Steve Inskeep http://wlrn.org en Border Agency Chief Opens Up About Deadly Force Cases http://wlrn.org/post/border-agency-chief-opens-about-deadly-force-cases The new commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection says he is reviewing scores of incidents in which agents have used deadly force.<p>R. Gil Kerlikowske made that statement during an exclusive interview with NPR's <em>Morning Edition</em>. It was his first extended conversation about controversial incidents in which the Border Patrol has killed civilians without apparent accountability. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:03:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 35766 at http://wlrn.org Border Agency Chief Opens Up About Deadly Force Cases GM To Pay Record Fine Over Safety Recall http://wlrn.org/post/gm-pay-record-fine-over-safety-recall The Department of Transportation on Friday announced that it's ordering General Motors to pay a $35 million civil penalty for the handling of its ignition switch problems. Fri, 16 May 2014 16:08:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 32455 at http://wlrn.org Born From The Border, Tijuana Grows In New Ways http://wlrn.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 29924 at http://wlrn.org Born From The Border, Tijuana Grows In New Ways Crossing The Desert: Why Brenda Wanted Border Patrol To Find Her http://wlrn.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 29859 at http://wlrn.org Crossing The Desert: Why Brenda Wanted Border Patrol To Find Her From Pancho Villa To Panda Express: Life In A Border Town http://wlrn.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 29793 at http://wlrn.org From Pancho Villa To Panda Express: Life In A Border Town Troncoso Family Finds Success On U.S. Side Of Border With Mexico http://wlrn.org/post/troncoso-family-finds-success-us-side-border-mexico Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>About midway through our road trip along the U.S./Mexico border, my colleagues and I rode up a mountain. Okay. Should we hop in?<p>UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Hop in.<p>INSKEEP: We boarded a tram car suspended by a cable.<p>KAINAZ AMARIA: Are we going that way?<p>INSKEEP: That's our photographer, Kainaz Amaria, and yes, we were going up the cable to a peak in El Paso, Texas. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:04:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 29679 at http://wlrn.org On The Mend, But Wounds Of Violence Still Scar Juarez http://wlrn.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 29676 at http://wlrn.org On The Mend, But Wounds Of Violence Still Scar Juarez The Rarely Told Stories Of Sexual Assault Against Female Migrants http://wlrn.org/post/rarely-told-stories-sexual-assault-against-female-migrants Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>A dust-covered car has been in our parking lot at NPR West this week. It was the vehicle that took Steve Inskeep and several colleagues along the entire border between the U.S. and Mexico. We've been hearing what they found in recent days, stories of people and goods and culture that cross the border. Steve's in our studio now with a rather difficult story to tell. Steve, what is that?<p>STEVE INSKEEP, BYLINE: Well, Arun, it involves people who migrate illegally across the border into the United States, which, of course, has been happening for decades. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 21:15:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 29665 at http://wlrn.org Congressmen Are Bullish On The Borderlands http://wlrn.org/post/congressmen-are-bullish-borderlands <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Congressmen+Are+Bullish+On+The+Borderlands&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODc1ODA5MDEyMjg1MDYxNTFiZTgwZg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>We begin our next story with the sound of a parade this month in Brownsville, Texas.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>MARTIN: Thousands of people watched the parade in that border city. Naturally, politicians attended too - including the candidates for Texas governor. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 11:41:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 29650 at http://wlrn.org Always Watching: A Fragile Trust Lines The U.S.-Mexico Border http://wlrn.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 29630 at http://wlrn.org Always Watching: A Fragile Trust Lines The U.S.-Mexico Border Intocable's Music Straddles The Border http://wlrn.org/post/intocables-music-straddles-border <em>Morning Edition's</em> Steve Inskeep stops in Zapata, Texas, in the latest installment of our Borderland series. Zapata is the hometown of the lead singer of Intocable, a band popular on both sides of the border. Ricky Munoz explains how listening to a mix of Mexican music, country hits and rock bands like Def Leppard while growing up influenced his band. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 29562 at http://wlrn.org Borderland: A Journey Along The Changing Frontier http://wlrn.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 29447 at http://wlrn.org Borderland: A Journey Along The Changing Frontier Remembering The Alamo With A Texas Historian http://wlrn.org/post/remembering-alamo-texas-historian At The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, historian Frank de la Teja explains how the dividing line between the United States and Mexico came to be drawn where it is. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:42:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 29449 at http://wlrn.org U.S. Diplomat Tours Central African Republic http://wlrn.org/post/us-diplomat-powers-tours-central-african-republic Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The American ambassador to the United Nations is visiting Central African Republic today. Before becoming a diplomat, Samantha Power was a journalist who wrote about stopping genocide. And now she is visiting a country where there's fear of one. Fighting between Muslims and Christians has killed nearly 1,000 people. NPR's Michele Kelemen is traveling with Ambassador Power. She's on the line. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 11:07:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 25362 at http://wlrn.org A View From China, India On Carbon Dioxide Emissions http://wlrn.org/post/view-china-india-carbon-dioxide-emissions Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Well, let's hear from some of the rest of the world. We're gonna go to China and India and to NPR correspondents in those countries, beginning with NPR's Anthony Kuhn in Beijing. Hi, Anthony.<p>ANTHONY KUHN, BYLINE: Hi, Steve.<p>INSKEEP: Okay. So the Chinese declined to agree to controls on their carbon emissions, but is this a major priority for China?<p>KUHN: Absolutely. It's a matter of key national interest to them. It's a matter of national security. Look at all the protests that happen every year because of pollution. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:14:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 24228 at http://wlrn.org