Host, State of Wonder Host
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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Portland Producer Backs 'Hamilton' | Response To Ta-Nehisi Coates | Percussionist Colin Currie | Eastmoreland ControversyOPB | 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.
A new theater company has cropped up in Portland to tell the stories of people of color, and women.
Critic and writer Randy Gragg's monthly stories about how Portland's urban space is changing for State of Wonder.
Virtuoso percussionist who’s commissioned more than 30 works talks about his residency with the Oregon Symphony, and the music that influenced his journey.
Entertainment | Arts | NW Life | local | State of WonderOPB | 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 WonderOPB | 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.
Deep dissatisfaction with the criminal justice response to sexual assault has some looking for workarounds.
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Rebirth And Revival | Maria Bamford | Loch Lomond | Kahlief Adams | Carla Rossi | Alternative JusticeOPB | 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.
Entertainment | Arts | NW Life | local | State of WonderOPB | 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.
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.
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The Gun Show | Remembering Bob Ross & Rick Bartow | The Confession That's Rocking Portland's Music SceneOPB | 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.