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La Plaza
Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Linda Chavez
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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 conservative Linda Chavez about politics, ethnicity and assimilation. Chavez, George Bush’s ill fated nominee for Secretary of Labor, is currently a conservative commentator for Fox News. She is author of An Unlikely Conservative – a book whose subtitle – “Or How I became the Most Hated Hispanic in America” – is raising eyebrows across the U.S. Her first book, Out of the Barrio: Toward a New Politics of Hispanic Assimilation” was hotly debated within the Latino community.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Linda Chavez,” 04/22/2003, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 13, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E87F2166F0FA4CEB908BF289BDAEF996.
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APA: La Plaza; Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Linda Chavez. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E87F2166F0FA4CEB908BF289BDAEF996
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