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La Plaza
Poetic License
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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

After growing up in Chavez Ravine in the 1940's and surviving heroin addiction and street life, Manazar discovered writing while serving time in prison for armed robbery. As he discovered the power of poetry, Manazar turned his life around. Today, his acclaimed writing reveals the warmth and intimacy of his barrio as well as the harsh realities of street life that led him to spend seventeen years behind bars.

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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
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