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Best Of The Border (4/28 - 5/2)

Jose Manuel Martinez took first place at the poetry slam championship.
Frida Espinoza Cárdenas
Jose Manuel Martinez took first place at the poetry slam championship.

Lorne Matalon

Three members of Mariachi Frontera pose after rehearsing in front of a neighbor's home in Ojinaga, Chihuahua. Raymondo Sevilla (left) applauds the U.S. stand on ivory despite any inconvenience it might cause.

US Ban On Ivory Spawns Dilemma In Music Industry

In June the United States will begin enforcing a ban on ivory from the tusks of African and Asian elephants. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service calls what’s happening right now to elephants “an unprecedented slaughter.”

But the ban has forced many professional musicians to make a choice — perform without their favorite instruments or forgo work that takes them across the U.S. border.

Teens Tackle Tough Topics At Tucson Poetry Slam

An excerpt from the championship poem at the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam:

"Look into your mother’s eyes and swear to her that you will make it in this world. And you will make something of yourself. And every burrito she rolled, every taco she served. Every restaurant she worked in. Every insult spit in her face by bosses who abused the fact that she had no papers. Every trailer park. Every sleepless night counting numbers that will never make ends meet. Making sure we had a damn tortilla in our stomachs, will not go to waste. Because that one tortilla, my stomach has become a fire. And I will redeem myself, mom. I will redeem myself that everything you did for us will not go to waste."

Hear more from the young poets and see videos from the event.

Paper Or Plastic — Bags Recycle Differently

Plastic bags and plastic wrap is everywhere. The EPA estimates that Americans use nearly 4 billion every year. The vast majority of those go into landfills and will never decompose in your lifetime.

It turns out that the bags are recyclable – but in their own, unique way.

KJZZ is featuring a #RubbishSeries this week and next. Visit kjzz.org for more stories about trash.