On Jan. 28, 1918, 15 men and boys, ages 15 to 72, living in the West Texas border town of Porvenir were taken to a nearby hill in the middle of the night and shot and killed. It was a massacre carried out by a company of Texas Rangers, U.S. Cavalry soldiers, and area ranchers. We spoke with Monica Muñoz Martinez, assistant professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University, and an Andrew Carnegie Fellow.
On Jan. 28, 1918, 15 men and boys, ages 15 to 72, living in the West Texas border town of Porvenir were taken to a nearby hill in the middle of the night and shot and killed. It was a massacre carried out by a company of Texas Rangers, U.S. Cavalry soldiers, and area ranchers. We spoke with Arlinda Valencia, a descendant of Porvenir Massacre victim, Longino Flores, and Monica Muñoz Martinez, assistant professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University, and an Andrew...
Updated at 1:41 p.m. Willie Velasquez grew up on San Antonio’s West Side, and learned early on that by empowering his fellow Latinos, they could bring change to their own neighborhoods. In 1974, Velasquez founded the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project and organized 1,000 voter drives across the Southwest. His efforts also more than doubled the number of Latino elected officials, from 1,500 in 1974 to 3,300 in 1988. Velasquez died in 1988 at 44. Writer Bárbara Renaud Gonzalez has...
A new book for young adults reflects on the life of voting rights activist and West Side San Antonio native Willie Velasquez. Author Bárbara Renaud Gonzalez (0:17) joins us to discuss her new novel. Then, a West Side San Antonio record shop spins the oldies and keeps neighborhood pride alive (15:57).
We begin with a story about a daughter trying to learn more about her father, who traveled the world, trying to escape what he believed were CIA mind-control experiments (0:17). Then, 11 communities in Cameron County are working to improve the health of its residents while spurring economic and transportation growth through a series of interconnected hiking, biking and paddling trails (14:54).
Actor and director Edward James Olmos, best known for his roles including patriarch Abraham Quintanilla Jr. in the film “Selena,” his Oscar-nominated roles as teacher Jaime Escalante in “Stand and Deliver,” and Detective Gaff in “Blade Runner” and “Blade Runner 2049,” joins us to discuss the new Criterion Collection release of “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez.”
On Fronteras: A 12-year-old Mexican-American boy who was shot and killed by a Dallas police officer is honored with a public art project and documentary (0:21). American writer, poet, and translator Margaret Randall joins us to discuss translating the collection “The Oval Portrait: Contemporary Cuban Women Writers and Artists” (4:55). The University of Texas at San Antonio library has recently featured cookbooks created by housekeeping staff. Here’s why (14:21).
When we sit down to a plate of enchiladas or fideo, we often don’t take note of the history behind what’s on that plate. But the University of Texas at San Antonio does. The UTSA Libraries Special Collections has incorporated a Mexican cookbook collection of over 1,500 books, including one dating back to 1789. A recent addition to that collection shares recipes from one of the invisible, but ever-present groups of workers at the university.
Josie Méndez-Negrete is a sociologist and associate professor of Mexican American studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her adult son, Robert Lopez, 47, is schizophrenic. Her 2015 book, “A Life on Hold: Living with Schizophrenia,” recounts their efforts to cope and live with mental illness.
The National Alliance of Mental Illness reports that Latinos are less likely than people of other nationalities to seek mental health treatment . Josie Méndez-Negrete, sociologist and associate professor of Mexican American studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has an adult son who has schizophrenia and joins us to discuss the issue.
On Fronteras: Texas high school students use lessons learned from the Broadway smash “Hamilton” to create original performance pieces (0:16). A profile of a San Antonio musician who stands at the crossroads of punk and conjunto (4:39). Jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez talks about composing music for the 2014 movie “Birdman” (9:56).
John Moore is a special correspondent and staff photographer with Getty Images. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Moore has won numerous awards, including the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography, and photographer of the year from Pictures of the Year International. Moore spent 10 years covering the U.S.-Mexico border, and compiled a number of those photographs in his book, “ Undocumented: Immigration and the Militarization of the United States-Mexico Border .”
This week on Fronteras: One of the most famous photographs to illustrate the zero-tolerance immigration policy by the Trump administration is by photographer John Moore. Moore joined us on Fronteras to discuss the month prior to taking that famous photo.
On Fronteras: A San Antonio-based nonprofit steps up to assist asylum seekers and refugees going through the appeals process in immigration court (00:15). Refugees making their new homes in Texas share their food culture through community gardens (16:38).
Laura E. Gómez is a professor of law at the UCLA School of Law in Los Angeles. Her book “Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican-American Race” explores how America’s newest citizens fit into the existing racial class after the war. Gómez said when 19th century Americans started moving west, they encountered Mexican-Americans, which fell in between the existing racial class of black and white.
On Fronteras: In 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo brought to an end the Mexican-American war, which was started in 1846 over a territorial dispute in Texas. The treaty led to land that has become Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, California, Utah and Wyoming. Laura E. Gómez, a professor of law at the UCLA School of Law in Los Angeles, joins us to discuss her book “Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican-American Race,” which explores how America’s newest citizens fit...
The Torn Apart/Separados digital project aims to geographically map the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy. Torn Apart is an example of the application of digital humanities . Roopika Risam, assistant professor of English and faculty fellow for digital library initiatives at Salem State University, is part of the team of academics who created Torn Apart/Separados . Risam works in the field of digital humanities, which covers a wide interdisciplinary range. “It includes creating...
On this episode of Fronteras, Roopika Risam , assistant professor of English and faculty fellow for digital library initiatives at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts, joins us to talk about the impact of the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy.
This week on Fronteras: San Antonio fifth-graders learn empathy and tolerance through lessons of the Holocaust (0:16). Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar find refuge in North Texas (12:03). From childhood abuse to illustrator of two New York Times best-sellers: a profile of artist Arturo Torres (16:30).