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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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Portland 'Shutter' Artist Leila Del Duca Teams With Kit Seaton Exploring 'Afar'

OPB | Feb. 25, 2017 9:57 a.m. | Portland

Portland artist Leila Del Duca has been drawing an Image Comics series called “Shutter” since 2014. It’s the story of a hard-charging young adventurer named Kate Christopher.

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Subpoena For Former OPB Reporter Quashed In Malheur Occupation Case

OPB | Feb. 24, 2017 1:42 p.m. | Portland

OPB's interview with Ryan Bundy may still be introduced as evidence, but the judge suggests attorneys on both sides to devise alternate routes.

An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Attorneys Will Debate Malheur Reporter Subpoena Friday

OPB | Feb. 24, 2017 5 a.m. | Portland

A federal judge may decide as soon as Friday whether prosecutors can call a former OPB reporter to the stand.

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

Last Artful, Dodgr | Virtual Reality | National Museum Of African-American History And Culture | 'Shutter' Artist Leila Del Duca

OPB | Feb. 25, 2017 noon | Portland

This week on "State of Wonder," artists will transform your world with virtual reality and digital flamingos; hip-hop sensation the Last Artful, Dodgr owns the studio; a comic series of unlimited adventure; and more.

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Damian Lillard on His Rap Music | RAC's Grammy Win | Eugene Opera | Making Public Access TV Cool

OPB | Feb. 18, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," a Blazer talks about his side-gig as a rapper, Portland's indie remix pioneer brings home the win, Portland Community Media gets an update and more.

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Sale Of Hillsboro’s Venetian Theatre Sends Bag & Baggage Packing

OPB | Feb. 17, 2017 11 a.m. | Hillsboro, Oregon

The theater company hustles to make other arrangements as the sale of Hillsboro’s historic Venetian Theatre nears completion.

local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Federal Prosecutors Subpoena Former OPB Reporter For 2nd Malheur Trial

OPB | Feb. 16, 2017 5:46 p.m. | Portland

As a second trial continues for activists who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, federal prosecutors have subpoenaed a former reporter for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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Keeping The Curtain Up: Eugene Opera Asks Public For Input

OPB | Feb. 14, 2017 6:45 a.m. | Eugene, Oregon

At public meetings, the company lays out its financial situation and looks to the community for a way out of its insolvency.

News | Arts

Eugene Opera Must Raise $230K To Survive

OPB | Feb. 9, 2017 8 p.m. | Eugene, Oregon

With two remaining season productions canceled, the Eugene Opera faces a big fundraising lift to maintain operations.

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Marvel's Luke Cage | Shy Girls | Liz Vice

OPB | Feb. 11, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," the Portland writer behind Marvel's new Luke Cage series, bedroom singer Shy Girls and soul singer Liz Vice, the Portland International Film Festival, and so much more.

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End Of An Era For Portland Arts: Eloise Damrosch To Retire

OPB | Feb. 8, 2017 5:30 p.m. | Portland

This summer, RACC's executive director will lower the curtain on nearly 30 years with the organization.

Arts | Books | State of Wonder

David Walker On New Luke Cage Comics Series For Marvel

OPB | Feb. 6, 2017 7 p.m.

The Portland-based writer will wrap up “Power Man and Iron Fist” and start a “Cage” standalone in May.

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Hollywood Theatre At PDX | Black Film Fest | Arvo Pärt Festival | Immigrant Artists Farooq Hassan And Elizabeth Huffman

OPB | Feb. 4, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," immerse yourself in a sonic wonderland of Arvo Pärt's music, catch a short film at the airport and hear from local artists about their experience as refugees.

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Director Elizabeth Huffman's Theatrical Response To The Syrian Refugee Crisis

OPB | Feb. 3, 2017 4:29 p.m. | Portland

Portland-based artist talks about performing her one-woman show, and the surprising reactions she got from refugees and German citizens.

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Portland Holds First Arvo Pärt Festival in North America

OPB | Feb. 1, 2017 5:15 p.m.

Portland-based vocal ensemble Cappella Romana joins with Third Angle to present works by the most performed living composer in the world.  

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Jack London Bar To Be Portland’s Newest Home For Jazz

OPB | Feb. 1, 2017 4:16 p.m. | Portland

Owners of Dante's, Star Theater and Bar XV joined forces with the Soul'd Out Music Festival to offer a refuge for bands and fans.

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Prince To James Baldwin To Pam Grier: Portland Black Film Festival At The Hollywood Theatre

OPB | Jan. 31, 2017 2:02 p.m. | Portland

Powerful works to take you beyond the big-name releases of the year.

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Chloe Eudaly | Portland Winter Lights Festival | Designing Album Covers | Tony Furtado | Sallie Tisdale

OPB | Jan. 28, 2017 noon

This week on State of Wonder, sear away the S.A.D. with the brightest new arts fest, hear from Portland's newest commissioner and find out what it takes to design iconic album art.

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What Bookseller-Turned-Commissioner Chloe Eudaly Has Learned At Portland City Hall

OPB | Jan. 26, 2017 2:48 p.m. | Portland

Indie bookseller closes the doors on her long-running business and moves into the fray at Portland City Hall.

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Portland Commissioner Proposes Landlords Pay To Move Evicted Tenants

OPB | Jan. 24, 2017 4:16 p.m. | Portland

Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and Mayor Ted Wheeler have proposed an ordinance that would require landlords to pay to relocate tenants when they face a no-cause eviction.