Ali Budner

Producer, Your Call

Ali Budner came to KALW as a volunteer reporter with Crosscurrents in early 2009, then joined the Your Call team as a producer in March of 2010.  She loves the dynamic daily interactions of live radio and the inspiring guests and listeners that Your Call attracts.  She still makes stories for Crosscurrents in her free time.

Ali has always been a writer – compelled by people, their voices and their stories. But she first found her way to radio as a college student in 2003 when she got involved with the program, Inside Out, on Brown Student Radio.

As a new arrival to the Bay Area in 2006, Ali continued to explore the world through radio as an intern with the Kitchen Sisters in San Francisco and then in Berkeley as a member of the KPFA First Voice Apprenticeship Program.  She graduated from First Voice in 2008, after 18 months of training, including six months of co-producing the radio magazine, Full Circle.  And she's been at KALW since 2009.

Aside from her radio work, Ali has been a farmer, a yoga teacher, an ESOL teacher and an herbalist.  She teaches classes in the Bay Area on the uses of medicinal plants.

To get to work, she pedals her bike, takes a Bart train, rides a muni bus, and then walks to KALW!  

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2:01pm

Tue February 24, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

Trees take root in the Tenderloin

“Right now we’re standing in front of a more arid desert feature,” says my tour guide Darryl Smith. It’s an odd thing to point out in the middle of San Francisco – and the street sounds nearby don’t let you forget that you’re in the heart of the Tenderloin, but as soon as you set foot in this park, you know you’ve walked into a unique space.

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9:58am

Thu June 19, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Your Call: How should colleges deal with rape and sexual assault on campus?

Rape Awareness
Wolfram Burner https://www.flickr.com/photos/wolframburner/10304330045 Flickr Creative Commons

5:09pm

Mon January 20, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

"The Race to an Emergency": A KALW News documentary tracing the path of a 9-1-1 call in Oakland

Lesley Philips and Sharena Thomas.
The People's Community Medics

If you’ve ever picked up the phone to call 9-1-1, you or someone else probably needed help. Badly. And you probably assumed that after dialing those three numbers, help would come screeching around the corner, lights and sirens blaring.

Well, the residents of East and West Oakland say that depends on where you live.  In this special hour-long KALW documentary, “The Race to an Emergency” host Martina Castro and reporter Ali Budner trace the path of a 9-1-1 call in Oakland: from the dispatchers to the emergency responders. And they consider how geography and demographics figure into a crisis that has been brewing in Oakland for decades.

Click the player to listen to the hour-long documentary. For more information, links to sources, photos and data maps, please visit the documentary website, www.theracetoanemergency.org.  

Note: This piece first aired on October 8th, 2013.  To see the original post and hear the audio from that airing, click HERE.  

4:15pm

Tue January 14, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

San Francisco shop keeps the endangered art of hat-making alive

 

San Franciscans have always loved hats, since the first half of the 20th century and earlier. Streets were often a sea of hats: rounded bowlers, creased fedoras, wide-brimmed ladies’ hats ornamented with flowers and birds. The hat’s popularity today is a shadow of what it once was, and local hatters have all but disappeared. But there’s at least one place where the local hat-making tradition goes on – behind a nearly 100-year-old storefront in the Richmond District.

An almost forgotten trade

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5:34pm

Tue October 8, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

WEB EXTRA: Documentary film captures story of America's first paramedics

Freedom House movie poster
Courtesy of www.freedomhousedoc.com

The story behind the country's real first ambulance system carries themes of race and class. It was created in the late 1960s. Up until then, police would take patients to the hospital in wagons that weren't equipped with gurneys or medical equipment.

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