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"Fronteras" is a Texas Public Radio program exploring the changing culture and demographics of the American Southwest. From Texas to New Mexico and California, "Fronteras" provides insight into life along the U.S.- Mexico border. Our stories examine unique regional issues affecting lifestyle, politics, economics and the environment.

Location:

San Antonio, TX

Genres:

World News

Networks:

Texas PR

Description:

"Fronteras" is a Texas Public Radio program exploring the changing culture and demographics of the American Southwest. From Texas to New Mexico and California, "Fronteras" provides insight into life along the U.S.- Mexico border. Our stories examine unique regional issues affecting lifestyle, politics, economics and the environment.

Language:

English


Episodes
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Fronteras: 'La Flaca Calaca' — Daughter uses one-woman show to honor her mother and heal intergenerational trauma

6/14/2024
San Antonio educator and writer Georgette María Messa explores the story of her mother's trauma growing up on the El Paso-Juarez border. Messa talks about the production and her own journey to understanding and healing.

Duration:00:33:15

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‘My instrument is the orchestra’ — Colombian-born conductor discusses her career path to the podium

6/7/2024
Lina González-Granados — the first Latina resident conductor of the LA Opera — is making waves in the Americas and Europe. She discusses her career climb and how she hopes to expand the standard orchestral repertoire.

Duration:00:31:07

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‘We don’t have to watch DACA go away’ — United We Dream helps young undocumented immigrants navigate a complex system

5/31/2024
The immigrant youth-led United We Dream fights for the dignity and fair treatment of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., including DACA recipients. Two members of the organization talk about their own journeys in their immigration status.

Duration:00:26:42

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Fronteras: From Latino caddies to champs: The story of the 1957 San Felipe High School golf team

5/24/2024
San Antonio attorney and writer Humberto Garcia chronicled the true story of the Mexican American golf team in his 2012 book, "Mustang Miracle." Humberto talks the players, his book, and the journey to the new film adaptation.

Duration:00:29:59

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‘We are resilient people’ — Border Narratives Project aims to shift the perspective on binational communities

5/17/2024
The initative allows creatives across the country to fight back against negative border narratives by writing their own. Three of the initative's newest cohort grantees talk about how their projects more accurately depict border life, culture, and home.

Duration:00:32:11

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Fronteras: ‘We need to know who we are’— MACRI enters 5th year in highlighting Mexican American civil rights

5/10/2024
San Antonio's Mexican American Civil Rights Institute (MACRI) works to advance forgotten chapters of Mexican American civil rights in Texas and beyond. It will host a free symposium May 17 & 18 at the Central Library downtown.

Duration:00:23:13

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Taco-Poet Eddie Vega talks inspirations, belonging, and new title as San Antonio Poet Laureate

5/3/2024
Holy Cross of San Antonio educator Eddie Vega was selected to serve as the city's seventh poet laureate. He began his three-year term in April and will hold the position until 2027.

Duration:00:23:23

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New book series preserves indigenous foods and traditions of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico

4/26/2024
"Indigenous Foodways of Texas and Northern Mexico" will highlight the food traditional, techniques, and histories that have been passed down by Mexican and Indeginous peoples from generation to generation.

Duration:00:27:19

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Fronteras: 'Our own government was working against them' — Declassifying FBI files on the Latino civil rights movement

4/19/2024
The FBI and CIA surveilled the Latino civil rights movement and its leaders in the 1960s and '70s at the height of the communist panic. Democratic Congressman Joaquin Castro and his mother, activist Rosie Castro, talk about the effort to establish a clear historical record of the movement.

Duration:00:24:59

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‘We were not communists’ — A dive into FBI surveillance of Cesar Chávez and the United Farm Workers movement

4/12/2024
The United Farm Workers of America became a target of FBI surveillance during the communist scare of the 1960s and '70s. Arturo Rodriguez spent over 50 years with the UFW. He talks about working alongside civil rights leader Cesar Chávez and about government surveillance of their movement.

Duration:00:35:47

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‘Singing from a deeper place’ — Singer Lisa Morales talks life, inspirations ahead of TPR concert

4/5/2024
Musician Lisa Morales has released six albums as part of the duo Sisters Morales and three as a solo artist. She discusses her introduction to music growing up in Tucson, Arizona, the death of her sister Roberta in 2021, and more about her influences ahead of her April 13th Creekside Sessions Concert at TPR.

Duration:00:21:36

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Fronteras: ‘Thirty Talks Weird Love’ fuses time travel with poetry in a love letter to Juárez, femicide victims, and the author’s younger self

3/28/2024
Thirty Talks Weird Love confronts mental health issues, the growing pains of young adulthood, and the ongoing violence against women in Cuidad Juárez. Author Alessandra Narváez Varela discusses her inspiration behind the book and what she hopes readers take away.

Duration:00:29:32

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‘Agua es vida’ — Todos Agua festival celebrates the significance of water through poetry, art and music

3/22/2024
Todos Agua is a three-day celebration at San Antonio's Esperanza Peace & Justice Center that honors the community's spiritual and cultural connections to water. Three of its featured artists include poet Carmen Tafolla, musician Azul Barrientos, and activist María Berriozábal.

Duration:00:30:03

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‘There aren’t simple answers’ — Examining the cause of ongoing violence in the Mexican border city of Juárez

3/14/2024
Howard Campbell spent over three decades in Cuidad Juárez speaking to victims and perpetrators of ongoing violence in the city. He includes their stories and an analysis of the violence in the book, "Downtown Juárez: Underworlds of Violence & Abuse."

Duration:00:21:37

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Fronteras: ‘Downtown Juárez’ argues against one-dimensional view of violence, abuse and exploitation in the Mexican border city

3/8/2024
Cuidad Juárez — a sister city to El Paso, Texas — had once been dubbed the "murder capital of the world." Anthropologist Howard Campbell breaks down the complex causes of the violence in the book "Downtown Juárez: Underworlds of Violence & Abuse."

Duration:00:23:13

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Fronteras: Local activists, historians, and writers say San Antonio’s historic West Side goes far beyond its outlaw history

3/1/2024
The Jan. 24 panel discussion used the reissue of the book "West of the Creek: Murder, Mayhem and Vice in Old San Antonio" as a launching point for a broader conversation about the importance — and misconceptions — of San Antonio's historic West Side.

Duration:00:21:36

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Fronteras: A different perspective to tales of murder, mayhem and vice on San Antonio’s historic West Side

2/23/2024
Texas Public Radio and Trinity University Press hosted a book club discussion on the reissue of "West of the Creek: Murder, Mayhem and Vice in Old San Antonio." Local activists, historians, and writers used the book as a launching point to a broader conversation about the significance of San Antonio's West Side.

Duration:00:21:30

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Fronteras: ‘Can We Know the Sound of Forgiveness’ blends art, music, and spoken word to explore the complexities of existence

2/16/2024
The massive multidisciplinary project stemmed from a large-scale painting of the same name by New Mexico-based artist, James Drake. The performance features themes of conflict, suffering, and healing.

Duration:00:23:46

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Fronteras: Migration Policy Institute says Biden’s presidency mired by border crisis narratives despite 535 immigration actions

2/9/2024
A recent analysis from the MPI examines Biden's presidency at its three-year mark. Two of its co-writers discuss how despite accusations of inaction at the border, legal immigration numbers have gone back to Pre-Trump and pre-COVID normal.

Duration:00:28:37

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‘Segundo de Febrero’ exhibit embraces duality of Chicano culture and life

2/2/2024
San Antonio's Centro Cultural Aztlan presents the 47th annual "Segundo de Febrero" exhibit to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. This year's exhibition, "Seguimos" or "we go on," explores themes of migration, adaptation, and the duality of the Mexican American identity.

Duration:00:22:37