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Alexandra Starr

Alexandra Starr is currently working as a reporter at NPR.  

Alexandra Starr appears in the following:

Here To Stay: How Indian-Born Innkeepers Revolutionized America's Motels

Saturday, March 05, 2016

In midtown Manhattan, 48Lex towers over the crowded street at its feet. The high-rise, luxury hotel offers a singular experience — serving complimentary wine at happy hour — but it's just one of 52 hotels owned by Hersha Hospitality Trust.

The company, named for founder Hasu P. Shah's wife, grew ...

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'Wilhemina's War' Explores Barriers To AIDS Treatment In U.S. South

Monday, February 29, 2016

While many Americans now view HIV and AIDS as survivable conditions, treatment and care can still be difficult to get in the southern states, especially for African-Americans. A new I...

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Fast Food Wars: The Unseen Battle In Franchise Businesses

Thursday, February 25, 2016

When you pay for a meal at a fast food chain, such as McDonald's or KFC, most of the time your money is divided between two different businesses. There's corporate headquarters, and t...

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Pilot Programs Help Former Convicts Find Housing

Sunday, January 10, 2016

A few cities around the country have programs allowing some former felons to move in with relatives who live in public housing.

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Immigration Emerging As Top Issue In 2016

Monday, December 28, 2015

The Obama administration's move to deport Central American families who have not complied with removal orders has immigration advocates seething — and has placed 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in an awkward position.

A spokeswoman for Clinton said the former secretary of state "has real concerns about ...

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South Korea And Japan Reach Landmark Deal Over Comfort Women

Monday, December 28, 2015

The issue of so-called comfort women — tens of thousands of Korean women and girls forced by the Japanese into sexual slavery before and during World War II — has long strained relations between South Korea and Japan. On Monday, the two countries announced a deal that South Korean Foreign ...

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Meadowlark Lemon, Star Of The Harlem Globetrotters, Dies

Monday, December 28, 2015

Meadowlark Lemon, a star with the Harlem Globetrotters for nearly a quarter century, died on Sunday at the age of 83. He had dreamed of playing for the Globetrotters when he was growing up in the Jim Crow South and joined the team in 1954 after serving in the ...

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Pope Francis Asks Central American Governments To Help Cuban Migrants

Sunday, December 27, 2015

On Sunday, Pope Francis called for Central American governments to help thousands of Cuban migrants stuck in Costa Rica as they attempt to journey to the United States.

"I invite the countries of the region to renew with generosity all necessary efforts in order to find a rapid solution to ...

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Olympian Michael Phelps To Coach At Arizona State University

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history, intends to join Arizona State University as a volunteer assistant coach during the 2016-17 season, according to the Arizona Republic. That will follow his presumed retirement after the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil, where Sports Illustrated sees him ...

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Psychiatrist Who Played Major Role In Destigmatizing Homosexuality Dies

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Dr. Robert L. Spitzer, who died Dec. 25 at the age of 83, was considered one of the most influential psychiatrists of his generation. He headed the effort to more rigorously categorize mental disorders for the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (D.S.M.), the ...

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June Retrial For Baltimore Police Officer In Freddie Gray Death

Monday, December 21, 2015

Baltimore Police Officer William Porter will be retried for his role in the death of Freddie Gray — a 25-year-old black man who died in April of a spinal cord injury that prosecutors say can be traced to police misconduct. The trial is set for June 13 of next year. ...

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Inconclusive Spanish Elections Usher In Period Of Political Uncertainty

Monday, December 21, 2015

Spaniards went to the polls Sunday and upended the traditional two-party system, where the conservative Popular Party and more liberal Socialists dominated the political scene. The Popular Party won the most votes, as The New York Times reports, but fell far short of a majority, leaving it unclear whether the ...

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Black Actress To Play Hermione In Harry Potter Play

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Harry Potter saga lives on. A new play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child — which delves into Potter's life as an adult — will open in London in the summer of 2016. Casting for major characters was announced this week, and Hermione will be played by Noma ...

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Breaks Box Office Records

Monday, December 21, 2015

Global weekend ticket sales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens could reach $528 million, Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger told Bloomberg TV on Monday.

The latest film in the Star Wars saga logged the biggest domestic opening in history, collecting $238 million in the United States and ...

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Some Muslim Women Are Taking Self-Defense Into Their Own Hands

Friday, December 18, 2015

Anti-Muslim sentiment is on the rise, and Muslim women wearing hijabs can be particularly vulnerable. That has prompted two women in New York to organize an all-female class for observant Muslims.

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Obama Administration Eyes Detention As More Central Americans Cross Border

Friday, December 11, 2015

Last month saw a sharp rise in the number of Central Americans, especially unaccompanied youth, apprehended by U.S. border authorities. According to The New York Times, a total of 5,622 young people without parents, mostly from Central America, were caught. That is more than twice the number as November ...

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Supreme Court Won't Hear Challenge To Chicago Suburb's Assault Weapons Ban

Monday, December 07, 2015

The Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge from gun owners over a Chicago suburb's ban on the sale or possession of semiautomatic weapons.

NPR's Nina Totenberg filed this report for our Newscast unit on the ban in Highland Park, Ill.:

"The high court left in place a lower ...

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Far-Right National Front Gains In French Regional Elections

Monday, December 07, 2015

France's far-right National Front party scored big gains in the first round of voting in regional elections on Sunday.

It was on track to place first in six of the 13 regions. If the party is able to solidify those gains in the second round of voting next Sunday, it ...

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Socialist Government Could Be Headed For Election Defeat In Venezuela

Friday, December 04, 2015

This Sunday, Venezuelans go to the polls to elect all 167 members of the National Assembly. For the first time since the late President Hugo Chavez first won election in 1998, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela could suffer major losses.

According to Reuters, polls conducted in August ...

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Germany Votes To Provide Military Support In Fight Against ISIS

Friday, December 04, 2015

On Friday, lawmakers in Germany voted in favor of Chancellor Angela Merkel's plan to join the coalition of nations that are fighting ISIS in Syria.

Reporting for NPR, Esme Nicholson says Germany will send six Tornado jets, a naval frigate and up to 1,200 soldiers to fight ISIS in Syria. ...

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