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Only Here

“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.

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From One Side To The Other

We caught up with Jenn Budd at Las Americas mall a few months before the pandemic hit.

Jenn has become well known in the border activism world. Her criticisms of U.S. immigration policies and Customs and Border Protection are harsh, and very personal. Because Jenn; she used to be a Border Patrol agent herself.

Today, a story about ... Read more →

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Latin Music Goes Boom

Today we're tracing the story of how Latin music became as popular as American pop music, all through the eyes of Isabela Raygoza. Isabela is a music journalist from Tijuana and San Diego whose career very closely paralleled the boom in Latin music that's happened over the past decade.

Back in the day, when Latin stars wanted to cross over ... Read more →

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Conversation: A Chef Returns To His Border Roots

Ruffo Ibarra Arellano is a pedigreed chef.

With his resume, he could be working at some of the fanciest Michelin-star restaurants in the world.

But he chose to be here, running a restaurant in Tijuana instead.

Because Ruffo loves his roots.

And he wants his food to be infused with them.

Obviously, the coronavirus pandemic is ... Read more →

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Conversation: Undocumented On Center Stage

Dulce Garcia is undocumented, but her status has mostly fueled her ambition, not stifled it.

Dulce’s an immigration lawyer. And she’s recently become one of the most high profile immigrant advocates working on the border today.

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Coronavirus And The Border

We know what’s on your mind right now: the coronavirus.

And we know you, our cross-border audience, you’ve probably got one big question completely dominating your brainwaves: will our border close? Or, when our border closes, what exactly will happen?

So, we’re gonna hit the pause button on our normal programming and bring you some news you can ... Read more →

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Conversation: TJ Gastro Park Eyeing SD

Telefónica Gastro Park has grown into one of the most popular destinations for both locals and tourists in Tijuana.

We continue our conversation-style episodes with Antonio Gamboa, the founder of the foodie hot spot, which has always attracted a big cross-border crowd.

Antonio describes how his parking lot filled with food trucks sprouted organically and eventually grew into ... Read more →

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Border Art: Deportation Stories

In a new episode of KPBS' border podcast "Only Here," we continue our series on border art with a mural that's broadcasting the voices of deportees and those commonly known as DREAMers, children brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

From heart-wrenching stories about parents being deported and separated from their kids to first-hand accounts of what it’s like ... Read more →

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Conversation: Talking Tacos

We’ve got something new for listeners. In addition to our long-form, deep dive episodes, we’re going to try something new by sprinkling in more low-key, casual conversations with interesting people who live cross-border lives. You'll know it's happening when you see the word "conversation" in the title of the episode.

To be honest, the highly produced episodes you’re used ... Read more →

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The Unpredictable Border Line Beast

The line of cars and people waiting to cross the San Ysidro Port of Entry is so big — so long — it’s got its own gravitational pull. It’s created this whole world of its own, an ecosystem that swirls all around it. A shorter line would be a thing of beauty.

The long line is actually a problem ... Read more →

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A Quick Update And Some News

We wanted to take a minute or two to tell y’all about some exciting developments for the Only Here podcast team. We were recently selected to be part of a prestigious podcast accelerator program that’s pushing us to experiment, take risks and step outside of our creative comfort zones when it comes to this show.

We were one of just ... Read more →