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The Wall: Reporting on the Border

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For almost 2,000 miles, one line defines a country and divides the world. What is life like at the U.S.-Mexico border now, and how would a wall change that? In this podcast, journalists take you with them to the border to find out. Meet a human smuggler. Ride with armed vigilantes. Get bitten – ligh… read more

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Danger in the Bootheel

September 19th, 2017


A Border Patrol agent shows reporter Diana Alba Soular what it takes to track signs of movement – and to stay alive – in the vast "Bootheel" of New …

On patrol with border vigilantes

September 19th, 2017


Border reporter Rafael Carranza joins a group of civilian men patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border. They dress in combat gear, carry AR-15s and spend …

Joined in faith, divided by a border

September 19th, 2017


Border reporter Aileen B. Flores hikes up Mount Cristo Rey, a mountain on the border between El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico, with the Mexicans and Americans who view the site as a sacred homage to Jesus Christ and a …

Following drugs under, around and through the border

September 19th, 2017


Reporter Gustavo Solis meets law-enforcement experts in San Diego, where dense border fencing hasn’t stopped the constant flow of drugs through …

Losing the jaguar

September 19th, 2017


Environmental reporter Brandon Loomis visits the jaguar’s native habitat in Sonora, Mexico, learning that this apex predator will become extinct in the American Southwest if a continuous border wall is built.

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Severing a tribe’s ancestral lands

September 18th, 2017


Reporter Dianna M. Náñez joins members of the Tohono O’odham Nation at the border in southern Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, where ancestral lands cross into Mexico. Tribal members are allowed to cross freely back and forth …

Building the wall, at the expense of private property

September 18th, 2017


Business reporter Chris Ramirez investigates how much Texas private property would need to be bought or taken in order to build a border wall. The …

Searching for Carlos

September 18th, 2017


Photojournalist David Wallace walks with a woman looking for the remains of her older brother in Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, one …

One flew the entire border. The other drove it.

September 16th, 2017


Reporters Dennis Wagner and Laura Gómez traversed all 2,000 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border – Dennis by air, Laura by land. Listen to their stories, their insights, and their tussle over who had it easier.

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