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!  

Ways to Connect

 

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the Republican Party.  With the 2012 election cycle ramping up, we’re asking some fundamental questions: Who is the base of the Republican Party?  Who’s leading it?  Who’s paying the bills?  How has the party changed over the years and what are its principles and goals?  Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org.  What is your opinion of the Republican Party?  And what do you want to know about it?  It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

 

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Tom Mueller, the author Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil. When did human beings start using olive oil?  How did it become an integral part of so many cuisines?  Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org?  Is olive oil an important part of the culture you come from?  Do you have a memory of cooking with olive oil you’d like to share? It’s Your Call, with Malihe Razazan and you.

On today's Your Call, we'll rebroadcast a conversation we had with graphic novelists. How do images change the art of story telling? What are your favorite graphic novels? What makes them unique?  More graphic novels have been published in the last 10 years than in the previous 30. What explains the explosion? What can we learn from graphic journalism? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.  

Guests:

Amir, author of graphic novel, Zahra's Paradise

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On the next Your Call, we'll rebroadcast a conversation we had about child abuse-- why it’s so pervasive and why it still remains so hidden.

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Paul Buhle and Sharon Rudahl, author and one of the illustrators of the new graphic novel, Robin Hood: People’s Outlaw and Forest Hero.  Buhle writes: “Robin Hood and his companions were called into existence by popular desires for social revenge and social justice.  Whether they “existed” or not does not matter: they existed and exist in the hearts of rebels everywhere.”  So what has Robin Hood’s story meant over time?  How is he as powerful a symbol today as he was in the 14th century?  It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and You.

On today's Your Call, we’ll rebroadcast a conversation we had with Peter Van Buren, author of "We Meant Well: How I  Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People."  US taxpayers have spent $63 billion dollars on so-called reconstruction in Iraq, a plan that Van Buren says is “riddled with waste and inefficiency. Now that the last of US troops have withdrawn from Iraq, what do we need to know about who will remain in Iraq and what their intentions are?   It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you. 

Guests:

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On the next Your Call, we’ll talk about the year in democracy.  It has been one full year since Tunisian fruit vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, set himself on fire--setting off a domino chain of revolts and revolutions in the Arab world and around the globe.  Now there are 150 cities with Occupy movements in California alone.  What’s the moment from the 2011 grassroots uprisings that will stay with you?  Join us at 10 or email us at feedback@yourcallradio.org.  What does democracy mean to you today?  It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and You.

On the today's Your Call, we’ll ask Green Apple Books, Kevin Hunsanger, and Booksmith’s, Christin Evans, to share  their recommendations for the best books of the year.  Do you have friends or family you’d love to give a book to if only you had a recommendation?  What’s your book gift idea and what are you reading?  It's Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

Guests:

Kevin Hunsanger, co-owner of Green Apple Books

Christin Evans, owner of Booksmith

 

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On today's Your Call, we’ll talk about who is living on food stamps and how they are making ends meet.  Over 46 million Americans receive food stamps, which allocates an average of $4 per day.  The number of people relying on food stamp programs has risen with the recession.  So how does the system work?  Can you stay healthy on $4 a day?  Join us at 10 or email us at feedback@yourcallradio.org.  If you’re on food stamps, how are you meeting your needs?  It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and You.

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Can people from different political backgrounds come together to work for prison reform? On today's Your Call, we'll have a conversation about various efforts to reform the prison system in the US. Today, 2.3 million prisoners are in US jails, costing more than $44 billion. In California, more money is spent on prisons than education. What will it take to reform the system? How are groups with different political backgrounds joining forces? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you. 

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On the next Your Call, we'll have a conversation about the climate change conference in Durban, South Africa. Two years ago at the UN talks in Copenhagen, an attempt to secure a global treaty and cut greenhouse gas emissions ended in failure. What is the outcome of the latest negotiations in Durban? Join us live at 10 or send an email tofeedback@yourcallradio.org. How is climate change affecting economies around the globe? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you. 

On the next Your Call, we'll talk about the role of community colleges in higher education. A "student task force" is considering plans to restructure community colleges to be geared more towards increasing transfer rates to 4-year colleges. But some students and faculty worry these changes will actually make higher education less accessible. So what do community colleges mean to you? And how do we maximize the potential of this great resource? Join us at 10 or email us at feedback@yourcallradio.org. It's Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

On the next Your Call, it's our Friday Media Roundtable. This week, we'll discuss media coverage of the ongoing protests in Russia over allegations of election fraud. We will also talk about Wall Street whistleblowers. Where is the coverage? We'll be joined by Columbia Journalism Review's Ryan Chittum and Christian Science Monitor's Fred Weir joins us from Moscow. Where did you see the best reporting this week? Join us live at 10 or send and email to feedback@yourcallradio.org. It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

On the next Your Call, we'll talk to Ron Schmidt, author of Once Removed, about his journey from life as a closeted gay student in Catholic schools, to marriage and single-parenting, through alcoholism and psychotherapy, to working as a teacher in CA public schools and starting organizations to support LGBT youth. Are schools safer for queer students and families today? Join us at 10 or email us at feedback@yourcallradio.org. What's the best way to help LGBT youth feel safe and supported? It's Your Call with guest host, Angie Coiro, and you.

How should the US engage with the governments emerging from the uprising in the Arab world?  On the next Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the emergence of Islamist parties in elections in Egypt and Tunisia. What do they stand for?  Why are they so popular?  And should the U.S. embrace them?  Join us live at 10 or send an email to feedback@yourcallradio.org . It’s Your Call, with Matt Martin and you. Guests Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan.

On the next Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Elizabeth Grossman about her book"Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health and the Promise of Green Chemistry."  Consumers are becoming more aware of the potential health and environmental hazards of plastic products.  Grossman argues that green chemistry could offer a new manufacturing process that is “benign by design.”  So could we get away from plastic entirely?  Join us at 10 or email us at feedback@yourcallradio.org.

On the next Your Call, we'll have a conversation with former Olympic sprinter John Carlos and sportswriter Dave Zirin about their book, The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World. Carlos is famous for his politically-charged Black Power salute with Tommie Smith at the 1968 Olympics. How much power does a professional athlete have to speak out to the world beyond sports? And why do we listen?

How is the Occupy movement encouraging creative activism around economic inequality?  Activists are staging occupations at foreclosed homes across the country to raise awareness about the crisis and help families keep their homes.  There is also talk of creating state or municipal banks as one solution to the corruption of the banking system.  What other ways are you seeing the occupy movement galvanize people to support innovative strategies for turning our economy around?  Join the conversation with host Rose Aguilar by calling (415) 841-4134, or email feedback@yourcallradio.org.

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