Becoming Muslim

About the Program

Join Hana Baba for personal stories of Americans who chose Islam. Baba also discusses the history of Islam in America with Dr. Edward E. Curtis IV. Uncover a religious history rarely taught and the people who make up the diverse Muslim community in the United States.

KALW’s The Spiritual Edge Podcast explores the shifting, dynamic nature of religion and spirituality. We offer stories of people and communities who balance a commitment to long-held beliefs with an active, modern life. Often an emotional subject, the lens of religion offers profound insight into the world’s cultures. It has played a role in many of the world’s conflicts, as well as art, health, and influences the way people search for meaning. Our goal is to explore those dynamics so that we can better understand how religion and spirituality help to shape our inner and outer worlds.

Funding for Becoming Muslim comes from the Templeton Religion Trust


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Preview available: March 1, 2023
Promo spot available: March 8, 2023
Program rundown available: March 14, 2023
Date content will be uploaded: March 14, 2023


Broadcast Window

March 15, 2023 - April 30, 2023

Broadcast Rights

Available to all APM affiliates; subscription to the APM Presents package is not required for carriage. Affiliate stations may carry this program multiple times before May 1, 2023. The program must be carried in its entirety. No excerpting is permitted. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this program. Prior to carrying this program, stations must contact their American Public Media Station Relations Representative.

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Hana Baba

Hana Baba is a producer and host for The Spiritual Edge podcast. She’s also the host of The Stoop, a groundbreaking podcast about the Black diaspora rooted in her own experiences as a Muslim woman and daughter of Sudanese immigrants. In addition, she hosts Crosscurrents, a KALW’s daily news magazine. She is a San Francisco Bay Area journalist with 20+ years experience in radio. Her interviews and reporting range in topics from ethnic community issues, poverty and health to culture, religion, politics, and the arts. An Arabic speaker and Sudanese-American, Hana reports from and about Sudan and Sudanese communities. Hana’s freelance work has appeared in PRI's The World, BBC World Service, and New America Media.

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