Hana Baba

News Reporter/Host

Hana Baba is a reporter and Co-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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6:32pm

Thu April 25, 2013
Arts & Culture

International Film Festival kicks off in San Francisco

Image courtesy of http://festival.sffs.org/

Tonight is opening night for the San Francisco International Film Festival – the longest running film fest in the Americas is in its 56th year, and this is its first run under the executive direction of film producer, Ted Hope, the new head of the San Francisco Film Society. Hope produced or executive produced 69 films over a span of four decades, including American Splendor, 21 Grams, and In the Bedroom. He is considered by many to be a father of the independent film movement in the U.S. He came by our studios to talk with KALW’s Hana Baba about independent films and what’s in store at the festival.

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3:44pm

Wed April 17, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

What's up with the weather? Answers from a climatologist

Just over a week ago, gusts up to 65 miles per hour toppled trees and power lines around the Bay Area and wreaked havoc on coastal roads. Winds that strong here can classify somewhere between a tropical storm. While they let up for the rest of the week, they returned Monday night, in force.  

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10:15am

Wed April 17, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Federal investigators slam Chevron for refinery fire

Last summer, the people of Richmond were in shock from the explosion and following fire that broke out at the Chevron oil refinery in their city. Black plumes of smoke hovered over the Bay, and people filled local emergency rooms with respiratory complaints. Chevron blamed the explosion on a ruptured pipeline.

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5:12pm

Tue April 9, 2013
Education

Funding technology curriculum in schools

Dan Barbus http://www.flickr.com/photos/utnapistim/73429019/

School districts are increasingly teaching technology as part of their regular curriculum, but the high cost of computers and tablets can hinder that effort. Last year, the federal government pitched in to help some schools out. Hundreds of school districts participated in the Race to the Top program, which is awarding major technology education funding to three school districts in California. One is in the Bay Area, Haven Unified, which serves Union City, in Alameda County.

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7:40pm

Thu April 4, 2013
Arts & Culture

Resurrecting "SHE" with Rhodessa Jones

Courtesy of brava.org

Bay Area artist Rhodessa Jones has been described by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee as "an artistic powerhouse whose work has transformed and saved lives." The teacher, singer, writer, and activists took theatre to places it seldom goes – producing theatre for female prison inmates, and HIV positive women.

Her current performance, “The Resurrection of SHE”, chronicles her life through storytelling, dance, song, and visual imagery.  “SHE” dives into the realities of being black and female in America today, while reaching deep within her history and telling her own story. Rhodessa Jones joined KALW’s Hana Baba studio to talk about her life and "The Resurrection of SHE."

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