Hana Baba

News Reporter/Host

Hana Baba is a reporter and host of Crosscurrents, a daily radio newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.  

She interviews and reports on ethnic communities, poverty, health, culture, religion, arts, and the global nature of the San Francisco Bay Area.  Her work also appears on NPR programs, PRI's The World, BBC World Service, and New America Media. A Sudanese-American, Hana also reports from and about Sudan and Sudanese, and is fluent in Arabic.

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9:47pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Arts & Culture

The Spiritual Edge: Celebrating the commonalities at Oakland’s ‘Sushi’ Mosque

Musicians lead the congregation in Praise Singing at ICCNC
Hana Baba

Through much of their history, Sunni and Shia Muslims have lived peacefully together in countries like Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. But since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, sectarian conflict has escalated in the region. Here in the Bay Area, as in most of the US, around 75% of Muslims identify as Sunni, just four percent identify as Shia.

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6:31pm

Wed January 14, 2015
Arts & Culture

"Roads of Arabia": touring the ancient birthplace of Islam at the Asian Art Museum

 

The world is united in grief over recent attacks on French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. Meanwhile, Muslims are facing violence in the aftermath. Many have denounced it, including the family of a Muslim police officer killed by the gunmen. And many Muslims say what’s needed is a dialogue between civilizations to understand each other on a human level. One way to do that is through sharing ancient art.

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4:07pm

Thu January 8, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

Author Lincoln Paine talks about Bay Area's role in maritime history of the world

Nellie Large

Seafarers, from fisherman to explorers, have been coming to Bay Area ports for centuries. Maritime historian Lincoln Paine says our relationship with the ocean has been instrumental in shaping not only the history of the Bay Area, but of the entire world. His latest book, “Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World,” charts 3500 years of maritime commerce and discovery. KALW's Hana Baba spoke with him about the importance of the sea and its formative role in creating the bustling cities surrounding the Bay.

 

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4:58pm

Wed January 7, 2015
Immigration

Preserving ancient Coptic heritage in the East Bay

Priests at morning mass in St Antonius Coptic Church
Hana Baba

While the majority of the world’s Christians celebrate Christmas on December 25th, a number of Orthodox sects follow an older-than-Gregorian calendar. They celebrate every year on January 7th. 

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4:51pm

Tue January 6, 2015
Arts & Culture

Former Grateful Dead manager shares his "High Notes"

Attending a Grateful Dead concert during the 1970s was a powerful and positive experience for many fans, but what was it like for those who worked with the band backstage? 

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