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Port of Entry

Port of Entry host Alan LilienthalThese are cross-border stories that connect us. Border people often inhabit this in-between place. From KPBS and PRX, “Port of Entry” tells personal stories from this place — stories of love, hope, struggle and survival from border crossers, fronterizxs and other people whose lives are shaped by the wall. Rooted in San Diego with tendrils reaching into Tijuana. Hosted by Alan Lilienthal, produced by Kinsee Morlan and sound design by Emily Jankowski.

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Getting An Education On The Other Side

This episode first aired in April 2019.

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 ... Read more →

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Check Out Rad Scientist

We want to tell you about an exciting new season of KPBS Explore podcast, "Rad Scientist."

Recent events involving the killing of unarmed Black people have brought discussions about racism to the forefront, including at scientific institutions. This season of KPBS Explore podcast "Rad Scientist" is centered on Black scientists, from graduate students to faculty to those who have ... Read more →

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The Cleaning Lady

Meet a San Diego artist who dresses up as a “cleaning lady” to force a conversation about immigrant women.

This episode first aired in June 2019.

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 ... Read more →

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Lowriders Built By The Border

- This episode first aired in October of 2019. -

Lowriders are big in Japan.

These days, the customized, slow and low to the ground cars and bikes can be found almost anywhere. Lowriding is a culture created by Chicanos and exported all over the world.

But at the border, the lowrider scene is a lifeline. For lots of ... Read more →

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Slowing The Flow

In this episode: A story about trash and dirt flowing from one side of the U.S.-Mexico border to the other, and two guys’ plan to stop it.

This episode first aired in December of 2019.

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 ... 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 here when ... Read more →

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Pandemic As Pretext

The perception that the U.S.-Mexico border’s been effectively sealed shut because of the pandemic is wrong.

Lots of people are still crossing.

Actually, the biggest, most dramatic change in who can’t cross right now; you’re not going to find those folks at the ports of entry.

Instead, you have to look inside Tijuana’s migrant shelters, and at the ... Read more →

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Moved By Music: Panca

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 ... Read more →

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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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