Won’t You Be My Neighbor: A Snapshot from Tlaxcala, Mexico

Alyson Spery of the local nonprofit DIY Docs reflects on the connections between Jackson, Wyoming, and Tlaxcala, Mexico.
Jackson, Wyoming and Tlaxcala, Mexico may be more than 2,000 miles apart, but their connections run deep. (Screenshot courtesy of Google Maps)

by | Nov 22, 2021 | Culture

Many of Jackson’s Latino residents trace their roots to Tlaxcala, Mexico, a small state two hours east of Mexico City. This audio diary features Alyson Spery, the founder of DIY Docs, a Jackson nonprofit that teaches residents how to make documentary films. Spery recently moved to Tlaxcala to expand her program with locals there.

This story was produced for a 24-hour radio competition run by the L.A. NPR affiliate KCRW. The task was to make a non-fiction radio story of 4 minutes or less — and produce, record, and edit it all within one day. This year’s theme was “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

KHOL has previously reported on Spery’s DIY Docs program in both Spanish and English.

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About Emily Cohen

Emily has served as executive director of KHOL since June 2019. She has a background in ecological design and urban planning and has worked as a teacher on the US-Mexico border in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, as a policy wonk in Washington, DC and as a land use planner in Wyoming. She enjoys getting away from the operations side of radio to produce original stories about arts and culture in Jackson.

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