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La Plaza
Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Luis Rodriguez
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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." Stavans, a native of Mexico City, talks with Chicano poet Luis Rodriguez. Rodriguez speaks candidly about what drew him into Los Angeles gang life and the pain of watching his son follow in his footsteps. Rodriguez’s memoir, “Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Life in LA," is considered a classic of US Latino literature.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Luis Rodriguez,” 09/25/2001, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 20, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E69396DBBF094162A11A3B86D47DC517.
MLA: “La Plaza; Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Luis Rodriguez.” 09/25/2001. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 20, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E69396DBBF094162A11A3B86D47DC517>.
APA: La Plaza; Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Luis Rodriguez. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E69396DBBF094162A11A3B86D47DC517
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