazz.

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State of Wonder: Feb. 7 2015

OPB | Feb. 7, 2015 noon

The Pander Brothers, opbmusic from Tennis, Opera To Go, Madonna Comix, Nicky Finney, and MORE!

Madonna Comix Explores The Ephemeral

OPB | Feb. 6, 2015 6:49 a.m.

Dianne Kornberg's Augen Gallery show brings form to the ephemeral.

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Portland Opera To Go's Bilingual Barber

OPB | Feb. 5, 2015 2:56 p.m.

The company prepares for 70 performances of a re-imagined "Barber of Seville" in towns across Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Music | Books

Portland Musician Nick Jaina Releases First Book

opbmusic | Feb. 3, 2015 3:13 p.m.

Portland musician and writer Nick Jaina‘s memoir “Get It While You Can” is a meditation on fear, freedom, heartbreak, and what it means to be a successful artist.

Arts | Education | News

PNCA Moves Into Revitalized Federal Building

OPB | Feb. 2, 2015 5 a.m. | Portland

Monday the Pacific Northwest College of Art welcomes students into its new building.  The restored structure is at 511 Broadway in Portland.

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Bend Cultural Tourism Fund Seeks Applicants

OPB | Jan. 30, 2015 2:34 p.m. | Bend, OR

The Fund expects to make over $100,000 in grants to help promote arts and culture events designed to draw more visitors.

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PNCA Prepares To Move Into 511 Broadway

OPB | Jan. 29, 2015 3:45 p.m. | Portland

Oregon's largest art school is close to completing an ambitious renovation of the old federal post office. Come have a look around.

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State of Wonder: Jan. 24 2015

OPB | Jan. 24, 2015 noon

This week: Miranda July's first novel, Richard Blanco on poetry and identity, Christopher Hitchens from the Archives, and MORE!

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State of Wonder: Jan. 31 2015

OPB | Jan. 23, 2015 4:03 p.m.

PNCA's new digs at the old Post Office, Nancy Ives shakes up the playlist, Backstrom's vision of Portland, and MORE.