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La Plaza; Tabacaleros (Tobacco Pickers)


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La Plaza
Tabacaleros (Tobacco Pickers)
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Series Description

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

Program Description

Three generations of Puerto Ricans share their economic struggles and migrant experience as they go on the road to harvest the world's very best shade tobacco. First-hand accounts weave an ironic tale of dreams and promises that go unfulfilled as this lucrative crop is collected in the fields of Western Massachusetts. Acquisition.



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Broadcast program

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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Tabacaleros (Tobacco Pickers),” 12/12/1991, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 19, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2B1237D0C0BD4782B8EB8B90320C20FE.
MLA: “La Plaza; Tabacaleros (Tobacco Pickers).” 12/12/1991. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. January 19, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2B1237D0C0BD4782B8EB8B90320C20FE>.
APA: La Plaza; Tabacaleros (Tobacco Pickers). Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2B1237D0C0BD4782B8EB8B90320C20FE
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