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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

local | Arts | Music

Door Of The Cosmos: Sun Ra On View At Portland Art Museum

The jazz visionary gets a major exhibition, uniting the many faces of his genius, from jazz to art to philosophy.

local | Arts | State of Wonder

Sun Ra | DUG | The Space Lady | Pepper Pepper | Cherdonna Shinatra | Carla Rossi

What seems like fringe turns out to be fundamental. This week, outsider artists and their relationship to the mainstream.

local | Books | Arts

Andy Borowitz On Surviving The Death Of Satire

An ultra-marathoner of comedy writing, Andy Borowitz talks about his long-running feed of satirical news stories and his method of drawing humor out of less-than-funny times.

Arts | State of Wonder

Satirist Andy Borowitz | 'Teenage Dick' At Artists Rep | keyon gaskin And Nadia Buyse

Don’t turn away. Even the most awkward situation can be spun into something wonderful. This week: cringe-worthy national events make for brilliant satire, a new play mines liberal guilt surrounding disability, and the story of the most bizarre art festival ever.

local | Books | Arts

Richard III Adaptation 'Teenage Dick' Recasts Disability Onstage

Portland’s Artists Repertory Theatre stages the West Coast premiere of a play that gives "Richard III" a makeover with an eye to disability.

Nation | local | Arts | Music

Classical Music's #MeToo Reckoning

Portland violinist Raffaela Kalmar is part of a cohort of musicians who spoke out about sexual abuse by the eminent concertmaster William Preucil.

local | Arts | News | Music | State of Wonder

Aja Gabel + Oregon Symphony | Classical’s #MeToo Reckoning | The Met Opera Aria Code

A soap opera in the string quartet. The #MeToo moment at the conservatory. And opera appreciation for the rest of us. This week, three tales both classical and modern.

local | Communities | Books | Arts | News

Portland Art Museum To Home Marylhurst's Art Gym

The museum will house exhibitions in the spirit of the Art Gym, and house its extensive publication library.

local | Books | Arts | State of Wonder

Readers’ Delight | Super-Librarian Nancy Pearl | Books For Trails, Towers And Trawlers

We’re drilling down with the pros to find reads that challenge, work in far-flung places and will stay in your head years after you put down the book.

local | Arts | News

Oregon 'Photo Evangelist' Cherie Hiser Dead At 79

Hiser's photos, revered throughout the West, showed a fluency of emotion for many subjects.

NW Life | local | Arts | State of Wonder

The Long Journey | Abbi Jacobson | Tara Westover | Shayla Lawson

As you contemplate the road ahead for 2019, listen to three amazing artists talk about their transformational journeys: some road trip medicine for heartbreak, a daughter emerging from a tightly wound family cocoon, and a trans-Atlantic odyssey involving more than one ocean.

Books | Arts | State of Wonder

The Panoramic Imagination Of Somaiya Daud | Susan Fletcher | Tin House

Interstellar intrigue on a Moroccan-inspired world? Strong female hero of color? Yes, please. We talk with one of the YA breakout stars of 2018 at the Portland Book Festival, Somaiya Daud. Also we meet one of Daud's early inspirations and catch up on the top publishing story of the week.

NW Life | local | Entertainment | Business | News | Books

Tin House Publishing To End Print Magazine In 2019

The 20th-anniversary issue in June 2019 will be the last for one of the most recognized brands in literature. Book publishing and Tin House workshops will continue.

local | Arts | Music

DJ Anjali And The 18-Year Party

One of the godmothers of the Portland club scene, DJ Anjali, talks about cracking open the audience for Bhangra beats, and finding her place in the DJ booth.

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

Best Of 2018 | DJ Anjali | Caitlin Weierhauser | Staff Picks From KMHD And opbmusic

The year that was in jazz music, homegrown indie rock, comedy and more. However 2018 has been treating you, we’ve got picks to help you celebrate the good things of the year.

NW Life | local | Arts | State of Wonder

Tales Of The Side Hustle | Amy Miller | Jodi Darby | Alicia Jo Rabins | Ro Tam | Ben Tyler

So many ways to work! A film artist talks about driving a big rig. A man of many bands takes a night job as a locomotive engineer. And a gig for fast cash puts one drummer in very fast company.

local | Books | Arts | State of Wonder

Portland Book Festival: Daniel H. Wilson | Angela Garbes | Elizabeth Rush

This week’s show takes us to the Portland Book Festival for conversations with three fascinating people pondering different aspects of life on earth.

local | Arts | News

Portland’s Arts Agency Hires Madison Cario To Top Job

Madison Cario, a Georgian university administrator is about to become the fifth executive director in the history of Portland’s arts agency, the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

local | Arts | Music

Esperanza Spalding’s Homecoming Week

The Oregon-born iconoclast Esperanza Spalding talks about maintaining a presence in Portland, and keeping faith while doing good.

NW Life | local | Arts | State of Wonder

Creative Families | Esperanza Spalding | Kim And Jeff Kovel | Lisa And Lori Lubbesmeyer

It’s not all harmonizing around the dinner table. How creativity gets artists and their families through.