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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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Eastern Oregon Film Fest, Where Small Town Meets Big Movies

OPB | Oct. 21, 2017 noon

"State of Wonder" broadcasts live from the little fest that can in La Grande, where filmmakers from around the country share their work and learn to throw hatchets.

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

3 Reasons To Go See The Eastern Oregon Film Festival

OPB | Oct. 18, 2017 4 p.m.

Eastern hospitality, puppetcore and so much more to love in La Grande during the Eastern Oregon Film Festival.

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Michael Chabon | Hollywood Theatre To Save Movie Madness? | Wild Ones | Jim Pepper

OPB | Oct. 14, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," the Pulitzer-winning author, live sessions with Wild Ones and Holiday Friends, designing for justice at Bend Design and more.

Arts | News | local | Politics | NW Life

Is Art Working For Everyone In The City That Works?

OPB | Oct. 12, 2017 6:45 a.m. | Portland

A search committee has spent the last eight months laying groundwork to replace Portland’s top arts administrator. The conversation has been heavily seasoned with calls for change.

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6 Things (Plus 1) To See At BendFilm 2017

OPB | Oct. 7, 2017 8:38 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

Hot takes from the screeners — including, straight from Cannes, this year’s Palme D’Or winner from Cannes.

Arts | News | local | State of Wonder

Committee Seeks Equity, Relevance In Hiring Portland's Next Arts Chief

OPB | Oct. 6, 2017 6:32 p.m. | Portland

RACC Board chair Mike Golub and search committee chair Steve Rosenbaum talk about their priorities.

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David Biespiel And Wendy Willis On Personal Stories And American Myths

OPB | Oct. 6, 2017 5:23 p.m.

In poems and essays, the southeast Portland literary stars explore histories at all levels.

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Carrie Brownstein | Bend Film Fest | Jackpot Records

OPB | Oct. 7, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," we talk Sleater-Kinney and "Portlandia" with Carrie Brownstein, get a preview of the Bend Film Fest, paint some eyeballs with ocularist Fred Harwin and more.

Arts | local | NW Life

Chris Coleman On Building A Fun Home At Portland Center Stage

OPB | Sept. 29, 2017 11:01 p.m. | Portland

In Portland Center Stage’s 30th season, Coleman is directing four shows. Box office success, he says, is the key to the theater’s artistic freedom.

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

Tony Kushner | Fun Home At PCS | Joan Shelley | Arvie Smith

OPB | Sept. 30, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," the writer behind "Angels in America" on writing for today, the head of Portland Center Stage on the hit musical "Fun Home" and more.

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Playwright Tony Kushner On Finding Ourselves In A National Narrative

OPB | Sept. 29, 2017 1:48 p.m. | Portland

The Pulitzer-winning playwright talks about upcoming projects and comparing today’s political turmoil with the era that inspired “Angels In America.”

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Arts Tax Spared | Filthy Friends | Sidewalk Chalk | Rene Denfeld

OPB | Sept. 23, 2017 noon

On 'State of Wonder,' live sessions with Sidewalk Chalk and star-studded Filthy Friends, Rene Denfeld on how her work as a private investigator inspired her book, Artist Rep shakes up the theater season and more.

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East Portland Arts And Literary Festival Ushers Out DIY Space

OPB | Sept. 21, 2017 6:01 p.m. | Portland

Works on the theme of migration at center stage.

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With Legal Challenge Over, What's Next For Portland's Arts Tax?

OPB | Sept. 21, 2017 3:41 p.m. | Portland

A decision from the Oregon Supreme Court has saved Portland’s Arts Education and Access fund — at least for the moment. Can it survive its own structural flaws?

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Oregon Supreme Court Upholds Portland Arts Tax

OPB | Sept. 21, 2017 8:16 a.m. | Portland

The Oregon Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to Portland’s Arts Education and Access Fund, better known as the arts tax.

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Sisters Folk Festival Offers Partial Refund For Canceled 2017 Festival

OPB | Sept. 20, 2017 11:04 a.m.

Festival shows were canceled the week of Sept. 4. The festival director says it will survive the financial hit.

Arts | Business | local | NW Life

Rethinking Arts Space In Vancouver And Beaverton

OPB | Sept. 16, 2017 10:16 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

A Sept. 23 arts summit suggests some exciting possibilities for Clark County. Meanwhile Beaverton moves forward on a much-anticipated new public art space.

Arts | local | NW Life

Power Play: Marie Watt On View At PDX Contemporary

OPB | Sept. 15, 2017 5:40 p.m. | Portland

One of Oregon's most formidable contemporary artists shows new work, including two huge, evocative textile constructions.

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

Sneaker Week | Bobbito Garcia | Deer Tick | Ages And Ages

OPB | Sept. 16, 2017 noon | Portland

This week on "State of Wonder," Portland gets its first shoe festival, the Coast gets a big new music festival with Stackstock, Deer Tick gets a new acoustic sound and more.

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George Takei | PICA's TBA Festival | Classical Music In The Wild

OPB | Sept. 9, 2017 noon

This week on 'State of Wonder,' we talk Twitter and Copland with George Takei, hear about the must-see shows at the Time-Based Art Festival, and celebrate James Baldwin with Stew and the Negro Problem.