Fronteras

Fridays at 3 p.m., Saturdays at 6 a.m., and Sundays at 9 p.m.

Fronteras is a collaborative regional news project that explores the changing culture and demographics of the American Southwest. From Central Texas to Southern California, and from Las Vegas to the Mexican border, Fronteras brings emphasis to Latino and Native American life and border issues affecting American politics, social order, economics and the environmental landscape.

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4:59 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

What Can Texas Learn from Arizona & California about Solar Power?

San Francisco-based Recurrent Energy has committed to building what would be the largest single solar installation in Texas.
courtesy: Recurrent Energy

On Fronteras: We continue our reporting on the tens of thousands of Central American children and teens who are now in the United States. A UTSA demographer, who researches immigration, tells us more about what's driving this surge to the north. Texas is known as an energy superpower, but solar is sluggish here. We also look at solar economics in Texas and lessons that can be learned from other southwest states. And, the Kitchen Sisters take us to the Mexican town of Tequila, it's in the heart of a region that produces the legendary spirit.

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Fronteras
1:06 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Critical Shortage Of Mental Health Care Providers In Texas

Medically underserved areas in Texas, 2011.
Credit Map created by the Texas Primary Care Office

Fronteras: There's a critical shortage of mental health care workers in Texas, and the problem is especially apparent in the borderlands. The Texas Democratic Party chair speaks about the party's top candidates, its platform and more as the convention arrives this weekend. For San Antonio artist Cruz Ortiz, culture is everything. He speaks about the inspiration for his Tex-Mex artwork and new exhibit at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.

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Fronteras
2:04 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Texas Sees Money In Proposed Mexico Energy Overhaul

PEMEX in Nuevo Laredo.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Fronteras: In what would be a historic move, Mexico may open up its energy industry to private domestic and foreign investors. How Texas is preparing to get ahead of a proposed overhaul of Mexico’s energy industry. U.S. and Mexico authorities released water into the Colorado River Delta this spring to try to jump-start habitat restoration. We check in to see how that experiment is going.

Texas Eyeing Mexico Energy Industry Overhaul

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Fronteras
3:40 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Management Shakeup Following Border Patrol Use-Of-Force Scrutiny

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

Fronteras: U.S. Customs and Border Protection is undergoing a shakeup following intense scrutiny over the Border Patrol’s use of force. Waves of unaccompanied Latino minors continue to make their way to Texas. What happens after they get here? The Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund is suing Texas, claiming the state has violated the civil rights of English language learners.

Management Shake-Up at Customs and Border Protection Following Use of Force Controversies

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Fronteras
2:50 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

During A Traffic Stop, What Questions Do You Have To Answer?

Tom Michael KRTS

Fronteras: If you're questioned by law enforcement at a traffic stop, what are you required to answer? As demographics change across the nation and in Texas, there’s growing concern about Alzheimer’s disease among Mexican-Americans—a population that continues to age. More minors from south of the border are making the dangerous journey to the U.S. illegally and alone. We visit Joint Base San Antonio Lackland where many of those minors are being housed.

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Fronteras
1:53 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Will This Planned West Texas Clean Coal Project Be A Game Changer?

Construction on a coal-fired power plant equipped with carbon capture and storage technology (CCS) is expected to begin here in Penwell, Texas this year. One of two such plants in the U.S., the other is in Kemper, Mississippi.
Jason Lewis U.S. Department of Energy

Fronteras: The Democrat facing newly-nominated Republican Dan Patrick in the Texas lieutenant governor race says Sen. Patrick’s pledge to campaign in the minority community is “insulting.” New EPA rules to cut carbon emissions are expected to be unveiled soon. The new rules are expected to spur the use of a so-called clean coal technology. There are fewer than 100 fluent speakers of Kumeyaay left in Southern California and northern Baja California, where they once dominated. Efforts are now underway to preserve the endangered language.

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Fronteras
1:55 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Politicos Say Cabinet Position Could Make Or Break Castro

Ryan Loyd TPR News

Fronteras: San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro is President Obama’s pick to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development. One political expert says such a high profile position can make or break a candidate’s political future. Development and drought are creating a duck dilemma in Texas. Also, San Antonio singer Rita Vidaurri  marks her 90th birthday this weekend.

POLITICO: White House Cabinet Positions Can Make or Break a Candidate

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Fronteras
2:55 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Pew: Nearly One-In-Four Hispanics Are Now Former Catholics

Statue at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in San Antonio.
Crystal Chavez TPR News

Fronteras: Fewer Hispanics in the U.S. are identifying themselves as Catholic. At the same time more U.S. Catholics are Hispanic. How so? We unravel and explore these trends on this week's show. Also, there’s a common misperception about the fastest-growing minority group in Texas’ capital city. Most people would think that title belongs to Hispanics. While Hispanics are the largest minority group, they are not the fastest-growing there. We look at the diverse and growing Asian-Americans population in Austin.

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Fronteras
9:27 am
Mon May 12, 2014

In Tijuana, These Sisters Rule The Boxing Ring

Kristin Wall www.kristinwalldesigns.com via Flickr

Fronteras: More high schools in Texas may start offering Mexican-American studies. Can you guess the political affiliation of a legislator just by looking at them? In Texas, it’s pretty simple. Experts say a new bi-national agreement just signed in San Antonio has the potential to solve a variety of issues. Boxing competes only with soccer as Tijuana’s most popular sport: We’ll hear about two sisters who are slugging their way into the spotlight.

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Fronteras
3:12 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Amid College Week, Experts Say Higher Educational Attainment Still Low In Bexar County

First Lady Michelle Obama speaking at The University of Texas at San Antonio Friday for College Week.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Fronteras: About two months ago the world’s most wanted drug trafficker, Sinaloa Cartel leader "El Chapo" Guzmán, was captured in a joint operation and Mexico won’t even consider sending Guzmán to face charges in the U.S. It's been about a year since a formal border crossing linking Big Bend National Park and the tiny Mexican village of Boquillas del Carmen was re-opened. The economy there had been suffering but now that tourist dollars have started flowing south again hopes are high in the tourist town. Also, this is College Week in San Antonio.

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