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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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I Left My Stomach In Tijuana

We continue our series on medical tourism at the border with a story about a plus-size model who’s proud of her big body, but has health issues that lead her to undergo weight-loss surgery in Tijuana, where it's more affordable.

It’s a story about beauty and health and how a young woman is carving out her own corner of ... Read more →

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Making Babies At The Border

A California couple tries one more time to have a baby by crossing the border and getting fertility treatment in Tijuana. It’s a story about the lengths you’ll go through when the future you envisioned is suddenly out of reach.

Follow “Port of Entry” online at www.portofentrypod.org, or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/portofentrypodcast) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/portofentrypod).

Support our work at www.kpbs.org/donate. ... Read more →

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'Mecca Of Reasonably Priced Medicine'

We’re continuing our series on medical tourism at the border with a story about two women and their journeys to find more affordable insulin in Tijuana.

It’s really a story about the fine line between life and death; the balancing act people with diabetes have to navigate every single day; and how crossing the line between the U.S. and ... Read more →

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Not Always About The Money

From KPBS and PRX, “Port of Entry” is launching a new series on medical tourism at the border today.

Up first: We follow a San Diego woman as she crosses the border for alternative cancer treatments in Tijuana.

This isn’t an investigation into the efficacy of alternative cancer treatments. Instead, it’s a story about one woman’s cross-border experience ... Read more →

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La Familia Es Todo

Our local Latinx community has been hit hard by the pandemic; disproportionately hard.

In today’s special episode, we share one border family’s battle with COVID-19. They explain how they’re using their story to help other Mexican-American families like theirs.

It's a story about trust, and how living at the border can mean living in a place where trust sometimes ... Read more →

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Border Voices: Danya

In these “Border Voices” bonus episodes, we feature shorter stories spotlighting people who identify as transborder, fronterizx or simply have something to say about how the U.S.-Mexico border has changed their lives.

Today, meet Danya Gresham, an American expat who left behind her life in the U.S. so she could help take care of orphaned kids in Mexico.

... Read more →

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Border Voices: Pam & Jesse

In these “Border Voices” bonus episodes, we feature shorter stories spotlighting people who identify as transborder, fronterizo or simply have something to say about how the U.S.-Mexico border has changed their lives. Today, meet Jesse Daner and Pamela Figueroa, a cross-border couple who met through their love of learning languages.

Episode art by Dani Cortez.

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Moved By Music: Bostich Of Nortec Collective

Ramón Amezcua, better known as Bostich of Nortec Collective, is famous for blending the classic norteña sounds of Tijuana with electronic music. But making music and touring the world wasn’t always the plan for Ramon. He studied and practiced dentistry, and he thought he'd be filling cavities his whole life. Instead, he became one of the most influential pioneers of ... Read more →

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The Love They Need

We wrap up our series of cross-border love stories with a woman who totally changed her life; dropping what she was doing so she could help take care of some of the border region’s most vulnerable kids instead. It’s a story about kids in need of love, and one woman’s work to turn her own personal pain into power and ... Read more →

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Till Deportation Do Us Part?

Our series on cross-border love stories continues. Today, two families separated by deportation share stories about how their love keeps them connected despite the border wall between them.

Episode art by @Deportedartist: https://www.instagram.com/deportedartist

Follow “Port of Entry” online at www.portofentrypod.org, or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/portofentrypodcast) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/portofentrypod).

Support our work at www.kpbs.org/donate. Search “Port of Entry” in the gifts ... Read more →

Promotional photos from various episodes, including pinata artist, xolos