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La Plaza; Changing Tides: Estado del Tiempo



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La Plaza
Changing Tides: Estado del Tiempo
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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

In August 1994 more than 34,000 Cubans left their homeland by sea in rudimentary and mostly unseaworthy crafts. This poignant documentary explores this phenomena through interviews where Cubans talk of their motivation for leaving the island. "Changing Tides", produced by Margaret Gilpin and directed by Luis Felipe Bernaza, is one of the few independent film from a Cuban film director in Cuba since 1959.

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Broadcast program

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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Changing Tides: Estado del Tiempo,” 11/16/1995, GBH Archives, accessed April 14, 2021,
MLA: “La Plaza; Changing Tides: Estado del Tiempo.” 11/16/1995. GBH Archives. Web. April 14, 2021. <>.
APA: La Plaza; Changing Tides: Estado del Tiempo. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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