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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

News | Business | OPB's Coverage Of The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

Eclipse Helpful For Central Oregon Businesses But No Watershed

OPB | Aug. 21, 2017 8:15 a.m. | Madras, Oregon

Some stores and restaurants along the path of totality in Oregon have seen an uptick in the lead-up to the eclipse; others have been only moderately busy.

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Visitors Descend On Madras Area For Oregon Solarfest

OPB | Aug. 20, 2017 3:45 p.m. | Madras, Oregon

Traffic gets heavy around Madras Oregon, the center of the solar eclipse path of totality in the Beaver State.

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Eclipse Of The Arts: 'State Of Wonder' Travels The Path Of Totality

OPB | Aug. 19, 2017 noon

This week State of Wonder travels across the solar eclipse's path of totality, from Newport to the Ochoco Mountains, for a once-in-a-lifetime cosmic journey.

Science | Communities | News | World | Nation | History | OPB's Coverage Of The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

Fire, Event Bring Delays To Some Central Oregon Roads

OPB | Aug. 18, 2017 8:23 a.m. | Sisters, Oregon

Eclipse festival traffic is slow Friday morning  near Prineville, but moving.

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Eclipse Traffic Jams Up Roads In Central Oregon

OPB | Aug. 17, 2017 8 a.m. | Big Summit Prairie, Oregon

Incoming traffic for the Oregon Eclipse Festival has backed up U.S. Highway 26 in Central Oregon.

Entertainment | local | News | Science | NW Life | Economy | Arts | OPB's Coverage Of The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

Eclipse Of The Arts: 'State Of Wonder' Travels The Path Of Totality

OPB | Aug. 14, 2017 4:30 p.m. | Oregon

"State of Wonder" is traveling across the solar eclipse's path of totality, from Newport to the Ochoco National Forest and many places in-between. Follow the team on this once in a lifetime artistic and cosmic journey.  

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Oregon Eclipse Festival | Eastern Oregon's Music Scene | Robert Michael Pyle

OPB | Aug. 12, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," Oregon's most audacious eclipse festival, writer Robert Michael Pyle searches for Bigfoot, the descendant of an infamous train robber plays outlaw country and more.

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The 1991 Eclipse In Mexico: 2 Oregon Writers Share Their Stories

OPB | Aug. 12, 2017 3:31 a.m. | Portland

Two writers share stories based on watching the 1991 solar eclipse in Mexico.

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Suspended Moment: 2 Artists Explore Atomic Legacy

OPB | Aug. 5, 2017 12:45 p.m. | Portland

Visual artist Yukiyo Kawano and choreographer Meshi Chavez talk about the show they brought to Los Alamos, Hanford, and now Portland.

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Nick Fish On Finding Portland's Next Arts Chief

OPB | Aug. 5, 2017 11:20 a.m. | Portland

Portland City Council's point man on arts policy talks about what he's looking for as the hiring process picks up steam.

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Metro Portland's Arts Agency Looks For New Leadership

OPB | Aug. 4, 2017 3:01 p.m. | Portland

The Regional Arts and Culture Council seeks a replacement for long-time administrator Eloise Damrosch.

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Kent Nerburn | Yukiyo Kawano And Meshi Chavez | PSU Chamber Choir | Peter Sears

OPB | Aug. 5, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," we speak with author Kent Nerburn about the resurgence of his classic book, two artists explore a devastating act of war, and the PSU Chamber Choir takes on new work.

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Iconic Portland Sign Renovation Nearing Completion

OPB | July 31, 2017 3:26 p.m.

No design changes for the sign — just new neon and a lighter aluminum construction.

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Pickathon Preview: Drive-By Truckers | Charles Bradley | Tank And The Bangas | The Last Artful, Dodgr

OPB | July 29, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," picks for Pickathon! Hot studio sessions with artists on stage at one of the most eclectic fests of the summer.

Arts | Books | NW Life | State of Wonder

A New Eclipse Book Aimed At Elementary Astronomers

OPB | July 21, 2017 12:09 p.m.

“The Big Eclipse,” by award-winning author and illustrator Nancy Coffelt, balances goofy, eclipse-glasses-wearing animals with lessons about science and safety.  

Arts | Books | local | State of Wonder

Daniel H. Wilson’s Steampunk Robot Romp Through History

OPB | July 21, 2017 11:17 a.m.

Wilson's new novel imagines a race of mechanical beings living side-by-side with humans since the dawn of history.

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Portugal. The Man | Eclipse Preview | Daniel H. Wilson

OPB | July 22, 2017 noon

On this week’s "State of Wonder": Portugal. The Man on the key to their new album, sci-fi best-seller Daniel Wilson on the ancient robots in his newest novel, and eclipse mania.

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Oregon Arts Commission Chair Brian Rogers On Budget Cuts

OPB | July 17, 2017 7:29 a.m.

The Oregon Arts Commission is preparing to implement a 14 percent budget reduction. We sat down with the commission's executive director, Brian Rogers, to talk about the cuts' impact on the agency.

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3 Things About Arts In The 2017 Oregon Legislative Session

OPB | July 15, 2017 10:15 a.m.

With the overall Oregon budget in such grim shape, reductions in state support for the arts were expected.

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The Decemberists As Offa Rex | Tracy K. Smith | DaVinci Days | Bend Arts Center

OPB | July 15, 2017 noon

This week on State of Wonder, singer Olivia Chaney and the Decemberists' Colin Meloy share their new collaboration, Offa Rex. Plus, U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith and a visit to a new post in Central Oregon's arts scene.