Hana Baba

Community college is supposed to be the affordable path to higher education. But with $400 million cut from the California Community Colleges budget, the future of the 112 California campuses is unclear – including Chabot College in Hayward. Still, the president of Chabot College, Dr. Celia...
Most artists work with a design in mind – architects have their blueprints, actors have their screenplays – a plan for how their project will proceed. But for improv comics, art is making people laugh without a script or even a clue of how you’ll go about doing it before you hit the stage. You...
When there are police shootings – they usually make front page news. Any officer involved in a shooting is usually immediately put on administrative leave, and the police department conducts an investigation. Reporters follow up on these stories, but their access is limited. That’s because five...
Recently, KALW’s Jon Atkinson headed out to Dolores Park to ask the resident young adults there about marriage. He mostly heard the words “outdated,” and “unnecessary” (save for the words of one hopeful park-goer). And those who follow marriage trends wouldn’t be surprised. People like local author...
As the state ponders the release of its prisoners, some community groups are calling for a more rehabilitative approach to incarceration. Prison can be a transforming experience for many. It can also be enlightening, with prisoners finding solace and guidance in spirituality. While African American...
Head to the East Bay city of Hayward, and you’ll find a museum with a little bit of class. There, the city’s historical society puts on exhibits about the way we used to live. But were Bay Area citizens of the past really so different than us? KALW’s Hana Baba wanted to know more, so she stopped by...
The housing market collapse caused 1.2 million homes to be foreclosed upon in the state over the past three years, making us the state with the most in the country. Beyond those big numbers are real people. Californians who have lost their homes have stories as diverse as the state itself. Some...
Back in the ‘50s, Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” challenged how people thought a poem should sound. Recently, e-books challenged how we think a book should feel. And now, the Twitter Novel is challenging how a novel should be written. Journalist Doug Sovern took it upon himself to write a novel on Twitter...
Smartphones bring us streaming audio, directions to where we're going, instant connections with our friends and family. But an increasing number of experts are sounding an alarm that smartphones may as well be called spyphones. One concerned group is the San Francisco-based Center for Technology...
Sometimes stories are told in the privacy of a booth, like the StoryCorps booth in the Contemporary Jewish Museum. And sometimes they’re told on stage. Jamaica Osorio is just one of the poets who performed at last year’s Brave New Voices spoken word tournament. The tournament began airing on HBO in...
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