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Fronteras

Fridays at 12 noon and Sundays at 9 p.m.

"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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San Antonio-based actress Patricia Zamora explores culture, faith, and healing in her one-woman show “Curanderas and Chocolate: Cuentos of a Latina Life”.

Then, Japanese-American survivors of the WWII-era Crystal City camp explore the parallels between today’s asylum seekers and what their families experienced in the 1940s.

 


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San Antonio-based actress Patricia Zamora has had a love for acting and theater since she was a child. The yearly runs of The Wizard of Oz on TV had her hooked.

Ben Krantz

Award-winning writer Rudy Ruiz is a native of Brownsville who now lives in San Antonio. His writing employs magical realism, which is inspired by Gabriel García Márquez.

“When you first read his work you were just swept away and escape into this other world,” Ruiz said, “but the more you learn about what he was writing about, you realize he was making a lot of sweeping commentary about the ills that he saw in society, whether it was class-related or...political or the violence in his native country of Colombia.”

Ben Krantz

A Revolutionary-era Mexican soldier who wants to build bridges across the border. A Mexican American girl not allowed to speak Spanish at home speaks in code with her grandfather. These are just a few of the stories award-winning writer Rudy Ruiz included in his 2013 short story collection, “7 for the Revolution.”

Also, Norma Martinez gets a look at a giant tree of life that tells the story of the city’s ranching history.

Harvard University Press

A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture” by Raúl Coronado explores the forgotten print culture that paved the path for individuals who oversaw Texas transform from a Spanish colony to a Mexican republic, to a Texan republic, to one of the United States of America.  

Beinecke Collection Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

Before the Battle of the Alamo, the Spanish dominated what’s now known as the American Southwest. They documented hundreds of years of history at the time — most of which was lost before the end of the 19th century.

Raúl Coronado, author and associate professor at UC Berkeley, discusses the importance of Spanish print culture in his book, “A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture.”

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The Dreamers Resource Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio opened in January 2018 to assist undocumented students with their academic needs and to serve as a campus and community advocate. The center’s assistant director Courtney Balderas-Jacob estimated about 300 to 500 undocumented students attend UTSA, but “we don’t track our Dreamers in any specific way.”

UTSA Dreamers Resource Center

The University of Texas at San Antonio, or UTSA, is paying attention to their undocumented student population and helping them achieve higher education through their Dreamers Resource Center (00:17).

Then, Mission Indians in San Antonio were handed ownership of the city’s missions by the Spanish friars over two centuries ago. TPR’s Norma Martinez explores the narrative Native Americans are trying to reestablish in the Alamo City (13:44).

 


Patrick Patterson

One-man or one-woman shows often reveal the inner workings of the artist. And for playwright, director, and choreographer Jade Esteban Estrada, his creativity was challenged when he explored the unresolved relationships in his life in his autobiographical show ‘A Sign from the Taco Gods.’

Lauren Terrazas / Texas Public Radio

The media plays a large role in shaping our thoughts and beliefs. And a few trailblazers from San Antonio are responsible for the development and success of the largest Spanish-language media outlet in the U.S.

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