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La Plaza; Julia de Burgos


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La Plaza
Julia de Burgos
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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 program is dedicated to the Puerto Rican and internationally renowned poetess, Julia de Burgos. First we take a look at a film, courtesy of WNET / Realidades in New York, and then are joined in the studio by Dr. Efrain Barradas, Professor of Hispanic Literature at the University of Massachusetts and some members of a theater group “Virazon.” Selections of her poetry are dramatically read and songs are performed to commemorate her birthday in February. In Spanish with English subtitles. Directed by Richard Heller.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Julia de Burgos,” 03/02/1979, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 17, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A6F6D6347DC745DA9F5906A1EA98090F.
MLA: “La Plaza; Julia de Burgos.” 03/02/1979. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 17, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A6F6D6347DC745DA9F5906A1EA98090F>.
APA: La Plaza; Julia de Burgos. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A6F6D6347DC745DA9F5906A1EA98090F
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