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La Plaza
Big Count, 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

A studio discussion program about the upcoming census in 1980, and the efforts the Census Bureau and Hispanic Community are making to avoid an undercount problem like that of the 1970 Census. Guests are: Lorenzo Pinero, member of the Hispanic Advisory Committee to the Census; Mark Schaact, from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund; Arthur Dukakis, Director of the Northeast Regional Office of the Census Bureau; and Mr. Ed Fernandez, from the Population Division of the Census Bureau, Washington, D.C. English with Spanish subtitles. Directed by Richard Heller.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Big Count, The,” 02/13/1979, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 19, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_57F43FBCAE194FAE93B6681EDFCAC5D6.
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