TPR: Fronteras "Fronteras" is a collaborative regional news project that explores the changing culture and demographics of the American southwest. Specifically, reporting will bring emphasis to Latino and Native American life and border issues effecting American politics, social order, economics and the environmental landscape.
TPR: Fronteras

TPR: Fronteras

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"Fronteras" is a collaborative regional news project that explores the changing culture and demographics of the American southwest. Specifically, reporting will bring emphasis to Latino and Native American life and border issues effecting American politics, social order, economics and the environmental landscape.

Most Recent Episodes

Fronteras: After El Paso, Hispanic Heritage Month Takes On A Greater Meaning

Hispanic Heritage Month comes a little over a month after an act of violence targeting Mexicans and Mexican Americans claimed 22 lives in El Paso. Activists want communities across Texas and the U.S. to have more profound observations to elevate Hispanic history and culture. Tony Diaz , a Houston-based writer, says the rich culture should not be recognized and appreciated for just 30 days, but all year long.

Fronteras: After El Paso, Hispanic Heritage Month Takes On A Greater Meaning

Fronteras: Strong Heart Study Of American Indians & Remembering Alfonso Chiscano

On Fronteras: The Strong Heart Study has tracked the heart health of Native American populations since 1988. (0:00) Family and friends remember Dr. Alfonso Chiscano, MD, a Canary Islands native who championed San Antonio's culture (11:50).

Fronteras: Strong Heart Study Of American Indians & Remembering Alfonso Chiscano

Fronteras: Traveling Exhibition Brings 'Resurrection City' To South Central Texas

On the campus of Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College , historical images and posters from the 1960s are mounted on easels and lined up through the halls of the Small Business Development Center. While some passersby may overlook the display, the historical and cultural significance is far from subtle. These collection of images in part of a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Fronteras: Traveling Exhibition Brings 'Resurrection City' To South Central Texas

Fronteras: Cross-Border Travel Means Passports, Passport Cards, Border Crossing Cards

Texans in border communities used to cross back and forth freely with little to no documentation . Much has changed since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The 9/11 Commission in 2004 determined the border crossing rules were too lax, and Congress passed the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative , which required U.S. border crossers to possess passports or passport cards to cross the international ports of entry. Mexican travelers are required to carry a Border Crossing Card . The

Fronteras: Cross-Border Travel Means Passports, Passport Cards, Border Crossing Cards

Fronteras: Alamo Restoration And Preservation Project Continues, Despite Public Controversy

Despite being met with opposition, renovation work is underway at the Alamo as the Texas General Land Office plans to restore and recapture the historical 1836 battle. Karina Erickson, Communications Director with the GLO, said the project aims to elevate the Alamo to the level of the Gettysburg memorial in Pennsylvania.

Fronteras: Alamo Restoration And Preservation Project Continues, Despite Public Controversy

Fronteras: 'There's Another Battle At The Alamo' And It's Over A Cemetery

The Texas Historical Commission designated the Alamo a " Historic Texas Cemetery " in 2019, but local indigenous peoples and descendants of early settlers want to go a step further with an "unverified cemetery" designation . Ramón Juan Vásquez, executive director of the American Indians in Texas , said members of the Coahuiltecan Nation and descendents of early settlers have fought for recognition of the cemetery for 24 years.

Fronteras: 'There's Another Battle At The Alamo' And It's Over A Cemetery

Fronteras: 30 Years On, NALAC Continues To Elevate And Support Latinx Artists

Latino arts and culture is rich, colorful and varied. The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture is dedicated to promoting, developing and cultivating Latinx artists. Sometimes, however, outside forces can take a toll on their community. Maria López De León, president and CEO of NALAC, said the organization has not been shy around the country's immigration debate.

Fronteras: 30 Years On, NALAC Continues To Elevate And Support Latinx Artists

Fronteras Extra: Cherríe Moraga 'I Come From A Long Line of Vendidas'

Chicana writer Cherríe Moraga is the author of the literary memoir, " Native Country of the Heart ." It explores not just Moraga's life, but that of her mother, Elvira. Elvira was born in 1914. Her father hired 11-year-old Elvira and her siblings as cotton pickers in California. As a young teen, she worked at a Tijuana casino that was frequented by Hollywood stars and mob bosses.

Fronteras Extra: Cherríe Moraga 'I Come From A Long Line of Vendidas'

Fronteras: Cherríe Moraga Memoir 'Native Country Of The Heart' Is 'A Portrait Of A Relationship'

One of the leading voices in Latino literature centers her latest work on her close relationship with her mother. Cherríe Moraga aims to preserve her mother's stories and memories in her literary memoir, Native Country of the Heart .

Fronteras: Cherríe Moraga Memoir 'Native Country Of The Heart' Is 'A Portrait Of A Relationship'

Fronteras: Reporters On Culture, Conflict, Connection; La Printería - West Side Art Haven

The U.S.-Mexico border recently dominated news headlines, from reports on overcrowded detention facilities to the "Stay in Mexico" policy. Two journalists say the region is more complex and culturally rich than what is portrayed in mainstream media Then, young people living in San Antonio public housing get an education in art and culture in a printmaking summer workforce session.

Fronteras: Reporters On Culture, Conflict, Connection; La Printería - West Side Art Haven

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