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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5:27pm

Thu February 6, 2014
Politics

San Jose Mayor makes case for controversial pension plan

Spartan Daily

Governor Jerry Brown sounded the alarm yesterday, not about the drought, but about the skyrocketing pension costs the state will continue to incur in the years to come.  In a letter to CalPers - the state’s pension fund - the governor warned that plans must be made for longer-lived retirees that will drive pension costs up by $1.2 billion a year.

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11:40am

Tue February 4, 2014
Arts & Culture

Egyptian crooner sounds like home to local Arab Americans

The late Abdelhalim Hafez, beloved Arabic musician

  The late Abdelhalim Hafez is an icon of mid-20th century Arabic music. Like Elvis in the United States, Hafez has accrued a massive following of fans in Egypt and abroad, with fans affectionately referring to him under the one word moniker “Halim.” 

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5:17pm

Tue January 28, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Why working parents should strive for 50/50 partnership

Joanna Strober is co-author of Getting to 50 50: How Working Parents Can Have it All by Sharing it All. She and her co-author Sharon Meers are both working parents in the Bay Area, and they set out to write a guide for couples on how to share the work of parenting while prioritizing both of their careers.  Strober spoke with KALW’s Hana Baba about what inspired her and Meers to write this book.

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4:47pm

Thu January 16, 2014
Arts & Culture

Tech immigration changes racial attitudes in Cupertino: Interview with Tomás R. Jiménez

Tomás R. Jiménez, assistant professor of sociology at Stanford University
Stanford University, Department of Sociology

Last June marked a much anticipated achievement for the US Congress- the passing of the immigration reform bill.

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4:31pm

Tue January 14, 2014
Arts & Culture

Aswat Ensemble performs songs from the Arab world with a multicultural twist

Image from zawaya.org

The Arabic music ensemble Aswat is based in the Bay Area and plays classical Arab standards in concerts throughout the Bay Area. But you don't have to know the language to participate.

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