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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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Can Portland Save Its Arts? | Towne Storage | Milepost 5 | Zidell Yards

This week on "State of Wonder," we take a deep dive into what Portland can do to hold onto affordable space for its artists before it's too late.

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Groundbreaking Artists Space Milepost 5 Changes Hands

A redeveloper of affordable housing is taking the reins from Beam Development.

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1 Man's Mission To Ease The Squeeze On Portland's Creative Space

Ken Unkeles has provided work space for hundreds of Portland artists. Here’s how he did it.

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Terese Marie Mailhot On Memoir, Memory And Agency

Shattering stories and laser-focused language mark a breakthrough debut memoir.

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'Welcome To Night Vale' Creators | Poets Morgan Parker And Tommy Pico

This week on "State of Wonder," Wordstock conversations with the creators of "Welcome to Night Vale" and two electric poets, Morgan Parker and Tommy Pico.

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Iconic Central Oregon Bookstore Up For Sale

Paulina Springs Books, the store serving readers in the Central Oregon town of Sisters since 1992, is seeking a buyer.

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Oregon Playwright E.M. Lewis On The Polar Parable Of 'Magellanica'

Oregon playwright’s marathon 5-hour opus immerses audience in Antarctic journey.

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Artists Repertory Theatre Receives $7 Million Gift

The surprise gift may change fortunes of a company in the midst of selling half its headquarters.

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Artists Present Tribute Art To MAX Stabbing Victims

TriMet will fund the creation of a permanent work at the Hollywood Transit Station to commemorate the victims of last year's stabbing on a light rail train.

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The Shins | Joe Morton | Keith Rosson | Magellanica At Artists Rep

James Mercer shakes up one great Shins album to make another. We also hear from veteran actor Joe Morton of "Scandal" and hear about the epic new 5.5-hour play at Artists Rep.

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Celebrated Oregon Author Ursula K. Le Guin Dies At 88

A one-woman revolution in fiction and fantasy — and one of Oregon’s literary treasures — author Ursula K. Le Guin has died at age 88.

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Eloise Damrosch On Nearly Three Decades In Portland Arts Policy

Portland’s former top arts executive talks about her time at RACC, preserving creative space, her favorite piece of public art, and more.

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Typhoon | Josh Ritter | Laura Veirs | Portland Youth Philharmonic

This week on "State of Wonder," exclusive sessions with singer-songwriter Josh Ritter and Typhoon, new ideas to preserve Portland arts spaces, musician Laura Veirs branches into podcasting, and more.

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Portland City Council To Consider Preserving Space For Art

Portland leaders are looking for revenue-neutral fixes for gentrification's squeeze on galleries and stages.

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Damáso Rodríguez On Artists Rep's Building, Debt And Future

The artistic director of Artists Repertory Theatre talks about the recent revelation of an IRS debt and the impending sale of half of the theater.

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Lemony Snicket | Maria Bamford | Robert Frank

This week on "State of Wonder," comedian Maria Bamford on her hit Netflix series, author of the best-selling "Series of Unfortunate Events," and the man who pretty much invented the photography book.

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Artists Repertory Theatre To Sell Half Its Building; Parts With Managing Director

With two liens against the theater company's iconic building looming, big changes are coming. 

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Tom Perrotta On Porn, Consent Issues And The Fabulous Mrs. Fletcher

The best-selling author of “Election” and “The Leftovers” tells us what he learned about the social and spiritual dimensions of online porn.

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'OPB Politics Now': In-Depth On Vera Katz

We hear more about the life and legacy of one of Portland's trailblazing politicians who died earlier this month.

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After Tumultuous Year, Eugene Opera Is Back

Company puts debt in the rearview mirror and stages Rossini's crowd-pleaser, "The Barber of Seville."


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