Conrad Fox

International reporting projects, migration and robotics

Vidas Cruzadas screen shot
  • Design concepts based on radio soap opera familiar to rural audiences
  • Custom podcast feed

Vidas Cruzadas

Home page for an 8 episode Spanish-language radio story about migration between Central America and Mexico. The series followed two young boys on a solo trip from El Salvador to the United States, as seen through the eyes of their waiting parents. Along the way, it told the stories of other migrants, to weave a rich and complex tapestry of movement and uprooted lives on the continent. Although the drama was reportage, not fiction, the community radio stations where it aired asked us to tell it in a manner similar to the radionovelas their audiences were accustomed to. Thus the design of this page is reminiscent of a soap opera, imbued with all the emotion, the highs and lows, the loyalty, love and treachery so familiar to those living on the road.


For 15 years, Conrad lived in Mexico, where he worked as a freelance radio and print journalist. His work took him into a minefield, a gunfight, a dugout canoe and the homes of many fascinating, brave and generous people. He is also an avid teacher and has led classes in radio, robotics, soccer, physics and anthropology in a diversity of places, including office towers, lecture halls, fields and palm thatched huts.