What is a border and how does it define or divide us? How do borders shape global issues, like climate change, migration, war, and economic disparity? And what about borders within countries, or cities, or even inside families, which shape our personal lives and how we relate to our communities?
On Spec explores the stories behind actual walls — who’s profiting from them, and how they impact communities. And we try to understand the metaphorical walls too: what’s it like to confront outdated tribal stereotypes, or cross the barrier between activism and law enforcement? We even take a look at how a river is affected both by man-made barriers and historical ones.
In this season, On Spec went to find out in: France, Peru, and Zambia, as well as in the Mediterranean Sea, and along the frontiers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, and the United States and Mexico. We meet people whose lives are larger than the barriers they find themselves confronting. We learn what it is like to cross borders between countries at war, neighborhoods that distrust each other, and tribes that might live in the same place, but carry a long history of stereotypes.
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Fortress Europe is a House of Cards
The French town of Calais is at the heart of a massive security infrastructure program meant to keep refugees and migrants from crossing the English Channel into the United Kingdom. Over the past 20 years, French and British authorities have spent hundreds of millions of pounds on walls, fences, different types of cameras, more police...