Marisa Peñaloza

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Puerto Rico Wants To Grow Your Next Cup Of Specialty Coffee

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

More than a century ago, Puerto Rico used to produce world-class coffee. Now farmers there are trying to rebuild the industry by focusing on growing higher-quality beans, which command higher prices.


Power Problems: Puerto Rico's Electric Utility Faces Crippling Debt

Thursday, May 07, 2015

The island's power authority owes $9 billion. Power costs are already high, but bondholders are pushing for rate hikes. That may deter employers, which would further hurt the territory's weak economy.


Puerto Rico Is Sowing A New Generation Of Small Farmers

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Decades of industrialization have left the island reliant on imported food. But change is coming — from government subsidies for small farmers, to classes that teach school kids how to grow food.


In Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis, There Are No Easy Solutions

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

After years of recession and rampant tax evasion, the U.S. territory is desperate to renegotiate its $73 billion debt. But it can't declare bankruptcy, and plans to raise taxes face strong resistance.


Sentenced For Life, Inmate Still Holds Hope For Release

Friday, December 19, 2014

David Padilla is one of thousands of people sentenced under tough drug laws who are spending life in prison. Now the Clemency Project 2014 promises pardons or early release for some offenders.


After 17 Years Behind Bars, Coming Home To A Different Life

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Stephanie George got a life sentence for drug crimes at age 26, a punishment that troubled the judge who sent her away. Now, after 17 years and a White House commutation, George tries to rebuild.


From Judges To Inmates, Finding The Human Casualties Of Mandatory Sentencing

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Amid the backdrop of debate inside Washington and across the country, an NPR series will focus on the human toll of the tough mandatory minimum prison terms for drug crimes.


Judge Regrets Harsh Human Toll Of Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thousands of people are imprisoned for decades, if not life, because of tough drug sentences. Now judges, lawyers and advocates ask whether it's time to dial back those penalties.


Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Brings 'Bad Juju' And Pain 25 Years Later

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The lives of fishermen in Alaska were forever changed after the Exxon Valdez oil spill more than two decades ago. They're still haunted by litigation, bankruptcy and herring that haven't returned.


25 Years After Spill, Alaska Town Struggles Back From 'Dead Zone'

Monday, March 24, 2014

The tiny fishing town of Cordova, Alaska, has weathered disruption in every facet of life since an oil tanker ran aground in 1989, spilling millions of gallons of oil into Prince William Sound.


'Generation Cryo': How A New Generation Is Redefining Family

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A new MTV show may make some uncomfortable, but for others, "Generation Cryo" will symbolize how a new generation is redefining family.


To '60s Civil Rights Hero, Math Is Kids' Formula For Success

Thursday, August 01, 2013

In the '60s, Bob Moses organized African-American sharecroppers in Mississippi for the Civil Rights movement. Since the 1980s, he's led the Algebra Project, teaching math to low-achieving students in underfunded public schools and advocating for quality public education as a constitutional right.


Sexual Violence Victims Say Military Justice System Is 'Broken'

Thursday, March 21, 2013

There are some 19,000 sexual assaults in the military each year, the Pentagon estimates. But many victims say they have nowhere to turn and risk ruining their careers by reporting attacks.


Off The Battlefield, Military Women Face Risks From Male Troops

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

According to Pentagon research, a quarter of all women who join the military are sexually assaulted during their careers. Many cases go unreported, and some victims say the perpetrator is a superior to whom they would have to report the assault.


Women In Combat, And The Price They Pay

Monday, March 18, 2013

For years, the Army has effectively ignored the ban against women in combat, though it's still hard for them to receive full recognition for what they've achieved. "Battle-fatigued female soldiers" is a new and uneasy concept for American society.


Female Soldiers Face Tough Switch From Front Lines To Homefront

Sunday, March 17, 2013

For many female veterans of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, new battles await when they return home. They need help, just like men — with jobs, PTSD and reconnecting with family. But these issues can be harder for women. And the darkest side of women's military service persists: sexual assault.


For Ex-Felons, Limited Rights Mean A Future On Hold

Monday, October 22, 2012

Like many other former felons in Florida, Vikki Hankins has spent years trying to regain civil rights like the right to vote or serve on a jury. And while she dreams of going to law school, she will be unable to sit for the bar or practice law unless her rights are restored.

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