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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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Celebrating Brian Doyle's Big, Bold Oregon Legacy

This week on 'State of Wonder,' some of the Northwest's most prominent writers come together to share stories and memories of the man the "New Yorker" called "the Portland sage."

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Live At Wordstock: Chuck Klosterman | Hannah Tinti | Katie Kitamura

This week on "State of Wonder," culture writer Chuck Klosterman pulls back the curtain on celebrity profiles and two ace authors discuss their thrilling new novels.

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Portland Center Stage Director Chris Coleman Leaving For Denver

The director, administrator and advocate built assets for Portland Center Stage, and stoked discussions on public funding.

Arts | Entertainment | State of Wonder

Live at Wordstock: 'Welcome to Night Vale' | Morgan Parker & Tommy Pico

'State of Wonder' broadcasts live from Portland's Book Festival with the creators from the 'Welcome to Night Vale', plus two electric poets.

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Taneka Stotts On Throwing Fire And Investing In Herself

The co-founder of Beyond Press talks about editing the breakout anthology “Elements: Fire.”

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Into The King's Mouth With Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne

Flaming Lips' frontman Wayne Coyne brings interactive installation to PNCA.

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Book Publishing Reshapes The Comic Book World

A decades-long uptick in bookstore sales of comics books is precipitating subtle but systemic change in the comics industry.

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Wayne Coyne | Samiya Bashir | Taneka Stotts | An LA Riff On Medea

This week on "State of Wonder," an art installation from the Pied Piper of post-modern rock, new voices and new practices in comics, and gorgeous poems influenced by science.

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Wallowa County Arts Center Seeks Submissions For Native-Made Sculpture

The Josephy Center will fund development, as well as a cash grant for creation of the work.

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George Saunders | Scary Movies | Jessica Jackson Hutchins

"State of Wonder" conjures up haunted treats with scary movie recommendations, the myth of a mysterious Portland video game and a novel about ghosts and Abraham Lincoln by one of the greatest living authors.

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'Finding Grace In Disgrace': Puerto Rican Artist Antonio Martorell At Linfield College

The printer, painter and educator talks about the response to Hurricane Maria and his works on view at the Linfield Gallery.

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Eastern Oregon Film Fest, Where Small Town Meets Big Movies

"State of Wonder" broadcasts live from the little fest that can in La Grande, where filmmakers from around the country share their work and learn to throw hatchets.

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3 Reasons To Go See The Eastern Oregon Film Festival

Eastern hospitality, puppetcore and so much more to love in La Grande during the Eastern Oregon Film Festival.

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Michael Chabon | Hollywood Theatre To Save Movie Madness? | Wild Ones | Jim Pepper

This week on "State of Wonder," the Pulitzer-winning author, live sessions with Wild Ones and Holiday Friends, designing for justice at Bend Design and more.

local | NW Life | Politics | Arts | News

Is Art Working For Everyone In The City That Works?

A search committee has spent the last eight months laying groundwork to replace Portland’s top arts administrator. The conversation has been heavily seasoned with calls for change.

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6 Things (Plus 1) To See At BendFilm 2017

Hot takes from the screeners — including, straight from Cannes, this year’s Palme D’Or winner from Cannes.

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Committee Seeks Equity, Relevance In Hiring Portland's Next Arts Chief

RACC Board chair Mike Golub and search committee chair Steve Rosenbaum talk about their priorities.

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David Biespiel And Wendy Willis On Personal Stories And American Myths

In poems and essays, the southeast Portland literary stars explore histories at all levels.

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Carrie Brownstein | Bend Film Fest | Jackpot Records

This week on "State of Wonder," we talk Sleater-Kinney and "Portlandia" with Carrie Brownstein, get a preview of the Bend Film Fest, paint some eyeballs with ocularist Fred Harwin and more.

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Chris Coleman On Building A Fun Home At Portland Center Stage

In Portland Center Stage’s 30th season, Coleman is directing four shows. Box office success, he says, is the key to the theater’s artistic freedom.


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