Alexandra Botti

Takeaway Senior Producer

Alexandra Botti appears in the following:

Using Big Data to Create a More Fair Jury

Monday, March 27, 2017

One expert says it’s time to tap into the vast world of big data to find out what prospective jurors read and listen to, and what beliefs they might bring into the courtroom. 

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Check Your 'Privilege'? Rethinking Our Relationship with a Powerful Word

Friday, March 17, 2017

Writer Phoebe Maltz Bovy says using the word "privilege" as an accusation against others is getting out of hand, and holds us back from important conversations about inequality.

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How Growing Nationalism is Shaping European Elections

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

In Europe, the political climate has taken a turn to the right ahead of elections in the Netherlands and France. 

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A Global Sand Mining Crisis

Monday, March 13, 2017

Rapid urban growth and a global boom in construction are depleting an essential ingredient used in concrete and asphalt: Sand. The boom is also swiftly creating an environmental crisis.

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South Korean President Officially Ousted

Friday, March 10, 2017

On Friday, South Korea decided to remove suspended President Park Geun-hye following a public corruption scandal that has engulfed the nation in recent months.


Zoning Issues or Islamophobia? Community Says 'No' to New Mosque

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Officials cited zoning issues in voting down a proposed mosque in Bayonne, New Jersey this week, but many say this was a religiously-motivated decision fueled by fear of Muslims.

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Jeff Sessions' Deputy Faces Heat on the Hill

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

President Trump's nominee for deputy attorney general is facing tough questioning from lawmakers about whether he would appoint special counsel to investigate Russian hacking.


Fighting for Transgender Protections After a String of Murders

Monday, March 06, 2017

At least seven transgender people have been murdered in 2017. The killings are outpacing last year's frightening homicide rate, which was the highest on record.


Repeal and Replace: Can the GOP Get on the Same Page on Healthcare?

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Republicans are trying to come together on a plan to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act, but just can't seem to reach an agreement — yet.

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Florida's Unique Approach to Constitutional Revision

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Every 20 years, Florida amends its Constitution in a unique way, with a "Constitution Revision Commission."


Hundreds Claim Jewelry Giant Harassed and Discriminated Against Employees

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Hundreds of former employees are suing Sterling Jewelers, which operates Jared and Kay Jewelers, claiming they experienced consistent sexual harassment and gender discrimination.


Exploring America's Love Affair with Lethal Self-Defense

Friday, February 24, 2017

Trayvon Martin's death in 2012 may have ignited a national debate on "Stand Your Ground" laws, but to understand these laws we must look at America's complex history with self-defense.

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Executive Angst: Understanding America’s Presidential Power Struggle

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Executive power has expanded and contracted over time. But what does the Constitution actually say about the power of the presidency? Find out in this special Presidents’ Day podcast.  

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For Translators, A Tricky President

Friday, February 10, 2017

President Donald Trump's informal register and hard-to-follow sentence structure can make him especially challenging to translate into other languages. 

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The Future of Education Under Secretary Betsy DeVos

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Critics fear the nomination of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos could mean big change for U.S. public education. 

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Boy Scouts Reverse Rules for Transgender Boys

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

The Boy Scouts of America have begun accepting transgender boys, reversing a policy that goes back more than 100 years.

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Budget Shortfalls Spell Big Challenges for Oklahoma Schools

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Budget shortfalls in Oklahoma leave public schools in the state to make tough choices, like implementing a four-day school week, canceling classes, and consolidating districts. 

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What's Next for Trump's Cabinet Picks

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Confirmation hearings continue for President-elect Donald Trump's high-profile cabinet picks, including secretary of health and human services and the administrator of the EPA. 


The Surprising Protections that Could Disappear With Obamacare

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The debate over the ACA’s repeal has largely focused on who could end up losing insurance. But lesser-known provisions that affect millions of Americans are also on the chopping block.


On MLK Day, Looking Back on Obama's Criminal Justice Legacy

Monday, January 16, 2017

Today, 2.2 million adults are in state or federal prisons. How will history view President Obama’s efforts to reform the criminal justice system?