Marisa Peñaloza http://www.kunc.org en 25 Years After Spill, Alaska Town Struggles Back From 'Dead Zone' http://www.kunc.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 11:26:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 54882 at http://www.kunc.org 25 Years After Spill, Alaska Town Struggles Back From 'Dead Zone' Filling The Gaps For Veterans With Bad Discharges http://www.kunc.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 13:00:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 52754 at http://www.kunc.org Path To Reclaiming Identity Steep For Vets With 'Bad Paper' http://www.kunc.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 11:56:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 52718 at http://www.kunc.org Path To Reclaiming Identity Steep For Vets With 'Bad Paper' Carrying 'Dreams': Why Women Become Surrogates http://www.kunc.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 25805 at http://www.kunc.org Carrying 'Dreams': Why Women Become Surrogates Gifting Birth: A Woman Helps Build Other Families http://www.kunc.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 25801 at http://www.kunc.org Gifting Birth: A Woman Helps Build Other Families