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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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Ken Burns’ Country Music | Women Who Skate | Grand Ronde’s Global Youth Gathering | Pass The Mic

American experiences. Unexpected appearances. Generational healing. Wonders never cease.

Arts | Music | local | State of Wonder

Ruth E. Carter | THING Music Festival | ASL In The Arts

Innovators and icons do things differently. This week we hear stories from a few people changing the game in their field.

Arts | NW Life | local

Designer Ruth E. Carter On Creating Oscar-Winning Looks For 'Black Panther'

Ruth E. Carter comes to Portland Sept. 27 to talk about how costume conveys story.

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

From The Archives: Guest Curators Kelly Sue DeConnick And Matt Fraction

Smash all comics industry models. A guest-curated episode from September 2014.

Entertainment | News | Arts | NW Life | local

Portland Opera Addresses Fiscal Problems, Leadership Transition

The season will revert to an early autumn start in 2020-2021, in response to subscriber feedback.

Arts | Books | local | State of Wonder

Emilly Prado | Michelle Ruiz Keil | Tehlor Kay Mejia

As much as we may try, we can never leave our younger selves in the dust. This week, three writers mine from their own childhoods to create some powerful storytelling.

Arts | Music | local

Like A Villain: Artist Holland Andrews’ Boundless Emotional Range

A consummate performer, Holland Andrews wields a soul-stirring voice to channel healing.

Arts | Books | Nation | Music | State of Wonder

Molly Gloss | Holland Andrews | Behind The Bullet

This week: interviews and stories from places of devastation and salvation — and all the spots in between.

News | Arts | local

Portland Still Struggling To Protect Creative Spaces, Despite Efforts

Montavilla's Pegasus Project offers an object lesson in the vagaries of preserving creative space for artists. 

Arts | local | State of Wonder

W.E.B. Du Bois’ Data Visualization | Maria Semple | Open Signal | Head Cleaner | The Nude Party

This week we explore hard truths but also talk with artists who keep us hopeful for the future.

Arts | local | State of Wonder

Dom Flemons | Bundyville | Roger Guenveur Smith | Low Bar Chorale | Las Chuntá

A 100% fun and safe episode, all about people in precarious situations.

Entertainment | News | Arts | NW Life | local

Southern Oregon Performing Arts Take Countermeasures For Wildfire Smoke

While this season's air quality is a marked improvement over recent years, smoke is still causing some disruption for events downwind from wildlands. 

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Artist Garrick Imatani Reimagines Tomanowos At Chachalu Museum

Imatani and the Confederates Tribes of Grand Ronde recently premiered a work of art four years in the making, inspired by a unique spiritual entity in Pacific Northwest tribal history.

Arts | Music | local | State of Wonder

Artist Garrick Imatani | Mdou Moctar | Hop Along | Lucy’s Punk Rock Show For Kids | Roll Hardy

Punk shows for all ages — and we mean all ages, bearing witness to a celestial visitor, and one painter captures a city’s industrial landscapes.

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Nataki Garrett Presents 1st Play As Oregon Shakespeare Festival Leader

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."

Arts | Music | local | State of Wonder

Guest Curator Fabi Reyna Of She Shreds

This week we’re handing over the keys for "State of Wonder" to musician and publisher Fabi Reyna. She's the creator of the guitar magazine She Shreds.

News | Arts | local

Portland Art Museum To Cut Staff, Illustrating Changes In Arts Funding

The Portland Art Museum has announced staff cutbacks, trimming 14 positions from the museum's 244 full- and part-time staff.

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

Sun Ra Arkestra | Y La Bamba | Piano. Push. Play

This week we’re revisiting some of our favorite music stories and interviews we’ve done.

Arts | Education | Entertainment | NW Life | News | local

Eastern Oregon University Writing Program Is Reborn — With Fishtrap's Help

EOU and Fishtrap join forces to help writers dig deep on ecology and community issues.

Arts | Books | local | State of Wonder

Kiese Laymon | Ted Chiang | Rosanne Parry

Bump up your beach reads with three spectacular writers, each grappling with human connection.