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La Plaza; Bus To The Burbs


Bus to the Burbs

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La Plaza
Bus To The Burbs
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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

Broadcast in 2004

METCO is a voluntary desegregation program designed to introduce inner city minority students to suburban, mostly white, public schools. Now in its 37th year, the program serves more than 3,000 students. But times have changed. What started as an African American program is now 30% Latino. Latino METCO looks at diversity in communities of color and the experience of inner city Latino students attending affluent suburban public schools.

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Broadcast program

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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
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