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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

What Are You Looking At? Holly Andres: The Fallen Fawn

OPB | April 30, 2016 10:48 a.m. | Portland

Tricia Hoffman of Newspace Center for Photography reviews Andres' show of luscious, evocative images.

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

Maurice Sendak At Portland Opera | Radiation City | Holly Andres

OPB | April 30, 2016 noon

This week on State of Wonder, Maurice Sendak goes to the opera, Radiation City brings us their retro-tinged indie pop, photographer Holly Andres captures darkness and light and more.

Arts | News | local

Bend's Arts Central Facing Reboot After Cate O'Hagan's Departure

OPB | April 29, 2016 6 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

Fiscal problems drove a rift between Arts Central executive director Cate O'Hagan and her board. Now the Bend-based organization is scrambling figure out what's next —and keep donors.


Meet The Bradfords: An Artist And Her Son

OPB | April 22, 2016 5:45 p.m.

We talk with artist Katherine Bradford and her son, Arthur, to discuss the subjects of her work, achieving success well into her career and on the relation between their work.

Arts | Music

Funk Flows Forward: Prince, FN Beats And More

OPB | April 22, 2016 4:33 p.m. | Portland

What are we doing here again, eulogizing one of our musical icons? And yet, there it was: Thursday’s news about the death of Prince.

Arts | News | local

PNCA Protesters Suspend Demonstrations

OPB | April 21, 2016 9:03 p.m. | Portland

Talks with Pacific Northwest College of Art administrators lead to a deal on teaching assignments.

State of Wonder

Prince Remembered | Protests At PNCA | PICA Gets New Digs

OPB | April 23, 2016 midnight

This week, State of Wonder is all about the arts news, from the protests at PNCA to the passing of the Purple One.

Arts | News | local | Music

USPTO Asks US Supreme Court To Review Slants Dispute

OPB | April 20, 2016 11:48 a.m.

Justices asked to decide whether a reclaimed slur can receive trademark status.

Arts | News | local

Central Oregon Arts Administrator Cate O'Hagan Resigns

OPB | April 19, 2016 3:59 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

A 20-year veteran in Central Oregon arts advocacy is leaving, with little explanation.

News | local | Education

Protestors Say Pacific Northwest College of Art Needs Hiring, Fiscal Reforms

OPB | April 19, 2016 12:45 p.m. | Portland

Staff and students confronted the Pacific Northwest College of Art administration about faculty ratios, tuition costs and more.

Oregon Art Beat

On View Now: The Plays of Tanya Barfield

OPB | April 14, 2016 8 p.m.

Playwright Tanya Barfield came to town because Profile Theatre is producing a season of her plays. She caught up with April Baer on State of Wonder, along with the Art Beat crew.

Arts | News | local | NW Life

Rick Bartow, Stunning Northwest Artist, Dies At 69

OPB | April 5, 2016 6:10 p.m.

Inspired by his Native American heritage, the artist created boldly colorful and idiosyncratic paintings, prints and sculpture that hang at institutions around the country.

State of Wonder

Beverly Cleary Turns 100, The Thermals Go Dark, What Portland Can Learn From S.F. And More

OPB | April 2, 2016 noon

Hear the Dandy Warhol's new record early at a dive bar near you; get moved by BodyVox's big collaboration with A-list non-dancers; tune in to an opbmusic session with the Thermals; meet Oregon's new poet laureate and more.

Portland And San Francisco: Gil Kelley On Parallel Planning Worlds

OPB | April 1, 2016 6 p.m. | Portland

Former Portland planning director, now in the Bay Area, lights up the challenges facing both cities.

Arts | News | local | NW Life | Business

Portland Pioneer Place Galleries Pushed Out

OPB | March 31, 2016 3:48 p.m. | Portland

Managers make room for new corporate tenant. As Portland's economy improves, finding affordable spaces is becoming more difficult.

Music | Sessions

The Thermals Live at OPB

opbmusic | March 31, 2016 11:52 a.m.

Portland band The Thermals play a set of fun, punk thrashers in our studio, and talk with State of Wonder host April Baer about their new record, We Disappear

Arts | News | local

Pochas Radicales: Life, Death And The Radical Act Of Conversing

OPB | March 18, 2016 7:15 p.m.

A collective of queer-identified Latina artists create a podcast to dig into identity, artistic process and community.

Arts | local

Woman-Friendly Comics Shop To Open In Portland

OPB | March 18, 2016 7 p.m. | Portland

From fangirl to retail owner, Katie Proctor aims to bring comics to new potential readers with her store Books With Pictures.

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

Esperanza Spalding, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Artists Rep And Sharon Olds Rock Our Rhythm This Week

OPB | March 19, 2016 9 a.m.

We check out an explosive set by Thao & the Get Down Stay Down — and an explosive show at Artists Rep. Plus, libraries that check out 3-D printers, Portland writer Margaret Malone's PEN nomination, a Bullseye update and more.

Music | Sessions

Thao & the Get Down Stay Down Live at OPB

opbmusic | March 16, 2016 10:56 a.m.

Making music that's both rhythmically electric and deeply personal, the band gives a live performance in the studio at OPB.