Fronteras

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

The Fronteras Desk is a collaborative regional news service that explores the changing culture and demographics of the American Southwest.  Reporting will bring emphasis to Latino and Native American life and border issues affecting American politics, social order, economics and the environmental landscape.

Fronteras is led by KJZZ in Phoenix, Arizona and KPBS in San Diego, California, and is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) as part of its Local Journalism Center initiative. From Central Texas to Southern California, and from Las Vegas to the Mexican border, Fronteras covers an area of about 9 million residents and reaches an audience of about 1 million listeners.

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Fronteras Desk
2:01 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

More On Disney's 'Dia De Los Muertos' Debacle

Valeria Pearson, left, and Jessica Perry took a couple of hours to pain their faces like sugar skulls for Dia de los Muertos. The celebration in Las Vegas takes place at the Winchester Cultural Center.
Veronica Zaragovia Fronteras

Fronteras: Disney reacts to public outcry by withdrawing its effort to trademark ‘Dia De Los Muertos.’ Also on the show: It is widely reported that the nation has 11 million people living here without authorization, we take a closer look at that number. Young people in the Mormon Church are called to serve a 2-year mission, but what happens if you're sent on a mission, and you have no immigration papers? The changing face of Native American health programs under the federal healthcare overhaul. 

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Fronteras Desk
12:33 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

How Immigration Reform Could Affect Immigrant Scientists & Engineers

Sandeep Chandra and Pallavi Adyanthaya have been watching the debate surrounding immigration reform closely. They haven't heard many people addressing the problems they face as high-skilled immigrants.
David Wagner Fronteras

Fronteras: What would high-skilled immigrants like to see when it comes to immigration reform? Also on this show: We visit a dairy farm in Wisconsin where at least half the workers are undocumented to see how an immigration overhaul would impact them. Medicaid expansion will force Native American health providers to deal with something they’ve never faced before: Competition from non-tribal health programs. Last, a conversation with Latinitas, a group hosting events to get more young Latinas to college.

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Fronteras Desk
10:50 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Immigration Reform Leaders Tackle Border Security

Veterans for Peace demonstrate against using drones for domestic surveillance August 2012.
Fronteras

Fronteras: Before any immigration reform can happen, Homeland Security needs to prove the border is secure. Some border residents say that's just a numbers game. We also take a critical look at border drones and how proposed immigration reform is giving new hope for family reunions in Mexico. Also,the professional sports teams in Phoenix are trying to cultivate new fans across the border.

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Fronteras Desk
12:37 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

The Stories Of Families Separated By Deportation

An American boy walks down a street in Guanajuato, Mexico with his father, a deported Mexican national.
Erin Siegal McIntyre

As Congress debates future guest worker programs, unresolved issues remain with both current and past guest workers. Also on the show: A multi-part series on deportation. We look at the children left behind when parents are deported and what happens to the kids deported by the United States.

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Fronteras Desk
1:16 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

New Mexico Debating Whether To Accept Washington's Nuclear Waste

A handmade card shows opposition to nuclear waste traveling along New Mexico highways to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, N.M.
Elaine Baumgartel KUNM

Fronteras: For several decades mules have delivered mail to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, but now the company that runs the mule train plans to stop the package service. Plans to ship nuclear waste from leaky tanks in the state of Washington to New Mexico are stirring up an old debate about the storage of toxic waste. Also, filmmaker Rodrigo Gudiño tells us about his latest work, which  is fueled by his earliest memories of being horrified by religious images.

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Fronteras Desk
12:44 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Cities Across Southwest Courting Drone Companies

A coalition of local defense industry advocates hope to brand San Diego as the drone capital of the world.
U.S. Marines

On Fronteras: San Diego is in the forefront of a competition to attract big players in the drone industry. New classes in San Diego focus on students struggling to master English. A small population of Muslims have made Tijuana their home. Even though many border crossings are illegal, they play a big role in family identity and history.

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Fronteras Desk
12:14 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Threats To Reporters Cause News Blackouts In Mexico

“Reporter, you’re going to die,” spelled out in hot sauce on the kitchen table of Hiram Gonzalez.
Nogales International

Fronteras: Under the new Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, attacks against news agencies appear to have increased. A San Diego interpreter finds himself at the center of a tense international conflict, and it may have cost him his job. We examine how the lengthy drought has started a nasty legal battle over water rights between Texas and New Mexico. Semana Santa (Holy Week) continues and Mexican citizens are traveling to the U.S. in droves, boosting San Antonio's economy.

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Fronteras Desk
11:25 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Historic Genocide Trial & Declining Interest In Chicano Studies

The Guatemalan Foundation for Forensic Anthropology has been digging up mass graves for years, uncovering evidence for war crimes trials, and returning remains to victims' families.
Jill Replogle Fronteras

After decades of impunity, a former Guatemalan strongman stands trial for genocide. How the proposed minimum wage increase would affect Latinos. How a declining interest in Chicano studies reflects an identity shift for many Latinos. This summer, Phoenix, Ariz. is trying to diversify city lifeguards, the classic summer job for teens.

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Fronteras Desk
11:23 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Historic Genocide Trial & The Declining Interest In Chicano Studies

The Guatemalan Foundation for Forensic Anthropology has been digging up mass graves for years, uncovering evidence for war crimes trials, and returning remains to victims' families.
Jill Replogle Fronteras

After decades of impunity, a former Guatemalan strongman stands trial for genocide. How the proposed minimum wage increase would affect Latinos. How a declining interest in Chicano studies reflects an identity shift for many Latinos. This summer, Phoenix, Ariz. is trying to diversify city lifeguards, the classic summer job for teens.

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Fronteras Desk
12:34 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Fronteras: How Is Sequestration Affecting The Border?

The Otay Mesa commercial port of entry clogs up in the afternoons, but is often nearly empty in the mornings
Katrina Farmer Fronteras

Despite Warnings, Border Waits Not Longer Than Usual

Under the federal budget cuts known as sequestration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is slated to have $500 million slashed from its budget. Border authorities warn this is already making for longer waits at international airports and land crossings. Our Fronteras Desk reporter Jill Replogle went out to take the pulse on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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