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Life in Las Casitas, hidden housing in Newbury Park

Posted November 13, 2013 by | 8 Comments | ]
Avenida del Platino in Las Casitas, Newbury Park, CA.

All over the country, and here in Southern California, there are many high income areas that thrive and depend on low-income jobs. These jobs are often filled by immigrants: nannies, landscapers, kitchen staff, housekeepers and janitors. Thousand Oaks in Ventura County is one of these places, but because of the city’s strict zoning laws, many of the low-income people who work in Thousand Oaks …

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Sonic Trace: Returning to Oaxaca 15 years later

Posted October 8, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
Lizbeth and her brother visit their grandmother's grave in Oaxaca.

Congress is still shutdown. But that hasn’t stopped thousands of immigrants from gathering in Washington this month to protest the lack of comprehensive immigration reform.
This week, Sonic Trace partnered with To The Point to explore the story of one young activist, Lizbeth Mateo. For almost a decade Lizbeth has performed acts of civil disobedience across the country. But this summer, she took it to a new …

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Photos: The Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe

Posted December 12, 2012 by | 56 Comments | ]

Today is the day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Across Mexico – and the world – devotees flock to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the heart Mexico City to celebrate and pay tribute to the patron saint that Catholics call the Queen of Mexico and the Empress of the Americas.
Los Angeles is the second city with the largest of population of …

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Sonic Trace: How to cover the Mexican election for a US audience

Posted July 19, 2012 by | 9 Comments | ]
Luis interviewing a subject for his story

One of the goals of Sonic Trace is to find stories that are local to both Los Angeles and Mexico. The recent Mexican presidential election was one such story. As producers, we wanted to explore the election in a way that was timely, relevant and not boring for KCRW’s LA audience. We wanted to explain Mexican democracy, and the importance of being invested in …

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Sonic Trace: ‘Who governs Mexico matters a whole lot’

Posted June 12, 2012 by | 5 Comments | ]

This past Sunday,  Mexican Presidential candidates engaged in their second and final debate before the July 1 election. With three weeks to go, Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) is the front-runner by a comfortable margin.
Sonic Trace teen reporter Luis Carlos sat down with his family and a friend to watch the second Mexican Presidential debate. Two weeks ago, he didn’t …

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Sonic Trace: LA on both sides of the border

Posted May 21, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]
Guelagetza dancers in LA

Sonic Trace– part of KCRW’s Independent Producer Project– is a multimedia project and radio series  bringing you stories that explore the three age-old questions about community and immigration in Los Angeles.
¿Por qué te fuiste? ¿Por qué te quedaste? ¿Por qué regresaste?
Why do people leave? Why do others stay? And, what makes people go back (in either direction)?
Sonic Trace is a story-telling and documentary experiment produced …

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