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La Plaza
Salt Mines, The
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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

This powerful documentary, produced by Susana Aikens and Carlos Aparicio, examines a community of homeless Latino transvesties who live alongside the Hudson River in a secluded area where the New York City Sanitation Department stores its out-of-service trucks and excess garbage. They share their current and past experiences and give moving testimonies of their struggles to survive.

First broadcast in 1991.



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Broadcast program

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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
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