Fronteras

Fridays at 12 noon and Sundays at 9 p.m.

Fronteras is a Texas Public Radio program that explores 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 environmental landscape.

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This week on Fronteras. 

  •   South Texans say the president’s border wall is affecting them before it’s even built.
  • San Antonians demonstrate for and against removing a Confederate monument from a downtown park.
  • Listening helps foster racial understanding in Austin.
  • Truck driver indicted in human smuggling deaths.
  • Texas Gulf coast residents sue a large plastics plant saying it’s polluting their water.
  • A look at cultural rituals and myths attached to the celestial phenomenon of a solar eclipse.

 

Norma Martinez

On Fronteras:  

  • The importance of including accurate Mexican-American history in school curriculums.
  • An Austin bar shuts down a Latino DJ group for playing Latin music.
  • Two North Texas artists are working to beautify the image many people have about life on the Texas/Mexico border.   

Norma Martinez

In 2010, public schools in Arizona were forbidden from teaching Mexican American studies to their students.  A group of Republican state lawmakers there argued that the classes created resentments towards other races, and even in some cases, promoted the overthrow of the U.S. government.  A U.S. District Court judge is expected to rule on the ban’s constitutionality in the coming days.

Educators in Texas are looking past the Arizona controversy and are working to teach public school students about Hispanics’ often-overlooked role in shaping American history. 

Texas Public Radio’s Norma Martinez sat down with Marco Cervantes, director of the Mexican American Studies Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Lilliana Saldaña, Associate Professor in Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at the UTSA College of Education and Human Development.

Christopher Connelly / KERA News

This week on Fronteras:  

  •  Fort Worth citizens opposed to SB4 – the new sanctuary cities law – turn out by the hundreds to protest against it.
  • In San Diego, refugees claim resettlement workers told them to falsify rent applications.
  •   Americans who own maquilas, factories in Mexico, welcome the prospect of positive change for NAFTA.
  •  Eleven immigrants become U.S. citizens at Fort Davis historic site in West Texas.
  •  A daughter reflects on growing up with her artist father, Juan O’Gorman, a master of mosaics and murals.

 

Joey Palacios / TPR

  This week on Fronteras: 

 

  • Horror unfolds as immigrants seeking a new life die overcome by extreme heat in the back of a trailer truck in San Antonio.  The Mexican government steps in to help the survivors.
  •  Human smuggling and human trafficking are two very different crimes.
  •   A look at how horses are effectively helping agents patrol the border in the Rio Grande Valley.
  •  A veteran activist serving two causes creates a show merging gay rights and Chicano history.  
  •  Using once segregated public swimming pools at a place for integrated audiences to enjoy dance performance art.

 

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