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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 | local | NW Life | Music | State of Wonder

'It’s Just A Damn Good Way': Remembering Thara Memory

OPB | June 23, 2017 11:45 a.m.

The death of the 68-year-old trumpeter and educator leaves a void — and questions.

Music | News | Nation | local

Supreme Court Sides With Portland Band The Slants In Trademark Dispute

OPB | June 19, 2017 7:19 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of an Asian-American band from Portland, The Slants, in a trademark dispute with the federal Patent and Trademark Office. The ruling ends an eight-year legal battle. 

Arts | News | local | Music

Portland Musician And Educator Thara Memory Dead At 68

OPB | June 18, 2017 12:55 p.m. | Portland

The Portland trumpeter's legacy was clouded in his final few months of life by sex abuse charges.

Ghost Ship Fire Shakes Portland DIY Art Spaces

OPB | June 17, 2017 10:15 a.m.

While the two cities share creative DNA and a serious housing crisis, artists and fire officials differ on lessons learned.

Arts | Books | State of Wonder

Comics Creators Kurt Busiek And Ben Dewey On 'Autumnlands'

OPB | June 17, 2017 9:45 a.m.

Kurt Busiek's new fantasy comic book, "Autumnlands," imagines a future world ruled by magic-wielding anthropomorphized animals.

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

Portland's New Jazz Club | Ghost Ship Fire | Lee Kelly | Kurt Busiek

OPB | June 17, 2017 noon

This week on “State of Wonder,” shake off your June gloom with the magical animals of "Autumnlands," the music of Animal Eyes, the drag art of Kaj-Anne Pepper and all that jazz at new music joint Jack London Revue.

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

Jordan Schnitzer Reveals Museum Funding For 2 More Northwest Universities

OPB | June 9, 2017 4:50 p.m. | Portland

Schnitzer is giving $5 million to the fundraising campaign for Portland State University’s new art museum. This means, within the next few years, four regional academic museums will bear his name.

Arts | local | NW Life | State of Wonder

Oregon Jewish Museum Reopens With Colossal New Vision

OPB | June 9, 2017 2:06 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education will reopen its doors with the towering tapestries of Grisha Bruskin and an exhibit chronicling the state's history of discrimination.

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

Grisha Bruskin | Lidia Yuknavitch | Robin Bacior | Blind Pilot | Schnitzer Museums

OPB | June 10, 2017 noon

New beginnings are afloat: the re-opening of the Oregon Jewish Museum, a Jordan Schnitzer-backed PSU art museum and the spellbinding writing of Lidia Yuknavitch.

Arts | local | NW Life | State of Wonder

RIP Brian Doyle | Portland MAX Attack Survivor Speaks Out | Healing With Portland Band Loch Lomond

OPB | June 3, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," we hear MAX attack survivor Micah Fletcher's poetry and remember the brilliant work of Oregon author Brian Doyle.

Portland Artist Leads Student Project To Heal Divided City

OPB | June 1, 2017 3:27 p.m.

Narratives about city unrest take on new context after weekend stabbings.

Arts | News

Eugene Opera Is Back In The Black

OPB | May 30, 2017 3:45 p.m. | Eugene, Oregon

The board of the Eugene Opera reports nearly $300,000 in pledges to pay off debts and restart performing with a shortened season.

Arts | NW Life | local | Books

A Guide To Some Of Brian Doyle's Best Works

OPB | May 28, 2017 8:45 a.m. | Portland

Brian Doyle’s 28 published works put him in a category of extraordinarily prolific writers. Once he got started, there was no stopping him.

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

Wonder Woman | Edward Albee and the Casting Dilemma | Tank and the Bangas | Teaching With Holograms

OPB | May 27, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," we bring your wildest dreams to life with a healthy dose of Wonder Woman, a new education project using augmented reality, and the surprisingly sweet story behind "The Simpsons" Krusty the Clown.


Comics Writer Greg Rucka On Wonder Woman, Stumptown And More

OPB | May 26, 2017 6:45 p.m.

Nearing the end of a second acclaimed run with Wonder Woman, Greg Rucka talks Amazon theory and relishes getting back to his creator-owned series.

Arts | Entertainment

The Not-So-Secret BDSM History Of Wonder Woman

OPB | May 26, 2017 6:45 p.m.

How the Amazing Amazon's creator built in plenty of less-than-subtle references to kink.

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

Lindy West | Paul Simon Bio By Peter Ames Carlin | Rivka Galchen

OPB | May 20, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," we're weaving a literary quilt with conversations from our favorite authors from last year's Wordstock.

Arts | News | local

Playwright's Estate Tells Portland Producer He Can't Cast Black Actor

OPB | May 19, 2017 2:29 p.m. | Portland

Portland producer runs afoul of the estate of Playwright Edward Albee over race and artists’ rights.

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

Oregonian Author Chris Sebela On Comics, Corruptions And Coffeehouses

OPB | May 13, 2017 10:08 a.m.

The prolific author of "High Crimes" talks about "Heartthrob", his favorite writing spot, and why the Invisible Man is the most interesting movie monster.

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

Luis Alfaro's Medea Takes On The Mexican Immigrant Experience

OPB | May 12, 2017 9:17 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

“Mojada: A Medea In Los Angeles” recasts Euripides’ classic tale through the lens of Mexican immigrants’ experience.