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La Plaza
Who's Cleaning Boston
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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

Teresa Martinez was a teacher in her homeland of Colombia and Marcos Febles a successful couturier. As newcomers to North America, these two individuals share something in common - they clean for a living. LA PLAZA goes beyond Boston's nine-to-five hours to talk to five Latino cleaning people about their past lives, present-day experiences, and their outlook on the future.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Who's Cleaning Boston,” 11/03/1989, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 25, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_ADEC4A398B86484C8371B93859E1E50E.
MLA: “La Plaza; Who's Cleaning Boston.” 11/03/1989. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 25, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_ADEC4A398B86484C8371B93859E1E50E>.
APA: La Plaza; Who's Cleaning Boston. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_ADEC4A398B86484C8371B93859E1E50E
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