Correspondent, Across Women's Lives
Allison Herrera is a multimedia reporter living in Minneapolis. She's covered issues ranging from the environment to women in prison. Before joining PRI, Herrera worked in Oklahoma covering Native American communities for KOSU Radio. Her project Invisible Nations was part of AIR's Localore project Finding America.
Conflict & Justice
Trump's pick to lead the CIA oversaw some of the "black sites" that used torture against terrorism suspects in the wake of 9/11. Can she lead one of the nation's top agencies? Some say no.
Arts, Culture & Media
Boston artist Bren Bataclan often gives away his paintings with a note asking people to "smile at random people more often."
In 2015, 40-year-old Ronna Stone was looking at another prison sentence until she was offered a way out and a new life.
Oklahoma has had the highest female incarceration rate in the nation. It's been that way for the last 25 years. The state imprisons 151 out of every 100,000 women, according to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics — more than double the national rate. Cherise Greer is out of the system but is now faced with the challenges of life on the outside.
"We cannot arrest our way out of the problem," some advocates say.
Playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle's new play, "Sovereignty," at the Arena Stage in Washington, DC, puts her Cherokee ancestors center stage along with American history to tell a bold tale of justice.
Native American tribes in Oklahoma contribute billions of dollars to the state's economy, including the cattle industry. One tribe in Oklahoma is providing a much-needed service in that industry — a processing plant where other ranchers can take their cattle to get grocery-store ready.
By singing and writing a song in Choctaw, singer-songwriter Samantha Crain is trying to push the culture past its colonial influence.
In Oklahoma, 151 out of every 100,000 women are in prison — more than any other state in the nation and twice the national average.
Nancy Pearl, badass Seattle librarian, has something to say about banned books: Read them.