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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


Missing XX Factor: Dearth of Women At Summer Music Fests

opbmusic | May 22, 2015 1:05 p.m.

A look at summer's biggest outdoor music festivals - and the lack of representation by female artists.


Shy Girls Find Inspiration in Interesting Places

opbmusic | May 22, 2015 11:56 a.m.

Dan Vidmar of Shy Girls chats with us about his new mixtape 4WZ and many points of inspiration-- from the bizarre world of Tinder to his relationship with the Portland music scene.

Portland Makers On The Road

OPB | May 21, 2015 4:09 p.m.

Microenterprise manufacturers show their stuff at fairs on both coasts and question the conventions for business as usual.

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State of Wonder: May 23, 2015

OPB | May 23, 2015 noon

Sit down! Stay a while! We never talk anymore! Except this week, we do. Long chats with Philip Glass, Dan Vidmar of Shy Girls, and two shakers in the maker movement.

"Grimm" Stars Holiday At Portland Center Stage

OPB | May 15, 2015 6 a.m.

Silas Weir Mitchell and Sasha Roiz chat about their roles in "Three Days of Rain" at PCS – plus a few observations about the "Grimm" season four finale.   chat about their roles in "Three Days of Rain" at PCS – plus a few observations about Grimm's Season Four finale.

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Thara Memory's Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra Takes Ellington Prize

OPB | May 14, 2015 3:57 p.m.

Youth orchestra dazzles New York audience; Thara Memory talks to KMHD about the big night.

Music | Sessions

1939 Ensemble at OPB

opbmusic | May 12, 2015 3:57 p.m.

It's a set of jazz-flavored melodies over thundering percussion layers from the Portland trio.

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State of Wonder: May 16, 2015

OPB | May 16, 2015 noon

Slick sounds and fresh ideas: "Grimm" stars Sasha Roiz and Silas Weir Mitchell, 1939 Ensemble, "The Simpsons" goes post-apocalyptic at Portland Playhouse, Likewise Art Bar, Paisley's librarian suggests summer reads, and more!

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State of Wonder: May 9, 2015

OPB | May 9, 2015 noon

Immerse yourself: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, PICA's Dada Ball, new arts grants in Bend, the band Other Lives, and MORE.

9 Groups Awarded Bend Cultural Tourism Funds

OPB | May 4, 2015 3:54 p.m.

Grants designed to encourage more overnight stays in Central Oregon went to BendFilm, Atelier 6000, and more.

Nation | local | Arts | News

Marin Alsop On Music's Role Amid Baltimore Turmoil

OPB | April 29, 2015 midnight

The BSO Artistic Director — formerly of Eugene — discusses the free concert she conducted in Baltimore.

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State of Wonder: May 2, 2015

OPB | May 2, 2015 noon

Guster on recording in Portland, Katherine Boo on opening hidden worlds, Joan Didion on covering elections, fun & games with PIGSquad, and Willie Vancouver?

local | Music | News

Appeals Court To Hear Slants Case

OPB | April 27, 2015 10:16 a.m.

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has agreed to hear the trademark case brought by Portland band The Slants.

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Nancy Ives: A Year Of Music And Conversation

OPB | April 23, 2015 4:15 p.m.

A consummate musician with eclectic tastes, State of Wonder's cellist-in-residence opens up new windows on classical and chamber music.

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Ben Percy's "Dead Lands" Retells Lewis and Clark's Journey — With A Post-Apocalyptic Twist

OPB | April 23, 2015 3:56 p.m.

Oregon-raised Ben Percy has a new novel re-imagining the Corps of Discovery as a desperate dystopian mission.

Music | Sessions

Road Sessions: The Weather Machine

opbmusic | April 23, 2015 2:49 p.m.

With the Crooked River hundreds of feet below, watch The Weather Machine play at scenic Peter Skene Ogden State Park.

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State of Wonder: Apr. 25, 2015

OPB | April 25, 2015 noon

Behind-the-scenes on "Grimm," Etsy's IPO blastoff, Ben Percy's post-apocalyptic childhood, changes in the cello guard, and much more....

local | Music | News

Appeals Court Rejects Trademark Claim From Portland Band The Slants

OPB | April 20, 2015 1:13 p.m. | Portland

A federal appeals court has upheld a Patent and Trademark Office decision that denied The Slants a trademark for its name, ruling that it's disparaging.

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"The earth says have a place" – Visiting PLAYA at Summer Lake

OPB | April 18, 2015 8:51 a.m.

Artists and scientists head to PLAYA's astonishing landscape for a fresh approach to mixing disciplines.

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State of Wonder: Apr. 18 2015

OPB | April 18, 2015 noon

An arts and science residency center in south central Oregon, Rev Hall opens, and Rick Bartow gets a retrospective.