Stephanie Elizondo Griest grew up in south Texas. Stephanie says she believes wanderlust is literally encoded in her DNA. In high school, a foreign correspondent for CNN told her to learn Russian. Her travels in Russia, China and Cuba were the basis for her first book – Around the Bloc.
In her latest book, Mexican Enough: My Life Between Borderlines, she not only explores her personal connections to Mexico, but offers a journalist’s view of events like the Oaxaca teacher’s strike and how immigration to the US has radically changed towns and villages throughout the county. Here’s our conversation for All Things Considered on KUNM: Mexican Enough