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We were trying to change the vision and the conversation about border fears.Border Odyssey takes us on a drive toward understanding the U.S.Mexico divide all 1,969 miles—from Boca Chica to Tijuana—pressing on with the useful fiction of a map.We needed to go to the place where countless innocent people had been kicked, cussed, spit on, arrested, detained, trafficked, and killed. It would become clear that the border, la frontera, was more multifaceted and profound than anything we could have invented about it from afar.Along the journey, five centuries of cultural history indigenous, French, Spanish, Mexican, African American, colonist, and U.S., wars, and legislation unfold. And through observation, conversation, and meditation, Border Odyssey scopes the stories of the people and towns on both sides.

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