78 episodes

These 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 around the wall. Rooted in San Diego and Tijuana, we are a transborder podcast for transborder people. We live life on la linea. Hosted by Alan Lilienthal and Natalie Gonzalez, produced by Kinsee Morlan and sound design by Emily Jankowski.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 95 Ratings

These 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 around the wall. Rooted in San Diego and Tijuana, we are a transborder podcast for transborder people. We live life on la linea. Hosted by Alan Lilienthal and Natalie Gonzalez, produced by Kinsee Morlan and sound design by Emily Jankowski.

    A cross-border theater production trying to change minds about the border

    A cross-border theater production trying to change minds about the border

    In this episode we profile a bilingual theater experience called The Frontera Project. It is a company of Mexican and US artists that use theater, music, movement and play to actively engage the audience in conversation about life along the US/Mexico Border. Their mission is to encourage audiences to recognize each other across differences and to spark a dialogue about what divides us and what we share.

    Port of Entry is back, this time with a series of stories on how the border can change minds.

    • 24 min
    Ibogaine to treat addiction

    Ibogaine to treat addiction

    Thousands of people cross the U.S.-Mexico border every year to take a psychedelic known as ibogaine. But this isn’t for pleasure, this drug spins most people into a terrifying psychotic trip…but it’s a trip that may help some kick opiate addiction. We follow one man with an addiction issue as he takes this trip, and meet others that are trying to overcome their own drug habits.
    Port of Entry is back, this time with a series of stories on how the border can change minds.

    • 28 min
    Cannabis activism in Tijuana

    Cannabis activism in Tijuana

    Cannabis advocates in Tijuana work with the legalized scene in California and get themselves ready for a future where adult-use cannabis is finally legal in Mexico. Not only are they working to get the laws changed in Mexico, they also have to find ways to change the perception of cannabis at the border, which has long been associated with Mexican drug cartels.
    Port of Entry is back, this time with a series of stories on how the border can change minds.

    • 25 min
    Cannabis politician

    Cannabis politician

    Cannabis on the border is nothing new – for decades, weed moved north from Mexico into the U.S., an illegal trade that fueled drug cartels and drug violence. But with the legalization of recreational and medicinal cannabis in California and other U.S. states, all of that has changed. In Episode 1 of a new series from Port of Entry, we profile a Tijuana politician and activist who is pushing for legalization of cannabis in Baja California. Port of Entry is back, this time with a series of stories on how the border can change minds.

    • 27 min
    Border band split by the wall

    Border band split by the wall

    When COVID-19 rules prevented certain people from crossing the border, “Port of Entry” cohost Alan Lilienthal’s binational, bilingual band Tulengua got separated by the wall.

    • 41 min
    From brokenness comes beauty

    From brokenness comes beauty

    Border artist Michelle Guerrero struggled with addiction for years, but a surprise pregnancy helped her straighten out her life. Eventually, she taught herself how to paint large-scale murals, in part, by painting murals on the actual border fence. These

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
95 Ratings

95 Ratings

Laurita C B ,

I wait for the next episode to drop

As someone with vast interest in border life I wait for your next episode to drop. Excellent subject matter. You rarely disappoint. Brilliant idea. Original and compelling. Love the host.

Thea's sister Roni ,

Super and impressive

I really enjoy this podcast, especially how it shows the richness of the border area — both sides. This episode with Dulce Garcia was particularly poignant and important. She is a brilliant, hard-working, heroic example of how valuable immigrants’ contributions are to our country. That was an old review — thought I already sent it.

Can’t seem to wipe old review out to send new one for Jan. 5 2020 show. It was terrific — we’ll-done, showing vulnerability and strong connections among band members and across border, and resilience through tough times. And I love the music of Tu Lengua as a group and as individuals. Que sigan haciendo música, y el podcast. También i love the bouncing entre inglés u español !

BrandaceRojo ,

Nostalgic and new at the same time

This is my absolute favorite podcast. I grew up in Chula Vista, CA and moved to southern Oregon in 2014. I love listening to this show in the morning while I get ready for work. It brings back so many memories from home, inspires me, and teaches me so much about the place I grew up. Thank you for helping me stay connected to my hometown every day!

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