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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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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 ... Read more →

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Political Piñatas

When artist Diana Benavídez makes piñatas, they aren't meant to be broken. They get put on pedestals. They become sculptures meant to provoke conversations.

Giant tampons. An over-sized can of pepper spray. A drone. Benavídez’s aren’t your average piñatas.

Today, a story about an object typically known for its destruction, not creation.

Only Here can you find ... Read more →

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Celebrating Death To Keep Culture Alive

When you don’t live in your family’s homeland, it can be a constant battle to stay connected to your past and traditions.

The American way of life has a way of melting everything into one giant pot full of so many ingredients that the flavors are hardly discernible.

But in Sherman Heights, the community isn’t jumping into that big ... Read more →

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Migration Music

Leaving one country for another isn't easy. The transition can be challenging and emotional.

And especially for the kids who cross, legally or not, those emotions can be intense.

In this episode, we dissect a new classical music composition commissioned by the San Diego Symphony that explores what immigration feels like for kids.

We also drop by ... Read more →

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Undocumented And Gay

For years, Beto Soto had two secrets.

And these weren’t small secrets. These were really big secrets. The kind that define who you are.

Soto is openly gay now, but he didn’t come out of the closet until a few years ago. He's also been living without citizenship papers in the United States since his family brought him ... Read more →

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Introducing 'Only Here'

Many things created at the border come from the separation and collision of two cultures. Only Here is a podcast about that stuff — the art, food, traditions and culture that exists because of the border.

For many, the border is just a hazy political concept.

But for the those of us who live here, ... Read more →