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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9:31am

Tue December 6, 2011
Health & Environment

On Tuesday's Your Call: Green chemistry?

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.

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4:45pm

Thu December 1, 2011
Politics

Thursday's Your Call: What role should athletes play in our political dialogue?

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?

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3:26pm

Mon November 28, 2011
Politics

Tuesday's Your Call: How is the Occupy movement encouraging creative economic activism?

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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