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Thu October 4, 2012
Long Border Waits, Natural Healing and a Candid Conversation with Sandra Cisneros
A look at how infrastructure along the U.S.- Mexico border is struggling to catch up with trade. A group in El Paso is making plans for a new school where students can be trained in alternative healing methods. Also, Texas Public Radio’s David Martin Davies speaks with writer Sandra Cisneros about her new book and her plans to move from San Antonio, Texas.
Trade between the United States and Mexico has quintupled in the last 20 years. Every day, more than a billion dollars worth of goods moves across our southern border. The trouble is, the trucks carrying all those goods can be stuck for hours waiting to cross. In part five of our series on NAFTA 20 Years Later, Fronteras reporter Mónica Ortiz Uribe examines how infrastructure is struggling to catch up with trade.
Flagstaff students used to call it “dropout high.” Its real name is Ponderosa High School and it’s where so-called at-risk students are given one last chance to graduate. From Flagstaff, Laurel Morales reports.
In the southwest traditional healing methods, such as herbal remedies, often stem from old Mexican and Native American customs. But these practices have been overshadowed by modern Western medicine and some are being forgotten. Now a group in El Paso is making plans for a new school where students can be trained in alternative healing methods. Mónica Ortiz Uribe has our story.
Sandra Cisneros on Her New Book & Life Changes
Sandra Cisneros is a key figure in American literature. She is best known for her acclaimed first novel, "The House on Mango Street," and her subsequent short story collection, "Woman Hollering Creek." Cisneros is a native of Chicago but has made San Antonio her home; however, now she is planning on leaving the city. Cisneros has a new book, “Have You Seen Marie?” She spoke with Texas Public Radio’s David Martin Davies about the book and why she is leaving San Antonio.