Marisa Peñaloza is a senior producer on the National Desk. From breaking news to documentary-style features, Peñaloza's productions are among the signature pieces heard on NPR's award-winning newsmagazines Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.

Her work has covered a wide array of topics, from hurricanes, education, immigration, politics and the economy to homeland security and litigation. She has also produced investigative reports and traveled across the U.S. and the world for NPR.

Movies
4:01 am
Sat January 14, 2012

Wim Wenders On 'Pina': A Dance Documentary In 3-D

Damiano Ottavio Bigi and Clementine Deluy, both members of the Tanztheater Wuppertal under Pina Bausch, perform her choreography in Pina.
IFC Films

The film Pina is Germany's official entry at the 84th Academy Awards — and a collaboration between two famous Germans of the postwar generation. The filmmaker Wim Wenders captures the groundbreaking modern-dance choreography of the late Pina Bausch, in what many critics are calling a groundbreaking use of 3-D film.

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Europe
4:00 am
Sat January 14, 2012

AAA No More: Credit Downgrade Hits France

The loss of France's AAA credit rating is likely to play a role in President Nicolas Sarkozy's re-election bid.
Charles Platiau AP

Originally published on Sat January 14, 2012 12:12 pm

Standard & Poor's downgraded the sovereign debt of France, Italy, Spain and six other European countries on Friday. The move was highly expected, but it's still a blow to France and sending shock waves across Europe. France is the eurozone's second-largest economy, and its downgrade could even threaten Europe's master plan to stop its debt crisis.

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Reporter's Notebook
4:00 am
Sat January 14, 2012

In Haiti, Hope Is Still Hard To Find

Elicia Andre, who says she used to be much larger — a sign of affluence in Haiti — is now skin and bones.
Marisa Penaloza NPR

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.

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. The charity had just given her $500 to rent an apartment for a year.

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Author Interviews
3:00 am
Sat January 14, 2012

Is It Time For You To Go On An 'Information Diet'?

"Clicks have consequences" says Clay Johnson, author of The Information Diet.
iStockphoto.com

We're used to thinking of "obesity" in physical terms — unhealthful weight that clogs our arteries and strains our hearts. But there's also an obesity of information that clogs our eyes and our minds and our inboxes: unhealthful information deep-fried in our own preconceptions.

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Utah News
6:37 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

FAA postpones SkyWest jet service to Cedar City

The Federal Aviation Committee has thrown up a roadblock to the plan announced last fall to introduce a 50-seat regional jet to replace the twice daily turbo-prop service in and out of the city.

Utah News
5:45 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Starlicide Used to Kill Hundreds of Starlings

Utah wildlife officials have confirmed that a known poison killed hundreds of European starlings last month. Officials still don't know who used the poison called Starlicide.

Government agencies routinely kill starlings when flocks become a nuisance, but officials say they aren't responsible for the starlings that have been turning up dead around northern Utah.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources say that tests showed that Starlicide was used to kill about 400 starlings found dead at a Clearfield park.

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Elaine Thatcher is an independent folklorist working in the West. She produces stories for the Contemporary Western Women series.

Contemporary Western Women
5:08 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Claudia and Don Proffit

Claudia and Don Proffit are lifelong ranchers. The tell the story of the 1983 - 1984 floods that prevented them from getting to their cattle on Antelope Island and the lengths they went through to take care of their animals in these extreme circumstances.

Utah Public Radio collaborates with several local organizations to bring you these short segments every week.

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