January 14, 2012 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. NPR's Carrie Kahn and Marisa Penaloza report that you can tell the pace of progress by looking into people's eyes — emptiness looks back at you.
December 11, 2011 Spandex may make you think of disco or workout gear. But because this wonder fiber can stretch more than a 100 percent and snap right back to shape, its claim to fame may just be that it has clothed Americans as obesity rates have soared.
December 11, 2011 Are you size 4? A 6? An 8? Often women don't know — and can actually be all those sizes without gaining or losing an ounce. A clothing size and fit consulting firm works with brands to expand the number of people it can dress by focusing on not only size numbers but also body shapes.
August 25, 2011 Gov. Luis Fortuno wants to build a 92-mile natural gas pipeline to help bring down energy costs. But more than two-thirds of the island's residents oppose its construction, and a majority don't believe it will lower their bills. The project has also drawn criticism in Congress.
March 23, 2011 In Guayaquil, Ecuador, rapid urbanization has led to a growing number of street kids — a dilemma that the Salesians have taken on as their own. The Catholic order gets the kids and teenagers off the streets, teaches them useful skills and, in some cases, reconnects them with their families.
March 22, 2011 Maribel Olmedo's little family is struggling. Her husband is recovering from an undiagnosed illness, and one of her sons was hit by a car and suffered brain damage. But the Salesians of Don Bosco helped the family build a house on their land and provides shelter for two of her sons where they also attend school.
December 23, 2010 Most of the Gulf of Mexico is back open for fishing, but the market hasn't been there for the seafood, so the industry has yet to rebound. The uncertainty in the aftermath of the disaster has taken a toll on people who relied on the Gulf for their livelihood.
December 1, 2010 Experts say they're finding similarities between the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska on March 24, 1989, and the Gulf of Mexico spill earlier this year — including mental health problems among the communities' residents.
November 30, 2010 Seven months after BP's oil well exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, researchers say more than one-third of coastal residents are experiencing symptoms of trauma. Aaron Hofer, an unemployed shrimper and crab picker in Bayou La Batre, Ala., and his wife, Lena, are bouncing from relatives' houses, surviving on food stamps — and trying to save their marriage.
July 14, 2010 Americans have donated more than $1.3 billion for Haiti after the country's Jan. 12 quake. Thousands of charities are helping the recovery effort. But plans to move survivors out of encampments into more suitable housing seem months, or even years, away.
July 12, 2010 Seeking Closure: Returning To Haiti, Six Months After The Earthquake There
May 19, 2010 Mexico's struggle with the deadly drug trade is in focus in Washington as President Felipe Calderon visits. But the fight may be rigged, according to an NPR News investigation, including an analysis of cartel arrests and interviews with current and former law enforcement officials. Elements of federal forces appear to favor the Sinaloa cartel.
May 18, 2010 NPR News investigation: Ciudad Juarez is ground zero for Mexican President Felipe Calderon's war against his country's ruthless drug cartels. But there's strong evidence that federal forces there appear to be favoring Mexico's largest, oldest and most powerful cartel, the Sinaloa.