Austin PBS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted on Sep 15, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Austin, TX)--September 15, 2022

Austin PBS is proud to celebrate this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month by broadcasting a range of programs recognizing the history and achievements of the Latinx community in Central Texas and nationwide as well as Latinx creators.

“Hispanic Heritage Month provides an opportunity to share stories from the Latinx community, highlight Latinx creators and celebrate the contributions made by the community to culture and the arts–locally, nationally and globally,” said Luis Patiño, President and CEO of Austin PBS. “Austin PBS celebrates the contributions made by a diverse and fascinating community, both in Central Texas and in the wider United States. We look forward to continuing to share compelling and inclusive stories, not only during months of recognition, but year-round, both on-air and via our on-demand streaming platform.”

Broadcast programming on Austin PBS 18.1, includes Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan, Dolores Huerta; an interview with the inspiring labor leader and civil rights activist where she talks about her life’s work and ongoing activism, at 7 p.m. September 15. Acclaimed James Beard Award-winning chef, Pati Jinich, travels from El Paso and Juarez to Big Bend National Park and discovers the people, places and food that make the region unique in La Frontera with Pati Jinich at 3 p.m. September 18. Celebrate the recipients of the Hispanic Heritage Awards with a special ceremony featuring an appearance by 2022 Arts Award Honorees (and 2018 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Inductees) Los Lobos at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 30. Learn how immigrant construction workers in Texas are seeking justice and equality in an industry rife with exploitation in Voces: Building the American Dream at 10 p.m. on October 10.

In addition to on-air programming, Austin PBS offers a range of programs that are free to stream anytime on Austin PBS or the PBS app. Discover the candid perspectives of Latine actors, writers, producers, directors and showrunners across generations as they dissect the ever-evolving issue of Latine representation in Hollywood in American Masters: Lights, Camera, Acción. In POV: Fruits of Labor, meet Ashley, a Mexican-American teen living in an agricultural town who dreams of going to college but is forced to become the breadwinner when ICE raids threaten her family. Learn more about Jovita Idar, who helped organize the first Mexican American civil rights conference in 1911 in American Masters: Jovita Idar - Mexican American Activist and Journalist. Get a taste of pupusas with curtido and fried yuca with America’s Test Kitchen.

Younger viewers can enjoy the premiere of Rosie’s Rules on October 3, but until then there is bilingual fun to be had with Alma’s Way.

Austin PBS members can access even more content with PBS Passport. In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl: Hecho en México pays tribute to beloved Mexican and Mexican American artists, while Latin Grammy-winner Rosalía performs on Austin City Limits. Mario Lopez and Melissa Villaseñor explore their ancestry in Finding Your Roots: Mexican Roots. Catch a rare glimpse into the life, culture and traditions of the native Mayo Indians in The Desert Speaks: Visiting Ancient Mayo Lands.

For more programs celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, visit https://austinpbs.org/highlight/celebrate-hispanic-heritage-month-with-austin-pbs

For additional information about Austin PBS, visit: www.austinpbs.org

ABOUT AUSTIN PBS

Since 1962, Austin PBS has been a part of Central Texas, delivering programs that educate, entertain, and inspire. As the only locally-owned and operated nonprofit public television station in Central Texas, Austin PBS uses its unique position to serve as a bridge to the community and provide essential services to 3 million potential viewers in more than 20 counties across the region.

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