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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Fronteras
12:58 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Why Aren't Nicaraguan Children Fleeing To The U.S.?

Above: Nicaraguans at a political march in the capital Managua. August 28, 2005.
Jill Replogle KPBS

Fronteras: Notably absent from the unprecedented exodus from Central America are children from the region’s poorest country: Nicaragua. The story of one boy, who traveled from Honduras to North Texas. ICE is going to start housing women with children at a Karnes County detention center that used to house men. Fronteras takes a tour of the facility that has been renovated to accommodate families. Also, tiny windmills, smaller than an ant? Researchers are working on it and it could one day power your cell phone.
 

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Fronteras
12:43 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Border Medical Residency Program Aims To Fill Doctor Gap

Dr. Adrian Billings, chief medical officer of Presidio County Health Services, speaks to attendees of a community health clinic in Marathon, Texas.
Photo courtesy of the Denton Record-Chronicle. (2012)

Fronteras: Rural regions are suffering from a lack of doctors. We look at a new medical residency program on the U.S.-Mexico border. Despite obstacles, solar is gaining ground in some parts of Texas. A conversation with West Texas/Jeff Davis County Sheriff Rick McIvor about Gov. Rick Perry's plan to send Texas National Guard troops to the border. And a commentary about a life crossing borders and checkpoints.

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Fronteras
12:42 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Texas Border City A Model For Solar Power

The Acacia Solar Plant in Presidio, TX has allowed this border city to put more power onto the electric grid than it takes off.
Travis Bubenik KRTS

Fronteras: The USDA has lifted a ban on inspectors working in Mexico, which could invigorate a cattle trade that has been hurt in both countries. We look at how one border city provides a model for solar power in Texas. State health officials have alerted the CDC about conditions in border facilities where thousands of Central American minors are being detained. Commentator Yvette Benavides takes us inside an immigration court room in San Antonio where these children and teens are making their cases.

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Fronteras
9:27 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Legal Aid Group Helping Minors In San Antonio Navigate Immigration System

Some of the JBSA-Lackland dorms where hundreds of children are currently living.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

On Fronteras: Tens of thousands of Central American children are waiting to see how the country will respond to their immigration cases. We hear from an organization helping these minors in San Antonio navigate the complex immigration legal system. Summer time can mean fun in the great outdoors, but everything doesn’t always go as planned. On the show, a story of friendship and teamwork that began during a flash flood at a Texas river.

Legal Aid Group Helping Immigrant Minors in San Antonio

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Fronteras
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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