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Fronteras

English, Local-Regional News, 1 seasons, 86 episodes, 1 day 10 hours 59 minutes
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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.
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Fronteras: A different perspective to tales of murder, mayhem and vice on San Antonio’s historic West Side

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.
23/02/202421 minutes 30 seconds
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Fronteras: ‘Can We Know the Sound of Forgiveness’ blends art, music, and spoken word to explore the complexities of existence

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.
16/02/202423 minutes 46 seconds
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Fronteras: Migration Policy Institute says Biden’s presidency mired by border crisis narratives despite 535 immigration actions

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.
09/02/202428 minutes 37 seconds
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‘Segundo de Febrero’ exhibit embraces duality of Chicano culture and life

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.
02/02/202422 minutes 37 seconds
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Local San Antonio students gain new perspective on U.S.-Mexico relations through Mexico City trip

Seventeen students and 10 teachers under the CAST Schools network in San Antonio visited Mexico City last month as part of a diplomacy program that aims to strengthen the cultural and diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Mexico. Some of those students joined Fronteras to talk about their experiences.
26/01/202421 minutes 36 seconds
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Drug wars, militarization of Mexico and the border, and the future of the Mexican presidency

The drug war in Mexico has claimed thousands of lives in the country over the span of three presidents. Alexander Aviña — an expert on immigration and state violence in Mexico — discusses the drug war, the 2024 Mexican presidency, and the ongoing militarization of both Mexico and the Texas-Mexico border.
19/01/202421 minutes 36 seconds
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‘It’s a binational issue’ — The myths and realities of drug smuggling on the U.S.-Mexico border

Alexander Aviña, associate professor of history at Arizona State University, discusses the historical precedent of drug violence in Mexico, the United State's role, and possible solutions moving forward.
12/01/202421 minutes 36 seconds
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Fronteras: ‘This is U.S. History’ — Exhibit 'Life & Death on the Border' sheds light on state-sanctioned violence against Mexicans in Texas

Our Lady of the Lake University associate professors Christopher Carmona and Valerie Martínez take Fronteras on a tour of the panel exhibit "Life & Death on the Border: 1910-1920." The exhibit explores topics ranging from the militarization of the border, to Juan Crow laws, to artistic and literary contributions to the Latino civil rights movement.
05/01/202425 minutes
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Fronteras: ‘Life and Death on the Border’ exhibit highlights the buried history of anti-Mexican violence in Texas

The exhibit is on display at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio through March 31 and was arranged by Refusing to Forget, a group of historians who work to bring awareness to the period of state-sanctioned violence against Mexicans in Texas.
29/12/202321 minutes 36 seconds
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San Antonians mentored by journalist María Martin say her legacy will ‘live beyond’

Pioneer María Martin helped train participants at San Antonio's Esperanza Peace & Justice Center before her death. Some of those students reflect on what they learned and how Martin's legacy in journalism will live on.
22/12/202339 minutes 53 seconds
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Remembering María Martin — a pioneer in uplifting the voices of Latinos in journalism

Journalist María Martin died Dec. 2 at the age of 72. Fronteras takes a look back at past interviews with Martin that discuss her life and pioneering work to tell underrepresented stories in the U.S. and Central America.
15/12/202321 minutes 37 seconds
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Fronteras: ‘Recognizing the sacredness of the food’ — Taking a deep dive into the impact of indigenous food and ingredients

Four San Antonio chefs, advocates, and community members came together as part of the Great SA: Native American Influence on South Texas Cuisine panel, hosted by Texas Public Radio. In part two of the conversation, panelists take questions and discuss how Native foods continue to impact culture and traditions today.
08/12/202321 minutes 36 seconds
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Fronteras: ‘Indigenous food is not disconnected’ — A conversation about the Native American influence on South Texas cuisine

Texas Public Radio took a deep dive into the importance of traditional indigenous foods during a Great SA panel discussion moderated by TPR's Norma Martinez. The four-person panel discusses native ingredients and how they connect to our food today.
01/12/202321 minutes 36 seconds
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‘Latinx art is American Art’ — A walkthrough of Latino artworks on display at the McNay Art Museum

The McNay's first curator of Latinx art takes Fronteras on a tour of works by Latino artists on display across multiple galleries. Artworks range from photo-realistic representations of Mexican conchas to an installation that pays tribute to the migrant lives lost in the journey to the U.S. Fronteras also gets a sneak peak of an artwork not yet on display.
24/11/202321 minutes 36 seconds
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The McNay Art Museum’s first curator of Latinx art talks ‘renaissance’ of Latino artists and art

Curator Mia Lopez is fine-tuning the Latino art collection at San Antonio's McNay Art Museum. Lopez talks about what led her to the position, why it's important for Latino artworks to get long-overdue recognition, and begins to introduce the works of Latino artists on display.
17/11/202321 minutes 36 seconds
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Fronteras: 'I belong to this history' — Rio Grande Valley scholars showcase civil rights history in public space

Nosotrxs Por El Valle, a group of historians and activists from the Rio Grande Valley, have launched a traveling exhibit to share the community's history with residents. Co-founder Juan Carmona and three of the group's members discuss the experience.
10/11/202321 minutes 36 seconds
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‘Becoming Texas’ podcast revisits the Texas epic from its pre-colonial past to its emerging cultura

The new podcast explores diverse stories of Texas, from how corridos served as historical storytelling devices, to the anti-Mexican violence by the Texas Rangers in the early 20th century. Host John Phillips Santos discusses more about the project.
03/11/202322 minutes 41 seconds
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New podcast explores undertold narratives that challenge the Texas myth

The "Becoming Texas" podcast aims to bring to light a broader perspective of Texas history — one outside the stories of the Alamo and Texas independence. Host John Phillip Santos discusses the effort to preserve and popularize the complete story of Texas and how its history continues to evolve.
27/10/202321 minutes 36 seconds
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‘Daughters of Latin America’ breaks barriers to showcase the words of women over five centuries

The anthology collects voices and writings of 140 women that span time, styles, and traditions into one volume. Editor Sandra Guzmán and contributors Norma Elia Cantú and Natalia Trigo discuss the anthology's 13 sections, its use of Latine in the subtitle, and more.
20/10/202325 minutes 13 seconds
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Fronteras: New anthology highlights the 'exquisite and brilliant' works of Latine women across genres and generations

The works of 140 writers, leaders, scholars, and activists are compiled in the anthology "Daughters of Latin America: An International Anthology of Writing by Latine Women." Editor Sandra Guzmán and contributors Norma Cantú and Natalia Trigo speak about their works and the importance of the anthology.
13/10/202321 minutes 36 seconds
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Fronteras: 'Mexico was a safe haven’ — The hidden history of enslaved people who found freedom across the border

The flight of enslaved people to Mexico is an often untold part of history — and San Antonio played an important role. Professors Mekala Audain and María Esther Hammack were two key speakers at the recent "San Antonio in the Fight & Flight for Freedom" symposium hosted by the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum.
06/10/202329 minutes 35 seconds
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Fronteras: ‘Immigration is not charity; it’s necessity’ — CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service talks advocacy & compassion

President and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refuge Service, Krish O'Mara Vignarajah, discusses immigration policy and how the organization works to assist migrants and refugees.
29/09/202324 minutes 26 seconds
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‘Tacos of Texas’ podcast serves up its third season on the roots of Texas-Mexican foodways

Season three of the Tacos of Texas podcast takes listeners across the state to meet the people behind Taco culture. Host and producer Mando Rayo discusses how the newest season explores topics from culturally relevant foods in schools to a San Antonio bean and cheese showdown.
22/09/202321 minutes 36 seconds
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The words of Chicana poets sing in the Chicana Art Song Project

The Chicana Art Song Project takes the texts of Chicana writers and sets them to original music. Founder Noël Archambeault and South Texas composer Edna Alejandra Longoria discuss the significance of the project in classical music.
15/09/202322 minutes 56 seconds
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Fronteras: Oral histories highlight the untold struggles for social justice in Black and Brown communities across Texas

Researchers with the Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Program traveled across Texas to gather oral histories of communities of color in civil rights movements. Their stories are complied in the book, "Civil Rights in Black and Brown: Histories of Resistance and Struggle in Texas."
08/09/202327 minutes 8 seconds
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‘It goes beyond food’—Third-generation pitmaster continues family’s legacy through barbecue

Adrian Davila is carrying barbecue traditions started by his grandfather as owner and president of operations at Davila's BBQ in Seguin and the newest Davila's on Wheels food truck in San Antonio. He discusses the history of food and barbecue in his family, and learning about the centuries-old roots of the cuisine.
01/09/202327 minutes 56 seconds
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Unique dialect of Caló‘ reflects hard-fought human experiences of Chicano borderland barrios

The radio program "Caló: A Borderlands Dialect" features words and phrases from the dialect of Caló, which originated in Europe and made its way to the Southwest. Host Oscar Rodriguez discusses the history and meaning of the words, and why it's important to recognize their heritage.
25/08/202321 minutes 36 seconds
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Do you translate for a non-English speaking member of your family at the doctor's office or at a restaurant? You're probably a language broker.

UT Austin assistant professor Belem López discusses the importance — and the implications — of the day-to-day informal language process known as language brokering.
18/08/202321 minutes 30 seconds
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Texas State professor to study 'beautiful and brilliant' ways bilingual children use language in math class

José Martínez Hinestroza received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study how bilingual students in bilingual classrooms learn math. He discusses how elementary students have used their language to learn mathematical concepts and what he hopes future teachers take from his research.
11/08/202329 minutes 46 seconds
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‘Fearless, bold, audacious’ — Teatro Audaz highlights the experiences and cultures of underserved communities

San Antonio-based Teatro Audaz aims to bring diverse and inclusive productions to the stage. The theater's executive and managing directors discuss past and future productions, and how the unique plays help young audiences see themselves represented in theater and beyond.
04/08/202331 minutes
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Exploring the little-known history of the first school system in Texas organized ‘top to bottom’ by Mexican Americans

The Mexican American barrio of San Felipe in Del Rio, Texas took steps to educate their children in their own way. Jesús Esparza is the author of "Raza Schools," a forthcoming book that explores the rise and fall of San Felipe ISD.
28/07/202328 minutes 35 seconds
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'It's a different kind of workshop': Writers with conciencia gather at this month's Macondo Writers Workshop

San Antonio is home to the Macondo Writers Workshop, a five-day annual event that gathers like-minded writers from across the country. Writers learn and share their work to foster creativity and serve the community. Trinity University will host this year's workshop July 25-29.
21/07/202321 minutes 32 seconds
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South Texas Latino comedians talk representation and inspiration at TPR-hosted panel

Comedians Vanessa Gonzalez, Raul Sanchez, and Tori Pool took center stage June 6 in celebration of Latino comedy as part of TPR's Creekside Sessions series. They participated in an hour-long set before sitting down for a conversation moderated by Fronteras producer, Marian Navarro.
14/07/202321 minutes 36 seconds
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Journalist María Martin discusses 'cyclical' news coverage of Central America and an ongoing pattern of violence

Several countries across Central America have seen freedom of the press slowly chip away, including in Guatemala. Veteran journalist María Martin discusses the the cycle of violence in the country, the limited news coverage coming out of the region, and the future of democracy.
07/07/202321 minutes 31 seconds
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‘A crisis of democracy’— Journalist María Martin explores the attack on journalism in Guatemala

María Martin hosted and produced SOS Central, and in-depth podcast that follows the ongoing deterioration of democracy and rule of law in many Central American countries. The pilot episode explores renowned Guatemalan journalist José Rubén Zamora, who was imprisoned and sentenced on charges of money laundering and corruption.
30/06/202321 minutes 30 seconds
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‘The Chicana Lois Lane’ — Anthology collects works inspired by the life of activist and journalist Jovita Idár

Jovita Idár was a teacher, nurse, journalist, and feminist who played an important role in Texas history during the 19th and early 20th century. A forthcoming anthology is collecting poetry, photographs, and other works that honor her life and contributions.
23/06/202321 minutes 30 seconds
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San Antonio-based Tinta Books uplifts stories on Mexico and Mexican American life

Trinity University Press established Tinta Books imprint to focus on Mexican American culture, history, and foreign affairs. Publisher Tom Payton and editor-at-large Yvette Benavides discuss the idea behind the impress, its first release of books, and its efforts to diversity the publishing industry.
16/06/202325 minutes 8 seconds
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‘Nuestra gente, nuestra comida’ — Encuentro event celebrates the indigenous roots and impacts of Texas Mexican food

Scholars and chefs who attended the one-of-a-kind event "Encuentro: The Native American Roots of Texas Mexican Food" reflect on their experiences talking and learning about indigenous cuisine.
09/06/202332 minutes 25 seconds
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Undocumented and formerly undocumented migrants document themselves in ‘Somewhere We Are Human’

The anthology is a collection of poems, essays, and illustrations by 41 migrants, refugees, and Dreamers. Co-editors Reyna Grande and Sonia Guiñansaca discuss how the book highlights the unique and complex experiences of what it's like to live undocumented today.
02/06/202321 minutes 30 seconds
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'These are human beings' — The effort to exhume, identify, and repatriate migrant remains

A forensic anthropology professor and her two graduate students spent a week in Eagle Pass, Texas, to help exhume and identify those who died crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. They reflect on their experience working with Operation Identification, an effort that uses community outreach and scientific analysis to ID migrant remains.
26/05/202321 minutes 30 seconds
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'It's a lifestyle" — San Antonio's new poet laureate embraces Chicano culture in his works

Chicano writer Nephtalí De León was named the sixth San Antonio Poet Laureate in March. His poetry, children's stories, and paintings take on a social justice bent and aim to capture the essence of Chicano culture.
19/05/202321 minutes 30 seconds
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New San Antonio Poet Laureate Nephtalí De León discusses life, inspirations in the ‘Mecca of Chicano Arts’

Nephtalí DeLeón is a Chicano writer and artist known for his poetry, children's stories, essays, and painting. The self-described "Chicano gypsy poet" will serve as San Antonio's Poet Laureate from 2023-2026.
12/05/202321 minutes 30 seconds
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Is Tex-Mex ‘real’ Mexican food? — A deep dive into the history & criticisms of the iconic cuisine

Four Tex-Mex experts came together as part of the Great SA panel hosted by Texas Public Radio. In part two of the conversation, panelists take questions from audience members about the merits of Tex-Mex, its regionality, and how people have experienced it over time.
05/05/202321 minutes 30 seconds
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‘It’s the cuisine of the Americas’ — A conversation about the history and importance of Tex-Mex food

Texas Public Radio took a deep dive into iconic Tex-Mex cuisine during a Great SA panel discussion moderated by TPR's Norma Martinez. The four-person panel of Tex-Mex experts discussed the history of Tex-Mex food and the false narrative many people have surrounding it. Listen to part one of a two-part conversation.
28/04/202321 minutes 30 seconds
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‘To the Other Side’ reflects the immigration experience through the eyes of young refugee children

The book chronicles the story of two unaccompanied migrant children as they make the dangerous journey to the U.S. Children's author and illustrator Erika Meza shares the inspiration behind the book and why she thought it was important to shed light on the topic.
21/04/202332 minutes 50 seconds
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Repatriation Project highlights the decades-long struggle to repatriate Native American remains

NBC News partnered with ProPublica for the Repatriation Project, a series investigating the delayed return of native remains. NBC News reporter Graham Lee Brewer and Ramón Vásquez, a member of the Tāp Pīlam Coahuiltecan Nation, speak about the struggle to regain access to pieces of tribal heritage and the renewed interest by some institutions to repatriate remains.
14/04/202332 minutes 31 seconds
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Love, war, and an immigrant story — Novel explores the forgotten role of the Irish in the Mexican-American War

The story of El Batallón de San Patricio — or the Saint Patrick's Battalion — is told in the historical fiction "A Ballad of Love and Glory." Author Reyna Grande discusses her personal connection to the story and how the book shines a light on a forgotten portion of history.
07/04/202327 minutes 9 seconds
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Diversifying Shakespeare to reflect the experiences of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands

The Borderlands Shakespeare Colectiva is a multi-institutional research initiative that engages with Shakespeare's works to portray the realities of life on la Frontera. The initiative's co-founders discuss their new anthology and how these adaptions have resonated with students.
31/03/202321 minutes 30 seconds
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Black male teachers on film — inspiration, hero, father figure, or stereotype?

A 2022 study examined 11 films in Hollywood that feature Black male teachers. Co-author Marcus Johnson explains how the study found representations of these savior and father figures are often rooted in false stereotypes of Black men and boys.
24/03/202331 minutes 13 seconds
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'A Song for Cesar' tells the story of the farmworker movement through music and the arts

Abel Sánchez and Andrés Alegría are co-writers and co-producers of the documentary film, a decade-long project that features musicians and artists to honor the contributions of civil rights icon César Chávez. The film screens at Trinity University in San Antonio on March 21.
17/03/202330 minutes 17 seconds
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‘This is our legacy’ — Commemorating 50 years of the fight for school finance equity in Rodriguez vs San Antonio ISD

Trinity University, IDRA, and Edgewood ISD will host an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this landmark case, in which the U.S. Supreme Court determined that there is no constitutional right to an equal education.
10/03/202325 minutes 59 seconds
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Native Texas and Texas-based artists reflect diverse Latinx identities in ‘Soy de Tejas’ exhibit

The "Soy de Tejas: A Statewide Survey of Latinx Art" exhibit at Centro de Artes gallery in San Antonio collects over 100 pieces from artists representing seven regions and fifteen cities throughout Texas. The artworks engage with themes of identity, cultural heritage, pop culture, and modern political concerns.
03/03/202327 minutes 2 seconds
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Fronteras: Exploring the 'deeper beat of cultural heritage' along the Texas-Mexico border

"Bridging Cultures: Reflections on the Heritage Identity of the Texas-Mexico Borderlands" highlights the missing pieces of history often left out of the borderland narrative. It features a collection of essays ranging from the enduring cultural practice of quinceñeras, to wildlife along the border, to how border artists capture everyday life.
24/02/202321 minutes 30 seconds
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'Bridging Cultures' is a multidisciplinary exploration of borderland cultural heritage; Remembering artist Jesse Treviño

The essay collection — co-edited by Harriett Romo and William Dupont — explores the complex and rich heritage of the the Texas-Mexico borderlands through the perspective of architects, historians, anthropologist and others.
17/02/202321 minutes 30 seconds
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Mexican American Museum of Texas provides a space to share and celebrate the Mexican American experience

The museum was founded in June 2022 by eight individuals who wanted to highlight Mexican American history and culture. Two of the co-founders, Gus Hinojosa and Juanita Nañez, discuss what led to the creation of the museum, its inaugural exhibit, and why it was important to create a space for Mexican American contributions.
10/02/202321 minutes 30 seconds
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'Personal reflection is this class' — Students embark on journey of self discovery through Mexican American Studies

The Mexican American Studies course is offered to students at Jefferson High School in San Antonio. Fronteras visited the class in January to speak with the educators who helped bring the course to life, and to students on what the class has taught them so far.
03/02/202327 minutes 4 seconds
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Endowment will help grow one of the nation's largest collections of Latinx art at UTSA

Over 2,700 works by over 600 regional and international artists are displayed throughout the university as part of the UTSA Art Collection. The endowment honors over 20 years of work from the collection's curator, Arturo Infante Almeida.
27/01/202327 minutes 59 seconds
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The push for more truthful conversations about the state-sanctioned racial violence by the Texas Rangers

Jack Herrera, the host of Texas Monthly's new "White Hats" podcast, and Monica Muñoz Martinez, a co-founder of the history project Refusing to Forget, discuss their efforts to highlight the history of violence and oppression committed by the Rangers against Mexicans and Texas Mexicans.
20/01/202328 minutes 53 seconds
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‘Crystal City 1969’ play honors the real-life story of student 'heroes and sheroes' who fought for Latino civil rights

Playwrights David Lozano and Raul Treviño discuss how the production dives into Crystal City Mexican American students who staged walkouts in protest of discrimination. The play makes its San Antonio debut at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Jan. 19-22.
13/01/202324 minutes 48 seconds
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Strategies to ease the transition of unaccompanied migrant children from government custody to life in the U.S.

The Migration Policy Institute and the United Nations Children's fund (UNICEF) released a brief in December 2022 with recommendations aimed to strengthen protections of unaccompanied migrant children and facilitate their reintegration with their families in the U.S.
06/01/202330 minutes 40 seconds
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Health Confianza program unites local organizations to improve health literacy in San Antonio

The Health Confianza program aims to repair the lack of trust many people — especially underrepresented populations — have with the U.S. healthcare system. A cohort of 10 organizations pledged to adopt health literacy policies and practices that will lead to better outcomes for San Antonio residents.
30/12/202225 minutes 31 seconds
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No tamaladas? No problem. Native South Texan realizes holiday traditions are what you make them

Luis Rendon — a journalist living in New York — returned home to Laredo in December 2021 on a mission to reconnect with his roots. He wanted to experience Latino Christmas traditions like posadas and midnight mass on Christmas Eve, and wrote about his trip in a recent article for the Texas Highways Magazine.
23/12/202224 minutes 53 seconds
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'Vitamina C for Cultura' inspires and empowers young Latinos to embrace their roots

The alphabet book — written by Mando Rayo and Suzanne García-Mateus, with illustrations by Martha Samaniego Calderón — celebrates the people, places, and things that make up Latino culture.
16/12/202227 minutes 15 seconds
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‘Las Nuevas Tamaleras’ honors the tradition, triumphs, and comical failures of making tamales for the first time

The play — going on its 27th year in San Antonio — was written, produced and directed by Alicia Mena. She spoke about what inspired her to write the play and the impact it has had on audiences.
09/12/202221 minutes 31 seconds
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Fronteras: The story of one undocumented mother’s journey to the U.S. highlights universal fears, hopes and aspirations

Medical anthropologist Elizabeth Farfán-Santos spent five years with Claudia García, a mother from Mexico who illegally crossed the border into the U.S. to provide a better life for her deaf daughter. She details García's story and struggles in her book, "Undocumented Motherhood: Conversations on love, trauma, and border crossing."
02/12/202221 minutes 30 seconds
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'Undocumented Motherhood' explores the struggles and resilience of an immigrant mother's fight to provide for her daughter

Medical anthropologist Elizabeth Farán-Santos recounts the immigration journey of Claudia Garcia, a mother from Mexico who crossed the border with her deaf toddler in search of better medical resources and a better future.
25/11/202221 minutes 30 seconds
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Western History Conference panel tackles issues on academic freedom, reproductive rights and immigration

“The Politics of Exclusion and the Protocols of Resistance: Understanding the Political Landscape of 21st Century Texas," panel discussed a variety of issues affecting Texans, including academic freedom in the classroom, the suppression of reproductive rights in a post-Dobbs world, and the status of immigration in the state.
18/11/202221 minutes 30 seconds
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‘She empowers mestizos’ — New exhibit reexamines the complex story of Malinche

The San Antonio Museum of Art’s new exhibit “Traitor, Survivor, Icon: The Legacy of La Malinche,” examines the historical and cultural impact of Malinche — the Mexican figure who served as translator to Hernán Cortés during the conquest of Mesoamerica.
11/11/202221 minutes 30 seconds
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‘As the Valley goes, so goes Texas’ — Fighting misconceptions of the Rio Grande Valley

Anthropologist and Rio Grande Valley native Jill Fleuriet spent years conducting research and analysis about the Valley. She discusses what the media, and us as individuals, can do to correct the oversimplified narrative of the border that is often portrayed in the news.
04/11/202221 minutes 30 seconds
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Anthropologist argues the ‘us versus them’ narrative around the Rio Grande Valley

Jill Fleuriet, author of "Rhetoric and Reality on the U.S.-Mexico Border: Place, Politics, Home," discusses her ethnographic research of the Valley and how mass media inaccurately portrays life of southern border communities.
28/10/202221 minutes 30 seconds
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‘The Latino narrative is missing’ — Congressman Joaquin Castro on Latino underrepresentation in media

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its 2022 report on the lack of Latino representation both on and off screen. San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro discusses the barriers Latinos face in media and what the government can do to make the industry more inclusive.
21/10/202221 minutes 30 seconds
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Symposium highlights Latino civil rights efforts of the past, present and future

Sarah Gould, executive director of San Antonio-based Mexican American Civil Rights Institute (MACRI), discusses the significance of Latino civil rights history and how the organization's 2022 Symposium will address topics like voting, education and representation.
14/10/202221 minutes 30 seconds
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'My energy, my way' — Chicana playwright Monica Palacios reflects on her pioneering career as a queer performer

The Los Angeles-based performer will celebrate 40 years of performance at the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center with her latest solo show, 'I'm Still Here.' She discusses her start in the performing arts, the bumpy road to her solo career, and her experiences as a queer comic.
07/10/202221 minutes 30 seconds
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How we say 'San Antonio' — Writer Oscar Cásares discusses the power of Spanish pronunciations

The essayist and professor at the University of Texas at Austin reflects on the experience that inspired his Texas Monthly article, "What We Say When We Say 'San Antonio,'" the Anglicized pronunciation of Spanish-language names, and the larger implications of language loss.
30/09/202225 minutes 3 seconds
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Journalist María Martin 'sounds the alarm' on the state of journalism in Central America

Independent producer and journalist María Martin has lived and reported on Guatemala for years. She discusses a history of civil wars in Central America, a lack of interest in news coming from the area, and the dangerous state of the press in Central America.
23/09/202225 minutes 38 seconds
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Violent narratives of Mexican bandits and drug lords create real-life cycles of violence on the border

Rafael Acosta Morales, author of "Drug Lords, Cowboys, and Desperadoes: Violent Myths of the U.S.-Mexico Frontier," delves into how Mexican villains have been portrayed in mainstream media, the repercussions of those portrayals and what sparked his interest in writing the book.
16/09/202229 minutes 16 seconds
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Raza Unida Party members reflect on Chicano activism on its 50th anniversary

The Raza Unida Party — a Mexican American political party and social movement that emerged during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s — will host a 50th Anniversary celebration to honor the work of past members and analyze the current struggles faced by the Latino community.
09/09/202221 minutes 30 seconds
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Who deserves to be ‘American’? The complicated history of citizenship stripping in the U.S.

Amanda Frost, author of "You Are Not American: Citizenship Stripping from Dred Scott to the Dreamers," talks about the complicated history of who deserves citizenship in the U.S.
02/09/202223 minutes 39 seconds
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New digital portal makes hard-to-find heritage Mexican American artwork more accessible

Two university professors from across opposite sides of the U.S. created the "Mexican American Art Since 1848" database to broaden traditionally English, Eurocentric search engines and make it easier to find and study Mexican American art, culture and history.
26/08/202223 minutes 13 seconds
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‘The barrio and beyond’ — Jaime’s Place bar becomes cornerstone of San Antonio’s historic West Side

San Antonio business owner Jaime Macias discusses the role of his bar in the near West Side, "conscientious" development, and finding his place as a Mexican American.
19/08/202221 minutes 30 seconds
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New St. Edward’s University program trains bilingual students to fill the healthcare language vacuum

The Advanced Spanish for Health and Helping Professions certificate at St. Edward's University will prepare bilingual or advanced second-language students with training to provide effective healthcare treatment in Spanish.
12/08/202221 minutes 30 seconds
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New documentary examines social justice and the American dream through food trucks

The 2021 documentary "Backstreet to the American Dream," dives into the experiences of U.S. entrepreneurs and Mexican immigrants in the global phenomena of the food truck industry.
05/08/202232 minutes 7 seconds
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The visionary behind San Antonio’s Miraflores garden; A remembrance of El Paso poet and publisher Bobby Byrd

TPR's Arts & Culture reporter Jack Morgan examines the life and inspiration behind the man who created San Antonio's Miraflores garden; An episode from KTEP's public radio program "Words on a Wire" discusses the life and career of late poet and Cinco Puntos Press co-founder Bobby Byrd.
29/07/202221 minutes 30 seconds
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From the first Latina college president in the U.S. to the Presidential Medal of Freedom — trailblazer Juliet García reflects on her career

The former president of UT-Brownsville discusses her historic career in higher education and the “surreal” experience of receiving the nation’s highest civilian honor.
22/07/202233 minutes 19 seconds
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Latino involvement in clinical trials involves overcoming cultural, physical and institutional barriers

Two UT Health San Antonio doctors discuss the barriers behind the lack of Latino representation in clinic trials and the massive need to increase Latino participation.
15/07/202226 minutes 14 seconds
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Art project inspired by Aztec mythology highlights community stories of sacrifice as a ‘tool for transformation’

Mexican artist Margarita Cabrera's latest project honors personal sacrifices and draws inspiration from the story of Copil, an Aztec warrior whose sacrifice resulted in the founding of modern day Mexico.
08/07/202221 minutes 30 seconds