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La Plaza
Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Irene Vilar
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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

Noted author and cultural critic Ilan Stavans explores the idea of "Becoming American" with acclaimed Puerto Rican memoirist Irene Vilar, the granddaughter of Puerto Rican activist Lolita Lebron. Vilar shares details about growing up as the granddaughter of a revolutionary icon, and the tragedy of losing her own mother to suicide. Vilar's book, The Ladies Gallery: A Memoir of Family Secrets, is the story of three generations of Puerto Rican women, Vilar, her mother, and grandmother.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Irene Vilar,” 10/09/2001, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 22, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B79E9DB897804A829229947B3FC40498.
MLA: “La Plaza; Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Irene Vilar.” 10/09/2001. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 22, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B79E9DB897804A829229947B3FC40498>.
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