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Hispanic Heritage Month

There are about 54 million Hispanics and Latinos in the United States. WNED PBS celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month by spotlighting the diversity of voices and experiences within the Hispanic and Latino/a communities.

Hispanic Heritage Month has been honored annually in the United States since 1968 when President Lyndon Johnson first launched it as Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the celebration to last the four weeks from September 15th to October 15th. Hispanic Heritage Month commemorates the histories, cultures, and contributions of Latinx people whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central, and South America.

WNED PBS pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have enriched American society and culture with programs airing on WNED PBS and streaming online.

Hispanic Heritage Programming on WNED PBS | Tune In

WNED PBS is offering a range of programming celebrating Latinx heritage and culture this September and October.

Tuesday, September 15

VOCES

Adios Amor - The Search for Maria Moreno | Preview

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See how the discovery of lost photographs sparks the search for a hero that history forgot - Maria Moreno, an eloquent migrant mother of 12 who became an outspoken leader for farmworker rights. Her legacy was buried - until now. Airing Tuesday, September 15 at 8pm. (Repeats: Thurs., Sept. 17 at 2am)

VOCES

Building the American Dream | Preview

1Travel to Texas, where immigrant construction workers are seeking justice and equality in an industry rife with exploitation. Across the state, there's an unprecedented building boom, fueled by Latino laborers with little or no rights. Airing Tuesday, September 15 at 10pm. (Repeats: Thurs., Sept. 17 at 2am)

Tuesday, September 22

VOCES

The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo | Preview

Discover the life of radical Chicano lawyer, author and countercultural icon, Oscar Zeta Acosta. Airing Tuesday, September 22 at 8pm.

Friday, September 25

Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution | Trailer

Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution tells the virtually unknown story of Cuban revolutionaries Frank País and Jose Antonio Echeverría.

Working largely independently from each other, these young men—a school teacher and architecture student, respectively—played critical roles in the eventual overthrow of dictator Fulgencio Batista. Airing Friday, September 25 at 2am.

Saturday, September 26

Gershwin Prize

Emilio and Gloria Estefan: Gershwin Prize | Preview

An all-star tribute to Emilio and Gloria Estefan, the 2019 recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and the first married couple or musicians-songwriters of Hispanic descent to receive the honor. Airing Saturday, September 26 at 3am.

Rudolfo Anaya

Rudolfo Anaya: The Magic of Words | Preview

Rudolfo Anaya was the first Hispanic American writer to achieve major publishing success. Airing Saturday, September 26 at 4:30am.

Tuesday, September 29 at 8pm

VOCES

Willie Velasquez: Your Vote is Your Voice | Previe

Meet the charismatic pioneering activist whose rallying cry of "su voto es su voz" (your vote is your voice) started a grassroots movement that transformed the nation's political landscape and paved the way for the growing power of the Latino vote. Airing Tuesday, September 29 at 8pm. (Repeats: Thurs., Oct. 1 at 2am)

Saturday, October 3

Wonders of Mexico

Forest of the Maya & Mountain Worlds | Preview

Journey across Mexico to discover its amazing wildlife and culture. The Yucatan Peninsula relies on powerful weather systems that develop thousands of miles away in the Atlantic Ocean. Some of Mexico's mountain worlds are so inviting they compel creatures to journey thousands of miles to reach them. Two back-to-back episodes air Saturday, October 3 at 3am.

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Art in the Twenty-First Century | Borderlands | Preview

Trailer for Season 10 of the Peabody Award-winning series, Art in the Twenty-First Century. Learn how contemporary art can challenge preconceived notions of the U.S.-Mexico border. Today's artists see the border as an open wound, theatrical stage, political podium, studio and contradictory landscape that features both ugliness and beauty. Airing Saturday, October 3 at 6pm.

Monday, October 5

VOCES

The Pushouts | Preview

Meet Victor Rios, a high school dropout and former gang member-turned-award-winning professor, author and expert on the school to prison pipeline, who works with young people who have been "pushed out" of school for reasons beyond their control. Airing Monday, October 5 at 1am.

Latino Americans

Latino Americans - Series Preview

LATINO AMERICANS is a three-part, six-hour documentary series that airs Monday, October 5 from 2-5am and Tuesday, October 12 from 2-5am.

Tuesday, October 6

Hispanic Heritage Awards

Hispanic Heritage Awards | Preview

Join the country’s highest tribute to Latinos by Latinos. The Hispanic Heritage Awards will honor individuals or organizations doing outstanding work in a variety of fields to benefit the Hispanic and Latino community. The evening will feature award presentations for each of these honorees, as well as featured musical performances. Airing Tuesday, October 6 at 8pm. (Repeats: Oct. 8 at 2am)

Latino Vote
Voces

Latino Vote: Dispatches from the Battleground

Get an inside look at the high-stakes effort to get out the Latino vote in this year's election. Political candidates are focused on maximizing turnout and support from Latinos, poised to be the largest non-white voting bloc. Airing Tuesday, October 6 at 9pm. (Repeats: Thurs., Oct. 8 at 1am)

Wednesday, October 7

Great Performances

In The Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams | Preview

Opening on Broadway in spring 2008 and going on to win five Tony Awards-including Best New Musical-In the Heights on Broadway follows the cast and creative team as they embark on the greatest adventure of their young careers. Airing Wednesday, October 7 at 3am.

Great Performances

John Leguizamo’s Road to Broadway Preview

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the Tony-nominated one-man show, Latin History for Morons, a comedic yet pointed look at the systematic repression of Hispanic culture throughout American history. Airing Wednesday, October 7 at 4am.

Thursday, October 8

Independent Lens

Dolores | Preview

Meet the indomitable Dolores Huerta, who tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant - and unheralded - feminist activists of the 20th century. Airing Thursday, October 8 at 3am.

Friday, October 9

VOCES

Children of Giant | Preview

Explore the making of Giant and its examination of Anglo/Mexican-American relations. In 1955, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean and a massive crew descended on the Texas town of Marfa to begin production on Giant. Now, 60 years later, "Children of Giant" explores the film's still timely examination of racial prejudice. Airing Friday, October 9 at 3am

Saturday, October 10

Wonders of Mexico

Episode 3 | Burning North | Preview

The Sonoran Desert stretches into the Gulf of California, where the desert island of Isla San Pedro Martir is home to side blotched lizards who survive against the odds by eating the scraps left by nesting seabirds. Airing Saturday, October 109 at 3am.

Kingdoms of the Sky

Andes | Preview

Experience the astonishing natural life found in the world's longest mountain range, where pumas hunt guanaco, shape-shifting frogs hide in remote cloud forests and descendants of the Inca build bridges of grass. Airing Saturday, October 10 at 4am.

Monday, October 12

Our American Family: The Barreras

From the darkness of a coal mine in New Mexico to vibrant beauty under the California sun, Our American Family: The Barreras Family provides a compelling narrative of unwavering commitment to family. Airing Monday, October 12 at 12:30am.

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Pedro Ruiz: Coming Home
In January 2011, acclaimed New York City choreographer Pedro Ruiz returned to his native Cuba for an unprecedented collaboration: Ruiz worked with Cuba's premiere modern dance troupe, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, to create a dance about Cuba. Airing Monday, October 12 at 1am.

Latino Americans | Preview

LATINO AMERICANS is a three-part, six-hour documentary series that concludes Monday, October 12 from 2-5am.

Tuesday, October 13

Tight Knit: Enid & Mami

Enid & Mami steps into the daily life of Enid Mojica-McGinnis – an educator, pastor, and caretaker to her mother, Emilia Roman. The short documentary provides a glimpse into the humor, honor, and hardship of the primary caretaker role, as well as the special bond that exists between a mother and her daughter. Airing Tuesday, October 13 at 8pm.

Thursday, October 15

Company Town

the story of how residents of Chinatown and the Latino Mission District in San Francisco overcome the odds to save their communities. At the center of the story is an election that focuses on the role of "home-sharing" apps in incentivizing evictions and the creation of mini-hotels rather to replace rental housing. Airing Thursday, October 15 at 3am.

Start Hispanic Heritage Month with a Celebration of Hispanic Artists

This Hispanic Heritage Month, we recognize the contributions of Hispanic artists across genres and time. Here are six individuals who have drawn from their culture to create artistic visions.

Raul Julia: The World's a Stage

American Masters

Inside Look | Raúl Juliá

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Get an inside look at Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage from American Masters and VOCES.

Raul Julia mesmerized audiences and fellow actors alike. This film from American Masters highlights his journey from Puerto Rico to Broadway, and then Hollywood, with commentary from so many actors whose lives were changed by seeing themselves represented by Julie onstage and onscreen.


Rita Moreno Has the Time of Her Life on Stage and Screen

PBS NewsHour

Rita Moreno has the time of her life on stage and screen

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Rita Moreno has the time of her life on stage and screen

The PEGOT (Peabody, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award) winner is an absolute treasure. Actress and singer Rita Moreno fought typecasting and industry pressure to go on to be the first Latino to win an Oscar, Tony, Emmy and a Grammy. Moreno gives her Brief But Spectacular take on a lifetime in show business in this 2015 PBS NewsHour segment. And sit tight, a documentary about Rita Moreno is in the works.


Johnny Rodriguez: The First Major Mexican American Country Music Star

Country Music

The First Major Mexican-American Country Music Star

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Johnny Rodriguez would become the first Mexican-American to be a major country music star.

Johnny Rodriguez loved mariachi and was drawn to the country music songs of Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, and Jimmie Rodgers. Singing in both Spanish and English, he went on to have 15 consecutive Top 10 hits. Rodriguez is one of the many stories you'll hear in Ken Burns' latest film: Country Music.


Linda Ronstadt on Latin Music USA

Latin Music USA

The Legends: Linda Ronstadt

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"Making that record just helped cement my personality back together again."

Speaking of country music stars, Linda Ronstadt rose to stardom as a rock and roll singer then as a country singer before connecting with the music of her childhood. In this clip from Latin Music USA, Ronstadt talks about finding her voice and how making "Canciones de mi Padre," a Spanish-language record, "helped cement [her] personality back together again."


Sandra Cisneros

Finding Your Roots

The Pioneers: Sandra Cisneros

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Sandra Cisneros unravels her family stories in Finding Your Roots.

In her award-winning novel, The House on Mango Street, author Sandra Cisneros wrote about growing up in Chicago in a way that connected with the hearts of multi-cultural children everywhere. Her writing stirs up pride and appreciation for readers's shared Hispanic roots. In this clip from our archives, Cisneros learns more about her own past with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on Finding Your Roots.


We Like it Like That

America ReFramed

We Like It Like That

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Exploring 1960s music history when Bugaloo defined a new generation of urban Latinos.

Before boogaloo songs were sampled in today's popular music, they were the sound of a new generation, of the previously unheard voices of urban multi-cultural artists in New York. Just try to watch this America ReFramed documentary without breaking into a dance.

As Hispanic Heritage Month continues, we will continue to spotlight the diversity of voices and experiences within the Hispanic and Latino/a communities. Which Hispanic artists have impacted you the most? What parts of the heritage and culture make you proud?

Watch Videos On Demand


Latino Americans

Premiering in 2013, The Latino Americans was the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape North America over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S.


Latin Music USA

From Latin jazz and mambo to salsa, Tejano, Chicano rock, Latin pop and reggaeton, LATIN MUSIC USA tells the story of the rise of new American music forged from powerful Latin roots.

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PBS Short Film Festival

Joyride

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Teen Latina sisters break their grandmother out of assisted living for one last joyride.

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Emilio and Gloria Estefan: Gershwin Prize
Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage
American Masters
Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage
32nd Hispanic Heritage Awards
Hispanic Heritage Awards
32nd Hispanic Heritage Awards
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Profiles

Latino Americanos

Gloria Estefan

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Gloria Estefan habla de su herencia cubana

American Experience

Latino Ballplayers Join the Major Leagues

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Roberto Clemente was a role model for Latinos in the United States.

Latino Americans

Miguel Antonio Otero

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Otero was appointed Governor of the territory of New Mexico by Pres. McKinley

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‘New American Girls’- Kassandra

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Despite being undocumented, Kassandra was the first in her family to graduate high school.

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‘New American Girls’- Lorella

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Inspired by other DREAMers, Lorella forms a student group trying to change tuition law.

Breaking Big

Carmen Yulín Cruz

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Track Cruz’ route from San Juan mayor to leader of post-hurricane Puerto Rico.

American Graduate Short Films

These five short films are part of a public media initiative supported by Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities across America find solutions to address the dropout crisis. They collectively showcase a diverse array of determined Latino adolescents, from Oakland to Detroit, New York to San Antonio, who have all struggled to overcome challenges — gang violence, drugs, poverty, young motherhood, and language barriers — as they keep their eyes on the prize: a high school diploma

Independent Lens

Can't Hold Me Back

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American Graduate: Vamos a Lograrlo! Short

Independent Lens

I Really Want to Make It

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American Graduate: Vamos a Lograrlo! Short

Independent Lens

Baby Mama High

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American Graduate: Vamos a Lograrlo! Short

Independent Lens

Immigrant High

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American Graduate: Vamos a Lograrlo! Short

Independent Lens

Skipping Up

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American Graduate: Vamos a Lograrlo! Short

Digital Classroom Resources from PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia makes it easy for teachers to integrate Hispanic Heritage Month into their lessons with a trove of curriculum-aligned videos, activities and lesson plans. These resources are designed to help students deepen their awareness of Hispanic American and Latino artists, educators, icons, and everyday people while also building a foundational understanding of the Spanish language.

Hispanic Heritage Month | All About the Holidays

Grades: K-4

There are about 54 million Hispanics and Latinos in the United States. That's a lot of people to celebrate! Use this video to show how Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated across the country with festivals and community events recognizing the contributions of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States.

Flamenco Dance Studio Filed Trip

Grades: Pre-K-3

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage and learn about Flamenco! Join Penny and the KidVision VPK kids at a Flamenco lesson. Learn about Spanish dance movements and music. Come with us and clap, snap, stomp, and express emotions with your bodies. Olé.

Salsa

Grades: K-3

Salsa is an award-winning Spanish language series for young learners in kindergarten through the third grade. Puppets in familiar stories, digital graphics and animation teach the language.

Oh Noah! Collection

Grades: K-2

Oh Noah! is designed to teach Spanish to children ages six to eight through animated videos with embedded games that help build vocabulary. Additionally, this collection includes family activity guides and a teacher webinar.

Latino Americans

Grades: 6-12

This collection of lesson plans, videos and classroom resources invites teachers and students to explore the history, people and issues chronicled in the PBS series, Latino Americans. Along the way, it engages students in dramatic real-life stories and offers primary texts that are aligned to the New York standards.

Latino Public Broadcasting Education Collection

Grades: 4-12

Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) is the leader in the development, production, acquisition and distribution of non-commercial educational and cultural media that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of particular interest to Latino Americans. This collection includes educator guides, media resources, a focus on the arts, and an exploration into various historical events.

Inside Latinworks | America by the Numbers

Grades: 6-12

Dive into the Austin-based advertising firm LatinWorks, in this clip from America by the Numbers. Observe as the team puts together their award-winning multicultural ad campaigns.

Supplemental Spanish | Mini-Curriculum

Grades: 3-5

This collection includes 1000 digital resources for educators working with Spanish curriculum for grades 3-5. Each grouping includes a teacher's guide, language worksheets, audio pronunciation guides, videos, and other resources. These resources can be used throughout the school year and easily integrate into basal curriculum.

Beginning Spanish iBook (available on iTunes)

Grades: 3-5

This book brings together twenty five lesson plans with an abundance of brief, in-class activities about topics related to the Spanish language, its vocabulary and grammar, and the richness of the Spanish-speaking world’s culture.

The Graduates/Los Graduados

Grades: 9-12

This collection can be used to support viewing of the documentary, The Graduates/Los Graduados, by Bernardo Ruiz, while engaging students in discussions about the struggles and triumphs of Latino and Latina students from across the U.S. and the challenges faced in the American public education system.