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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

Arts | Land use | Entertainment | Science | local

Malia Jensen — Nearer Nature: Worth Your Salt

A new work, spread over 12 installations across Oregon, unites sculpture with captivating images of wild animals. The resulting experience? Expect the unexpected.

Books | Arts | local | State of Wonder

Portland Book Festival | Tommy Orange | Trevino Brings Plenty

A New York Times best-selling author talks about his astounding debut novel that features a constellation of Native American people living a contemporary urban experience.

Arts | local | State of Wonder

Caitlin Weierhauser | Looking Back At OCAC Closure | Preserving Creative Space

Some favorite listens: the curtain call for a 112-year craft institution and the battlefront for affordable arts space in Portland. Also: One comedian interrogates who the laughs are for.

Arts | Music | local | State of Wonder

Rebroadcast: Helado Negro | Saloli | Malheur Refuge Symphony | Pendleton’s String Education Program

How music moves us. Stories about composers' musical interface with the past, interpretations of our present and instructing players of the future through song.

Books | Arts | local | State of Wonder

Indie Film Legend Christine Vachon | Karen Russell | Mitchell S. Jackson | Christopher Marley

Independent film producer Christine Vachon will come to BendFilm Festival, Oct. 11-13, as the festival’s Indie Woman of the Year. 

Arts | local | State of Wonder

Margaret Atwood & Ursula K. Le Guin | Nilufer Yanya | OK Theater’s 100th Anniversary

What gets us through those uncertain moments? The speculative story? The daring album concept? The strenuous film shoot? The risky venture? RESOLVE. This week: square-jawed stories from tenacious creators.

NW Life | History | Nation | Arts | Forestry | Health | local | State of Wonder

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.

NW Life | Arts | 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.

Books | Arts | Entertainment | NW Life | 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.

NW Life | Arts | News | Entertainment | 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.

Books | Arts | 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.

Books | Arts | 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.

Arts | News | 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.

NW Life | Arts | News | Entertainment | 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. 

Arts | News | local

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.