Howdy there Decipherers. This week we would like to share Podcast Number 4, a review and discussion of the Devil’s Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urea. Urea is a poet and award-winning novelist, originally from Tijuana and now residing outside of Chicago. Though The Devil’s Highway was written in 2005, it tells a story that has become increasingly relevant in the political landscape of 2018: the trek of a group of migrants from northern Mexico across the U.S. border.
1. This episode was planned on the Trinity Railway Express and filmed at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library. Thanks to the staff who found us a study room and kudos on the great collection of Navajo textiles.
2. If you find Urea’s study of the borderlands compelling, another text worth examining is No One is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S.-Mexico Border by Justin Akers Chacon and Mike Davis.