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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4:58pm

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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5:00pm

Tue December 30, 2014
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: December 30, 2014

Jimmy Carter's call to action.

6:14pm

Wed December 17, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Interview with Robert Okin

Dr. Robert Okin served as chief of Psychiatry at San Francisco General hospital for 17 years. During that time, he cared for many of the people you see on the city’s streets when they end up in the hospital. Okin says many homeless people suffer from mental illness and as we walk by them on the street, we too often fail to remember that they are just like you and me. So, Dr. Okin spent two years photographing and talking to San Francisco’s homeless population, collecting their profiles in a photo essay book called Silent Voices: People with Mental Disorders on the Street.

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10:17pm

Tue December 16, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Bay Area Africans feel, and fight, Ebola stigma

"Africa is more than Ebola" event at Priority Africa Network
Hana Baba

Racial and religious stereotyping are sadly a reality we still have to live with in the United States. You hear that discussed nowadays in light of police shootings of young African American men, or in African immigrant communities around the country that are dealing with another form of discrimination: harassment based on Ebola stigma. Over the weekend, Bay Area African leaders and activists gathered in Oakland to discuss what should be done about it. 

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