Our podcast got its start at public radio station KALW in San Francisco, California. The Stoop was one of three podcast pilots selected for funding and training support by NPR Story Lab.  Our team spent three days in Washington D.C. with NPR professionals working to strengthen our skills and network.

Now we are ready to bring our thoughts, feelings, and sounds of our stoop to you.


Hana Baba

Host & Producer

Hana is a Sudanese-American Muslim mom who grew up on folktales. She was a fellow at PRI, UC Berkeley, and hosts the KALW newsmagazine, Crosscurrents. She reports on culture, religion, education, and immigrant communities for NPR, PRI, BBC.

Hana can bust out a Slick Rick rap on demand.

Leila Day

Host & Producer

Leila is an editor and producer at KALW in San Francisco. She’s reported for many national outlets and was an Annenberg Fellow. In 2015, she was awarded "Best Commentary" from the Society of Professional Journalists.

She responds to the question “But where are you really from?” with an eye roll and the answer “Las Vegas.”



Julie was instrumental in the creation of The Stoop. Her work has aired on a wide variety of national programs. She's the executive producer for audio for Al Jazeera Digital, the senior editor at The Specialist podcast, and the founder of KALW's Audiograph series.


This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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