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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

The Slants Take Trademark Case To US Supreme Court

OPB | Jan. 17, 2017 4:45 p.m. | Portland

Portland band's quest for trademark registration: Is it free speech or an intellectual property matter?

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Portland Choreographers Strive To Make Traditional Dance Contemporary

OPB | Jan. 15, 2017 12:15 p.m. | Portland

Subashini Ganesan and Oluyinka Akinjiola discuss their new work, identity, and what it means to stand and face 2017.

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Supreme Court To Hear The Slants' Trademark Case This Week

OPB | Jan. 15, 2017 8:45 a.m. | Portland

The federal Patent and Trademark Office refuses to register the band’s trademark, because, the PTO argues, the band’s name is an ethnic slur.

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

Pander Brothers Revive Tech Thriller 'The Dissident'

OPB | Jan. 14, 2017 10:49 a.m. | Portland

What began as a futuristic treatise on corporate use of data becomes spookily prescient in 2017.

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David Byrne + Portland’s Kelly Pratt | Typhoon’s Kyle Morton | Pander Brothers | Dance Across Cultures & Ages

OPB | Jan. 7, 2017 noon

"State of Wonder" will melt your winter blahs down to marshmallowy molten goodness with provocative dance projects, hot new fiction, and music for transformative times — with glitter cannons!

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A Fragile Year: Portland Art Glass Maker Uroboros' Founder On Selling His Business

OPB | Jan. 7, 2017 11:45 a.m. | Portland

Amid regulatory crackdown on Northwest glass makers, Eric Lovell transfers the business to California-based Oceanside GlassTile.

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Design, Planning And New Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler

OPB | Jan. 7, 2017 10:57 a.m.

We listen back to what Ted Wheeler said as a candidate about his arts agenda for Portland, and learn about what design, architecture and planning challenges lie ahead during Wheeler's tenure.

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'State Of Wonder' Year In Review: Can Artists Afford Portland? | Art Glass Apocalypse | Oregon Jewish Museum Takes Craft Museum's Home

OPB | Jan. 7, 2017 noon

OPB's arts and culture show looks back at some of the biggest stories of 2016 and updates them for the new year.

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Jimmy Makarounis, Owner Of Portland Jazz Club Jimmy Mak's, Dies Of Cancer

OPB | Jan. 2, 2017 4:04 p.m. | Portland

Jimmy Makarounis, the longtime owner of famed Portland jazz venue Jimmy Mak's, has died after a prolonged battle with cancer.

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Richard Russo | Nikki McClure | Jonathan Lethem | Karen Russell

OPB | Dec. 31, 2016 noon

"State of Wonder" talks with some of Wordstock's top authors about the books that most influenced their writing.

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Portland Jazz Club Given Reprieve On Curfew

OPB | Dec. 22, 2016 9:57 a.m. | Portland

The northeast Portland jazz club Solae’s Lounge has been given a few more weeks to iron out noise problems.

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What Does It Mean To Support The Arts?

OPB | Dec. 24, 2016 noon

State of Wonder explores the many sides of giving, venturing from PICA to the Portland Japanese Garden to the band living in the house out back, with philanthropist and guest curator Dorie Vollum.

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NE Portland American Legion Post Gets Lit

OPB | Dec. 16, 2016 6:30 p.m. | Portland

Readings and more breathe new life into a Northeast Portland American Legion hall.

Arts | local | News | Music | NW Life | 2016: The Year In Review

The 7 Wonders Of 2016

OPB | Dec. 15, 2016 10:37 p.m. | Portland

Here's a luscious look back at some of the most compelling arts stories "State of Wonder" covered in 2016.

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Mark Rothko At The Art Museum | Nu Shooz | Where Stripping And Opera Meet | Imago's 'La Belle'

OPB | Dec. 17, 2016 noon

This week's "State of Wonder" has it all, from operatic strippers to high-design national guard armories to an ever popular '80s duo.

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Tin House Flash Fiction Winners | Best Jazz Of 2016 | Annexation In East Portland | Brian Doyle

OPB | Dec. 10, 2016 noon

This week on State of Wonder, winners revealed! "The Master Book of All Plots" yields five hot stories to keep you warm, also author Brian Doyle, Portland's eastward push and jazz albums of the year. zz picks of the year.

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The Holidays, An Opera And A Celebrated Portland Exotic Dancer

OPB | Dec. 9, 2016 3:15 p.m. | Portland

A one-act opera based on "Magic Garden: The Memoirs of Viva Las Vegas" explores stage life and family drama.

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Portland Art Museum Hires New Northwest Curator

OPB | Dec. 8, 2016 11 a.m. | Portland

A Bay-Area native, Grace Kook-Anderson has experience in regional and contemporary curation.

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Soon To Join Portland Council, Eudaly To Close Reading Frenzy

OPB | Dec. 6, 2016 7:15 p.m. | Portland

Portland Commissioner-elect Chloe Eudaly has to divest herself of her long-running independent bookstore. She says it will stay open until January 1.

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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.