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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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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.

local | Politics | Arts | Education | News

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.


Catherine Coulson Of OSF And Twin Peaks Dead at 71

OPB | Sept. 29, 2015 9:28 a.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Coulson acted in in dozens of productions in Ashland, and drew devoted followers for her work in David Lynch's productions.

Business | local | Arts | News

Report: Oregon's Historic Theaters Can Be Money Makers

OPB | Sept. 28, 2015 4:43 p.m. | Eugene, Oregon

A new report summarizes theaters' earning potential and fiscal challenges.

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State of Wonder: Sept. 26, 2015

OPB | Sept. 26, 2015 noon

Wild Ones, a new cut from Blitzen Trapper, Cuba Libre at Artists' Rep, Les McCann, and more.

'What Are You Looking At?' Wendy Red Star on 'Edward Curtis: Shadow Catcher'

OPB | Sept. 19, 2015 8:45 a.m.

Red Star considers Curtis' attempt to capture "the vanishing race".

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State of Wonder: Sept. 19, 2015

OPB | Sept. 19, 2015 noon

Artists get kicked out of Towne Storage, Natasha Kmeto gets vocal, bonsai gets a high design update, vampires get all touristy and more.

Business | local | Arts | News

3 Ideas From City Leader On Easing Portland's Makers' Space Crisis

OPB | Sept. 18, 2015 11:16 a.m. | Portland

City Commissioner Nick Fish says that if artists and creatives leave, "we'll lose them and we'll never get them back."

Business | local | Arts | NW Life

Exodus At Towne Storage: Artists Scatter In Search For Affordable Space

OPB | Sept. 18, 2015 10:27 a.m. | Portland

Portland's Central Eastside has become the latest battleground for affordable commercial space.

local | Arts | Music | Sessions

opbmusic Session: Natasha Kmeto's Soulful Synthpop

opbmusic | Sept. 17, 2015 12:45 p.m.

Portland-based electronic musician Natasha Kmeto finds her voice on new album Inevitable.

local | Arts | News

Artists Lose Leases As District Grows Trendier

OPB | Sept. 15, 2015 5:47 p.m.

Towne Storage building to transition this fall. Artists and others are hard pressed to find equally affordable space.


Portland Writer Patrick DeWitt's Dazzling New Fairy Tale For Grown-Ups

OPB | Sept. 14, 2015 12:31 a.m.

The follow-up to "The Sisters Brothers" unites seekers, scoundrels, and moral surrender.

Books | Arts | NW Life | local | Entertainment | Music

State Of Wonder: Sept. 12, 2015

OPB | Sept. 12, 2015 noon | Portland

The inside straight on the outsider view: C. Spike Trotman, Patrick DeWitt, Holcombe Waller's Requiem, and more!

A New Performance Venue Is Coming To Portland's Old Town

OPB | Sept. 8, 2015 9:37 p.m.

Improv comedian hopes Siren Theatre will reel 'em in at NW Davis & 3rd.

Books | Arts | NW Life | local | Entertainment | Music

State of Wonder: Sept. 5, 2015

OPB | Sept. 5, 2015 noon | Portland

We travel from the trailer parks of outer space to the front lines of forest fires with graphic novelist Craig Thompson, musician Craig Finn, the Astoria Music Festival, the Riot Grrrl scene and more.

NW Life | local | Arts | Music

Pickers Get Schooled In Wallowa County

OPB | Sept. 4, 2015 10 a.m. | Wallowa, Oregon

This weekend is the annual Juniper Jam music festival in Enterprise.

NW Life | local | Arts

A Painter's Take On Change In China

OPB | Sept. 2, 2015 6 a.m.

Rachel Davis, mother of two girls adopted from China, on her family's story and seismic social change.

Business | Arts | NW Life

Reset Time: Arts, Business Interface In Metro Portland

OPB | Aug. 27, 2015 3:15 p.m. | Portland

The demise of Business for Culture and Arts presents an opportunity for new ideas.

Arts | Books

'You Say Latino' Comic Spells It Out

OPB | Aug. 25, 2015 7:29 p.m.

Portland comics artist Terry Blas publishes a mini-comic called "You Say Latino," that takes on racial, national and linguistic identity with an artistic flare.