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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

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Surprising 2nd Acts: Actors Jesse Eisenberg And Wendell Pierce On Writing

OPB | Nov. 28, 2015 noon

Actor Jesse Eisenberg reads, Wendell Pierce talks post-Katrina New Orleans and Torah scholar Alicia Jo Rabin reads her poetry: more of the action from 2015 Wordstock in Portland

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

Is 'Wildwood' Headed For The Big Screen?

OPB | Nov. 21, 2015 noon

Conversations from Wordstock with literary stars about their works, whether LAIKA is going to make a “Wildwood” animated movie and much more.

Arts | NW Life | News | local

PNCA President Tom Manley To Leave For Antioch College

OPB | Nov. 18, 2015 3:10 p.m. | Portland

Manley ends a 12-year run as the Portland college's president, leaving behind new infrastructure for Oregon's premier art school.

Catching Up With Carson Ellis And Colin Meloy

OPB | Nov. 18, 2015 7 a.m. | Portland

One of Portland's top creative power couples talks about working together on "Wildwood," and what's next.

News | local

Eugene Music Professor Wins Prestigious Book Award

OPB | Nov. 17, 2015 5:45 p.m. | Eugene, Oregon

Jack Boss' study of the 12-tone modern master Arnold Schoenberg takes annual prize for music theory writing.

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

State Of Wonder: Nov. 14, 2015

OPB | Nov. 14, 2015 noon

George Takei, Andy Warhol, the Lipinski Stradivarius — it's a star-studded travelogue around the country, from Amazon's new Seattle store to the Oregon Territory to the bright lights of Broadway.


Marc Acito Pledges 'Allegience'

OPB | Nov. 14, 2015 midnight | Portland

A longtime Portlander returns to Broadway, writing for a show starring George Takei.

Arts | Music

Jazz Pianist Darrell Grant Explores More 'Territory'

OPB | Nov. 13, 2015 2:09 p.m.

CD release show scheduled for Grant's love letter to Oregon.

Arts | News

Salem Chamber Orchestra In Bankruptcy

OPB | Nov. 13, 2015 12:39 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The ensemble ends 31 years of concerts, insolvent.

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

State of Wonder: Nov. 7, 2015 — Live From Wordstock

OPB | Nov. 7, 2015 noon

Broadcast live from Wordstock with Ursula Le Guin, Patrick DeWitt, Patterson Hood and Willie Vlautin.

Arts | News | local

Salem Chamber Orchestra Could Dissolve

OPB | Oct. 22, 2015 6:15 p.m. | Portland

The Salem Chamber Orchestra is made up of Willamette University music
 faculty, student musicians and some professionals hired from around
 Western Oregon.

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State Of Wonder: Oct. 24, 2015

OPB | Oct. 24, 2015 8 a.m. | Eugene, Oregon

We spend a day in Eugene's surprising hotbed of video games, playing and talking with upstart developers of all stripes.

News | local

City Council Green-Lights Portland Building Renovation

OPB | Oct. 21, 2015 1:16 p.m. | Portland

Mayor Charlie Hales said he's convinced the city cannot tear down the Portland Building and start fresh for less than the projected $195 million cost of renovation.

Entertainment | local

Portland Hip-Hop Leader, MC Leaving For California

OPB | Oct. 20, 2015 2:45 p.m. | Portland

For Glenn Waco, a primary force in North Portland hip-hop, 2015 brought a record release, increased activism, and now, a move to Santa Barbara.

On View: 'Book Of Scores' At Disjecta

OPB | Oct. 16, 2015 6:04 p.m. | Portland

Curator-in-residence Chiara Giovando on sound and motion.

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

State of Wonder: Oct. 17, 2015

OPB | Oct. 17, 2015 noon

We tackle the big subjects: the future of the Portland Building, the humor (or lack thereof) of rape jokes, the history of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival & more. Join us!

City Council To Consider Portland Building Renovation

OPB | Oct. 16, 2015 3:35 p.m.

An iconic building in the cityscape is badly in need of repairs.

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

State of Wonder: Oct. 10, 2015

OPB | Oct. 10, 2015 noon

Unabashed truths: from Blitzen Trapper's road-tested rock to St. Johns' sounds to the secret everybody keeps about Shakespeare's English.

Arts | Education | Politics | News | local

Petition For PPS Choirs At Grotto Draws 1,000 Signatures

OPB | Oct. 9, 2015 12:25 p.m. | Portland

Online fans are asking Portland Public Schools to reconsider the decision prohibiting choirs from performing at the east-side shrine.


Photo Pioneer's Images Challenge Modern Viewers

OPB | Oct. 3, 2015 1:32 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

Edward Curtis’ portraits of Native Americans are a popular subject among Western museums and other presenters.