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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12:00am

Thu February 23, 2012
Movies that change us

Today on Your Call: What movie changed the way you understand the world?

On today's Your Call, a few days before “that other award show” we will announce your nominations for the film that most powerfully changed the way you understand the world.  Documentaries, features, shorts, or even animation.

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12:00am

Wed February 22, 2012
Prison reform

Today on Your Call: What's next for prison reform?

On today's Your Call we’ll talk about what’s changing in California’s prison system.  The Occupy Movement drew attention to the prison industrial complex this week with a day of action called “Occupy the Prisons.”  They are calling for an end to inhumane conditions for people behind bars.  Meanwhile, the realignment process is underway in California-- where low-level offenders are being moved from prisons to county jails.  Is this the best way to solve prison over-crowding?

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12:00am

Thu February 16, 2012

12:00am

Wed February 15, 2012
Sex education

Today on Your Call: What should sex education look like? And where should it happen?

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On today's next Your Call we’ll talk about how and where young people are getting educated about sexual health.  Under California law sex education must be comprehensive, science-based and free of bias.  California is one of the only states that doesn’t take federal funds to teach abstinence-only.  So what do you think sex education should like in schools?  Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org.  What resources are available to educators and parents?  It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.

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12:00am

Thu February 9, 2012
Banned books

Today on Your Call: Who decides what kids can read in school?

borderzine.com

On today's Your Call we’ll talk about how schools decide what students can read in their libraries and classrooms and what happens when books are prohibited.  In Arizona, the Tucson Unified School District recently banned a long list of books in the Mexican American Studies program from their schools including Howard Zinn’s People’s History of the United States.  So what are the criteria for school reading?  And who should make these decisions?  And how does this affect freedom in public education?  Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.or

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