La Frontera with Pati Jinich: “Ancient Seeds and Desert Ghosts”

Monday, April 10 at 8 p.m.

Pati travels along both sides of the Arizona-Sonora border through some of the most wild, untouched places in North America. She starts from where she left off, at the very edge of Baja California in Los Algodones, where perhaps we’ve found the most wild place of all: a town of dentists.

Moving across the Sonoran Desert into Arizona and Sonora, she finds herself in a land steeped in legend and tradition. She joins the Tucson Samaritans on one of their hikes to leave water for migrants trekking through the desert.

She meets Luis Sotero, a self-taught artist who took up painting while detained at the border and now teaches at a migrant shelter. She explores a ghost town and learns how members of the Tohono O’odham Nation are preserving traditional foods, including the chiltepín – “the mother of all chiles.”

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