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Podcast Transcends Borders

Sep 28, 2021 | Reserves, Tijuana River, California

Ana Gloria Rodriguez, Kumeyaay from San Jose de la Zorra, Mexico, from the “Kumeyaay Nation Divided by the Border” episode.

Looking for a new podcast? Tune into “Divided Together,” a new series created by the Tijuana River Reserve for the Border Field State Park, located in the southern part of the Reserve. Launched on September 24, California’s Native American Day, this weekly podcast explores themes of separation and unification in the region’s geography, culture, and ecology.

The Tijuana River Estuary spans the U.S./Mexico border; only 25% of its watershed is located within the U.S. Parts of the watershed are ancestral lands of the area’s First People, the Kumeyaay. The podcast’s first episode, “Kumeyaay Nation Divided by the Border,” looks at the impact of the border on the Kumeyaay, who have lived in this area for thousands of years

“The episode is wonderful, so well done, and such a valuable resource,” says Catherine Thiemann, Friends of Friendship Park Member. “I am so grateful that State Parks is centering and lifting up Kumeyaay voices.”

Future episodes will discuss Kumeyaay land use practices; the impacts altering these practices has had on the environment; the history and impact of border enforcement, and how scientists and geographers collaborate across the border to protect and understand the land. The first season, a four part series, comes out this fall, and the next season is planned for the spring 2022.

The podcast can be found on the Tijuana River Reserve’s website or wherever you get your podcasts (Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Podchaser, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn).

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