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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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Outgoing Oregon Poet Laureate Passes Baton To Portland Poet

Elizabeth Woody and Kim Stafford to be honored by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.

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Beaverton Reveals Major Donor For New Arts Center

Reser Family Foundation gives $13 million for Patricia Reser Center for the Arts.

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Portland Art Institute's Closure Disrupts Oregon Higher Arts Education

A for-profit art college in downtown Portland will close down its operations at the end of the year, leaving hundreds of students without a defined plan to finish their education.

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The Magic Of Musician Richard Swift

Band mates and colleagues remember the Cottage Grove producer and multi-instrumentalist as an iconoclastic force in indie rock.

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Cottage Grove-Based Producer And Musician Richard Swift Dead At 41

Swift drew bands from Oregon and across the country to his studio in Cottage Grove.

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Film Documenting The Life Of Ursula K. Le Guin To Premiere In UK

Five questions with filmmaker Arwen Curry, whose documentary "Worlds Of Ursula K. Le Guin" is complete after 10 years of work.

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Changing The Container: How Le Guin Shaped Representation In Sci Fi

She mirrored the world that was while making new worlds possible.

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Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin

On the eve of a grand literary celebration, we remember the life, writing and transformative thinking of an Oregon literary titan.

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Sama Dams Live At Kelly's Olympian

The Portland trio roars into summer with a collection of raw songs pushing intimacy to its limit and lined with sonic storytelling.

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Portland's Iconic Feminist Bookstore Closing At End Of June

Portland’s iconic feminist bookstore and community space, In Other Words, has announced it’s closing at the end of June. The space on Northeast Killingsworth has been open for 25 years.

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Viet Thanh Nguyen | Back Country Book Club | L.A. Salami | RACC

Long reads and leisurely listens. Get your holiday weekend started with backcountry book recommendations, the long view of what arts should do for a city, and songs that can stop time.

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The Way Forward? Portland's Regional Arts Agency Seeks Direction

City leaders, preoccupied with issues like housing and policing in recent years, and several mayoral administrations have come and gone with no one assigned to oversee RACC’s contract.

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Audit: Regional Arts And Culture Council Needs Oversight

Contract oversight and broader goals lacking, report says.

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Book About Transgender Girl Breaks Ground — And Stirs Controversy — In Oregon Schools

Alex Gino’s middle-grade novel “George” is a revelation for transgender kids. But it’s also drawn some fire in the statewide literary competition.

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Typhoon | Alex Gino's KidLit Trans Hero George | Henk Pander | Arthur And Katherine Bradford

This week we turn our face toward the void with one of Oregon's great painters, the band Typhoon and a new play that explores a new dimension to urban displacement.

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A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History Of Chuck Klosterman

A conversation from Wordstock 2017 dives into Taylor Swift’s savvy, inscrutable taste in leisure wear, and the fate of an NBA fan in a Timbers town.

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Johnny Cash's 'Folsom' At 50 | Paul Simon | Chuck Klosterman | Fond Farewell

This week on “State of Wonder,” we say goodbye to producer Aaron Scott, head to an Oregon prison for the 50th anniversary of Johnny Cash's "At Folsom Prison" concert, and more.

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Mark Rothko | Sera Cahoone | Women In Tech | Coleman Exits Portland Center Stage

This week on "State of Wonder," makers and breakers: abstract iconoclast Mark Rothko's Portland roots, ladies in tech tell what their jobs are really like, plus Sera Cahoone refashions everything.

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Oregon Book Awards: Laini Taylor | Omar El Akkad | Samiya Bashir | Nicole Georges | Anis Mojgani

This week on "State of Wonder," we talk with finalists for the Oregon Book Awards, the state's highest literary honors.

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Portland Hip-Hop Promoter And Advocate Idris 'Starchile' O’Ferrall Dies At 42

Idris 'Starchile' O'Ferrall died Thursday. The founder of the Mic Check showcase in Portland suffered from lymphoma.