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La Plaza; Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Junot Díaz

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La Plaza
Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Junot Díaz
Program Number

LP 207

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

La Plaza showcases noted critic and author Ilan Stavans in conversation with Dominican American writer Junot Díaz, whose national bestseller, Drown, is a collection of short stories set in the places of Díaz’s childhood: the barrios of the Dominican Republic and the inner-city slums of New Jersey. Díaz’s semi-autobiographical prose about a young man searching for identity and a family struggling against its own demise offers a powerful, heartbreaking glimpse into the lives of those who must cross borders in order to seek a better life.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
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