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The Stoop

Originally aired Fall 2018

The Stoop celebrates black joy, digging deeper into stories about blackness that we don’t hear enough about. Hosts Leila Day and Hana Baba bring you honest, lively conversations from across the black diaspora.

This special miniseries of The Stoop is produced and hosted by Leila Day and Hana Baba, edited by Julie Caine and Casey Miner, engineered by Seth Samuel and Chris Hoff, and associate produced by Jessica Jupiter. Music by Daoud Anthony and artwork by Neema Iyer. Special thanks to KALW, the NPR Story Lab, and California Humanities.

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THe team

Hana Baba (Host, Co-producer) is a San Francisco Bay Area journalist with 20 years experience in radio.

She is a reporter and host of Crosscurrents, a daily radio newsmagazine that broadcasts on public radio station KALW in the Bay Area. 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 also reports from and about Sudan and Sudanese communities.

On a national level, Hana’s freelance work appears on NPR programs, PRI's The World, BBC World Service, and New America Media.

Hana regularly emcees at benefits and events around the Bay Area, and moderates panel discussions on local media and journalism. She is a voice of the audio tour of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's permanent exhibit.

Leila Day (Host, Co-producer) is an award-winning journalist based in San Francisco where she's worked as a senior producer and editor at KALW public radio. She's produced content for NPR, AARP, USA TODAY, and various podcasts.

In 2015 Leila was the recipient of the USC Annenberg Reporting on Health Journalism Fellowship, reporting on mental healthcarewithin black communities. Her work has garnered national and local awards through the Society of Professional Journalists, NorCal, and PRINDI.

Leila has a degree in anthropology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and studied documentary radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Before radio life she spent four years in Havana, Cuba, where she developed a dance intensive program and was a frequent contributor to Cuba's national newspaper, Juventud Rebelde. You can find some of her reporting advice on NPR's Training site.

Listen to The Stoop



What percent of black makes you Black? We meet people whose DNA tests changed their lives – and not always in a good way.


Episode #2 – gullah Geechee

Lean in for this one, as The Stoop heads to the lowcountry of South Carolina to celebrate the language and culture of the Gullah Geechee, a people rooted in a mix of African cultures.

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It’s called “the nod,” that silent acknowledgement of solidarity that especially happens when Black folk see one another in spaces where they are “the onlys.” In this episode, The Stoop hits the streets with black radio producers to give the nod and report back from New York, Seattle, and North Carolina.

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In the final episode of the mini-series, The Stoop talks to interracial couples having difficult conversations around race, love and identity at a time when racial tensions are high.