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METRO WEEK: Books About the Border Bridge Politics, Culture

Authors explore effectiveness of border walls, share insight into cross-border love, and discuss the process of writing about deaths in the desert.

The international border between the United States and Mexico provides fodder for books of all sorts, and in this episode of Metro Week, we explore some of them:


Michael Dear: After research into several efforts to control the movement of people by building walls, Dear concludes walls do not work for that reason. AZPM reporter Nancy Montoya interviews Dear and Green Valley resident Gary Meiner. Miner is on the citizen's advisory board for the Nogales Border Patrol Station, and disagrees with Dear's stance.


Linda Valdez: An Arizona Republic columnist who writes about immigration politics, Valdez now tells the story of her own life. She married a Mexican man who crossed the border illegally to be with her nearly 30 years ago. Her new book "Crossing the Line" is part memoir, part exploration of the repeated visa denials that eventually led to her husband's decision.


Luis Alberto Urrea: A prolific novelist, non-fiction writer, and poet, Urrea talks with AZPM's Montoya about how some of his books about the border came to be. He also explains what he learned about several sides of the stories when writing them.


Christopher Conover: AZPM's political reporter discusses how immigration policies have played a role in the politics of 2015, and what immigration proposals may play a role in next year's busy state and federal election cycles.

After Friday’s episode Metro Week will return to air on Jan. 8.

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