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 Desk
1:08 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Mexico Re-Making Its Centuries-Old Tradition Of Midwifery

Infants like this baby girl used to be born at home to traditional midwives. Today most babies in Mexico are born in hospitals.
Mónica Ortiz Uribe Fronteras

Fronteras: Some are asking President Obama to hire more Latinos in his second term. Proponents are planning to reintroduce the Violence Against Women Act, which died in the House last session. Immigrant driver's licenses are a hot topic in New Mexico, and we look at how Mexico is re-making its centuries-old tradition of midwifery.

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Fronteras Desk
12:35 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Questioning Criminal Charges Against Undocumented Immigrant Workers

Maricopa County Sheriff's Officers raid the On Your Way Car Wash in Peoria, Ariz. in October 2009. (Photo courtesy www.PhotosByJoseMunoz.com)
Jose Munoz

On Fronteras: Drug enforcement off the coast of Central America, illegal immigration missing from Gov. Rick Perry's introductory speech to the Texas legislature, refugees demanding more competent health care services, mixed-immigration families and the Affordable Care Act, immigration reform and criminal charges against undocumented workers.
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Fronteras Desk
1:28 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

PBS Documentary: Covering The Mexican Drug War

Reporter Sergio Haro driving through Mexicali, Mexico.
Claudio Rocha Quiet Pictures

'Reportero,' a new documentary that examines how journalists at a Tijuana-based news weekly risk their lives to report on Mexico's deadly drug war airs Jan. 7 on PBS. When you think of drones, the military may come to mind at first, but a couple of entrepreneurs want them to become part of everyone's daily life.

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Fronteras Desk
2:09 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Unique New Congresswoman From Arizona Prepares For National Stage

Representative-elect Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.)
Fronteras

Kyrsten Sinema, who was homeless for a time growing up, is headed to Congress, and another Arizona lawmaker, Ann Kirkpatrick, is returning to Washington in January after sitting out a term. Some people returning to Mexico are still facing economic struggles in their home country. Also, we report Mexico has its own population of people living in the shadows.

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Fronteras Desk
12:26 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Record Year For Maritime Smuggling Into California From Mexico

This fishing boat was being pounded by waves in a cove near Ocean Beach when coastal law enforcement authorities found it in the early morning.
Katie Euphrat Fronteras

Authorities in Southern California are confronting the rise in maritime smuggling of illegal immigrants and drugs. If the nation plunges over the fiscal cliff, it would have an immeasurable impact on the border. Navajos have been especially vulnerable to questionable car sales tactics and Arizona school districts are grappling with a federal mandate to improve English language instruction.

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Fronteras Desk
1:52 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

More Latinos Supporting Gay Marriage & Celebrating Hanukkah

L-R: Liz Hernandez, Jose Garcia, Karina Calderon, Adan, Liceth Reyes, Fatima Medina and Maria Calderon are part of a Chicano student movement at University of Nevada-Las Vegas where they freely discuss being gay and Latino.
Veronica Zaragovia Fronteras

According to a recent survey, more Latinos support gay marriage, but young gay and lesbian Latinos still don't feel accepted. A dancer from Phoenix connects to her Jewish heritage late in life. Walking the Trail of Time, thinking about the age of the Grand Canyon. Hispanics in Phoenix celebrate Hanukkah.

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Fronteras Desk
1:56 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Big Bend Crossing: Will The Border Reopen at Boquillas?

Mexican nationals on the south side of the Rio Grande at Boquillas, Mexico
Lorne Matalon Marfa Public Radio

The Fronteras Desk: Some border residents are waiting for the opening of a formal border crossing linking Rio Grande Village inside Big Bend National Park and the Mexican riverside village of Boquillas; authorities in Tijuana have located two mass graves containing potentially hundreds of dissolved human remains; how one health provider is using telenovelas to educate Latinos about HIV; and finally, the holiday season has many families preparing for tamaladas.

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Fronteras Desk
4:34 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

New Mexican President Brings Hope To Some, Tijuana Boosts Tourism, And Mezcal, A Traditional Drink

Pedro Quintanilla, center, watches his business partner Alejandro Martinez Grey sipping mezcal through a siphon. The mezcalero, or mezcal producer on the right has just just finished distilling the mezcal.
Lorne Matalon

Some Mexican citizens hope the PRI's return to power in Mexico will bring stability to the country. A look at how the border city of Tijuana is trying to lure tourists by promoting a growing music scene, while more traditional tourist draws are still alive and kicking. Finally, Mezcal, tequila's cousin, is contributing to reverse migration to Mexico.

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Fronteras Desk
10:00 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Landmark Water Agreement, Latino Vote, Undocumented And Unafraid & Thanksgiving Memories

The U.S. stores emergency water for Mexico at Lake Mead, the reservoir behind Hoover Dam near Las Vegas.
Laurel Morales Fronteras

The U.S. and Mexico have signed a landmark water use agreement. How Nevada and Arizona boosted Latino voter turnout in the recent election. A growing group of young undocumented immigrants aren't afraid to reveal their immigration status. Finally, in her commentary this holiday week, Yvette Benavides  remembers childhood Thanksgivings in Laredo.

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Fronteras Desk
1:44 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Deported Veterans Living In Mexico, And Carmen Tafolla Celebrates Women Through Poetry

Author Carmen Tafolla reads from her latest poetry book, "Rebozos," at the Texas Public Radio studios.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The story of how U.S. military veterans who are deported after committing crimes are living across the border. And a conversation with internationally-renowned author and San Antonio Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla about her new art and poetry book, "Rebozos."

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