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La Plaza
Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Soraya
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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

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Ilan Stavans talks with singer/songwriter Soraya about fame, performance and activism. In 1996 Soraya was the opening act of Natalie Merchant, Sting, and Alanis Morissette. Her album On Nights Like This was on the rise in Latin American and U.S. Spanish markets. She was about to embark on a world tour when her world collapsed. In June of that year she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer and immediately began chemotherapy. Her mother, grandmother and niece all succumbed to breast cancer. Since that time, Soraya has been a tireless activist on behalf of breast cancer education throughout Latin America and the Latino U.S.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Soraya,” 05/13/2003, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 16, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AE756AA025D3497F9BF4AA06731E3945.
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