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.  

On a national level, Hana does freelance writing and reporting on ethnic communities, poverty, health, culture, religion, and the arts.  Her radio work has appeared on various NPR programs, and PRI's The World.  Her articles have appeared on New America Media and the Sudan Tribune.  A Sudanese-American, Hana also reports from and about Sudan and Sudanese, and is fluent in Arabic.

Business
6:50 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Arlington Grove Development Providing Much-Needed Housing In North City

William Ittner's Arlington School today (built in 1898)
Courtesy McCormack Baron Salazar

A historic St. Louis School building has a new lease on life as a new development in north city’s 22nd Ward.

The Arlington School, designed by pioneering St. Louis Architect William Ittner was built in 1898.  The school was closed in 1994 and fell into extreme disrepair.  I filed a story for NPR in 2009 about ten of Ittner's schools, including Arlington, which were facing uncertain futures.

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Election 2012
6:17 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Mo. Bar Cancels Atty. Gen. Debate; Martin Files Ethics Complaint Against Koster

GOP nominee for Mo. Atty. Gen. Ed Martin, at a campaign stop in Jefferson City.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Bar has canceled its planned debate for the state Attorney General’s race.

The debate had been planned for Friday, October 19th, in St. Louis at the Missouri Bar’s annual meeting.  Spokeswoman Farrah Fite says they canceled the debate because Republican nominee Ed Martin did not RSVP by Thursday’s deadline.  She added that incumbent Democrat Chris Koster and Libertarian nominee Dave Browning had accepted the invitation.

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Politics
5:22 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Police Union Not Unified On Prop A

Prop A asks Missouri voters to local control of the St. Louis Police Department back to the city for the first time since 1861.
St. Louis Public Radio

Since last fall, the St. Louis Police Officers Association has supported a ballot initiative to bring local control of the department back to the city.

But this week the union’s president publicly urged members to vote “no” on Prop A.

Dave Bonenberger said in his "Message from the President" column that local control would lead to political influence in the department and loss of police pensions.

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Jim Zarroli is a business reporter for NPR News, based at NPR's New York bureau.

He covers economics and business news including fiscal policy, the Federal Reserve, the job market and taxes

Over the years, he's reported on recessions and booms, crashes and rallies, and a long string of tax dodgers, insider traders and Ponzi schemers. He's been heavily involved in the coverage of the European debt crisis and the bank bailouts in the United States.

Former Daniele Hotel to Re-open as Hampton Inn
4:26 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Former Daniele Hotel In Clayton To Get New Life

An artist's rendering of the new Hampton Inn & Suites to be built at site of the former Daniele Hotel in Clayton.
(Equis Hospitality Management)

The former Daniele Hotel in Clayton will reopen soon as a Hampton Inn and Suites.


The Daniele has been shuttered since 2007. But Equis Hospitality Management in St. Louis says it will spend about $16 million to renovate the hotel on North Meramec Ave. The new hotel will have 106 rooms, including 25 suites, and underground parking.


Equis co-owner Greg Mullenix says they will add a fifth floor to the hotel and they’ll feature a restaurant and bar at street level.

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Politics
4:02 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Spence Sues Nixon For Defamation

(via Jay Nixon campaign website video)

Republican challenger Dave Spence has filed a defamation lawsuit against Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon over a campaign ad.

The lawsuit filed Friday in Cole County claims Nixon maliciously or recklessly broadcast false statements about Spence's role with a bank. The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Nixon's campaign manager, Oren Shur, responded by saying Spence "needs to take a deep breath."

"You see a lot of crazy stunts during the course of a campaign," Shur, said in a statement.  "But this frivolous lawsuit is misguided and desperate.”

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Cityscape
2:07 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Classical And Pop Music Fusion: Christopher O’Riley And Matt Haimovitz

Christopher O'Riley
Wendy Lynch
  • Interview with Christopher O'Riley and Matt Haimovitz

Christopher O’Riley is recognized as a leading American pianist and is host of NPR’s “From the Top,” a program which showcases the best young musicians in the country.  Host Steve Potter talks with O’Riley in advance of his performance with cellist Matt Haimovitz, who made his solo debut when he was just 13 years old, at the Edison Theatre at Washington University.  The event, “Shuffle. Play.

Cityscape
2:02 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

ARCHON Science Fiction Convention

Young science fiction fans at a previous ARCHON Science Fiction Convention
(Provided By: Byron Kerman)
  • Interview with Elonka Dunin, Joe Haldeman and Byron Kerman

This weekend science fiction and fantasy fans will gather at the Collinsville Gateway Center for the 36th ARCHON Science Fiction Convention.  Host Steve Potter talks with acclaimed science fiction writer and author Joe Haldeman, who wrote “The Forever War,” which received the Nebula and Hugo Awards for the best science fiction novel of 1975.  Steve also talks with St. Louis cryptologist and game developer Elonka Dunin and Byron Kerman, one of the organizers of the convention.

Cityscape
1:58 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Soundbites: Filipino Food On The Rise In St. Louis

(L to R): Steve Potter, Emilio Bombais, Ligaya Figueras, Ammie Maminta-McSwain
Erin Keplinger

Two restaurants which offer Filipino food have opened within the last few weeks.  Emilio Bombais is the owner of Café Manila, a seasonal food stand at the Kirkwood Farmers Market, has opened Manila Bistro in downtown Kirkwood.  Ammie Maminta-McSwain along with her niece, Abby Hernandez, recently took over the Shell Corner Café in downtown St. Louis and offer Filipino food during the lunch hours.

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