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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 | Music | 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.

Arts | Music | NW Life | local | 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.

Arts | Books | Entertainment | NW Life | Music | 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.

Entertainment | Music | local | News | Arts | Business

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Arts | Entertainment | Music | NW Life | 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.

Environment | Air | News | local | 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.

Environment | News | 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.

State of Wonder

Architect Brad Cloepfil | Disaster Artist Vanessa Renwick | Int'l Youth Silent Film Fest | Vietnam Vet Makes Art Out Of Hell

OPB | June 4, 2016 noon

This week, State of Wonder's all about the journey: we travel the world with starchitect Brad Cloepfil, meditate on environmental disaster with artist Vanessa Renwick, tromp through the war memories of Vietnam vet Marc Waszkiewicz, go on a pilgrimage with writer Ellen Waterston and more. 

Arts | NW Life | State of Wonder

Portland Architect Brad Cloepfil Normally Designs Museums – Now He's Featured In One

OPB | June 4, 2016 8 a.m.

The stunning models of Portland's preeminent architect are as much sculpture as they are architecture. Brad Cloepfil walks us through their exhibition at the Portland Art Museum, as well as his globe-spanning career.

Arts | State of Wonder

Tsunamis, Demolitions And Dog Poop: Vanessa Renwick Takes It To The Next Level

OPB | June 2, 2016 10:33 p.m. | Portland

Vanessa Renwick's new video installation, "Next-Level F---ed Up," mashes up the absurd and the awful, but ends upbeat.

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

Summer Pot Parties Up In Smoke | Comedian Curtis Cook | Secret Life of Tour Managers

OPB | May 28, 2016 noon

This week on State of Wonder, the city's plans to enforce pot policy puts many marijuana-related events on hold, the comedian Curtis Cook talks about what it takes to be brave and writer Andi Zeisler discusses the commodification of feminism and more.

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

Curtis Cook Throws Curveballs

OPB | May 28, 2016 8:15 a.m. | Portland

Comedian Curtis Cook excels at a kind of curveball - unassuming riffs that quietly steer you right where he wants you.

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

Comedy Showcase At We Work Portland Builds Bridge

OPB | May 28, 2016 8:15 a.m. | Portland

Showcase marries new economy business with top Portland comedy talent.

Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Bullseye Glass Moratorium Extended Into June

OPB | May 27, 2016 11:30 a.m. | Portland

State regulators talked about new limits on art glass emissions today. But the hearing turned emotional as the wife of the owner of Oregon’s art glass leader made a surprise appearance.

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

Lead Tests For Bullseye Glass Neighbors Come Back Clean

OPB | May 25, 2016 3:14 p.m. | Portland

Lead test results are in for nearly 200 people who live and work near Bullseye Glass in Southeast Portland. So far, none of them shows lead levels that would require medical care or follow-up.

local | News | Arts | NW Life | Environment | Business | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Northwest Artists, Makers Come To Terms With Art Glass Apocalypse

OPB | May 24, 2016 2:45 a.m. | Portland

One supplier is getting out of the game; another is teetering under regulatory pressure for toxic air emissions.