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La Plaza
Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Ruben Blades
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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

Program Description

Musician, Actor, Composer, Activist and U.N. Ambassador Ruben Blades returns to La Plaza to speak with Ilan Stavans about his breathtaking new album, ‘Mundo’ and his prolific acting career. In 2002 alone Ruben takes a role in five new films, appearing alongside John Leguizamo, Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Robert Duvall and Johnny Depp. Blades was the host of the 1993 award winning La Plaza documentary En Clave, produced by Natacha Estebanez.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Ruben Blades,” 03/25/2003, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 17, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4E18E6D5595C49058A280D2B062636A9.
MLA: “La Plaza; Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Ruben Blades.” 03/25/2003. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 17, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4E18E6D5595C49058A280D2B062636A9>.
APA: La Plaza; Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Ruben Blades. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4E18E6D5595C49058A280D2B062636A9
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