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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
    • 5.0 • 49 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.

    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
    Getting An Education On The Other Side

    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 annoying. But it can also be traumatic.

    Today, a story about students who cross the international border for their education, and a teacher who’s trying to better understand them.

    Only here can you find students navigating one of the busiest border crossing in the world just to get to school.

    • 21 min
    Check Out Rad Scientist

    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 left the ivory towers. They study bug microbiomes, autism, neural prosthetics and more. But they will also discuss how racism has impacted their scientific journey. First episode drops Sept. 2.

    Subscribe here: https://www.kpbs.org/podcasts/rad-scientist/

    • 3 min

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49 Ratings

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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.

MotowN'Showtown ,

Can’t take it..

As a card carrying mid western Catholic white guilted liberal growing up..I can take a lot of sob stories but couldn’t get through this criminal illegal immigrant crying the blues. I married a legal immigrant hard working tax paying law abiding nurse Filipina American. Her values guided her through her twenty years in America. Now we retire & I cannot wait to see her hard earned SS check arrive every month. Bernie Sanders? Puh-le EZE! And now time to delete this episode & move on

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