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!  



Tue December 13, 2011
climate economics

Today on Your Call: How does climate change impact economic growth?

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 How is climate change affecting economies around the globe? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you. 

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Mon December 12, 2011
Community colleges

What are community colleges for?

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 It's Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

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Fri December 9, 2011
media roundtable

Friday on Your Call: Media Roundtable

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 It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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Thu December 8, 2011
LGBT youth

Thursday on Your Call: Have things gotten better for LGBT youth?

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 What's the best way to help LGBT youth feel safe and supported? It's Your Call with guest host, Angie Coiro, and you.

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Wed December 7, 2011
Your Call

On Wednesday's Your Call: What is US role with emerging Arab governments?

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 . It’s Your Call, with Matt Martin and you. Guests Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan.

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