Port of Entry Border people often inhabit this in-between space created by the separation and collision of two cultures. From KPBS and PRX, "Port of Entry" tells personal stories from this place — stories of love, hope, struggle and survival from border crossers, fronterizxs and other people whose lives are shaped by the wall. These are cross-border stories that connect us, brought to you by host Alan Lilienthal, producer Kinsee Morlan and sound designer Emily Jankowski.
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Border people often inhabit this in-between space created by the separation and collision of two cultures. From KPBS and PRX, "Port of Entry" tells personal stories from this place — stories of love, hope, struggle and survival from border crossers, fronterizxs and other people whose lives are shaped by the wall. These are cross-border stories that connect us, brought to you by host Alan Lilienthal, producer Kinsee Morlan and sound designer Emily Jankowski.

Most Recent Episodes

Border band split by the wall

When COVID-19 rules prevented certain people from crossing the border, "Port of Entry" cohost Alan Lilienthal's binational, bilingual band Tulengua got separated by the wall. How the partially closed border and the pandemic changed Alan and his bandmates Amari Jordan and Jimmy Mora forever. More about Tulengua here: https://www.tulengua.mx/ Today's story is the final episode in our "Port of Entry" season focused on artists and musicians who've turned pain into power. *** From KPBS and PRX, "Port of Entry" tells cross-border stories that connect us. More stories at www.portofentrypod.org Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/portofentrypodcast Find us on Instagram or at www.instagram.com/portofentrypod Support our show at www.kpbs.org/donate. Search "Port of Entry" in the gifts section to get our sling bag as a thank-you gift. If your business or nonprofit wants to sponsor our show, email corporatesupport@kpbs.org.

From brokenness comes beauty

Border artist Michelle Guerrero struggled with addiction for years, but a surprise pregnancy helped her straighten out her life. Eventually, she taught herself how to paint large-scale murals, in part, by painting murals on the actual border fence. These days, Michelle goes by Mr B Baby, and she travels the West Coast and Mexico, painting huge Mexican-inspired murals in a style that is her own. Now the artist just has to figure out how to balance being a single mother with her skyrocketing success. Today's story continues our new season of "Port of Entry" focused on artists and musicians who've turned pain into power. *** From KPBS and PRX, "Port of Entry" tells cross-border stories that connect us. More stories at www.portofentrypod.org Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/portofentrypodcast Find us on Instagram or at www.instagram.com/portofentrypod Support our show at www.kpbs.org/donate. Search "Port of Entry" in the gifts section to get our sling bag as a thank-you gift. If your business or nonprofit wants to sponsor our show, email corporatesupport@kpbs.org. Feedback is a gift. Text or call the "Port of Entry" team at 619-452-0228‬ anytime with questions or comments about the show. Email us at podcasts@kpbs.org. "Port of Entry'' is written and produced by Kinsee Morlan. Emily Jankowski is the co-producer and director of sound design. Alisa Barba is our editor. Lisa Morrisette-Zapp is operations manager and John Decker is the interim associate general manager of content.

Tour Guide: Meet the artists behind the mics

Big news: we have a new cohost! In our recurring "Tour Guide" bonus episodes, we ask transborder people to take us on a tour of a special place in the borderlands: a place that means a lot to them. Today, our new fronteriza cohost Natalie Gonzalez, along with our longtime fronterizo host Alan Lilienthal, take us on a tour of two of their favorite places in Tijuana and tell us more about their life on la línea. Today's episode continues our new season of "Port of Entry" focused on crossborder artists and musicians who've turned pain into superpowers. *** From KPBS and PRX, "Port of Entry" tells cross-border stories that connect us. More stories at www.portofentrypod.org Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/portofentrypodcast Find us on Instagram or at www.instagram.com/portofentrypod Support our show at www.kpbs.org/donate. Search "Port of Entry" in the gifts section to get our sling bag as a thank-you gift. If your business or nonprofit wants to sponsor our show, email corporatesupport@kpbs.org. Feedback is a gift. Text or call the "Port of Entry" team at 619-452-0228‬ anytime with questions or comments about the show. Email us at podcasts@kpbs.org. "Port of Entry'' is written and produced by Kinsee Morlan. Emily Jankowski is the co-producer and director of sound design. Alisa Barba is our editor. Lisa Morrisette-Zapp is operations manager and John Decker is the interim associate general manager of content.

A battle with body and brain

Victor Lebowski, better known as the artist Tijuanauta, captures the beauty of the borderlands in his art. His detailed ink drawings are often a mishmash of U.S.-Mexico icons, like Star Wars and taco carts, or astronauts eating carne asada. But for a long time, Tijuanauta refused to sell his art or make art his day job. Instead, he hid behind the safety of his office job and cubicle for a decade. But Tijuanauta recently took the plunge. He became a full-time artist and had his first-ever art show in Tijuana over the summer. He's gaining traction fast, but his biggest battle is inside his own brain. A mix of lifelong anxiety and self-doubt has long stopped Tijuanauta from being the artist he's destined to be. But he's finally fighting back. Today's story continues our new season of "Port of Entry" focused on artists and musicians who've turned pain into superpowers. *** From KPBS and PRX, "Port of Entry" tells cross-border stories that connect us. More stories at www.portofentrypod.org Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/portofentrypodcast Find us on Instagram or at www.instagram.com/portofentrypod Support our show at www.kpbs.org/donate. Search "Port of Entry" in the gifts section to get our sling bag as a thank-you gift.

Flickering Fame

Mexican musician Javier Bátiz could very likely have been world famous had he headed north of the border with his good friend and bandmate Carlos Santana back in the day. But instead, Javier went south to Mexico City, where he built a successful career in the country he loves. In a new episode of "Port of Entry," we look into how Javier's life, decisions and decades-long musical career have brought him internal peace and fulfillment he says is far more important to him than reaching the high-level fame his friend Carlos found. Today's story continues our new season of "Port of Entry" focused on artists and musicians who've turned pain into superpowers. *** From KPBS and PRX, "Port of Entry" tells cross-border stories that connect us. More stories at www.portofentrypod.org Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/portofentrypodcast Find us on Instagram or at www.instagram.com/portofentrypod Support our show at www.kpbs.org/donate. Search "Port of Entry" in the gifts section to get our sling bag as a thank-you gift. If your business or nonprofit wants to sponsor our show, email corporatesupport@kpbs.org. Feedback is a gift. Text or call the "Port of Entry" team at 619-452-0228‬ anytime with questions or comments about the show. Email us at podcasts@kpbs.org. "Port of Entry'' is written and produced by Kinsee Morlan. Emily Jankowski is the co-producer and director of sound design. Alisa Barba is our editor. Lisa Morrisette-Zapp is operations manager and John Decker is the interim associate general manager of content.

Hustle, Hustle, Hustle

You know what they say about one man's trash becoming another's treasure, right? At the border, the journey from trash to treasure often involves an actual trip from San Diego to Tijuana, where things like furniture, appliances and other used or discarded objects find a second life. But, of course, those objects don't move themselves. The whole cross-border, second-hand world involves people like Seth Sullivan, aka "Art Pusher," one of the best-known "pickers" in the borderlands. Seth is a fireball who's been through a lot in his cross-border life. But his struggles have only fueled him to keep going and growing. Follow Art Pusher on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artpusher/ Today's story kicks off a new season of "Port of Entry" focused on artists and musicians who've turned pain into superpowers. *** From KPBS and PRX, "Port of Entry" tells cross-border stories that connect us. More stories at www.portofentrypod.org Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/portofentrypodcast Find us on Instagram or at www.instagram.com/portofentrypod Support our show at www.kpbs.org/donate. Search "Port of Entry" in the gifts section to get our sling bag as a thank-you gift. If your business or nonprofit wants to sponsor our show, email corporatesupport@kpbs.org. Feedback is a gift. Text or call the "Port of Entry" team at 619-452-0228‬ anytime with questions or comments about the show. Email us at podcasts@kpbs.org. "Port of Entry'' is written and produced by Kinsee Morlan. Emily Jankowski is the co-producer and director of sound design. Alisa Barba is our editor. Lisa Morrisette-Zapp is operations manager and John Decker is the interim associate general manager of content. This program is made possible, in part, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

New Season: Border Artists Turning Pain Into Power

From PRX and KPBS, "Port of Entry" is back with a new season on Oct. 13. We're bringing you stories of border artists and musicians who've turned pain into superpowers.

Live: 'Book of Life' Director Jorge Gutierrez

Film director and animator Jorge Gutierrez grew up crossing the border between Tijuana and San Diego almost every day. That cross-border experience can be seen in the work Jorge does today. Jorge is the director of the animated movie, "The Book of Life." He's also one of the creators of the hit Nickelodeon show "El Tigre." And he's got several new projects coming out on Netflix soon. One of those projects is "Maya and the Three," an animated series that will be released on Netflix in October. In today's bonus episode, which is a recording of a YouTube Live event we had over the summer, we talk to the famed animator about his new show, how his cross-border life has impacted his work and more.

Bonus: Fido Goes South

In this bonus episode, meet a woman who takes people's pets from San Diego to Tijuana for more affordable veterinary care. It's a story about the great lengths we'll go to for our furry friends. Meet other Port of Entry listeners by joining our Transborder group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/755492908437157 More info about MexiVet Express: https://www.mexivetexpress.com/ From KPBS and PRX, "Port of Entry" tells cross-border stories that connect us. Keep these border stories coming by becoming a KPBS member today: https://www.kpbs.org/donate Port of Entry is hosted by Alan Lilienthal. This episode was written and produced by Kinsee Morlan. Emily Jankowski is the co-producer and director of sound design. Alisa Barba is our editor. Lisa Morissette is operations manager and John Decker is the interim associate general manager of content. This program is made possible, in part, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people. Feedback is a gift. Give us yours by emailing podcasts@kpbs.org or calling/texting 619.452.0228‬

Bonus: 'Like Someone Turned Off A Faucet'

In a new "Port of Entry" bonus episode: One Baja chef's pandemic story and the camera crew who followed it. Valle de Guadalupe has exploded over the last decade. It's become a hugely popular wine and food destination for people from around the world. But when the pandemic hit, the flood of tourism to the culinary region just completely stopped at first, then slowly turned into a trickle. A new one-hour special on KPBS called "Ingrediente" tells the story of how Valle de Guadalupe chef Drew Deckman and his restaurant crew learned how to survive and even thrive through the ongoing pandemic. We talk to Deckman and the show's producer, Jill Bond. From KPBS and PRX, "Port of Entry" tells cross-border stories that connect us. Keep these border stories coming by becoming a KPBS member today: https://www.kpbs.org/donate See the full "Ingrediente" special online: https://video.kpbs.org/ Learn more about Drew and his restaurant: https://www.deckmans.com/ Episode photo courtesy of filmmaker Jill Bond. Port of Entry is hosted by Alan Lilienthal. This episode was written and produced by Kinsee Morlan. Emily Jankowski is the co-producer and director of sound design. Alisa Barba is our editor. Lisa Morissette is operations manager and John Decker is the interim associate general manager of content. This program is made possible, in part, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people. Feedback is a gift. Give us yours by emailing podcasts@kpbs.org or calling/texting 619.452.0228‬