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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

Economy | Business | local | Arts | News

Audit: Regional Arts And Culture Council Needs Oversight

Contract oversight and broader goals lacking, report says.

Education | local | Books | News

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.

local | NW Life | Arts | State of Wonder

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.

local | Books | Arts

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

local | News | Arts | Music

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.

local | NW Life | Arts | State of Wonder

Design Week Portland | Buildings Full Of Women | Swift Agency | Nightwood Society | Hacienda CDC

Live at Design Week Portland, "State of Wonder" reimagines what buildings would look like if they were designed by women.

local | Arts | News

Bend City Council To Appoint Arts Envoy

The council will also create a new position to serve as an arts ambassador in Central Oregon.

NW Life | local | Books | Arts

Oceanography: Poet Shayla Lawson On Frank Ocean

Lawson’s new collection of work is a dialogue with one of music’s most limber and interesting writers.

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

Soul'd Out Vs. Coachella | Black Belt Eagle Scout | Shayla Lawson & Frank Ocean | Indigenous Playwrights

This week on "State of Wonder," Soul'd Out sues Coachella, three native playwrights soar at Oregon's biggest theaters, poet Shayla Lawson's love letter to Frank Ocean, and the quiet heartache of Black Belt Eagle Scout.

Entertainment | local | NW Life | Arts

Stars Align In Oregon For 3 Indigenous Playwrights

An auspicious meeting of three playwrights, all indigenous, all women. We got to be in the room with them.

local | Books | Arts

Words As Playground And Memory Lab: The Poems Of Stacey Tran

Her debut poetry collection, "Soap for the Dogs," steps lightly through family histories, real and imagined.

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

Mohsin Hamid | Chris Smither | Mary Katherine Nagle’s 'Manahatta' | Stacey Tran

Magical writing from this year's Everybody Reads selection, road-tested blues from Chris Smither, plus Stacey Tran feeds our needs with her poems and her splendid storytelling series.

local | Arts

Big Changes Ahead For Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 2018-19 Season

Oregon Shakespeare Festival adjusts season schedule as it bids goodbye to Artistic Director Bill Rauch.

local | Books | Arts | News

Novel Set On Oregon Coast Imagines A Reproductive Dystopia

Leni Zumas' novel, set on the Oregon coast, weaves together the lives of four women to explore identity, motherhood and politics.

Economy | local | Arts | News

How To Spend $7 Million: Artists Rep’s New Reality

Artists Repertory Theatre has started to move on logistics and management of game-changing $7 million gift.

local | Arts | State of Wonder

Leni Zumas | Artist Rep’s Big Gift | Pamela Hulse Andrews

We’re remembering a Central Oregon arts champion this week, digging into Leni Zumas’ hit novel, and getting the low-down on a huge gift made to Portland’s Artists Rep.

Entertainment | local | NW Life | Arts | Music | Sessions

Laura Veirs Live At Old Unconscious Studio

Watch Laura Veirs perform songs from her new record, "The Lookout," at Old Unconscious Studio in North Portland.