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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 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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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 87 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 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.

    Hustle, Hustle, Hustle

    Hustle, Hustle, Hustle

    You know what they say about one man’s trash becoming another’s treasure, right? At the border, the journey from trash to treasure often involves an actual trip from San Diego to Tijuana, where things like furniture, appliances and other used or discarded

    • 54 min
    New Season: Border Artists Turning Pain Into Power

    New Season: Border Artists Turning Pain Into Power

    From PRX and KPBS, "Port of Entry" is back with a new season on Oct. 13. We’re bringing you stories of border artists and musicians who’ve turned pain into superpowers.

    • 1 min
    Live: ‘Book of Life’ Director Jorge Gutierrez

    Live: ‘Book of Life’ Director Jorge Gutierrez

    Film director and animator Jorge Gutierrez grew up crossing the border between Tijuana and San Diego almost every day. That cross-border experience can be seen in the work Jorge does today. Jorge is the director of the animated movie, “The Book of Life.

    • 54 min
    Bonus: Fido Goes South

    Bonus: Fido Goes South

    In this bonus episode, meet a woman who takes people’s pets from San Diego to Tijuana for more affordable veterinary care. It’s a story about the great lengths we’ll go to for our furry friends.

    Meet other Port of Entry listeners by joining our Transborder group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/755492908437157

    More info about MexiVet Express: https://www.mexivetexpress.com/

    From KPBS and PRX, “Port of Entry” tells cross-border stories that connect us.

    Keep these border stories coming by becoming a KPBS member today: https://www.kpbs.org/donate

    Port of Entry is hosted by Alan Lilienthal. This episode was written and produced by Kinsee Morlan. Emily Jankowski is the co-producer and director of sound design. Alisa Barba is our editor. Lisa Morissette is operations manager and John Decker is the interim associate general manager of content.

    This program is made possible, in part, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

    Feedback is a gift. Give us yours by emailing podcasts@kpbs.org or calling/texting 619.452.0228‬

    • 17 min
    Bonus: ‘Like Someone Turned Off A Faucet’

    Bonus: ‘Like Someone Turned Off A Faucet’

    In a new “Port of Entry” bonus episode: One Baja chef’s pandemic story and the camera crew who followed it.

    Valle de Guadalupe has exploded over the last decade. It’s become a hugely popular wine and food destination for people from around the world. But when the pandemic hit, the flood of tourism to the culinary region just completely stopped at first, then slowly turned into a trickle. A new one-hour special on KPBS called “Ingrediente” tells the story of how Valle de Guadalupe chef Drew Deckman and his restaurant crew learned how to survive and even thrive through the ongoing pandemic. We talk to Deckman and the show’s producer, Jill Bond.

    From KPBS and PRX, “Port of Entry” tells cross-border stories that connect us.

    Keep these border stories coming by becoming a KPBS member today: https://www.kpbs.org/donate

    See the full “Ingrediente” special online: https://video.kpbs.org/

    Learn more about Drew and his restaurant: https://www.deckmans.com/

    Episode photo courtesy of filmmaker Jill Bond.

    Port of Entry is hosted by Alan Lilienthal. This episode was written and produced by Kinsee Morlan. Emily Jankowski is the co-producer and director of sound design. Alisa Barba is our editor. Lisa Morissette is operations manager and John Decker is the interim associate general manager of content.

    This program is made possible, in part, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

    Feedback is a gift. Give us yours by emailing podcasts@kpbs.org or calling/texting 619.452.0228‬

    • 29 min
    50 Years Of Friendship Park

    50 Years Of Friendship Park

    On August 18, 1971, First Lady Pat Nixon stood at the place at the southwestern most point of the U.S.-Mexico border and celebrated what was envisioned as "International Friendship Park.” That day, Nixon said, “I hope there won't be a fence too long here.”

    Flash forward 50 years, and the small barbed-wire fence that once demarcated the border has been replaced with two large fences, dozens of cameras, a watch tower and other security measures.

    In this special bonus episode produced as part of the park's 50th anniversary celebration, we talk to some of the people in Tijuana and San Diego who are working hard to keep Nixon’s vision of a fence-free binational park alive. Plus, we connect with someone who has a very personal connection with the place.

    From KPBS and PRX, “Port of Entry” tells cross-border stories that connect us.

    For a full schedule of Friendship Park anniversary events, visit www.friendshippark50.org

    Episode photo by Pedro Rios

    Historic clip of Pat Nixon at Friendship Park from the film "Too Long Here" by director Emily Packer

    Port of Entry is hosted by Alan Lilienthal. This episode was written and produced by Kinsee Morlan. Emily Jankowski is the co-producer and director of sound design. Alisa Barba is our editor. Lisa Morissette is operations manager and John Decker is the interim associate general manager of content.

    This program is made possible, in part, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

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!

Ratbody ,

Have you considered

Hi. Just wondered if you’ve considered doing a program on Chicano Park, & specifically the new mural honoring those who’ve died at the border?

OVOROB ,

Trash

What am awful outlook on the greatest country in the world.

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