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!  



Wed November 7, 2012

California commits to paying for education

Ali Budner

San Francisco’s Measure A passed yesterday, which means City College will get much needed funds. Prop 30 also passed, meaning Californians taxed themselves more than 6 billion dollars to help pay for public education.

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Thu June 21, 2012
Arts & Culture

A music festival on two wheels

Rock Star Pedaler. Photo by Celeste Lindhall.

It’s a sunny morning at Stowe Lake Meadow in Golden Gate Park and the grass is already strewn with bikes. Amid the tinkering and whirring sounds of pedals and wheels, there’s an excited chatter of voices. The 5th annual Bicycle Music Festival is getting into gear.

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Mon April 2, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

The history of green space in San Francisco

Benjamin Grant is the Public Realm and Urban Design program manager at the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association – also known as SPUR. He says that means he works on “public space and the physical form of the city.” He also knows quite a bit about the history of parks in the Bay Area.

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Thu March 1, 2012
Radicalizing college campuses

Today on Your Call: How are college campuses becoming radicalized?

On the next Your Call, we’ll talk about how global events are inspiring political action.  On March 1st, protesters in support of Occupy Education California will begin a “99 Mile March for Education and Social Justice” to the capitol building in Sacramento.  What historical or recent event encouraged you to get politically involved?  Join us at 10 or email Is there a moment that caused you to get involved?  It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you. 


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Wed February 29, 2012
Women and girls in pop culture and media

Today on Your Call: How should we respond to the sexualization of women and girls in the media?

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with the makers of the film, MissRepresentation, a documentary about the increasingly sexualized portrayals of women and girls in popular culture and news media and the continued absence of women in critical leadership roles.   How are these trends affecting our society--especially youth?  How do they impact you or those around you?  And how can we shift them?  Join us at 10 or email  It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.


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