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Bending Borders

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Bending Borders stories connect different cultures across the world through shared or common human experiences. Those connections make ordinary moments memorable. For example, what's the first kiss like in Detroit versus Kabul; or how are mothers-in-law regarded in Shanghai versus Los Angeles. How do wives in a polygamous Senegalese family view divorce in the West?  How do Congalese workers in America view the way we treat seniors?  These stories give the audience something unscripted and offbeat – served up, whenever possible, with wonder and humor.  As events around the world make Americans feel a bit anxious or alienated, these stories show we are more connected through every day life than we imagined.

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Shahan Sanosian, a student living in the U.S., fears for the safety of his parents back in Damascus.

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Jun 13, 2017
  • Length: 06:32
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Life under Trump, Credit: Paola Mardo
In this special report, we explore the lives of eight groups of people under the Trump administration. From undocumented lovers, to a transgender w...

Bought by KSFR and WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Jun 08, 2017
  • Length: 58:56
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Following the election, L.A.-based comic Sara Schaefer travels to colleges across the U.S., where she’s trying out some politically charged material. Here she is performing at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, Credit: Rohan Venkatesh
Sara Schaefer does standup comedy in L.A. Taking her act on the road to college campuses--some in red, religious territory--has its own risks and c...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Jun 06, 2017
  • Length: 05:10
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Olive puts on lipstick in her car. She says she loves the name of it: Rage., Credit: Renee Gross
There has never been an easy time to be transgender in America. For 22-year-old Olive, whose parents are Trump supporters, it couldn’t be much hard...

  • Added: Jun 06, 2017
  • Length: 06:22
Caption: Tess and Marco play sungka, a traditional Filipino mancala game., Credit: Paola Mardo
As Filipino schoolmates, Marco was sweet on Tess but left for the Middle East to work, and Tess went to the U.S. Three decades later--with the help...

  • Added: Jun 06, 2017
  • Length: 06:51
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Once in plain view, many immigrants are missing from work sites, classrooms, and bus stops. But one pastor has vowed to do what he can to keep his ...

  • Added: Jun 06, 2017
  • Length: 04:36
Caption: Alvin poses for a portrait. The car behind him is a Nissan 240SX. Ever since he was a kid, it has been his dream to own one. DACA allows him drive his car without the fear of getting pulled over and getting deported., Credit: Stefanie De Leon Tzic
Alvin’s family left Indonesia for the U.S. to give their son more opportunity. Now that they are aging, it’s his turn to protect them...and he’s ve...

  • Added: Jun 06, 2017
  • Length: 06:33
Caption: Vondersaar's cousin Melissa Brand is a liberal from Orange County. The pair mostly avoids talking about politics., Credit: Jenny Lower
Adam Vondersaar is a gun aficionado and survivalist. But this former punk rocker took an unusual route to becoming a Republican in a blue state. Pr...

  • Added: Jun 06, 2017
  • Length: 06:44
Caption: Coach Asa and Marwa after their hour-long lesson, Credit: Pasha Zolfaghari
When attacks on Muslims and Mosques spiked, one young woman removed her headscarf but refused to be intimidated. Produced by Pasha Zolfaghari.

  • Added: Jun 06, 2017
  • Length: 03:40
Caption: Lead guitarist Josh Fleury and drummer Rick Chapman jam during a late-night rehearsal., Credit: Ashley Eady
When Trump took aim at minorities, a group of L.A. musicians took up steel guitars and razor-sharp lyrics to fight back. Produced by Ashley Eady.

  • Added: Jun 06, 2017
  • Length: 04:34
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Life as an artist is hard enough, but Juanita Pina carries the extra burden of being homeless in Los Angeles.

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Nov 04, 2016
  • Length: 07:18
  • Purchases: 1
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SCENT is a tagger in training. As he photographs the works of other artists, he learns there's more to being a successful graffiti artist than know...

  • Added: Nov 04, 2016
  • Length: 07:29
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Secret strings surround the city of Los Angeles. Made of clear fishing line, these lines are part of the orthodox Jewish tradition.

  • Added: Nov 04, 2016
  • Length: 08:02
Caption: Lupe Herrera, Credit: Charles Magovern
Lupe Herrera has all the protections of United States citizenship, but none of that is guaranteed to her brother and parents. This legal crack in t...

Bought by KSFR and KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Jul 01, 2015
  • Length: 04:16
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Pastor Monsalve preaches from her storefront church in Torrance, California., Credit: Phoenix Tso
Margarita Monsalve operates a sewing circle in Torrance, California, where unaccompanied migrant girls from Central America find a strong community...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Jul 01, 2015
  • Length: 05:13
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: CY Dieyi performs a cover of Rihanna’s “FourFiveSeconds” on stage at an event in Inglewood, CA., Credit: Myah Williams
In her native Nigeria, Cynthia Dieyi is a pop singer who celebrates her culture through her music. But here in America, she's still unknown, and h...

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Jul 01, 2015
  • Length: 04:17
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: A young Belinda Cai and her father., Credit: Belinda Cai
Belinda Cai knew only the outline of her father’s childhood in China's Cultural Revolution. Recently, when she asked her father for details, she wa...

Bought by XRAY.fm


  • Added: Jul 01, 2015
  • Length: 05:41
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Soraya Ahyaudin goes to graduate school in Los Angeles. She uses Skype to stay connected to her children in Malaysia. , Credit: Jocelyn Coffin
Soraya Ahyaudin is learning to be a virtual mom to her sons growing up almost 9,000 miles away. Skype keeps them connected, but sometimes it doesn’...

Bought by WAMC, XRAY.fm, and WABE


  • Added: Jul 01, 2015
  • Length: 05:31
  • Purchases: 3
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Victor Figueroa looks the part of a Hispanic, but some call him a "fake Puerto Rican," since he doesn't speak Spanish and knows few customs. Here,...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Jul 01, 2015
  • Length: 03:52
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: A Ti’at Society member paints a red ocher detail onto Moomat Ahiko’s side., Credit: Stephanie Case
Native Tongvan woman Cindi Alvitre lives on her ancestors' land in the Los Angeles basin, but in a completely different world. So she follows a viv...

  • Added: Jul 01, 2015
  • Length: 05:12