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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

Politics | local | News

Former Portland Mayor, Oregon House Speaker Vera Katz Dies

The three-term mayor and Oregon House speaker was in charge for defining moments in regional history.

Arts | Books | local

Portland Artist Eleri Harris Unlocks Notorious Tasmanian Murder Case

The web comic “Reported Missing” is as addictive as any serialized true crime podcast or detective novel.

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

Todd Haynes on 'Wonderstruck' | Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah | Phoebe Bridgers

This week on "State of Wonder," we talk to Todd Haynes about his newest film, "Wonderstruck," and the fall of Harvey Weinstein; we explore Christian Scott aTunde Adjua's groundbreaking contemporary jazz; and discover the story of a painting that saved a family's lives during the Holocaust.

Entertainment | NW Life | Arts | Books | local

A Harry Potter Podcast Just For Grown-Ups

We’re chatting up Caitlin Weierhauser and Randall Lawrence, the hosts of “Room of Requirement 237”, one of 13 podcasts taping at a Saturday festival.

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

10 Oregon-Made Podcasts You Have To Hear

This week on "State of Wonder," we chat with some of our favorite producers — from comic books to outdoor adventure to comedy — on the eve of the first Portland Podcast Festival.

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

Celebrating Brian Doyle's Big, Bold Oregon Legacy

This week on 'State of Wonder,' some of the Northwest's most prominent writers come together to share stories and memories of the man the "New Yorker" called "the Portland sage."

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

Live At Wordstock: Chuck Klosterman | Hannah Tinti | Katie Kitamura

This week on "State of Wonder," culture writer Chuck Klosterman pulls back the curtain on celebrity profiles and two ace authors discuss their thrilling new novels.

News | Arts | Entertainment | local

Portland Center Stage Director Chris Coleman Leaving For Denver

The director, administrator and advocate built assets for Portland Center Stage, and stoked discussions on public funding.

Arts | Entertainment | State of Wonder

Live at Wordstock: 'Welcome to Night Vale' | Morgan Parker & Tommy Pico

'State of Wonder' broadcasts live from Portland's Book Festival with the creators from the 'Welcome to Night Vale', plus two electric poets.

Arts | Books | local | State of Wonder

Taneka Stotts On Throwing Fire And Investing In Herself

The co-founder of Beyond Press talks about editing the breakout anthology “Elements: Fire.”

Communities | NW Life | Arts | News | Music

Into The King's Mouth With Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne

Flaming Lips' frontman Wayne Coyne brings interactive installation to PNCA.

News | local | Books

Book Publishing Reshapes The Comic Book World

A decades-long uptick in bookstore sales of comics books is precipitating subtle but systemic change in the comics industry.

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

Wayne Coyne | Samiya Bashir | Taneka Stotts | An LA Riff On Medea

This week on "State of Wonder," an art installation from the Pied Piper of post-modern rock, new voices and new practices in comics, and gorgeous poems influenced by science.

Nation | Communities | NW Life | Arts | News

Wallowa County Arts Center Seeks Submissions For Native-Made Sculpture

The Josephy Center will fund development, as well as a cash grant for creation of the work.

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

George Saunders | Scary Movies | Jessica Jackson Hutchins

"State of Wonder" conjures up haunted treats with scary movie recommendations, the myth of a mysterious Portland video game and a novel about ghosts and Abraham Lincoln by one of the greatest living authors.

NW Life | Arts | local

'Finding Grace In Disgrace': Puerto Rican Artist Antonio Martorell At Linfield College

The printer, painter and educator talks about the response to Hurricane Maria and his works on view at the Linfield Gallery.

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

Eastern Oregon Film Fest, Where Small Town Meets Big Movies

"State of Wonder" broadcasts live from the little fest that can in La Grande, where filmmakers from around the country share their work and learn to throw hatchets.

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

3 Reasons To Go See The Eastern Oregon Film Festival

Eastern hospitality, puppetcore and so much more to love in La Grande during the Eastern Oregon Film Festival.

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

Michael Chabon | Hollywood Theatre To Save Movie Madness? | Wild Ones | Jim Pepper

This week on "State of Wonder," the Pulitzer-winning author, live sessions with Wild Ones and Holiday Friends, designing for justice at Bend Design and more.

NW Life | Politics | Arts | News | local

Is Art Working For Everyone In The City That Works?

A search committee has spent the last eight months laying groundwork to replace Portland’s top arts administrator. The conversation has been heavily seasoned with calls for change.