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Steve Inskeep On Reporting From The "Borderland"

Kainaz Amaria
Texas rancher Dob Cunningham, right, stands on the edge of his 800-acre ranch in Quemado, Texas, which touches the Rio Grande. On the other side, Mexico.

Fronteras: A conversation with "Morning Edition" host Steve Inskeep, who joins us to talk about NPR’s Borderland series: stories about the people, goods and culture that cross back and forth across the U.S.-Mexico border. Mónica Ortiz Uribe introduces us to the Barrio Aztecas of El Paso, one of the more frightening gangs that operate on the border. Lent is a time of spiritual reflection, but it also means a change in diet for those who take part. Fronteras commentator Yvette Benavides tells us about how the foods of lent can be sinfully good.

Barrio Azteca Gang Shows How Crime Transcends Borders

An alleged leader of a prominent gang based out of El Paso, Texas, was convicted in federal court last month in the murder of two U.S. citizens. The killings happened in Ciudad Juárez across the border in Mexico. The trial showed the inner workings of a criminal organization that profits from the international drug trade. From our Fronteras desk, Mónica Ortiz Uribe has this profile of the Barrio Azteca gang.

Steve Inskeep Shares His Experience Reporting from the Border

"Morning Edition" host Steve Inskeep and an NPR News team recently traveled east to west along the U.S.-Mexico border. Through the Borderland series, the team brought us stories about the people, goods and culture of this region. TPR’s Crystal Chavez spoke with Inskeep this week about his experience reporting from the border.

See photos and hear more about the group's journey on its Tumblr page.

Commentary: The Foods of Lent Can Be Sinfully Good

We are in the season of Lent, a time of spiritual preparation before Easter that begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts for 40 days. As Fronteras commentator Yvette Benavides tells us, Lent means a change in the menu that could be seen as sinfully good.

Crystal Chavez was Texas Public Radio’s Morning Edition host for three years, until January 2015.