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Norma Martinez

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Norma Martinez is a native of El Paso and a veteran of public broadcasting. She began volunteering at the El Paso public radio station KTEP as a college student in 1989. She spent a year as a Morning Edition host and reporter at KRWG-FM in Las Cruces, New Mexico, before returning to KTEP as a full-time employee in 1995. At KTEP, Norma served as Morning Edition host, chief announcer, Traffic Director, PSA Director, and host and producer of various local shows.

Norma also voiced numerous commercials and worked part-time as a DJ at country, adult contemporary, and classic rock stations in El Paso.

Norma is a 1993 graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso, earning a BA in Music Performance. She spent 23 years as a cellist with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, and currently plays with the all-volunteer South Texas Symphonic Orchestra in San Antonio.

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Norma Martinez

Dan Guerrero is an activist, a producer, and a performer.  His one-man show “Gaytino: Made in America” is a journey through his life, Chicano history, and gay activism.   TPR’s Norma Martinez had a chance to talk with the 76-year-old actor and his journey as a Latino LGBT activist. 

Lorne Matalon

This week on Fronteras: 

  •  Increasing danger for journalists covering organized crime across the border in Mexico.
  •  Environmentalists file against the U.S. government claiming President Trump’s border wall will harm endangered species.
  •   Are confederate monuments a symbol of racism?
  •  Performer and social activist Irma Herrera makes the case for respecting the pronunciation of a person’s name.
  •  For refugee students, getting through school can be tough.  That’s why a Dallas couple says they’re helping kids in their neighborhood.

 

Norma Martinez

A person’s name can be a point of contention, especially when it’s pronounced incorrectly.  If your name is long, perhaps you shorten it.  Or if you are Hispanic, perhaps you don’t mind an Anglicized version…take “peh-REZ” instead of “PEH-rez.”

TPR’s Norma Martinez spoke to writer, performer, and social activist Irma Herrera, whose one-woman show “Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name” encourages people to embrace the names with which they were blessed. 


Al Ortiz

  

This week on Fronteras:  

 

 

  •  Harris County votes to stay out of the SB4 lawsuit despite vocal citizen protests.
  •  An Iraqi national who came here for a better life and helped the U.S. military during the war faces deportation in New Mexico.
  •   An exhibit in San Diego highlights items precious to refugees who fled their war torn nations.
  •  San Antonians get a new look at a huge rediscovered mosaic by a Mexican artist that had not been in plain sight until recently.

 

DANIEL SALINAS / LAS CRUCES HIGH SCHOOL

This week on Fronteras: 

  • Residents along the U.S.-Mexico border have water that is not fit for drinking or even washing clothes.
  •   Many pregnant rural New Mexicans live more than 60 miles away from a safe place to deliver their babies.
  •   In Austin, U-T students play a vital role in helping refugee children make their transition to America.
  • The state of Texas wants to move the sanctuary cities lawsuit from San Antonio federal court to Austin.
  • Experiencing the art of Mexican fine dining.  It’s a pricey new trend

Joey Palacios / TPR

  

This week on Fronteras:

  •  SB4, the state’s new sanctuary cities law, has its day in court.
  • The Trump Administration’s curbs on immigration prompt Mexico to implement programs to help its unauthorized residents living in America.
  •  Legislation is pending to help deported veterans who put their lives on the line fighting for the U.S.
  •  A lawsuit in New Mexico aims to ensure all children of color get a leg up on learning.
  • In Houston, the largest exhibit of modern Mexican art to be seen in the U.S. in 70 decades is on display.
  • An update on the Arbol de la Vida art project that tells community stories about Mission San Francisco de la Espada.

 

Norma Martinez

Artists and members of the community are coming together to create a massive public art installation for the San Antonio River Foundation.  Participants all have

a special connection to San Antonio and the Mission San Francisco de la Espada, which was built in 1731. 

TPR has been following the creation of  Arbol de la Vida: Voces de Tierra (http://tpr.org/post/arbol-de-la-vida-voces-de-tierra#stream/0).

 

Jean Guerrero KPBS

This week on Fronteras: 

  • An inside look at drug smuggling tunnels on the U.S.-Mexico border.
  •   The Bexar County sheriff has questions about how to enforce SB4 – the state’s new sanctuary cities law.
  • West Texas ranchers take an innovative approach to financing their cattle operations.
  • Some Texas students are crossing ocean borders because of their goalball skills.
  • Commentary on the racial nuances behind America’s number one hit song “Despacito". 

Pu Ying Huang for KUT

  

This week on Fronteras: 

 

  • Texas sees a huge drop in the number of refugee families it resettles due to Trump Administration policies. 
  • State detention centers holding immigrant minors longer than federal law allows.
  • A California lifeline for human trafficking victims is in jeopardy as they search for safety.
  • A Houston art exhibit examines the mosaic of colors in the human race.
  • A car club association in North Texas is turning the negative stereotypes associated with drivers of lowriders into positive ones.

  

Pixabay

  

This week on Fronteras: 

  •  A nationwide expansion of immigrant detention centers is slated to begin in Texas.
  •  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi blasts anti-immigrant actions in Texas and Washington.
  •   The importance of understanding language when it pertains to healthcare.
  •  Deported veterans living in Mexico fight for a chance to get back to the U.S.
  •  A report card on how the Texas legislature handled foster care this session through a family that has helped many children in need.

 

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