46 episodes

Border people often inhabit this in-between space created by the separation and collision of two cultures. 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. These are cross-border stories that connect us, brought to you by host Alan Lilienthal, producer Kinsee Morlan and sound designer Emily Jankowski.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 55 Ratings

Border people often inhabit this in-between space created by the separation and collision of two cultures. 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. These are cross-border stories that connect us, brought to you by host Alan Lilienthal, producer Kinsee Morlan and sound designer Emily Jankowski.

    Moved By Music: Jorge Gonzalez

    Moved By Music: Jorge Gonzalez

    Latin music has deep connections to Africa. In our recurring “Moved by Music” series, we talk to border people about music from both sides of the border. Today, Afro-Mexican researcher Jorge Gonzalez takes us on a mini trip through the evolution of Latin music, helping trace some of its roots and influences back to West Africa. It’s like a playlist with a side of history lesson.

    Port of Entry Playlist
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/36075g71vs22og6334SmAK?si=2IfdPH7MTbKnxjcWk6q9Cw

    Books:
    Music, Race, and Nation: Musica Tropical in Colombia by Peter Wade
    From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity by Juan Flores
    Rumba on the River: A History of the Popular Music of the Two Congos by Gary Stewart
    Caribbean Currents: Caribbean Music from Rumba to Reggae (Studies In Latin America & Car)
    (3rd Edition) by Peter Manuel (Author), Michael Largey (Author)

    LP Compilations w/ Liner Notes:
    Africa Boogaloo: Latinization Of West Africa
    Diablos Del Ritmo: The Colombian Melting Pot 1960-1985 (Part 1 & 2)
    Son Palenque: Afro-Colombian Sound Modernizers

    From KPBS and PRX, “Port of Entry” tells cross-border stories that connect us.
    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. If your business or nonprofit wants to sponsor our show, email podcasts@kpbs.org. Text or call the "Port of Entry" team at 619-452-0228‬ anytime.

    • 25 min
    Black Expats

    Black Expats

    A growing number of Black expats are now calling Mexico home. In a new episode, we talk to people who’ve left the U.S. to find some refuge from racism south of the border. From KPBS and PRX, “Port of Entry” tells cross-border stories that connect us.

    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. If your business or nonprofit wants to sponsor our show, email podcasts@kpbs.org. Text or call the "Port of Entry" team at 619-452-0228‬ anytime.

    • 38 min
    Voting On Both Sides

    Voting On Both Sides

    Some people in San Diego and Tijuana can vote on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

    In a new episode of “Port of Entry," we profile three of these binational citizens who can vote in elections in the U.S. and Mexico. And while you might think these folks all fall on the same side of the political fence when it comes to how they vote, actually these three are all surprisingly different.

    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. If your business or nonprofit wants to sponsor our show, email podcasts@kpbs.org. Text or call the "Port of Entry" team at 619-452-0228‬ anytime.

    • 40 min
    Black At The Border

    Black At The Border

    This is “Port of Entry,” where we tell cross-border stories that connect us. From KPBS and PRX, our debut episode launches a series on race and politics with a story about how the Black Lives Matter movement is crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. It’s a story about the intersection of migrant rights and Black rights and introduces some of the people behind the Black Lives Matter movement in Tijuana.

    This episode would not exist without the help of Espacio Migrante: www.espaciomigrante.org

    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. If your business or nonprofit wants to sponsor our show, email podcasts@kpbs.org. Text or call the "Port of Entry" team at 619-452-0228‬ anytime.

    • 36 min
    This Is Port of Entry

    This Is Port of Entry

    "Only Here" is now "Port of Entry."

    From KPBS and PRX, "Port of Entry" brings you cross-border stories that connect us.

    If you were already a subscriber, the transition should be seamless for you. Just be sure to make a mental note of our new logo and name so you can find us when you need to.

    For the rest of you who haven’t become loyal listeners yet, you can subscribe at www.portofentrypod.org, on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen.

    And if you have any border stories you’d like to share, we’d love to hear them. Call or text anytime: (619) 452-0228‬.

    • 3 min
    Shooting in Tijuana

    Shooting in Tijuana

    This episode first aired in September 2019.

    Los Angeles is a giant when it comes to making movies.

    Here in San Diego and Tijuana, we’re stuck under the huge shadow of L.A. It’s hard to compete with Hollywood. But think about it: the border has good bones for eventually becoming a film mecca. It’s one, big, super diverse place that offers access to two really different backdrops. Plus, shooting a film in Mexico is a lot cheaper. And there’s not as much red tape when it comes to permits.

    Unfortunately, though, a lot of large-scale production companies only think about the border when they’re thinking about movies or TV shows about narcos and drugs.

    Lots of filmmakers only see the Mexico-U.S. border as a backdrop for stories about drug cartel violence. It’s become such a trope that “narco-fatigue” is a term now. Folks are exhausted by news and pop culture focused on the drug trade in Mexico. Yeah, it’s a huge issue here, but it’s just way over done.

    Locally, though, some filmmakers like Omar Lopex are using the border to their advantage, making movies that have nothing to do with narcos.

    And that trend is starting to pick up some steam thanks to efforts by local film groups that are working hard to boost filmmaking in our binational region.

    Today, a story about filming across borders.

    Only here will you find filmmakers in San Diego and Tijuana using the border as a valuable resource instead of a janky prop.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

ann_sd ,

Port of Entry.

This podcast just keeps getting better. I rarely cross the border. But this podcast makes me question that. There is so much happening: Art, food, music, SOCCER!!

So much to learn and experience. We get a chance to meet amazing people doing amazing things at our Border. So great to be so close. Hope to see it first hand in 2021. But will continue to listen and learn.

Milo4839$ ,

Excellent Podcast

Excellent podcast!
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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.

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