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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

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Portland Producer Backs 'Hamilton' | Response To Ta-Nehisi Coates | Percussionist Colin Currie | Eastmoreland Controversy

OPB | Oct. 22, 2016 noon

This week on State of Wonder, Woody Guthrie's unknown time in Oregon, how a hometown girl became a producer on some of Broadway's biggest hits and a knockout percussionist plays our studio — literally.

Arts | local

Beirut Wedding Makes The Theatrical Change Founders Want To See

OPB | Oct. 21, 2016 6:45 p.m.

A new theater company has cropped up in Portland to tell the stories of people of color, and women.

Arts | NW Life | local

Architecture And Design With Columnist-In-Residence Randy Gragg

OPB | Oct. 21, 2016 5:30 p.m.

Critic and writer Randy Gragg's monthly stories about how Portland's urban space is changing for State of Wonder.

Arts | Music | NW Life | local

Colin Currie On Percussion Power And Bringing New Sounds To Life

OPB | Oct. 21, 2016 3:46 p.m. | Portland

Virtuoso percussionist who’s commissioned more than 30 works talks about his residency with the Oregon Symphony, and the music that influenced his journey.

Arts | NW Life | local | State of Wonder

Page To Stage, Plays By Women Face Bias

OPB | Oct. 14, 2016 5:01 p.m. | Portland

Playwright Tanya Barfield turns us onto research that puts the problem in painful detail.

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

Playwright Tanya Barfield's Homecoming Season

OPB | Oct. 15, 2016 noon

Tanya Barfield's plays have been performed around the country, but never in Portland. Until now. State of Wonder spends the hour exploring the city and the theater through Barfield's eyes.

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

Drive-By Truckers | Art Museum Expansion | Tin House Fiction Contest | Malia Jensen

OPB | Oct. 8, 2016 noon

This week on State of Wonder, we meet southern rock's philosopher kings, the Drive-By Truckers; visual artist Malia Jensen; PNCA's new president; and the fantastic ceramicist Chris Antemann.

Arts | NW Life | local

Malia Jensen's Homeward Journey

OPB | Oct. 7, 2016 1:38 p.m. | Portland

One of Portland's most celebrated contemporary artists shows new work in Portland and London. She tells us about a blazingly productive period in her practice since moving back from New York in 2014.

Air | Arts | News | local | Environment | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Uroboros' Impending Closure Deals Another Blow To NW Art Glass

OPB | Sept. 30, 2016 10:27 p.m. | Portland

North Portland art glass supplier Uroboros is the second this year to see the end of the line.

Arts | Music | NW Life | local

Pete Krebs Talks Hazel And Performs Live At OPB

opbmusic | Sept. 28, 2016 1:57 p.m.

On the eve of his induction into the Oregon Music Hall Of Fame, Pete Krebs joins us for an interview and solo performance in the OPB studios.

Arts | NW Life | local

Kahlief Adams: What Plays While Gaming For Change

OPB | Sept. 24, 2016 1:33 a.m. | Portland

Podcast host and gamer is on the bill at Affect Conf in early October

Arts | NW Life | local

Bamford Blows Up With 'Lady Dynamite'

OPB | Sept. 24, 2016 12:14 a.m. | Portland

Stand-up’s nicest is headed to Oregon next month to headline the All Jane Comedy Festival.

News | Music | NW Life | local

Alternative Justice: Portland Music Scene's Next Steps Amid Sexual Assault Controversy

OPB | Sept. 23, 2016 9:46 p.m. | Portland

Deep dissatisfaction with the criminal justice response to sexual assault has some looking for workarounds.

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

Rebirth And Revival | Maria Bamford | Loch Lomond | Kahlief Adams | Carla Rossi | Alternative Justice

OPB | Sept. 24, 2016 10 a.m.

When life gives you mental breakdowns and dysfunctional justice, use them to make something new. We’re spinning tales of artists digging into the toolkit to delve  identity and community. Sometimes these things can be found only a few levels up. 

Arts | News | Music | NW Life | local

Best Practices: What The Pros Say About Preventing Sexual Assault

OPB | Sept. 23, 2016 3:56 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force has thoughts on making spaces safer.

News | Music | NW Life | local

Q&A With The Author Of A Sexual Assault Blacklist

OPB | Sept. 23, 2016 11:47 a.m. | Portland

An organizer of DIY music events talks about why she keeps a list of artists accused of assault or rape, and why she decided to share it with other bookers.

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

Where Art And Science Collide | Skyscrapers Made of Wood | The Minders

OPB | Sept. 17, 2016 noon

This week on State of Wonder, we take a trip to a residency program that welcomes artists and scientists, look into a technology that wants to revolutionize how buildings are built, listen to The Minders' first album in ten years and talk gentrification with artist Sharita Towne.

History | local | Nation | News | Business | Arts | Economy | NW Life

An Artist Sees Portland In Stereoscopic Show

OPB | Sept. 15, 2016 1:41 p.m. | Portland

Sharita Towne’s photo exhibition on view this month at Newspace Center for Photography is designed to help people to see the gentrification of Portland in a new way.

News | Music | NW Life | Politics | local

Safer Altogether: Women In Portland Music Scene Confront Sexual Assault

OPB | Sept. 9, 2016 4:50 p.m. | Portland

Last weekend, a prominent Portland musician admitted to attempted sexual assault in a Facebook post. The response from others in the Portland music scene was swift and staggering.

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

The Gun Show | Remembering Bob Ross & Rick Bartow | The Confession That's Rocking Portland's Music Scene

OPB | Sept. 10, 2016 noon

This week on State of Wonder, a provocative (and funny!) show about guns, news about a sexual assault that's rocking the music community, an arts explosion at Pioneer Courthouse Square and more.