Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Arts & Culture

Only Here Podcast: Moved By Music From Both Sides Of The Border

Paola Villaseñor, an artist better known as Panca, is pictured by one of her paintings in this undated photo.
Paola Villaseñor
Paola Villaseñor, an artist better known as Panca, is pictured by one of her paintings in this undated photo.
Everyone has songs they treasure — songs that evoke vivid memories and color different periods of our lives. Sometimes, music ends up shaping who we become. For Paola Villaseñor, better known as the influential border artist Panca, music from both sides of the border has been a lifelong companion whenever she’s painting. Sometimes, lyrics from songs or traces of the flow and melody of music can be found in her final works. Today, we’ve got a story about one of our border region’s most well-known artists, told through the lens of music. About the Show: “Only Here” is about the unexplored subcultures, creativity and struggles at the U.S.-Mexico border. The KPBS podcast tells personal stories from people whose lives are shaped by the tension reverberating around the wall. This is a show for border babies, urban explorers or those who wonder what happens when two cultures are both separated and intertwined. Follow Us: https://www.facebook.com/onlyherepodcast/ https://www.instagram.com/onlyherepodcast/ Support Us: https://www.kpbs.org/donate Give us Feedback: 619-452-0228‬ podcasts@kpbs.org

For Paola Villaseñor, better known as the influential border artist Panca, music has been a lifelong companion whenever she’s drawing or painting.

Sometimes, lyrics from songs or traces of the flow and melody of music can be found in her final paintings and murals.

In a new episode of KPBS' border podcast "Only Here," host Alan Lilienthal talks to Panca about how music from both sides of the border has shaped her life and her work.