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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.

Buffalo Toronto Public Media celebrates Hispanic Heritage History Month

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.

Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, WNED Classical will showcase the work and the stories of Hispanic and Latino Americans who have helped make music what it is today.  From the great composers to the performers that bring the music to life, we look forward to sharing it all with you in September and October on WNED Classical.

Hispanic Heritage Programming on WNED PBS | Schedule

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

Thursday, September 16

Native America

New World Rising | Episode 4 | Preview

Horse-mounted Comanche warriors and secret messages encoded in Aztec manuscript are explored. Airing Thursday, September 16 at 2am.

Wonders of Mexico

Burning North | Episode 3 | Preview

The animals of natural wonders of two great deserts, the Sonoran and Chihuahuan, are highlighted.  Airing Thursday, September 16 at 3am.

Friday, September 17

Secrets of the Dead

Secrets of Spanish Florida | Preview

The little-known history of America's Spanish colonists who settled in Florida in 1565 is revealed. Airing Friday, September 17 at 2am.

Wednesday, September 22

Pati's Mexican Table

Welcome To Guadalajara | Preview

Pati explores the culinary highlights of Jalisco’s capital city, Guadalajara. She starts at a legendary street cart for a taste of the city’s most iconic sandwich, tortas ahogadas. Then, she meets up with one of the city’s best chefs, Fabian Delgado, to see how he’s setting new expectations for the market food experience. Airing Wednesday, September 22 at 4:30pm.

Monday, September 27

The Latino Experience

The Latino Experience | Preview

A three-part anthology series of short fiction and nonfiction films, including “Death and Deathability: A Period Piece" and “Folk Frontera”. Airing Monday, September 27 from 12 am through 2am.

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, September 27 at 3am.

VOCES

Adios Amor - The Search for Maria Moreno | Preview

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 Monday, September 27 at 4am.

Wednesday, September 29

Pati's Mexican Table 

Food Meets Art | Preview

Guadalajara is the cultural epicenter of Jalisco, drawing some of the most creative artists, musicians and chefs from all over Mexico. Pati explores some unique spots where food and art truly connect. At Ceramica Suro, she gets a tour of the ceramics factory that supplies dishware and textiles to some of the finest restaurants in Mexico and the US. Then she visits two chefs, Poncho Cadena and Fernanda Covarrubias, who both create artistic, colorful dishes that are almost too beautiful to eat. Airing Wednesday, September 29 at 4:30pm.

Friday, October 1

Sergio Mendes & Friends: A Celebration

Sergio Mendes & Friends: A Celebration | Preview

Join the Grammy Award-winning Brazilian musician for a celebration of his incredible life and career. Airing Friday, October 1 at 9:30 pm.

Saturday, October 2

Latino Americans

Latino Americans | Preview

LATINO AMERICANS is a  six-hour documentary series featuring interviews with nearly 100 Latinos and more than 500 years of History. The first three episodes: Foreigners In Their Own Land, Empire of Dreams, and War and Peace air Saturday, October 2 from 2:30-5:30pm.

Making it in America | Preview

There are few places where immigrants are shaping the economy in more significant ways than in Florida, where Miami leads the nation in entrepreneurial activity and the startup of new companies. MAKING IT IN AMERICA highlights the important contributions being made by immigrant entrepreneurs to the economy of Florida and the United States, across multiple fields – from construction to medicine to tech. Airing Saturday, September 2 at 5:30pm.

Sunday, October 3

Eliades Ochoa: from Cuba to the World | Preview

ELIADES OCHOA: FROM CUBA TO THE WORLD traces the life and career of acclaimed guitarist and singer Eliades Ochoa, who rose to worldwide fame in the late ‘90s as an original member of the legendary international Cuban band, The Buena Vista Social Club. Over the decades, he has played with several folk groups and dedicated his life to celebrating and preserving the traditional folk roots of Cuban music. Airing Sunday, October 3 at 2pm.

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 Sunday, October 3 at 3pm.

Los Hermanos/The Brothers | Preview

LOS HERMANOS/THE BROTHERS offers a nuanced, often startling view of estranged nations through the lens of music and family. Airing Sunday, October 3 at 4:30pm.

Monday, October 4

Cuba: A Lifetime of Passion | Preview

With unprecedented access to Cubans on both sides of the Florida Straits, CUBA: A LIFETIME OF PASSION looks at the present-day reality of the Cuban Revolution and its uncertain post-Castro future, and the conflicts that have engulfed Cuba for the past six decades. Airing Monday, October 4 at 12:30am.

POV

Voices of the Sea | Trailer

A 30-something Cuban mother of four longs for a better life and is desperate to leave the country. Airing Monday, October 4 at 1:30am.

Hemingway

Hemingway's Home in Cuba, the Finca Vigía | Preview

The story of Ernest Hemingway's 30-year love affair with the West Indies republic is recounted in HEMINGWAY IN CUBA. Airing Monday, October 4 at 3am.

The Fidel Castro Tapes

The Fidel Castro Tapes | Preview

News and documentary footage detail the life and times of the controversial political figure. Airing Monday, October 4 at 4am.

Tuesday, October 5

American Masters

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It | Preview

Discover how Moreno defied her humble upbringing and racism to become one of a select group of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award winners. Airing Tuesday, October 5 at 9pm.

Wednesday, October 6

Gloria Estefan: Sangre Yoruba | Preview

Singer Gloria Estefan visits three cities in Brazil and explores the origin of the country's music. Airing Wednesday, October 6 at 2am.

Pati's Mexican Table 

Jalisco Classics | Preview

Pati stops at a couple of Guadalajara’s most beloved restaurants for two of the region’s classic recipes. At Super Menuderia Cano, Pati learns the secrets to their menudo recipe that’s so good people line up down the block waiting to get in. Then, she visits Birriera Chololo, where locals say the birria is second to none. Airing Wednesday, October 6 at 4:30pm.

Nature

Cuba's Wild Revolution | Preview

As international relations thaw on the island of Cuba, what will become of this wildlife sanctuary? Airing Wednesday, October 6 at 8pm.

Friday, October 8

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 Friday, October 8 at 10pm.

Saturday, October 9

Latino Americans | Preview

LATINO AMERICANS is a six-hour documentary series that concludes with the final three episodes: The New Latinos, Pride and Prejudice, and Peril and Promise Saturday, October 9 from 2:30-5:30pm. 

Letters to Eloisa

Voces On PBS |Letters to Eloisa

A haunting portrait of a writer's life and struggle for artistic freedom, meet Cuba's Jose Lezama Lima, an all but forgotten figure of the Latin American literary boom that included Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Octavio Paz and Mario Vargas Llosa. Airing Saturday, October 9 at 5:30pm.

Sunday, October 10

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 Sunday, October 10 at 3pm.

modern dance troupe

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 Sunday, October 10 at 4pm.

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 Sunday, October 10 at 5pm.

Wednesday, October 13

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 Wednesday, October 13 at 2am.

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 Wednesday, October 13 at 3am.

Pati's Mexican Table 

Los Mariachis | Preview

Some say that Jalisco is the birthplace of Mariachi. In this episode, Pati learns about the history, the instruments and the meaning behind that beloved music that pulls at the heart strings of so many Mexicans. In Guadalajara, she sits down for lunch with the leader of one of Mexico’s most accomplished bands, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán. Airing Wednesday, October 13 at 4:30pm.

Nature

Undercover in the Jungle | Preview

A film crew journeys to the untouched wilderness of biodiversity in the Amazon rainforest. Airing Wednesday, October 13 at 8pm.

Friday, October 15

La Frontera with Pati Jinich | Preview

Pati Jinich travels from El Paso and Juarez to Big Bend National Park. Airing Friday, October 17 at 10pm.

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.

Rember Yahuarcani

POV

The Song of the Butterflies

53:02
Published:
Expires: 2021-10-30

Rember, an Indigenous artist in Peru, journeys to the Amazonian land of his ancestors.

Rember Yahuarcani is an Indigenous painter and one of the last surviving members of the White Heron clan of the Uitoto Nation in Peru. He left to pursue a successful career in Lima, but when he finds himself in a creative rut, he returns home to his Amazonian community to visit his father, a painter, and his mother, a sculptor, and discovers why the stories of his ancestors cannot be forgotten.


Raul Julia: The World is a Stage

American Masters

Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage

1:23:32
Published:
Expires: 2021-10-14
Rating: TV-PG

Explore a versatile Puerto Rican actor whose work on stage & screen shook the world.

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

4:36
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Rating: NR

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

2:43
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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.


Sandra Cisneros

Finding Your Roots

The Pioneers: Sandra Cisneros

1:06
Published:
Rating: NR

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

1:19:26
Published:
Rating: TV-PG

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.

 


Latinos Are Essential

Latinos Are Essential is a collection of unique and insightful short portraits and stories about Latinos who are serving as essential workers in a wide variety of jobs and/or services across the United States, even as the COVID 19 pandemic continues to disproportionately impact Latino and other communities of color.

Video On Demand

Flavors From Home | Colombian Carne Guisada

4:13
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Meet Diana & Edgar, who share their love of traditional Colombian cuisine in Buffalo, NY.

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Flavors From Home | Colombian Carne Guisada
Making Buffalo Home
Flavors From Home | Colombian Carne Guisada
Sergio Mendes & Friends: A Celebration
Sergio Mendes & Friends: A Celebration
Sergio Mendes & Friends: A Celebration
Joyride
PBS Short Film Festival
Joyride
¡Fiesta! Quinceañera
REEL SOUTH
¡Fiesta! Quinceañera
Emilio and Gloria Estefan: Gershwin Prize
Gershwin Prize
Emilio and Gloria Estefan: Gershwin Prize
Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage
American Masters
Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage
Residente
Austin City Limits
Residente
Rosalía
Austin City Limits
Rosalía
33rd Hispanic Heritage Awards
Hispanic Heritage Awards
33rd Hispanic Heritage Awards
Latino Vote: Dispatches from the Battleground
VOCES
Latino Vote: Dispatches from the Battleground
Dolores
Independent Lens
Dolores
Enid & Mami
Tight Knit | Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation
Enid & Mami
Gloria Estefan on "Conga"
Great Performances
Gloria Estefan on "Conga"
Hemingway's Home in Cuba, the Finca Vigía
Hemingway
Hemingway's Home in Cuba, the Finca Vigía
Hemingway in Cuba | Ernest Hemingway Documentary 
WGCU Public Media
Hemingway in Cuba | Ernest Hemingway Documentary 
Inside NATURE – Cuba's Wild Revolution
Nature
Inside NATURE – Cuba's Wild Revolution
Bachata: Why You’re Hearing This Dominican Rhythm Everywhere
Sound Field
Bachata: Why You’re Hearing This Dominican Rhythm Everywhere
Why Do We Say "Latino"?
Origin of Everything
Why Do We Say "Latino"?
Ynés Mexía: Mexican-American Botanist and Adventurer
American Masters
Ynés Mexía: Mexican-American Botanist and Adventurer
Luciela
PBS Short Film Festival
Luciela
The Song of the Butterflies
POV
The Song of the Butterflies
Building the American Dream
VOCES
Building the American Dream
Comida Pa' Los Pobres (Food for the Poor)
REEL SOUTH
Comida Pa' Los Pobres (Food for the Poor)
Puerto Rico's Bomba, A Dance of The African Diaspora
If Cities Could Dance
Puerto Rico's Bomba, A Dance of The African Diaspora
We Like It Like That
America ReFramed
We Like It Like That
Vincent Valdez: The Beginning is Near
American Masters
Vincent Valdez: The Beginning is Near
All Around Us
Latinos Are Essential
All Around Us
San Francisco's Dance Crew Blends Tap and Mexican Footwork
If Cities Could Dance
San Francisco's Dance Crew Blends Tap and Mexican Footwork

Profiles

Latino Americanos

Gloria Estefan

2:53
Published:
Rating: NR

Gloria Estefan habla de su herencia cubana

American Experience

Latino Ballplayers Join the Major Leagues

1:33
Published:
Rating: NR

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

Latino Americans

Miguel Antonio Otero

5:20
Published:
Rating: NR

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

PBS

‘New American Girls’- Kassandra

5:03
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Rating: NR

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

PBS

‘New American Girls’- Lorella

6:24
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Rating: NR

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

Breaking Big

Carmen Yulín Cruz

25:46
Published:
Expires: 2025-09-13
Rating: TV-PG

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

17:43
Published:
Expires: 2023-03-01
Rating: NR

American Graduate: Vamos a Lograrlo! Short

Independent Lens

I Really Want to Make It

15:16
Published:
Expires: 2023-03-01
Rating: NR

American Graduate: Vamos a Lograrlo! Short

Independent Lens

Baby Mama High

21:18
Published:
Expires: 2023-03-01
Rating: NR

American Graduate: Vamos a Lograrlo! Short

Independent Lens

Immigrant High

17:10
Published:
Expires: 2023-03-01
Rating: NR

American Graduate: Vamos a Lograrlo! Short

Independent Lens

Skipping Up

16:37
Published:
Expires: 2023-03-01
Rating: NR

American Graduate: Vamos a Lograrlo! Short

From Latino Public Broadcasting

Latino Public Broadcasting is the leader of 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. LPB provides a voice to the diverse Latino community on public media throughout the United States. 

PBS Short Film Festival

Luciela

10:03
Published:
Expires: 2023-07-13

Luciela is about a fiercely independent Latina who is determined to celebrate 4th of July.

PBS Indies

The Hummingbirds

10:16
Published:

To save his terminally-ill superhero father, a young son must find the hero within.

Alma's Way | New PBS KIDS Series

Alma's Way Theme Song
Alma's Way | New SerIED PRemieres October 4

Alma's Way Theme Song

0:50
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Rating: TV-Y

Sing along with Alma and her family to the theme song for Alma's Way! Don't miss the show premiere Monday, October 4th on WNED PBS and WNEDPBS KIDS!

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.