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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4:46pm

Thu February 5, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

XL Love: a journalist looks at obesity and romance

Here in America, close to 70 percent of people are overweight. In her new book XL Love: How the Obesity Crisis is Complicating America’s Love Life, local journalist Sarah Varney looks beyond the numbers to explore how issues of weight can do everything from end marriages to over-sexualize girls as young as nine years old. Varney sat down with KALW's Hana Baba to talk about the the threat obesity poses to not just our health, but to our happiness.

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4:51pm

Tue January 27, 2015
Arts & Culture

The gains and losses of racial "code switching"

Stanford Professor Allyson Hobbs' latest book, 'A Chosen Exile.'

 


On today’s episode of “Crosscurrents,” we are talking about identity. We have heard how people, whether intentionally or not, can “pass” as another race, just by the sound of their voice. Passing can also be a full-time, physical endeavor. The United States has a long history of African Americans who chose to live as white in their daily lives. 

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9:47pm

Wed January 21, 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 3,500 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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