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“Enrique’s Journey” Author Tells of Harrowing Train-Top Experience


Alan Ray (Guest Host):  In the dust bowl era of the '30s -- as crops died and fertile land turned to dust -- thousands of American families left their land. They headed west to places like Oklahoma believing there was wealth and hope in California. And for a lot of them, there was. They came as families though, not as individuals, and they took their culture with them.

Something very different is happening now. As destitute, hopeless Latin-Americans look for enough money to survive, mothers are leaving their families and their kids. They're taking some very dangerous trips to the north, the United States and largely to California. They come hoping to find jobs so they can survive, send money back to their kids, and eventually go home. But, in most cases, those moms are gone for years. Thousands of kids are left motherless and eventually follow them north. The story of one kid’s journey is one of the most heart-breaking stories I’ve ever read. Enrique’s journey has won a Pulitzer Prize for its author, Sonia Nazario.

Sonia Nazario will discuss her book today, Thursday, March 8, at 11 a.m. at the Seville Theatre at City College and again at 6 p.m. this evening at KPBS Copley Telecommunication Center as part of One Book, One San Diego. Seats may be reserved by calling 619-594-2106.

One Book, One San Diego
is a new KPBS project that promotes discussion of issues that affect our region.  SDSU will also host a creative reading of Enrique's Journey on April 18, at 12:30 p.m.



  • Sonia Nazario , a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Los Angeles Times .

End Music:   Bar Inferno by Nortec Collective, from the album Tijuana Sessions Vol 3 (2005)


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