Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Life

The Border Wall (Updated)

One week into his presidency, Donald Trump signed an executive order to begin building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Trump says it will be, “an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall.”
But campaign slogans are easy. Reality is harder.
On this episode, two stories about that border. What happens when, instead of people crossing the border, the border crosses the people?


Historian Paul Kramer, who led us to this story, wrote a lovely essay about The Chamizal in the New Yorker. More of Paul’s work can be found at www.paulkrameronline.com. Special thanks to Paul, The University of Texas at El Paso Institute of Oral History, The LBJ Presidential Archive, the Vanderbilt Archive and Maria Eugenia Trillo.

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