KalaLea

KalaLea is an audio journalist who has produced stories for NPR’s Latino USA, Slate Studios, NPR’s Interfaith Voices, The New Yorker podcasts and KCRW.

She received her Master’s degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism with a specialization in multimedia storytelling. In 2017, KalaLea was a recipient of the Tow-Knight Entrepreneurial Journalism fellowship.

Before working in audio, KalaLea worked as a digital producer for advertising and publishing companies. And before that, she was the owner of a little cafe in Brooklyn.

KalaLea appears in the following:

Pam Grier, from Blaxploitation to Black Excellence

Friday, February 21, 2020

Outrageous, raunchy, and empowered, the star of “Foxy Brown” helped change the way black lives were presented onscreen.

Tyler Foggatt Picks Three

Friday, February 07, 2020

A New Yorker staffer picks three things she can’t stop thinking about.

What Would a World Without Prisons Be Like?

Friday, January 24, 2020

Kai Wright sits down with two advocates of prison abolition to discuss the why and the how of ‘decarceration.’

Life After Prison

Friday, January 17, 2020

A few months ago, Jonathan was released from prison. Our producer shadowed him to learn what emancipation feels like after two decades of being locked up.

Ten Years After “The New Jim Crow”

Friday, January 17, 2020

In 2010, Michelle Alexander’s best-selling book spelled out how mass incarceration harms communities of color. Assessing its impact, she looks back, and forward, with David Remnick.

Peter Dinklage on Cyrano, and Life After “Thrones”

Friday, December 20, 2019

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” made him a superstar; now Dinklage can return to the stage.

The Chef Niki Nakayama Does It Her Way

Friday, December 06, 2019

The chef at one of Los Angeles’s best restaurants on how to build a woman-friendly kitchen.

Lena Waithe on Police Violence and “Queen & Slim”

Friday, November 15, 2019

The screenwriter’s new film is about a first date that goes terribly wrong when a police officer is accidentally shot. “We create the heroes we need,” Waithe tells Jelani Cobb.

Charlamagne Tha God Speaks Frankly about Mental Health

Friday, November 08, 2019

A radio personality describes his struggles, and the links between racism and stress.  

Helen Rosner Picks Three

Friday, November 01, 2019

The New Yorker food correspondent shares three current food-world favorites with David Remnick—and brings samples.

Can Mayor Pete Be a Democratic Front-Runner?

Friday, November 01, 2019

Pete Buttigieg is positioning himself as the moderate to watch for in the Democratic race. Can he overcome his lack of support from black voters? 

Charles Addams’s American Family

Friday, October 25, 2019

Addams set out to write a pitch-dark satire of suburban life, and ended up creating one of the most beloved cartoons of all time.

Elizabeth Strout’s View from the Top

Friday, October 04, 2019

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Olive Kitteridge” returns to a favorite haunt: a steep hill on her college campus, where she’d look out over the world.    

Kate Tempest, Against Numbness

Friday, September 27, 2019

The singer and spoken-word poet performs live. 

Brittany Howard, of Alabama Shakes, Talks with David Remnick

Friday, September 13, 2019

Putting her popular band on hold was difficult, Howard says, but, “Wherever creativity leads my ship, I can’t force it. Once I start forcing it, it’s not going to be no good, anyway.”

Stephen Cheng’s Chinese-Jamaican Music

Friday, August 23, 2019

The staff writer Hua Hsu on the singular career of a Chinese vocalist with global ambitions. 

The Rippling Effects of China’s One-Child Policy

Friday, August 09, 2019

Nanfu Wang grew up under China’s one-child policy. But it wasn’t until she became pregnant that she began to question the law. 

Jelani Cobb Picks Three Recent Historical Books

Friday, July 26, 2019

The historian and staff writer suggests three compelling recent works of history. 

Aaron Sorkin Rewrites “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Friday, July 05, 2019

Adapting a classic novel for the stage, the writer had a few bones to pick with the heroic figure of Atticus Finch.

Kelefa Sanneh Picks Three

Friday, June 21, 2019

The writer, a man of extraordinarily wide taste in music, clues David Remnick in to some great pop artists who aren’t extremely popular.