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La Plaza
Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Antonia Hernandez
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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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Antonia Hernandez is the former head of the Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fundand the current president and CEO of the California Community Foundation. She was born in the Mexican state of Coahuila and moved to the US with her parents when she was 8 years old.

Hernandez speaks with critic Ilan Stavans about the evolving needs of the US Latino community, the ongoing struggle for Latino civil rights, and the importance of serving the public interest.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
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