Host, State of Wonder Host
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.
Books | Entertainment | local | Arts | NW Life | Music | State of WonderOPB | Sept. 23, 2017 noon
On 'State of Wonder,' live sessions with Sidewalk Chalk and star-studded Filthy Friends, Rene Denfeld on how her work as a private investigator inspired her book, Artist Rep shakes up the theater season and more.
A decision from the Oregon Supreme Court has saved Portland’s Arts Education and Access fund — at least for the moment. Can it survive its own structural flaws?
One of Oregon's most formidable contemporary artists shows new work, including two huge, evocative textile constructions.
Entertainment | Arts | NW Life | local | Music | State of WonderOPB | Sept. 16, 2017 noon | Portland
This week on "State of Wonder," Portland gets its first shoe festival, the Coast gets a big new music festival with Stackstock, Deer Tick gets a new acoustic sound and more.
Entertainment | Arts | NW Life | local | Music | State of WonderOPB | Sept. 9, 2017 noon
This week on 'State of Wonder,' we talk Twitter and Copland with George Takei, hear about the must-see shows at the Time-Based Art Festival, and celebrate James Baldwin with Stew and the Negro Problem.
September show at Gallery 135 tracks family memories, and the double lives led by people of color.
Actor and activist George Takei will appear with Oregon Symphony Sept. 16.
News | Environment | local | State of WonderOPB | Sept. 8, 2017 6:34 p.m. | Lane County, Oregon
After weeks on southern Oregon firelines, writer Sean Davis returned home to an evacuation order.
The Chetco Bar Fire and other blazes are blowing smoke right into Oregon's theater capital.
Books | Entertainment | Arts | NW Life | local | State of WonderOPB | Sept. 2, 2017 noon
This week, "State of Wonder" meets some of the local creators behind the leading comic books as they gear up for Portland's biggest comic convention, where Weird Al Yankovic rubs shoulders with 100 Harley Quinns.
Books | Arts | local | State of WonderOPB | Aug. 26, 2017 noon
This week on "State of Wonder," we listen back to a studio session with a dream team of songwriters: k.d. lang, Neko Case and Laura Veirs. Plus, the flash-fiction contest to end all flash-fiction contests: Plotto.
Some stores and restaurants along the path of totality in Oregon have seen an uptick in the lead-up to the eclipse; others have been only moderately busy.
Traffic gets heavy around Madras Oregon, the center of the solar eclipse path of totality in the Beaver State.
This week State of Wonder travels across the solar eclipse's path of totality, from Newport to the Ochoco Mountains, for a once-in-a-lifetime cosmic journey.
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