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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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'Dreamers' Of Oregon, Captured In Portraits

An Oregon portrait series captures DACA recipients moving into the light.

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Helio Sequence | Holly Andres | Kelli Schaefer | The Art Of Prosthetics

This week on "State of Wonder," we hear live music from Helio Sequence and Kelli Schaefer, travel the country with photog Holly Andres, look at the design of prosthetic limbs and harness karaoke powers to learn a language.

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Portland Council Approves Spending More For Arts Tax Collections

Dismal collection rates have dogged the arts tax since its inception in 2012. The Portland Revenue Bureau estimates 1 in 4 eligible citizens just skips it.

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Robert Kirkman | Haley Hendrickx | Celeste Noche

This week on "State of Wonder," we dive deep with "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman, immerse ourselves in the music of breakout star Haley Hendrickx, and take one last trip to UNA Gallery for its final show.

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UNA Gallery’s Finale: Luminous Portraits By Celeste Noche

Photographer Celeste Noche on photography, artists of color and how to promote diversity in Portland.

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Actor And Arts Advocate David Ogden Stiers Dies At 75

A classical actor and late-life conductor, Stiers drew audiences to symphonic works for three decades in Newport and Eugene. 

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Meet Portland’s New Creative Laureate: Choreographer Subashini Ganesan

Choreographer Subashini Ganesan begins a two-year tenure as the city's arts advocate, and kicks off a new South Asian arts festival.

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Netflix's 'Everything Sucks' | Allison Janney On 'I, Tonya' | Terese Marie Mailhot

This week on "State of Wonder," we talk to the creators of "Everything Sucks" and Allison Janney about her Oscar-nominated turn in "I, Tonya," and meet Portland's new creative laureate.

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Portland Agrees To Work Harder At Preserving Space For Artists

Portland leaders have approved 22 recommendations to preserve arts space. Staff will spend two years trying to enact them.

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Live At The FisherPoets Gathering: Astoria's Storied Festival Of Verse

"State of Wonder" broadcasts live from the festival that draws seafarers and wordslingers from Kilauea to Corbett to Kodiak to share stories and verse from the ocean.

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Can Portland Save Its Arts? | Towne Storage | Milepost 5 | Zidell Yards

This week on "State of Wonder," we take a deep dive into what Portland can do to hold onto affordable space for its artists before it's too late.

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Groundbreaking Artists Space Milepost 5 Changes Hands

A redeveloper of affordable housing is taking the reins from Beam Development.

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'We Have A Lot To Lose': Portland Commissioners Try To Save Creative Space

Commissioners Nick Fish and Chloe Eudaly share the scoop on their 24-point council proposal.

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1 Man's Mission To Ease The Squeeze On Portland's Creative Space

Ken Unkeles has provided workspace for hundreds of Portland artists. Here’s how he did it.

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Terese Marie Mailhot On Memoir, Memory And Agency

Shattering stories and laser-focused language mark a breakthrough debut memoir.

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'Welcome To Night Vale' Creators | Poets Morgan Parker And Tommy Pico

This week on "State of Wonder," Wordstock conversations with the creators of "Welcome to Night Vale" and two electric poets, Morgan Parker and Tommy Pico.

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Iconic Central Oregon Bookstore Up For Sale

Paulina Springs Books, the store serving readers in the Central Oregon town of Sisters since 1992, is seeking a buyer.

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Oregon Playwright E.M. Lewis On The Polar Parable Of 'Magellanica'

Oregon playwright’s marathon 5-hour opus immerses audience in Antarctic journey.

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Artists Repertory Theatre Receives $7 Million Gift

The surprise gift may change fortunes of a company in the midst of selling half its headquarters.

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Artists Present Tribute Art To MAX Stabbing Victims

TriMet will fund the creation of a permanent work at the Hollywood Transit Station to commemorate the victims of last year's stabbing on a light rail train.