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.



Tue October 14, 2014

San Francisco Schools grapple with Common Core, new technology

Note: The San Francisco Unified School District owns KALW's broadcast license. 

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Mon October 13, 2014
Arts & Culture

Exploring a rich culture at the Silicon Valley African Film Festival

Nollywood Mindspace


For the past five years, Chike Nwoffiah has put together the Silicon Valley African Film Festival, which screens and celebrates films from fifteen different African countries. Nowadays, it's become more than a film fest; This year there's an African market, a visual arts exhibit, and a forum that features African women who work in tech. Nwoffiah hopes all this will help festival-goers understand the complexity of the continent.

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Mon October 6, 2014

Oakland Mayoral Race '14: Candidate Saied Karamooz

Oakland mayoral candidate Saied Karamooz
Credit: Oakland Wiki

On November 4th, Oakland voters will pick their next mayor. All month on “Crosscurrents,” we are going to bring you the voices of each of the 15 people who are campaigning for the job.  

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Wed October 1, 2014
Arts & Culture

Interview with Director Suzanne Lafetra

In  Marin County the  Mill Valley Film Fest  is underway. It opens Thursday October 2, and this week we're featuring some of the many local documentary makers in this year’s program.

Today, we explore the film FREE, which follows young dance students at Destiny Arts in Oakland as they navigate harsh realities like abuse, violence, suicide attempts, and absent parents, all while preparing for a big dance performance that compels them to express their innermost fears. Director Suzanne Lafetra came to the studio, to talk about the film. A note to our listeners, this interview contains a description rape.

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Wed September 24, 2014