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La Plaza; Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Miguel Batista

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La Plaza
Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Miguel Batista
Program Number

LP 210

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

Baseball star Miguel Batista has pitched for five different teams in the same number of years. Well-read and well-spoken, his skills as a poet may be as sharp as his fast ball. In a wide-ranging discussion with Ilan Stavans, Batista reflects on his baseball career, the Dominican Republic, his team's victory in last year's World Series, and his love for the written word.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
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