Marisa Peñaloza http://kcur.org en 25 Years After Spill, Alaska Town Struggles Back From 'Dead Zone' http://kcur.org/post/25-years-after-spill-alaska-town-struggles-back-dead-zone <em>On March 24, 1989, the tanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into the pristine water. At the time, it was the single biggest spill in U.S. history. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:07:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 53089 at http://kcur.org 25 Years After Spill, Alaska Town Struggles Back From 'Dead Zone' Filling The Gaps For Veterans With Bad Discharges http://kcur.org/post/filling-gaps-veterans-bad-discharges Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>All this week on MORNING EDITION we've been hearing about veterans we don't usually discuss, people who served in the military and then left with a less than honorable discharge. Even if they saw combat, veterans with bad paper, as it's called, do not get the healthcare or benefits accorded to most vets.<p>Now, you can say that it's their fault, except that in many cases the misconduct seems to be a product of the trauma of their service. Many veterans suffer from PTSD or drug and alcohol abuse, or they find themselves homeless. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:08:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 48209 at http://kcur.org Path To Reclaiming Identity Steep For Vets With 'Bad Paper' http://kcur.org/post/path-reclaiming-identity-steep-vets-bad-paper When Michael Hartnett was getting kicked out of the U.S. Marine Corps, he was too deep into post-traumatic stress disorder, drugs and alcohol to care as his battalion commander explained to the young man that his career was ending, and ending badly.<p>"Do you understand what I'm saying to you, son? It's going to be six and a kick," Hartnett recalls the commander telling him.<p>The "six" was an expected six months of hard labor in the brig. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 10:07:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 48140 at http://kcur.org Path To Reclaiming Identity Steep For Vets With 'Bad Paper' To '60s Civil Rights Hero, Math Is Kids' Formula For Success http://kcur.org/post/60s-civil-rights-hero-math-kids-formula-success Bob Moses is 78, but he has the same probing eyes you see behind thick black glasses in photos from 50 years ago when he worked as a civil rights activist in Mississippi. The son of a janitor, Moses was born and raised in Harlem. He's a Harvard-trained philosopher and a veteran teacher.<p>He started a math training program — the Algebra Project — with a MacArthur "Genius Grant" 30 years ago. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 07:01:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 41211 at http://kcur.org To '60s Civil Rights Hero, Math Is Kids' Formula For Success Attorney Advocates For Poor As Immigration Debate Continues http://kcur.org/post/attorney-advocates-poor-immigration-debate-continues As Washington debates changing the immigration system, the demand for immigration attorneys has already jumped, even without new laws in place.<p>Lawyers such as Jose Pertierra, a veteran immigration attorney, are trained to interpret the law, but Pertierra sees his role as much more.<p>Every Thursday at 6 p.m. for the past 10 years, Pertierrra is here — on the set of the Spanish language TV studios of Univision in Washington, D.C., near Capitol Hill. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:34:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 32045 at http://kcur.org Attorney Advocates For Poor As Immigration Debate Continues Immigrants Key To Looming Health Aide Shortage http://kcur.org/post/immigrants-key-looming-health-aide-shortage In the shadow of the Capitol on a recent sunny morning, about 50 home care workers from around the country gather to lobby their legislators for basic labor rights. Most are native-born Americans, but about a quarter are documented immigrants from Africa, Latin America, India and the Caribbean.<p>Elizabeth Castillo is one of them. Born in central Mexico, she's now a U.S. citizen. She's been working with an agency for 30 years in El Paso, Texas, and she says she currently makes $7.75 an hour. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 21:43:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 28370 at http://kcur.org Immigrants Key To Looming Health Aide Shortage For Ex-Felons, Limited Rights Mean A Future On Hold http://kcur.org/post/ex-felons-limited-rights-mean-future-hold Vikki Hankins wants nothing more in the world than to have her civil rights restored. Hankins, 43, lost the right to vote — and many others — when she went to a federal prison for selling cocaine in December 1990. She spent almost two decades behind bars for her crime.<p>Today, Hankins is an author and an undergrad who dreams of going to law school. She got out of prison four years ago and quickly applied to have her rights — like voting, serving on a jury and becoming a lawyer — restored.<p>Hankins was denied. She has reapplied three times since. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 22:21:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 26399 at http://kcur.org For Ex-Felons, Limited Rights Mean A Future On Hold Carrying 'Dreams': Why Women Become Surrogates http://kcur.org/post/carrying-dreams-why-women-become-surrogates <em>Last in a four-part report</em><p>Surrogacy is an idea as old as the biblical story of Sarah and Abraham in the book of Genesis. Sarah was infertile, so Abraham fathered children with the couple's maid. Today, there are many more options for people who want to grow their families — and for the would-be surrogates who want to help.<p>Macy Widofsky, 40, is eager to be a surrogate.<p>"I have very easy pregnancies. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 20:28:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 16123 at http://kcur.org Carrying 'Dreams': Why Women Become Surrogates Gifting Birth: A Woman Helps Build Other Families http://kcur.org/post/gifting-birth-woman-helps-build-other-families For most mothers, there is no event in life bigger than giving birth to a child. Charity Lovas has given birth to eight children, yet only three of those children are her own.<p>It all began in 2002, when she and her family were living in Indianapolis. She says she was reading the Sunday newspaper and spotted an ad for ovum donors. She had never heard about it. She was curious.<p>She called the number in the ad. A woman at the other end of the line explained the egg donor program, and said they had a surrogate program, too.<p>"I couldn't wrap my own brain around the idea," she says. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 20:03:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 16118 at http://kcur.org Gifting Birth: A Woman Helps Build Other Families U.S. Rhythmic Gymnastics Star Readies For London http://kcur.org/post/us-rhythmic-gymnastics-star-readies-london <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2A4vBYDfNHg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2ctzsPJZZA</p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 07:04:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 15381 at http://kcur.org U.S. Rhythmic Gymnastics Star Readies For London The Challenge Of Measuring Relief Aid To Haiti http://kcur.org/post/challenge-measuring-relief-aid-haiti <em>After Haiti's devastating earthquake two years ago, Americans donated large sums of money. This helped charities and aid groups save lives immediately after the disaster. But it's been much harder for them to help Haitians rebuild their devastated country. In the second of two stories, NPR's Carrie Kahn and Marisa Penaloza report that its difficult to get detailed information about how organizations spend their money.</em><p>NPR surveyed 12 of the largest and best-known U.S. charities about their work in Haiti. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 10903 at http://kcur.org The Challenge Of Measuring Relief Aid To Haiti Two Years After Quake, Many Haitians Await Aid http://kcur.org/post/two-years-after-quake-many-haitians-await-aid <em>First of a two-part report.</em><p>It was two years ago this month that a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, killing hundreds of thousands and leaving more than a million people homeless. Through U.S. charities, Americans donated more than $1.8 billion, but some in Haiti haven't seen much of that yet.<p>Charles Giiagliard, his wife and their five children live in a tiny one-room shack in downtown Port-au-Prince.<p>His oldest daughter lies lifeless on a small bed, sick with a fever. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 10866 at http://kcur.org Two Years After Quake, Many Haitians Await Aid In Haiti, Hope Is Still Hard To Find http://kcur.org/post/haiti-hope-still-hard-find You can see some progress in Haiti two years since the 7.0-magnitude quake hit. But Port-au-Prince is a tour of unrelenting misery and often disturbing images. Things are happening — slowly. You can tell the pace of progress by looking into people's eyes — emptiness looks back at you. Pain is etched on their faces.<p>You see it in Elicia Andre. We met her back in December at the homeless encampment run by Catholic Relief Services in Port-au-Prince, where she sought refuge after the quake. Sat, 14 Jan 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 10813 at http://kcur.org In Haiti, Hope Is Still Hard To Find Spandex Stretches To Meet U.S. Waistlines http://kcur.org/post/spandex-has-stretched-us-waistlines <em>Part of an ongoing </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/136462878/living-large-obesity-in-america" target="_blank">series</a><em> on obesity in America</em><p>When you think of spandex, 1970s disco mania may come to mind. Spandex came off the dance floor and into everyone's closet — stretchy leggings, jumpsuits and leg warmers were the rage. But spandex had a life before disco. It was invented by two DuPont chemists. Sun, 11 Dec 2011 11:04:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 8770 at http://kcur.org Spandex Stretches To Meet U.S. Waistlines From Body Scan To Body Form: Sizing A Clothing Line http://kcur.org/post/body-scan-body-form-sizing-clothing-line Are you size 4? A 6? An 8? Often women shoppers don't know. And they can actually be all those sizes without gaining or losing an ounce.<p>Ed Gribbin, president of Alvanon, a clothing size and fit consulting firm in New York City, says everyone has a number in their head. When you go shopping, you instinctively look for your size, but more often than not, the item doesn't fit.<p>"Every brand looks at their fit as something that's proprietary, like their 'secret sauce,' and none is willing to share that info with anyone else," Gribbin says. Sun, 11 Dec 2011 11:04:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 8771 at http://kcur.org From Body Scan To Body Form: Sizing A Clothing Line