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.

This week on Fronteras: 

--Pope Francis makes an historic visit to America – entering as a migrant.  San Antonio Catholics react to his speech addressing a joint session of Congress.

--How much influence does Pope Francis have?  A fellow Argentinean mother hopes he can help her son, a convicted murderer, get off on death row.

--A memorial honoring families torn apart by deportation goes up near the California-Mexico border.

Houston Public Media

This week on Fronteras:

-- The United States and Mexico are funding an experiment to improve the economy in communities along the border.

-- Some parents in Houston are struggling to get their children of color into gifted and talented programs at school. 

-- A Texas Monthly article explores Selena's lasting legacy in Corpus Christi, but not everyone in the city thinks the piece is fair. 

-- An arts center in Dallas focuses on attracting the work of young artists of color. 

Skirting the Law to Survive on the Border 

Mose Buchele / KUT

This week on Fronteras: 

-- While the ripple effect of oil busts have impacted many communities in Texas, one repo man says he's seen an uptick in business. 

-- Many Texas counties lack psychiatrists. One incentive program hopes to lure more mental health professionals to rural towns. 

-- One family in rural Texas has fostered more than 50 children. The diverse group was met with some resistance from the neighborhood. 

-- A Spanish-language book truck encourages children to learn in their parents' native tongue. 

Houston Public Media

This week on Fronteras: 

--Help to reduce the soaring Hispanic high school dropout rate.  How an after school program in San Diego guides children of immigrants to college with great success.

--In San Antonio, a new school opens to help another set of students who need it… boys.

--Prairie View honors Sandra Bland, the young woman found hanged in the Waller County Jail, with a street in her name.

--San Diego County launches a disaster app for Spanish speakers so they easily can get information on emergencies such as fires and earthquakes.

Rita Daniels / KUNM Public Radio

This week on Fronteras: 

--Navajo farmers in Shiprock, New Mexico are scrambling to save their crops following the Gold King Mine spill. 

--Biologists are tracking the impact of the spill.  So far, fish and bugs are okay.

--Mine pollution is nothing new.  Mines have leaked wastewater for decades

--More than a month after Sandra Bland was found hanged in her Hempstead, Texas jail cell, concerned citizens keep a daily vigil there.

--We remember the father who fought to integrate Dallas public schools.

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