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Escuchando en Fresno

Posted on Monday, April 12th, 2010.

Bidding a fond farewell to Los Angeles, MobileBooth West recently headed up and inland to Fresno, California. Nestled in the heart of the Central Valley, Fresno welcomed StoryCorps with some of its legendary greenery. Radio Biling&#252e, our broadcast partner, greeted us with a bag of tangerines from the sound engineer’s tree. A farmers market bustled next door as MobileBooth West set up for a month of Historias recordings with Fresno’s Latino communities.

Our evening listening event was a hit. Hugo Morales and Lourdes Oliva Medina of Radio Biling&#252e welcomed everyone to Arte Am&#233ricas while our community partners-many accompanied by family and friends-introduced themselves.

Snacking on ceviche, taquitos, and aqua fresca, people settled into chairs as StoryCorps’ Anna Walters played some favorite clips from past StoryCorps conversations. Martin Pereyra L&#243pez, representing the Union de Ex-Braceros e Inmigrantes, ended the evening with an unexpected concert, playing a song he wrote about his time as a bracero in the valley.

MobileBooth West couldn’t be happier to be in Fresno, where participants are sharing multigenerational stories of family, migration, education, the campo, and the Fresno that pulsed at the heart of California’s Chicano and Farm Workers movements.

2 Responses to “Escuchando en Fresno”

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  • Fresno has been a beautiful and fascinating place to be for the last few weeks. If you haven’t already, check out Radio Bilingüe!

    Comment from Anna on April 13, 2010 at 4:02 pm - Reply to this Comment
  • Well done in words and images! I love the picture of Matin Pereyra Lopez!

    Comment from Gabriel on April 13, 2010 at 9:42 am - Reply to this Comment

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