Steve Inskeep http://wgcu.org en Born From The Border, Tijuana Grows In New Ways http://wgcu.org/post/born-border-tijuana-grows-new-ways Tijuana is itself a creation of the border. The borderline was drawn here in 1848, as the United States completed its conquest of the present-day American Southwest. The border, along with the growth of San Diego and Los Angeles, gave Tijuana a reason to be.<p>Border security is ever-present here. The city has grown so close to the rusted U.S. border fence that it practically leans on it. The fence even cuts across the middle of Friendship Park, a circular plot of land that was laid out on the actual borderline as a symbol of the two nations' warm relations. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:25:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 8742 at http://wgcu.org Born From The Border, Tijuana Grows In New Ways Crossing The Desert: Why Brenda Wanted Border Patrol To Find Her http://wgcu.org/post/crossing-desert-why-brenda-wanted-border-patrol-find-her It's hard enough to drive through the Arizona desert, where the sun is harsh and the distances immense. This is the story of people who walk it.<p>In particular, it's the story of Brenda, who asked us to use only her first name. She told us yet another of the unbelievable stories you hear in the Borderland.<p>We met her in Nogales, Sonora, on the northern border of Mexico opposite Arizona. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 06:58:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 8699 at http://wgcu.org Crossing The Desert: Why Brenda Wanted Border Patrol To Find Her From Pancho Villa To Panda Express: Life In A Border Town http://wgcu.org/post/pancho-villa-panda-express-life-border-town Columbus, N.M., is all about the border. It's an official border crossing. Its history centers on a cross-border raid. In more recent years, it was a transit point for illegal weapons heading south into Mexico.<p>It's also the destination for children heading north to a U.S. school.<p>All the different strands of Columbus came together when we spent the day with the new mayor of the village. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 07:39:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 8652 at http://wgcu.org From Pancho Villa To Panda Express: Life In A Border Town On The Mend, But Wounds Of Violence Still Scar Juarez http://wgcu.org/post/mend-wounds-violence-still-scar-juarez We had just finished our time in Juarez, Mexico, when we had dinner with some distant relations on the U.S. side of the border. "You," one of my relatives said, "are the first Juarez survivors we've seen in some time."<p>He said this even though he lives within sight of Juarez, in El Paso, just across the Rio Grande. Many people on the U.S. side long ago stopped visiting their Mexican sister city, and not without reason: Juarez was the world's most violent city as recently as 2010. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 8573 at http://wgcu.org On The Mend, But Wounds Of Violence Still Scar Juarez Congressmen Are Bullish On The Borderlands http://wgcu.org/post/congressmen-are-bullish-borderlands The U.S.-Mexico border isn't just about immigration. Local politicians in El Paso, Texas, say their city is misunderstood. Being located across the river from Mexico is part of their potential. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 11:41:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 8552 at http://wgcu.org Always Watching: A Fragile Trust Lines The U.S.-Mexico Border http://wgcu.org/post/always-watching-us-mexico-border-site-complexity We drove 2,428 miles on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, and it's safe to say that for much of the road trip, we were being watched.<p>Border Patrol agents, customs officers, cameras, sensors, radar and aircraft track movement in the Borderland. None of that has stopped the struggle to control the border, or the debate over how best to do it.<p>The Border Patrol — part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection — allowed us a look inside the communications center at its headquarters in Laredo, Texas. The room had no windows, just a giant wall of screens. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 16:22:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 8537 at http://wgcu.org Always Watching: A Fragile Trust Lines The U.S.-Mexico Border Borderland: A Journey Along The Changing Frontier http://wgcu.org/post/borderland-where-neighbor-nations-emerging-futures-meet My colleagues and I drove 2,428 miles and remained in the same place.<p>We gathered a team, rented a car, checked the batteries in our recorders and cameras. We moved from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean. We crossed deserts, plains and mountains. But all the while, we were living in Borderland — zigzagging across the frontier between Mexico and the United States.<p>We were seeking stories of people, goods and culture that cross the border. Heavily fortified though it is, the border remains the place where two nations meet, trade, clash and influence one another. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:46:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 8412 at http://wgcu.org Borderland: A Journey Along The Changing Frontier Netanyahu's Push: Countering Iranian Leader's Charm Offensive http://wgcu.org/post/netanyahus-push-countering-iranian-leaders-charm-offensive It must be draining to do eight interviews in a row, but Benjamin Netanyahu seemed energized by it. The Israeli prime minister <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/10/04/228895462/israels-netanyahu-says-hed-consider-a-meeting-with-new-iranian-leader">walked into our meeting</a> in a New York hotel room bantering and smiling. He commented on the shades (pulled down to avoid a backlit photo) and noticed a novel that our engineer had brought along. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 17:38:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 3185 at http://wgcu.org Netanyahu's Push: Countering Iranian Leader's Charm Offensive After Shutdown, A Familiar Feeling At The White House http://wgcu.org/post/talk-shutdown-familiar-feeling-white-house President Obama <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/30/227872581/obama-we-will-not-delay-obamacare">spoke with NPR</a> in the Oval Office on Monday, as a visiting group of young people in suits got a tour of the Rose Garden outside the windows. The most striking part of our encounter in this moment of crisis was how familiar the atmosphere seemed.<p>Some of what the president said he also said during the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/07/22/138583916/obamas-many-acts-command-debt-ceiling-stage">debt ceiling crisis of 2011</a>. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 09:09:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 3043 at http://wgcu.org After Shutdown, A Familiar Feeling At The White House