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Lauren Terrazas


Lauren Terrazas is an El Paso native and produces "Morning Edition" and "Fronteras" for Texas Public Radio. She began her work in broadcasting as an intern at KTEP, El Paso’s public radio station. While at KTEP, she went to become a production assistant and then chief announcer for "Morning Edition."

Lauren supervised part-time student employees and interns while producing local public affairs programs. She also created KTEP’s first production handbook.

She received her bachelor of arts degree in organizational and corporate communication from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2017 and is currently pursuing her master’s in public administration at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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William Henry Ellis was born a slave in Victoria, Texas, in 1864 — a year before slavery was abolished in the state.

Ellis was able to take advantage of his proximity to the border — and his light complexion — to reinvent himself as Mexican businessman, Guillermo Enrique Eliseo.

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He was born a slave in Texas and became a Mexican millionaire. William Henry Ellis had one of the most remarkable, and mysterious, rags-to-riches stories of the early 20th century. We spoke with Karl Jacoby and Chip Williams to better understand the story of this self-made millionaire and all his identities in between.

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The study of heritage Spanish is receiving more credit and recognition in the classroom. Meghann Peace and Emily Bernante, professors of Spanish at St. Mary’s University and St. Edward’s University, explain this recent phenomenon (00:18). And, a historic Mexican movie theater which was once a cultural cornerstone for the community is getting a second chance (13:57).

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The faculty, staff and students of the Southside Independent School District were sent home Tuesday morning after a natural gas line exploded near the district offices early Tuesday morning.

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The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund was founded 50 years ago to defend the rights of Mexican-Americans in the U.S. We explored some of the organization’s victories with Nina Perales, vice president of litigation for the organization (01:02). And, a new play is shedding a light on some Latino Vietnam veterans who have gone unaccounted for decades (16:45).

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Fifty years ago, hundreds of students and civilians were massacred in Mexico City by the Mexican military just days before the opening of the 1968 Summer Olympics. On this episode of Fronteras, we look back at the events of Oct. 2, 1968 (0:16). Then, we’ll examine the centuries-old tradition of Día de los Muertos (7:15). And finally, we’ll visit a Día de los Muertos festival in San Antonio (16:57).

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Some Hispanics of Mexican descent have never heard of Día de los Muertos — or they simply never cared about it when they were children.

But as adults, some have developed a new appreciation for this ancient holiday. And the perfect place to make those connections is a Día de los Muertos festival in downtown San Antonio.

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One of San Antonio’s oldest neighborhoods dates back nearly 300 years. But by the 1970s, gentrification led to the demolition of an area west of the San Pedro Creek: Barrio Laredito.

On this episode of Fronteras, we talk to cultural anthropologist Citlali María Zentella and archaeologist and historian Jorge Luis Garcia Ruiz (00:16). Then, with early voting underway, one Native American comedy troupe is using humor to increase voter turnout among the American Indian community (11:45).

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Barrio Laredito was established in what’s now downtown San Antonio, just west of San Pedro Creek. Though the small neighborhood disappeared due to gentrification in the 1970s, its nearly three-centuries-old culture lives on.

Binisa Zentella, a folklorist researching the music from Texas and its ties to Spain and Latin America, said the cultural resilience of Barrio Laredito allowed its residents to express themselves in a way that they couldn’t outside the neighborhood.

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Karla Aguilar, development coordinator with the American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions, has been working to mobilize the Native American community ahead of Election Day.