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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4:56pm

Thu November 14, 2013
Arts & Culture

Local Filipino community reacts to typhoon

Rev. Geoffrey Baraan, St. Anne's Catholic Church, Union City
The Catholic Voice

The deadly Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines six days ago has claimed at least 2 thousand lives, with hundreds of thousands of survivors left with no shelter.

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6:20pm

Wed November 13, 2013
Education

Restorative Justice: Interview with Eric Butler

Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth

Today we're talking about Restorative Justice and how some schools are shifting their approach to student discipline.  Eric Butler is the Restorative Justice Coordinator at Ralph Bunche High School in Oakland. There are over  20 schools in Oakland that have incorporated some sort of restorative approach to discipline. This means, instead of a punitive approach to issues at school, all parties are encouraged to address the harm that's done and then try to repair any harm that was caused in their community. Eric Butler says the approach is a complete shift from how schools traditionally deal with discipline.  

ERIC BUTLER: "We’re doing something different we’re apologizing for those messed up messages that we taught because we should’ve been teaching tolerance."

Click the audio player above to listen to the full interview.

4:30pm

Thu November 7, 2013
Arts & Culture

Eating dinner in the dark at the Blind Café

The Dark
Seth Samuel

The weekend is a time for relaxing or maybe going to dinner and a show with friends. One typical scenario is you meet up with them, get dinner. Now, imagine you walk into a restaurant and it’s dark. Pitch dark. It’s not a power outage; this is darkness by design. Welcome to Blind Café.

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9:47am

Thu October 24, 2013
Arts & Culture

Film of first Saudi Arabian female director showing in the Bay Area

We’re used to making movies here in California, but there are still places in the world where that art form is rare. Like in Saudi Arabia, which recently submitted an entry to the Foreign Film category of the Academy Awards for the first time ever. 

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5:08pm

Thu October 17, 2013
Arts & Culture

Can you dig it? Interview with comedian Don Reed

Don Reed
The Marsh Theatre

Don Reed is a nationally renowned comedian - maybe you've caught him during his warm-up act on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He started his career doing stand up, performing around the country with comedians like Chris Rock, Robert Townsend, and Damon Wayans. But, he says,  when it came to getting big gigs like they did, he never made the cut. The feedback was always the same says Reed, "I'm too white." 

Reed isn't white though, he's black. Talent agents thought his act wasn't black enough. 

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