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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.
The new artistic director at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is about to give audiences a first taste of her work with the West Coast premiere of “How to Catch Creation."
The Portland Art Museum has announced staff cutbacks, trimming 14 positions from the museum's 244 full- and part-time staff.
Arts | Books | State of Wonder
This week we’re listening to one of our favorite book interviews ever: YA writer Somaiya Daud at Portland Book Fest 2018. Interstellar intrigue on a Moroccan-inspired world? Strong female hero of color? Yes, please. Also: one of Daud's early inspirations and we say goodbye to a truly great literary journal.
Sculptor Doug Hyde adds a new look for an iconic Eastern Oregon main street.
Arts | local | State of Wonder
Sometimes good stories take a while. This week, long-awaited gems from Astoria’s Fisher Poets and an arts outpost in East Portland. Also, a photographer goes the extra 4,000 miles for the literary story she believes in.
A bootstrapped arts center fills the gap in a Portland community on the margins.
Arts | News | State of Wonder
Know your history: Stories from the L.A. punk scene, queer punk in the ‘90s Portland music scene, and a Native museum gets quality time with tribal artifacts.
The Multnomah Arts Center, the Community Music Center and the Laurelhurst Dance Studio need to develop funding models as the city tries to get the Parks and Recreation Budget under control.
The jobs that pay money. The jobs that pay out in other ways. The jobs that make art possible, and the ones threatening to take over everything. We’re checking them all out for this week’s "State of Wonder," as we talk to artists about the work they do for love, for money, or some mix of the two.
One of the city's storied small presses sheds some staff and makes a move toward new content.