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La Plaza; Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Luis Alberto Urrea

La Plaza MASTER - CLOSED CAPTIONED Program #2803 Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Luis Alberto Urrea Running Time: 26:37 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: Luis Alberto Urrea
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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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Mexican born author Luis Alberto Urrea is the son of a Mexican father and a US mother. Since he was a child, when his parents registered him as a US Citizen Born Abroad, he has had one foot in the US, and the other in Mexico.

His work as an author reflects that duality. His most successful book, The Devil's Highway: A True Story tells the tragic story of a group of Mexican migrants who risked walking across the Arizona desert for a chance to enter the US—14 of them died. Stavans and Urea talk about the painful process of researching and writing the The Devil's Highway: A True Story.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
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