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"Fronteras" is a Texas Public Radio program exploring the changing culture and demographics of the American Southwest. From Texas to New Mexico and California, "Fronteras" provides insight into life along the U.S.- Mexico border. Our stories examine unique regional issues affecting lifestyle, politics, economics and the environment.


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"Fronteras" is a Texas Public Radio program exploring the changing culture and demographics of the American Southwest. From Texas to New Mexico and California, "Fronteras" provides insight into life along the U.S.- Mexico border. Our stories examine unique regional issues affecting lifestyle, politics, economics and the environment.




Fronteras: Local activists, historians, and writers say San Antonio’s historic West Side goes far beyond its outlaw history

The Jan. 24 panel discussion used the reissue of the book "West of the Creek: Murder, Mayhem and Vice in Old San Antonio" as a launching point for a broader conversation about the importance — and misconceptions — of San Antonio's historic West Side.


Fronteras: A different perspective to tales of murder, mayhem and vice on San Antonio’s historic West Side

Texas Public Radio and Trinity University Press hosted a book club discussion on the reissue of "West of the Creek: Murder, Mayhem and Vice in Old San Antonio." Local activists, historians, and writers used the book as a launching point to a broader conversation about the significance of San Antonio's West Side.


Fronteras: ‘Can We Know the Sound of Forgiveness’ blends art, music, and spoken word to explore the complexities of existence

The massive multidisciplinary project stemmed from a large-scale painting of the same name by New Mexico-based artist, James Drake. The performance features themes of conflict, suffering, and healing.


Fronteras: Migration Policy Institute says Biden’s presidency mired by border crisis narratives despite 535 immigration actions

A recent analysis from the MPI examines Biden's presidency at its three-year mark. Two of its co-writers discuss how despite accusations of inaction at the border, legal immigration numbers have gone back to Pre-Trump and pre-COVID normal.


‘Segundo de Febrero’ exhibit embraces duality of Chicano culture and life

San Antonio's Centro Cultural Aztlan presents the 47th annual "Segundo de Febrero" exhibit to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. This year's exhibition, "Seguimos" or "we go on," explores themes of migration, adaptation, and the duality of the Mexican American identity.


Local San Antonio students gain new perspective on U.S.-Mexico relations through Mexico City trip

Seventeen students and 10 teachers under the CAST Schools network in San Antonio visited Mexico City last month as part of a diplomacy program that aims to strengthen the cultural and diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Mexico. Some of those students joined Fronteras to talk about their experiences.


Drug wars, militarization of Mexico and the border, and the future of the Mexican presidency

The drug war in Mexico has claimed thousands of lives in the country over the span of three presidents. Alexander Aviña — an expert on immigration and state violence in Mexico — discusses the drug war, the 2024 Mexican presidency, and the ongoing militarization of both Mexico and the Texas-Mexico border.


‘It’s a binational issue’ — The myths and realities of drug smuggling on the U.S.-Mexico border

Alexander Aviña, associate professor of history at Arizona State University, discusses the historical precedent of drug violence in Mexico, the United State's role, and possible solutions moving forward.


Fronteras: ‘This is U.S. History’ — Exhibit 'Life & Death on the Border' sheds light on state-sanctioned violence against Mexicans in Texas

Our Lady of the Lake University associate professors Christopher Carmona and Valerie Martínez take Fronteras on a tour of the panel exhibit "Life & Death on the Border: 1910-1920." The exhibit explores topics ranging from the militarization of the border, to Juan Crow laws, to artistic and literary contributions to the Latino civil rights movement.


Fronteras: ‘Life and Death on the Border’ exhibit highlights the buried history of anti-Mexican violence in Texas

The exhibit is on display at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio through March 31 and was arranged by Refusing to Forget, a group of historians who work to bring awareness to the period of state-sanctioned violence against Mexicans in Texas.


San Antonians mentored by journalist María Martin say her legacy will ‘live beyond’

Pioneer María Martin helped train participants at San Antonio's Esperanza Peace & Justice Center before her death. Some of those students reflect on what they learned and how Martin's legacy in journalism will live on.


Remembering María Martin — a pioneer in uplifting the voices of Latinos in journalism

Journalist María Martin died Dec. 2 at the age of 72. Fronteras takes a look back at past interviews with Martin that discuss her life and pioneering work to tell underrepresented stories in the U.S. and Central America.


Fronteras: ‘Recognizing the sacredness of the food’ — Taking a deep dive into the impact of indigenous food and ingredients

Four San Antonio chefs, advocates, and community members came together as part of the Great SA: Native American Influence on South Texas Cuisine panel, hosted by Texas Public Radio. In part two of the conversation, panelists take questions and discuss how Native foods continue to impact culture and traditions today.


Fronteras: ‘Indigenous food is not disconnected’ — A conversation about the Native American influence on South Texas cuisine

Texas Public Radio took a deep dive into the importance of traditional indigenous foods during a Great SA panel discussion moderated by TPR's Norma Martinez. The four-person panel discusses native ingredients and how they connect to our food today.


‘Latinx art is American Art’ — A walkthrough of Latino artworks on display at the McNay Art Museum

The McNay's first curator of Latinx art takes Fronteras on a tour of works by Latino artists on display across multiple galleries. Artworks range from photo-realistic representations of Mexican conchas to an installation that pays tribute to the migrant lives lost in the journey to the U.S. Fronteras also gets a sneak peak of an artwork not yet on display.


The McNay Art Museum’s first curator of Latinx art talks ‘renaissance’ of Latino artists and art

Curator Mia Lopez is fine-tuning the Latino art collection at San Antonio's McNay Art Museum. Lopez talks about what led her to the position, why it's important for Latino artworks to get long-overdue recognition, and begins to introduce the works of Latino artists on display.


Fronteras: 'I belong to this history' — Rio Grande Valley scholars showcase civil rights history in public space

Nosotrxs Por El Valle, a group of historians and activists from the Rio Grande Valley, have launched a traveling exhibit to share the community's history with residents. Co-founder Juan Carmona and three of the group's members discuss the experience.


‘Becoming Texas’ podcast revisits the Texas epic from its pre-colonial past to its emerging cultura

The new podcast explores diverse stories of Texas, from how corridos served as historical storytelling devices, to the anti-Mexican violence by the Texas Rangers in the early 20th century. Host John Phillips Santos discusses more about the project.


New podcast explores undertold narratives that challenge the Texas myth

The "Becoming Texas" podcast aims to bring to light a broader perspective of Texas history — one outside the stories of the Alamo and Texas independence. Host John Phillip Santos discusses the effort to preserve and popularize the complete story of Texas and how its history continues to evolve.


‘Daughters of Latin America’ breaks barriers to showcase the words of women over five centuries

The anthology collects voices and writings of 140 women that span time, styles, and traditions into one volume. Editor Sandra Guzmán and contributors Norma Elia Cantú and Natalia Trigo discuss the anthology's 13 sections, its use of Latine in the subtitle, and more.