In honoring the historical event of Cinco De Mayo, we bring you "Crossing Borders" a special from Hearing Voices.
Crossing Borders includes one-minute Vacation podcasts (QuietAmerican.org) a Saint Jude’s festival in the highlands of Michoacan (recorded by Siamack Sioshansi) and evening mass at the Church of Carmen Alta in Oaxaca City (recorded by Bronwyn Ximm). Poet Luis Alberto Urrea delivers his "Hymn to Vatos Who Will Never Appear in a Poem." In "Sasabe," a Sonora, Mexico border town, Scott Carrier talks to immigrants along their hazardous, illegal desert crossing, and to the border patrol waiting for them in Sasabe, Arizona. And Guillermo Gómez-Peña gives a "Citizenship Lesson" from his CD Borderless Radio. Bronwyn Ximm has another One-minute Vacation, this one from the Lunes de Cerro festival in Oaxaca. "And I walked…" (with Charles Bowden) is a border-crossing sound-portrait by Ann Heppermann and Kara Oehler, from the Third Coast Festival’s ShortDocs series. Guillermo Gomez-Pena imagines "Maquiladoras of the Future," fantasy border factories. And Luis Alberto Urrea reads from "The Devil’s Highway," his book about death in the desert. Also included are a few poetry pieces from
Yana Garcia who talks about being a Chicana-Mexicana from the Bay Area and we end with a Chicago teen speaks through poetry about his concept of patriotism and revolution as he gives us a glimpse of what America might look like if folks from south of the border were the ones in power.