Las Casitas looks like one huge cookie cutter house. But when you look closer, you make out four doors and see that it’s actually divided into four apartments. It looks that way, because it’s meant to look like the rest of Newbury Park – suburban.
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For almost a decade, Lizbeth Mateo has performed acts of civil disobedience across the country. But this summer, she took it to a new level. On July 30, her and a group of eight undocumented young people — who had left the US or had been deported — tried to enter legally through the Nogales port of entry in Arizona. She tells us her personal story.
About 100 people today are staging a protest at the San Ysidro crossing of the U.S.-Mexico border to protest deportation policies, they say, are splitting families apart. And three young activists tell us how this matters to them.
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The Sonic Trace map, sonictrace.org is live! Over the past year, we’ve been documenting immigrant communities across Los Angeles. We have gathered 200 stories inside La Burbuja, our portable soundbooth, produced seven documentaries and made two short films — with a third in production.
Alongside our radio documentaries, we’ve been working with Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Carmen Vidal to give these stories life on film and video. Meet Rufina & Ricardo, Dominga & Panchito. Get a glimpse into their stories of departure, arrival and going back.
Do you know who works on Sonic Trace? Check out who we are and what we’ve done.
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We want to know what it it feels like to turn a corner on Pico Union and find yourself in Tegulcigalpa — the sounds, the faces, the tastes of home. Or, how Los Angeles has changed daily life in cities like San Salvador or Santa Maria de Tavhua, Mexico – places where entire communities have been transformed by “el otro lado” (the other side).
January 15 is a huge day for the city of Esquipulas, Guatemala (222km from Guatemala City). It is the day of the Feast of the Black Christ or Cristo Negro. Esquipulas is a city on the border between Honduras and El Salvador, and receives one million pilgrims from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico every year. It turns out that there are thousands of Black Christ devotees from Guatemala in the heart of Los Angeles, and their abode of worship is Santa Cecilia Church.
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KCRW’s Sonic Trace is part of Localore – an initiative produced by the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR). You may have heard a version of that line in all our crediting. So, what does it mean?