Marisa Peñaloza

Marisa Peñaloza appears in the following:

Art Installation To Welcome Pope Francis To Philadelphia

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A Philadelphia artist has been commissioned to welcome the pope with a public art display. She's reinterpreting one of the pope's favorite pieces of art: a baroque painting of the Virgin Mary.


Built By Immigrants, U.S. Catholic Churches Bolstered By Them Once Again

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

About 40 percent of U.S. Catholics are foreign-born or the children of immigrants. The change is having profound effects, from reviving dying parishes to shifting the church's geographical center.


For Many Adopted Dogs, The Journey Home Takes A Thousand Miles

Sunday, August 02, 2015

On a muggy Sunday morning in Rockville, Md., the parking lot of the local pet store is organized chaos at its finest. Several hundred people pack the lot looking for a dog to adopt, and they have 50 to choose from. But they'll have to sort through a whole bunch ...


In Rio Grande Valley, Some Campaign Workers Are Paid To Harvest Votes

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

It's a time-honored tradition in South Texas: Local candidates who need votes go to campaign workers known as politiqueras. But some of those workers are now charged with manipulating mail-in ballots.


With Corruption Rampant, Good Cops Go Bad In Texas' Rio Grande Valley

Monday, July 06, 2015

How does a promising young cop go from town hero to drug trafficker? A former rogue officer details what led him to the dark side in a region known for corruption.


Corruption On The Border: Dismantling Misconduct In The Rio Grande Valley

Monday, July 06, 2015

The FBI is cracking down on rampant corruption in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. With voter fraud, drug smuggling and bribery a big part of border culture, it's proving to be a difficult task.


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

When she went to prison on drug charges, Stephanie George was 26 years old, a mom to three young kids.

Over 17 years behind bars, her grandparents died. Her father died. But the worst came just months before her release.

"I lost my baby son," George says, referring to 19-year-old ...


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

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The United States spends nearly $7 billion a year to operate a network of federal prisons that house more than 200,000 inmates. About half of them are incarcerated for drug crimes, a legacy of 1980s laws that prosecutors use to target not only kingpins but also low-level couriers and girlfriends. ...


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

Thousands of children are conceived using sperm and egg donors every year, a group large enough to entice MTV to air “Generation Cryo.” The show may make some uncomfortable, but for others, “Generation Cryo” will symbolize how a new generation is redefining family.

The show follows a teenager as she ...


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

Thursday, August 01, 2013

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 ...


Sexual Violence Victims Say Military Justice System Is 'Broken'

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Myla Haider took a roundabout route to becoming an agent in the Army's Criminal Investigation Command, or CID. Wars kept interrupting her training.

"My commander wanted to take me to Iraq as the intelligence analyst for the battalion, so I gave up my seat in CID school," Haider says.

She ...


Off The Battlefield, Military Women Face Risks From Male Troops

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Dora Hernandez gave a decade of her life to the U.S. Navy and the Army National Guard, but some of the dangers surprised her.

"The worst thing for me is that you don't have to worry about the enemy, you have to worry about your own soldiers," she says.

Sitting ...