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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.

"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

Bilingual Children’s Book Explores Castro Twins Humble Beginnings To Political Rise

9/17/2021
The political careers of Julián and Joaquin Castro are well known in their hometown of San Antonio and beyond. The twin brothers' rise in public service, and the women in their lives who played a vital role in their success, caught the attention of award-winning children's author, Monica Brown, who chronicled their story in a new bilingual children's book, "Small Room, Big Dreams."

Duration:00:24:05

How A Flood 100 Years Ago Fueled San Antonio’s West Side Resilience And Power Of Community

9/10/2021
A devastating flood one hundred years ago served as a catalyst for community mutual-aid groups — including Cruz Azul Mexicana and Communities Organized for Public Service (C.O.P.S.) — as they rallied for more proactive responses from city leaders. The floods that landed Sept. 9, 1921 killed 51 people, but that figure is believed to be severely undercounted.

Duration:00:21:24

The Flood Of 1921 Devastated San Antonio’s West Side. It Also ‘Sparked A Latino Environmental Justice Movement.’

9/3/2021
A devastating flood 100 years ago marked a critical turning point for San Antonio’s development. But the response efforts by local leaders at the time were largely driven by protecting economic interests of business elites while neglecting the barrios of the city’s West Side. A new book details what happened on that fatal night and the West Side community organizers who fought to protect their neighborhoods after city leadership failed them.

Duration:00:21:24

Ethnic Studies Classes Can Be Taught In Texas Schools. The Controversy Over Critical Race Theory May Complicate Things.

8/27/2021
Teachers have faced an unprecedented amount of stress while navigating the challenges prompted by the pandemic. Now that's being coupled with the politicization of their jobs over the controversy of how they can talk about current events and America’s history of racism in the classroom.

Duration:00:21:24

Border Closures Complicate International Students’ Academic Success

8/20/2021
The coronavirus pandemic has complicated daily life for all, but especially for students. Specifically, international students whose studies were burdened by travel restrictions and closures at U.S. ports of entry.

Duration:00:21:24

San Antonio-Native Portrays Mother’s Immigrant Story In Solo Play ‘Carmen From Mexico’

8/13/2021
Writer and actor Anna De Luna tells the story of her mother’s immigrant experience filled with harrowing yet sometimes comical struggles in adapting to life in South Texas in her new solo play, “Carmen from Mexico.”

Duration:00:21:30

Mexican American Civil Rights Past And Present Highlighted In Virtual Symposium

8/6/2021
Blending historical events with contemporary civil rights issues, the Mexican American Civil Rights Institute (MACRI) will hold a two-day virtual symposium to spur conversations of how social issues are not constrained by past times and still persist today.

Duration:00:26:52

‘Somos Primos’ Connects People To Each Other And Their Heritage

7/30/2021
Somos Primos is a site dedicated to Hispanic heritage. Its founder Mimi Lozano says she hopes it inspires Latinos to take pride in their past.

Duration:00:21:24

‘Reclaiming The Border Narrative’ Through Arts And Culture

7/23/2021
People who have grown up or live on the U.S. southern border know there’s more to the region than the issue of immigration policy. The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures and the Ford Foundation awarded more than two dozen grants to community organizations and artists to help reframe the border narrative through an arts and cultural approach.

Duration:00:21:24

Children's Book 'Areli Is A Dreamer' Tells True Story Of DACA Recipient

7/16/2021
Areli Morales, an elementary substitute teacher in New York, shares her story of coming to the U.S. as an undocumented child and her experience as a DACA recipient in her debut children's book, "Areli is a Dreamer."

Duration:00:21:24

Cursed Love At The Center Of New Novel 'The Resurrection Of Fulgencio Ramirez'

7/9/2021
In his debut novel, award-winning author and Brownsville-native Rudy Ruiz weaves together the past and present to tell the tale of a son of impoverished immigrants breaking a mystical family curse and fighting to win back the love of his doomed youthful romance.

Duration:00:21:24

Preserving Fuerza Unida's Legacy — The Closure Of A San Antonio's Levi's Plant Sparked A Movement

7/2/2021
A 1993 class action lawsuit against Levi Strauss & Co. was ultimately dismissed, but it catapulted the work of Fuerza Unida empowering women workers of color and fighting for social, economic and environmental justice.

Duration:00:21:24

Chicano And Religious Activists Helped Pull San Antonio’s Barrios Out Of Addiction In The 1970s

6/25/2021
News of inhalant abuse became a nationwide concern from the 1960s to the 1980s and it took its toll in San Antonio’s West Side barrios. A UTSA graduate research student dove into this lesser-known piece of the city's history and discovered the community effort that helped barrio youth find a path to addiction recovery.

Duration:00:21:24

San Antonio's First Saint? The Journey Of Mother Margaret Mary Healy-Murphy

6/18/2021
San Antonio may get its first saint. Mother Margaret Mary Healy-Murphy made her way to South Texas in the late 19th century and created a church and school for Black children. She founded the Sisters of the Holy Spirit and Mary Immaculate in San Antonio 1893, which has since expanded across several Southern states and into Mexico and Africa.

Duration:00:21:24

Fronteras: Study Finds Some Young Mexican Americans Borrow Linguistic Traits To Create, Reinforce Social Media Identities

6/11/2021
A bicultural ethnographer at the University of Texas at San Antonio examined how a particular group of Mexican American youth actively adopted patterns in their online presence associated with African American English, an area of study that’s in and of itself, controversial.

Duration:00:26:30

Fronteras: Mexico's Midterm Elections Could Reshape The Country's Political Landscape

6/4/2021
A lot is at stake in Mexico’s midterm elections on June 6. Critics worry that a divided political opposition will be unable to mount an effective challenge against MORENA—President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's neoliberal party—potentially further weakening the checks and balances system that keeps the country's fragile power structure in place.

Duration:00:27:15

Fronteras: The Legacy Of Chicano Artist Adán Hernandez

5/28/2021
One of the Chicano art world's greatest figures died this month. Adán Hernandez is perhaps best known for his work in the 1993 film “Blood In Blood Out,” but his work also caught the attention of museum curators and art collectors.

Duration:00:21:24

Fronteras: 'Conjunto Blues' Uses Music To Tell A Personal Story Of Resistance And Liberation

5/21/2021
A one-man show, written and performed by Nicolás R. Valdez, is a love letter to conjunto music — the unique style of music that’s a little bit Mexican, a little bit German and every bit American.

Duration:00:21:24

Fronteras: 100 Days And Counting. How Will President Biden Continue To Change Immigration Policy?

5/14/2021
The nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute examines President Biden's policy achievements during his first 100 days in office as well as still-pending actions that will set the course of the president’s legacy on immigration.

Duration:00:27:11

Fronteras: When Does Chicana Fashion Become Costume?

5/7/2021
Many Chicanas wear their fashion proudly and defiantly. From rebozos and huipiles to China poblanas. But at what point do these traditional styles cross into costumes and appropriation?

Duration:00:21:24