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"Only Here" is a KPBS podcast about art, culture and life at the Western Hemisphere's busiest border crossing. Host Alan Lilienthal and producer Kinsee Morlan tell stories that could only come from a border town.

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Part 2: Dog Crossing

Dog Crossing Part 2: In this episode, we meet Elizabeth Valenzuela who runs another DIY Baja dog rescue operation called Red Barn Rescue, plus other women who've dedicated their lives to saving animals living on the streets of Mexico. We also stop by an adoption event in San Diego where Baja Animal Sanctuary finds new homes for its rescued dogs.

In the last episode, KPBS’ Kinsee Morlan and Emily Jankowski introduced you to Dana Dallabetta, an animal rescuer who saves street dogs in Rosarito and finds them new homes across the border in San Diego. If you haven’t heard that episode, you should stop and go back to give it a listen. This is part two and it picks up right where the last episode left off.

Ask us questions or give us feedback by emailing us at podcasts@kpbs.org.

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Part 1: Dog Crossing

Dog Crossing Part 1: We spend a day with a hardcore dog rescuer in Rosarito. Only here will you find a community of animal lovers who’ve dedicated their lives to saving dogs in Rosarito and Tijuana by finding them homes in San Diego. This is the first in a two-part series.

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Building A Cross-Border District

Only here can you find entrepreneurs in San Diego and Tijuana who are working to build a bigger and better-designed cross-border region.

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The Sound of Spanglish

In border towns, Spanglish is everywhere. Blending Spanish with English helps the two countries communicate. It’s a natural and necessary byproduct of the border. In this episode, a story about a musician and composer who’s fallen in love with the sound of Spanglish.

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The Cleaning Lady

Only here can you find a San Diego artist who dresses up as a “cleaning lady” to force a conversation about immigrant women.

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Crossing For Punk

Only here can you find a San Diego photographer whose inspiration lies in the dark, crowded punk venues of Tijuana.

All music in this episode is by Tijuana punk band San Pedro El Cortez.

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A Seamstress' Story

On this episode of “Only Here,” a story about a seamstress who’s trying to build community connections while building her business in Barrio Logan, a neighborhood that’s fighting to keep its Chicano culture alive.

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Holding Tourists' Hands

Today, we hop on a bus with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and take a guided tour of art and culture in Tijuana. It’s the kind of tour that shows off the cool side of the city — the kind of tour that’s kept tourism alive in a border city with a reputation for violence. It’s a story about fear, and an industry that’s blossomed from it.

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Gringo Xolos

Tijuana’s professional soccer team, the Xoloitzcuintles, have fans on both sides of the border.

In fact, the Xolos’ official tagline is “el equipo sin fronteras” — the team without borders.

Today, we talk to self-described “Gringo Xolos,” a growing group of fans in San Diego who are obsessed with the soccer team in Tijuana.

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Getting An Education On The Other Side

According to the federal government, about 90,000 people cross legally through the San Ysidro Port of Entry every single day.

Among those daily crossers are the hundreds of students who live in Tijuana, but get their education in San Diego.

The international trek to school is long and annoying. But it can also be traumatic.

Today, a story about students who cross the international border for their education, and a teacher who’s trying to better understand them.

Only here can you find students navigating one of the busiest border crossing in the world just to get to school.