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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

Arts | Music | NW Life | local | 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.

Arts | Entertainment | Music | NW Life | local | 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.  

Arts | Technology | NW Life | local | Entertainment | 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.

Arts | Music | NW Life

March Sadness: The Tournament For The Most Sorrowful Song

OPB | March 17, 2017 7:45 p.m.

March Sadness: the most sorrowful songs you can think of, going head-to-head, tournament style.

Arts | NW Life

5 Things To See At Massive Ceramics Conference In Portland

OPB | March 17, 2017 6:30 p.m.

For three days Portland will be invaded by more than 5,000 ceramicists. Here's what you don't want to miss. 

Arts | Technology | NW Life

VR Is Changing The Game For Portland Architecture

OPB | March 17, 2017 2:45 p.m. | Portland

Consumer-grade virtual reality makes it possible to walk through a building that hasn't broken ground yet.

Arts | Entertainment | NW Life

Exploring The World Of Oregon Sculptor Lee Kelly

OPB | March 11, 2017 1 p.m. | Oregon City, Oregon

At 84, sculptor Lee Kelly is still creating monumental steel works that are shown all over Oregon. 

Politics | Arts | NW Life | Music | News | Education | Entertainment | State of Wonder

Lee Kelly | Thao And The Get Down Stay Down | Chicano Batman | NW Dance Project's 'Carmen' | Portland Arts Tax

OPB | March 11, 2017 noon

Is the Arts Tax unconstitutional? Also, music From Chicano Batman and Thao Nguyen, master sculptor Lee Kelly, and Northwest Dance Project does 'Carmen' with glamour and wit.

Arts | News | Politics | local

Is Portland's Arts Tax Unconstitutional? Oregon Supreme Court To Weigh In

OPB | March 6, 2017 5:15 a.m. | Portland

Challengers to ask court to consider whether tax mechanism is unconstitutional.

Arts | NW Life | State of Wonder

The Ethereal And The Infernal: Photographers Tara Sellios And Lauren Semivan

OPB | March 4, 2017 8:28 a.m.

Two artists on impermanence, their process, and the joys of the 8-by-10 view camera.

Arts | Books | News | Entertainment | NW Life | State of Wonder

Colum McCann | Modernizing Shakespeare | Surfer Blood | Thara Memory | The Aces

OPB | March 4, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," Shakespeare goes modern, the Aces sketch duo goes for maximum fun, and Colum McCann digs for the roots of empathy.

Arts | News | Music | local

Portland Music Community Stunned By Thara Memory’s Indictment

OPB | March 2, 2017 7 a.m. | Portland

Portland’s most prominent music teacher is facing allegations that he was inappropriate with some teenage students. The news has sent the city’s musical community into a tailspin.

Arts | News | Music | local

Portland Jazz Educator Thara Memory Indicted For Alleged Sexual Abuse

OPB | Feb. 27, 2017 12:41 p.m. | Portland

A grand jury in Portland has indicted the celebrated jazz educator Thara Memory on several counts of sex abuse.Several charges dating back to 2014 included in the indictment.

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

Portland 'Shutter' Artist Leila Del Duca Teams With Kit Seaton Exploring 'Afar'

OPB | Feb. 25, 2017 9:57 a.m. | Portland

Portland artist Leila Del Duca has been drawing an Image Comics series called “Shutter” since 2014. It’s the story of a hard-charging young adventurer named Kate Christopher.

local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Subpoena For Former OPB Reporter Quashed In Malheur Occupation Case

OPB | Feb. 24, 2017 1:42 p.m. | Portland

OPB's interview with Ryan Bundy may still be introduced as evidence, but the judge suggests attorneys on both sides to devise alternate routes.

An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Attorneys Will Debate Malheur Reporter Subpoena Friday

OPB | Feb. 24, 2017 5 a.m. | Portland

A federal judge may decide as soon as Friday whether prosecutors can call a former OPB reporter to the stand.

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

Last Artful, Dodgr | Virtual Reality | National Museum Of African-American History And Culture | 'Shutter' Artist Leila Del Duca

OPB | Feb. 25, 2017 noon | Portland

This week on "State of Wonder," artists will transform your world with virtual reality and digital flamingos; hip-hop sensation the Last Artful, Dodgr owns the studio; a comic series of unlimited adventure; and more.

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

Damian Lillard on His Rap Music | RAC's Grammy Win | Eugene Opera | Making Public Access TV Cool

OPB | Feb. 18, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," a Blazer talks about his side-gig as a rapper, Portland's indie remix pioneer brings home the win, Portland Community Media gets an update and more.

Arts | News | local

Sale Of Hillsboro’s Venetian Theatre Sends Bag & Baggage Packing

OPB | Feb. 17, 2017 11 a.m. | Hillsboro, Oregon

The theater company hustles to make other arrangements as the sale of Hillsboro’s historic Venetian Theatre nears completion.

local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Federal Prosecutors Subpoena Former OPB Reporter For 2nd Malheur Trial

OPB | Feb. 16, 2017 5:46 p.m. | Portland

As a second trial continues for activists who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, federal prosecutors have subpoenaed a former reporter for Oregon Public Broadcasting.