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La Plaza; Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Rolando Hinojosa-Smith

La Plaza MASTER - CLOSED CAPTIONED Program #2812 Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Rolando Hinojosa-Smith Running Time: Closed Captioned Patricia Alvarado 617-300-2289 patricia_alvarado@wgbh.org WGBH, 125 Western Avenue, Boston, MA 02134

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La Plaza
Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Rolando Hinojosa-Smith
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Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

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Award-winning writer Rolando Hinojosa-Smith was raised in the Texas Rio Grande Valley, on the border of Mexico. His father was Mexican American, and his mother was white, and he is comfortable in both English and Spanish languages and cultures. Hinojosa-Smith is best known for the Klail City Death Trip series, a collection of short novels set in the fictional Rio Grande Valley town of Klail City, Texas. Although considered the dean of Chicano literature, the New York Times calls him "a writer for all readers."

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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
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