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Fronteras

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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

Forging policy to improve the lives of Latinos in Texas

11/26/2021
Forging policy to improve the lives of Latinos in Texas.

Duration:00:21:30

Spurred by a tragic mass shooting, El Paso musicians came together to help its community heal

11/19/2021
The 2019 Walmart mass shooting was bookended by more than a year of isolation from the pandemic. This year, the border city’s music and arts organizations came together for a performance to honor the 23 lives lost and serve as a cathartic healing experience for the community.

Duration:00:21:27

Confronting — and learning from — the history of anti-Mexican violence in U.S. borderlands

11/12/2021
The United States’ founding documents tout liberty and freedom, but the country’s painful history of racial violence must be reckoned with, according to one Texas public historian, if further acts of violence are to be averted.

Duration:00:21:24

Learning history lessons of racial violence — ‘Things that happened 100 years ago shape policies today’

11/5/2021
Monica Muñoz Martinez’s research on state-sanctioned violence against Mexicans and Mexican-Americans on the border in the early 20th Century has landed her in the national spotlight. The historian and University of Texas at Austin professor is among this year’s MacArthur Fellows.

Duration:00:21:27

A San Antonio West Side community bookstore nurtures access to literature and uplifts Latino authors and scholars

10/29/2021
Book deserts are not uncommon for lower income communities. A new initiative aims to remedy the lack of access to literature in San Antonio’s West Side, while also amplifying the rich culture of the community and featuring diverse authors often removed from mainstream narratives or not commonly found in popular chain bookstores.

Duration:00:23:27

‘Vitamina T for Tacos’ is a children’s A-B-C book and cultural guide that embraces Spanglish

10/22/2021
Co-authors Mando Rayo and Suzanne García-Mateus intentionally wrote the book in Spanglish as a way to break shame associated with the language and instead embrace it as a cultural cornerstone for bilingual households and communities.

Duration:00:21:30

Latino misrepresentation in the entertainment industry results from lack of Latino representation in the media

10/15/2021
Latino misrepresentation in the entertainment industry results from the lack of Latino representation in the media.

Duration:00:28:27

South Texas writer remembers loved ones lost to COVID-19 during Día de los Muertos

10/8/2021
Brownsville native and writer, Oscar Cásares, penned an article last year after losing a cousin to COVID-19. Like many, he was left to grieve in isolation, but he turned to a cultural tradition as a source of healing: Día de los Muertos. Cásares’ article memorialized loved ones lost to the virus and will be featured in an upcoming collection by Texas Monthly.

Duration:00:27:32

The complicated ties between Mexico, US and slavery unraveled in ‘South to Freedom’

10/1/2021
In the book, “South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War,” historian Alice Baumgartner examines the U.S. and Mexico’s complicated ties to slavery and how Mexico’s stance on slavery had a major influence on politics to the North.

Duration:00:21:25

‘South To Freedom’ Explores Mexico’s Rise As An Antislavery Republic

9/24/2021
The Underground Railroad to the North promised salvation for enslaved people in North America. But historian Alice L. Baumgartner explores how some slaves sought refuge in Mexico and how the country’s push to abolish the practice stirred white salve owners in southern U.S. states, eventually setting the stage for the U.S. Civil War.

Duration:00:21:24

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