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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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State Accepting Art Glass Comments For One More Week

OPB | July 22, 2016 8:50 a.m. | Portland

Regulators are trying to iron out whether regulations will apply to all makers across the state.

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New Waterfront Development In Vancouver Breaks Ground

OPB | July 17, 2016 10:30 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Long-delayed mixed use project to begin; aiming for October move-ins.

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

Somebody Do Something: Portland Artists Respond To Baton Rouge, Minneapolis And Dallas

OPB | July 16, 2016 noon

State of Wonder spends the hour exploring how the region's actors, hip-hop artists, writers and others are using art to work through racial justice and the recent shootings.

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Hip-Hop Artists Rasheed Jamal And Mic Capes Talk Race And Music

OPB | July 16, 2016 8 a.m.

Portland hip-hop artists Rasheed Jamal and Mic Capes recently came in to the studio to talk about race, music and the current state of equality for people of color.

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

Writing Outside The I-5 Corridor At The Summer Fishtrap Gathering

OPB | July 9, 2016 noon

State of Wonder travels to the Wallowas for a live show at the annual gathering about writing and the West, with guests Timothy Egan, Erika Wurth, Kim Stafford, Sherwin Bitsui and more.

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Oregon Artists React To A Week Of Crises

OPB | July 9, 2016 6:27 a.m.

A wave of awareness has swept over America in the wake of two officer-involved shootings and Thursday’s sniper attacks in Dallas, with a national conversation deepening over race, force and accountability.

Science | local | Nation | Business | Environment | Economy | News | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Bullseye Neighbors, Customers Watch And Wait For DEQ Rulemaking

OPB | July 5, 2016 11:53 p.m. | Portland OR

While the state Department of Environmental Quality is working out a permanent system of rules, there’s still a long list of people with unanswered questions about the art glass business and human health.

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

Artist Displacement | Sherman Alexie | Science of Music

OPB | July 2, 2016 noon

This week on State of Wonder, we hear about artists who have been displaced from the Troy Laundry building, why OHSU neuroscientist Larry Sherman thinks every brain needs music, what Sherman Alexie's inspiration was for his new book and more.

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Peeling Back Layers On Portland's Infill Development

OPB | July 1, 2016 7:45 p.m.

New multi-unit apartment buildings are popping up all over Portland at a breakneck pace. Turns out, they are not all created equal.

Music | Arts | State of Wonder

Summer Music: Case/Lang/Veirs | M Ward | Blind Pilot | Joseph

OPB | June 25, 2016 noon

This week on State of Wonder, we crank up the volume on the summer's hottest shows, including the first live studio performance by k.d. lang, Neko Case and Laura Veirs, plus M. Ward, Blind Pilot, Joseph and more.

Music | local | NW Life | Arts | Sessions

Neko Case, k.d. lang And Laura Veirs Perform Their New Album Live At OPB

opbmusic | June 20, 2016 5:39 p.m.

Listen to our interview with the songwriting supergroup case/lang/veirs and watch the entire concert recorded in the OPB studios in front of a studio audience.

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

Peter Sagal | Mary Roach | Darcelle XV Documentary

OPB | June 18, 2016 noon

This week on State of Wonder, Peter Sagal takes us behind the scenes on "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me," writer Mary Roach talks maggots and penis transplants, author Lindsey West takes on the Internet trolls, and a Portland-based distributor leaves hundreds of music labels in the lurch.


‘Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me’ Host Peter Sagal Returns To Portland

OPB | June 18, 2016 9 a.m. | Portland, Oregon

Peter Sagal and the team from "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me" return to Portland June 23–24.

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Portland's Allegro Sought Inventory On The Verge Of Liquidation

OPB | June 18, 2016 8 a.m. | Portland

Several hundred small music labels and recording artists around the world are faced with buying their own music back from a Portland distributor.

Arts | Entertainment | local | Business | NW Life | News

Allegro Liquidation Leaves Labels In Lurch

OPB | June 13, 2016 9:45 a.m. | Portland

The Portland-based media distributor boils down all but one unit of its business.

Arts | Entertainment | Family | local | NW Life | News

Books With Pictures Opens New Chapter In Comics Retail

OPB | June 11, 2016 10:30 a.m. | Portland

Built with inclusivity in mind, Portland's newest comic book store, Books With Pictures, reaches for a new generation of fans.

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Taking Shape: Allan McCollum And Delia Paine Celebrate The WPA

OPB | June 11, 2016 10 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

A collaboration between two seemingly different makers — Allan McCollum and Delia Paine — bears exponential fruit at the High Desert Museum in Bend.

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

Summer Cannibals | Comics For All | Architect Brad Cloepfil | The Lost Boys Of Portlandia

OPB | June 11, 2016 noon

This week on State of Wonder, we check out Portland’s most welcoming new comic book shop, jam to the Summer Cannibals, continue our conversation with Brad Cloepfil on the state of Portland architecture and more.

Air | local | News | Environment | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Forest Service Releases Full Data Set For Moss Study

OPB | June 8, 2016 11:26 a.m.

The U.S. Forest Service has released the data that kicked off concerns about Oregon’s system of monitoring air quality and air toxics in Portland.

News | Environment | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

What’s New In Bullseye Glass Agreement With Oregon DEQ

OPB | June 7, 2016 12:15 a.m. | Portland

DEQ's Keith Johnson lays out what the agreement will and won't do for Bullseye's production.