Moyers & Company : Between Two Worlds - Life on the Border

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  • No writer understands the border culture between Mexico and the United States more intimately than Luis Alberto Urrea. His own life is the stuff of great novels. Son of a Mexican father and Anglo mother, Urrea grew up first in Tijuana and then just across the border in San Diego. Over the years he has produced a series of acclaimed novels, including The Hummingbird's Daughter, The Devil's Highway, and his latest, Queen of America - each a rich and revealing account of the people of the borderlands that join and separate our two nations. Three of Urrea's books were among scores of others removed from classrooms when the Tucson school district eliminated Mexican-American studies, claiming it was "divisive." In this edition of Moyers & Company, Urrea talks with Bill Moyers about that episode as he unfolds the modern reality of life on the border.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on August 13, 2012.
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  • Luis Alberto Urrea and the Mexican-American Border (2:49) -- Dreaming of a Better Life in the U.S. (3:15) -- Coyotes: the Criminal Element (2:39) -- Realizations About Inequality (2:52) -- Missionary Work in a Tijuana Garbage Dump (3:45) -- Literary Beginnings: Giving a Voice to the Invisible (3:16) -- Faith Among the Godforsaken (4:24) -- Defining the American Dream (5:31) -- Tucson Unified School District Book Ban (5:48) -- Anti-Immigration Perspectives (3:59) -- Being Other (5:59) -- Dual Identity (3:03) -- Writing for Common Ground (5:38) -- Credits: Moyers & Company: Between Two Worlds - Life on the Border (2:22)
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