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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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Eloise Damrosch On Nearly Three Decades In Portland Arts Policy

Portland’s former top arts executive talks about her time at RACC, preserving creative space, her favorite piece of public art, and more.

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

Typhoon | Josh Ritter | Laura Veirs | Portland Youth Philharmonic

This week on "State of Wonder," exclusive sessions with singer-songwriter Josh Ritter and Typhoon, new ideas to preserve Portland arts spaces, musician Laura Veirs branches into podcasting, and more.

News | Arts | local

Portland City Council To Consider Preserving Space For Art

Portland leaders are looking for revenue-neutral fixes for gentrification's squeeze on galleries and stages.

News | Business | Arts | local

Damáso Rodríguez On Artists Rep's Building, Debt And Future

The artistic director of Artists Repertory Theatre talks about the recent revelation of an IRS debt and the impending sale of half of the theater.

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

Lemony Snicket | Maria Bamford | Robert Frank

This week on "State of Wonder," comedian Maria Bamford on her hit Netflix series, author of the best-selling "Series of Unfortunate Events," and the man who pretty much invented the photography book.

News | Entertainment | Arts | local

Artists Repertory Theatre To Sell Half Its Building; Parts With Managing Director

With two liens against the theater company's iconic building looming, big changes are coming. 

Books | Arts | local | State of Wonder

Tom Perrotta On Porn, Consent Issues And The Fabulous Mrs. Fletcher

The best-selling author of “Election” and “The Leftovers” tells us what he learned about the social and spiritual dimensions of online porn.

News | Politics | local

'OPB Politics Now': In-Depth On Vera Katz

We hear more about the life and legacy of one of Portland's trailblazing politicians who died earlier this month.

News | Arts | local | Music

After Tumultuous Year, Eugene Opera Is Back

Company puts debt in the rearview mirror and stages Rossini's crowd-pleaser, "The Barber of Seville."

News | Transportation | local

Sale Of Clark County's C-Tran Paper Tickets Ends Soon

Sales end in December at area grocery stores and will sunset for good next month.

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Join 1 Oregon Museum, Get In Free To 11 Others In 2018

A reciprocal agreement among 12 western Oregon museums aims to get museumgoers out and about.

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

The Ghost Of Portland Past: Remembering Elliott Smith

This week on "State of Wonder," we invite Portland musicians to cover the music of Elliott Smith and reflect on his seminal record, "Either/Or."

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5 Things Vera Katz Did To Bolster Art In Portland

We talk with one artist and one arts administrator about what they remember of living, working, and making in Vera Katz’s Portland.

Politics | Arts | Entertainment | local | Music | NW Life | History | Communities | State of Wonder

Remembering Vera Katz | Best Music Of 2017 | Minor White | Explode Into Colors

This week on "State of Wonder," we discuss the legacy of former mayor and arts booster Vera Katz, the best music of 2017, and get a glimpse into Portland's past through the photos of Minor White.

News | Air | Arts | Environment | local | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Health Report Due This Month Delayed As Bullseye Glass Launches Federal Case

A key health report on air quality near Bullseye Glass has pushed back to 2018 as the company launches a federal case against the state.

News | Politics | local | Health | Business | Environment | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Bullseye Glass Sues Oregon Governor, Regulatory Agencies

The company's lawsuit claims Oregon regulators inappropriately targeted the art glass maker.

News | Politics | local

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.

Books | Arts | 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.

Arts | NW Life | Books | local | Entertainment | Music | 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.

Books | Arts | Entertainment | NW Life | 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.