Anjuli Sastry
Stories By

Anjuli Sastry

Story Archive

Gabriel Patten, 18, a student at Castlemont High School in East Oakland, Calif., is a member of an Oakland-based violence intervention program called Youth ALIVE! He remembers when one of the program counselors was shot just outside the school. James Tensuan for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
James Tensuan for NPR

It's Been A Minute: Oakland Kids Who Experience Gun Violence Every Day

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/692823424/693851818" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Ajahnay Cooper poses for a portrait at Castlemont High School in Oakland, Calif., where she is a student. The program Youth ALIVE! at Castlemont High School helps students who have been affected by gun violence and other traumas. James Tensuan for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
James Tensuan for NPR

Jennifer Lopez says women are increasingly realizing: "We have worth, and value, and that we deserve everything that we want." (Above) Lopez performs during the 2018 American Music Awards on Oct. 9 in Los Angeles. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

How Jennifer Lopez Fought For Her 'Second Act'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/677603165/677895101" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Jennifer Lopez attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images For dcp hide caption

toggle caption
Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images For dcp

Jennifer Lopez On Longevity And 'Second Act'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/676694995/677573272" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Speed skater Bridie Farrell testifies before a Congressional committee on Capitol Hill regarding protecting Olympic athletes who have been sexual abused. Farrell was in Washington, D.C., on April 18, 2018. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

"The Bold Type" showrunner Amanda Lasher (left) and Aisha Dee (right), who plays Kat, at the January 2018 "Freeform Summit" in Los Angeles, Calif. Image Group LA/Freeform hide caption

toggle caption
Image Group LA/Freeform

Actress Uzo Aduba plays Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. Jordan Matter hide caption

toggle caption
Jordan Matter

Actress Amber Tamblyn is the author of the new novel, Any Man. Katie Jacobs hide caption

toggle caption
Katie Jacobs

Leonissa Duarte, 18, left, and Freddy Tijerino, 18, star in director Anali Cabrera's film Luna at Moonlight, set at the Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale, CA. Courtesy of Anali Cabrera hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of Anali Cabrera

To Answer Hollywood's Diversity Problem, California Program Hands Kids The Camera

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/622528953/623024835" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Niecy Nash as Desna Simms in Claws. Skip Bolen/TNT hide caption

toggle caption
Skip Bolen/TNT

Mishel Prada and Melissa Barrera star in the STARZ show Vida. They spoke with Sam Sanders at NPR West in Culver City, CA, in June 2018. Anjuli Sastry/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Anjuli Sastry/NPR

Chrissy Metz plays Kate on the NBC's This Is Us. Ron Batzdorff/NBC hide caption

toggle caption
Ron Batzdorff/NBC

'This Is Us' Star Chrissy Metz Retraces Her Journey From Agent To Actress

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/600810097/601103219" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

In her new series, We'll Meet Again, Ann Curry highlights people who have had brief, meaningful first encounters but have lost touch over the years. David Turnley/PBS hide caption

toggle caption
David Turnley/PBS

Ann Curry On Journalism, Her PBS Series And Working On The 'Today' Show

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/587253583/587623633" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Carrie Brownstein on the set of Portlandia. Brownstein is currently adapting her 2015 memoir, Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl, for a Hulu pilot. Augusta Quirk/IFC hide caption

toggle caption
Augusta Quirk/IFC

Carrie Brownstein Is The 'Unabashed Protagonist' Of Her Own Story

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/581621898/581700366" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Ashley Nicole Black (pictured here in Los Angeles in May) is a writer and correspondent on TBS' Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for TBS hide caption

toggle caption
Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for TBS

'Full Frontal' Writer Ashley Nicole Black On Comedy's Cultural Divides

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/560901820/562295250" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">