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Salvadoran Journalist Rides "The Beast"

Oscar Martinez
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Salvadoran Journalist Rides "The Beast"
FULL AUDIO IN SPANISH: Una conversación con el periodista salvadoreño Óscar Martínez.

Thousands of migrants from Central America make the perilous journey through Mexico atop cargo trains for more than 2,000 miles in hopes of crossing the U.S. border. 

The passage, known as “The Beast,” is an incredibly dangerous trek, fraught with robberies and rapes. Salvadoran journalist Oscar Martinez rode “The Beast” eight times and chronicled the experiences of the migrants he met in his book, The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail (Verso/2013). Host Frank Stasio talks with Martinez about the experience.

Read an excerpt from the book.

And hear the NPR interview with Martinez on Alt.Latino.

Laura Lee was the managing editor of The State of Things until mid February 2017. Born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina, Laura returned to the Old North state in 2013 after several years in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in political science and international studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.