Austin PBS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted on September 1, 2023

Join Austin PBS in celebrating and recognizing the achievements and contributions of Hispanic and Latin American communities in a series of broadcast programming honoring Hispanic Heritage Month.


Rosie's Rules Compilation: Hispanic Heritage Month

Rosie’s Rules is a series for preschoolers starring 5-year-old Rosie Fuentes, a Mexican-American girl just beginning to learn about the wow-mazing world. Like many children across the country, Rosie is part of a blended, multicultural family. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a fun compilation of Rosie's Rules.

Saturday, September 16

1 p.m. Pati's Mexican Table: The Nectar of the Mayan Gods

Pati is in the magic town of Mani to learn about something sacred to the Mayans - bees and honey. A cooperative of women who protect the endangered Melipona, a stingless bee native to Yucatan, invites her to join in a Mayan energy cleansing ritual involving buñuelos made with Melipona honey. Then she visits a family living by the traditional "Solar Maya," meaning they grow everything they eat. (Season 12 Premiere)

Monday, September 18

9 p.m. POV: Bulls and Saints

After 20 years of living in the United States, an undocumented family decides to return home. Little do they know it will be the most difficult journey of their lives and reawaken an intense desire for a place to belong. Set between the rodeo arenas of North Carolina and the spellbinding Mexican town they yearn for, Bulls and Saints is a love story about reverse migration, rebellion, and redemption.

Tuesday, September 19

8 p.m. Becoming Frida Kahlo: The Making and Breaking

When an accident changes Frida's life, she channels pain and heartache into a new passion: painting. She meets Diego Rivera, and her creative and romantic dreams begin to take shape.

9 p.m. Independent Lens: Sanson and Me

When authorities deny filmmaker Rodrigo Reyes' request to document a young incarcerated immigrant, Sanson's story is shared through dramatic reenactments.

Thursday, September 21

7 p.m. Empire Builders: Mexico | The Spanish Conquest

The Spanish Conquest laid the ground for 300 years of colonial rule which made Spain the richest country in Europe and divided Mexico with a class system that still affects today's society. After the conquest, Mexico became the world's largest producer of silver which fueled Europe's trade with Asia. Meanwhile, conquistadors and friars spread out along so called "royal roads" which linked with the desert frontiers of the north, attempting to convert Apache and Comanche tribes who would battle Spaniards, Mexicans and Americans for centuries.

Saturday, September 23

1 p.m. Pati's Mexican Table: Guayabera World

In Tekit, or "The Capital of the Guayabera," Pati encounters a tale of sons going against their father's wishes to follow their own path. Pati meets Eliodoro Xicum, a farmer's son who went against his father to build a family business making the iconic Guayabera shirts. Then she meets his son, Elio, who chose to become a chef and created a dish that resembles a Guayabera in honor of his father.

Tuesday, September 26

4 p.m. & 11 p.m. La Frontera with Pati Jinich: Fronterizos of the Golden Coast

Savor the sights, sounds and flavors of the U.S.-Mexico border alongside acclaimed James Beard Award-winning chef Pati Jinich as she experiences the region's rich culture, people and cuisine.

8 p.m. Becoming Frida Kahlo: Love and Loss

Now married and living in Depression-era USA, Frida sees the ugly side of capitalism, while political scandal engulfs Diego. Miscarriage and bereavement propel Frida to her greatest work yet.

Thursday, September 28

7 p.m. Empire Builders: Mexico | The War of Independence

The Spanish Conquest laid the ground for 300 years of colonial rule which made Spain the richest country in Europe and divided Mexico with a class system that still affects today's society. After the conquest, Mexico became the world's largest producer of silver which fueled Europe's trade with Asia. Meanwhile, conquistadors and friars spread out along so called "royal roads" which linked with the desert frontiers of the north, attempting to convert Apache and Comanche tribes who would battle Spaniards, Mexicans and Americans for centuries.

Friday, September 29

8 p.m. 36th Hispanic Heritage Awards

Celebrate the recipients of the 36th annual Hispanic Heritage Awards. The evening commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month includes performances and appearances by some of the country's most celebrated Hispanic artists and visionaries.

9 p.m. American Masters: A Song for Cesar

This is a documentary film that explores the life and work of Cesar Chavez, a civil rights activist and labor leader who used music as a tool to unite and inspire workers during the United Farm Workers' struggle for better labor conditions. The film sheds light on the challenges that Chavez and his followers faced, and how they managed to overcome them through solidarity and perseverance. The film also touches on the broader historical context in which the United Farm Workers' struggle took place, including the social and economic realities of farm workers in the mid-20th century United States, the role of political activism and organizing in the civil rights movement, and the power of music as a medium for political expression and social change.

10:30 p.m. Singing Our Way to Freedom

Chronicling the life and music of Ramon "Chunky" Sanchez, from his humble beginnings as a farmworker in Blythe, California to the dramatic moment when he received one of our nation's highest musical honors at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Chunky's arc of transformation from marginalized farm kid to charismatic social activist shows how one person can mobilize people to change the world.

Saturday, September 30

1 p.m. Pati's Mexican Table: Flavors of Merida

Pati explores the vibrant streets of Yucatan's capital, Merida, in search of its flavors. She tries "the best tacos in Merida" at Wayan'e. The aroma of freshly made cookies lures her to Donde Fabric, where their globitos and bizcochitos are an important part of Merida's mornings. She has sorbet at a shop run by the same family for generations and tastes a unique Yucatecan liqueur at Casa D'Aristi.

Tuesday, October 3

4 p.m. & 11 p.m. La Frontera with Pati Jinich: Ancient Seeds & Desert Ghosts

Pati Jinich travels along both sides of the Arizona-Sonora border through some of the most untouched places in North America. She hunts for an ancient chile, visits a ghost town, drops water for migrants, and more.

8 p.m. Becoming Frida Kahlo: A Star Is Born

Dangerous politics and turbulent love shock Frida's world, while love and trauma shape her final years. Diego and she divorce, then remarry.As her body fails her, her painting thrives.

Thursday, October 5

7 p.m. Empire Builders: Mexico | Civil War: Church Versus State

The conflict between church and state led to civil war and a French invasion which made an Austrian prince, Maximillian, emperor of the so-called Second Empire. He was defeated and executed by Benito Juarez, one of Mexico's great independence heroes who himself was succeeded by Porfirio Diaz, who would rule Mexico for more than 30 years.

Friday, October 6

8 p.m. The Last Mambo

A documentary that explores the heritage of the San Francisco Bay Area Salsa and Latin Jazz community. This unique enclave of Latin music performers and audiences struggle to maintain culture, creativity and community despite dramatic socioeconomic and demographic changes. The film explores post WWII of Northern California's emerging multi-ethnic music community, the 1950's Mambo craze, the 70's heyday of Salsa and subsequent expansions of the art form. Despite today's fast-changing media environment and decreasing audiences and venues, Bay Area performers are transforming the future of the Afro-Latin music and dance through education and outreach.

Saturday, October 7

1 p.m. Pati's Mexican Table: A Family Affair

Pati visits Chef Wilson Alonzo in his hometown of Halacho to prepare a traditional Cochinita Pibil in an underground pit. They begin at the local market to source ingredients. Then Pati helps Wilson prepare the achiote marinade, along with his grandmother who taught him traditional cooking and isn't shy to correct him. The final product is a meal that captures Yucatan's history in every bite.

7 p.m. Austin City Limits: Rodrigo y Gabriela featuring the Austin Symphony Orchestra

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Monday, October 9

9 p.m. Independent Lens: El Equipo

A U.S. anthropologist sets out to train Latin American students in the use of forensic anthropology. Their goal: to investigate disappearances in Argentina during the "dirty war."

Tuesday, October 10

4 p.m. & 11 p.m. La Frontera with Pati Jinich: Back to the Middle

Pati Jinich travels the New Mexico and Chihuahua border region, one of the most unique and bio-diverse places. She meets architect Ronald Rael, observes migratory species, visits a remote Mennonite camp, and more.

Thursday, October 12

7 p.m. Empire Builders: Mexico | The Mexican Revolution

The final episode explores the Mexican Revolution in the early part of the last century - another hugely bloody event, but one which achieved the foundations of a modern Mexican state with the myriad cultures we know today. The episode also examines the roles of revolutionaries Pancho Villa, Emiliano Zapata, Venustiano Carranzas and Alvaro Obregon, who were all assassinated; the subsequent eruption of violent religious conflict called the Cristero War; and the nation-building of the Cardenas government that followed. The fusion of art and politics in the revolutionary era was epitomized by the iconic muralism developed by artists such as Diego Rivera.

8:30 p.m. Taco Mafia: Familia

Meet Nixta Taqueria owners Sara Mardanbigi and Edgar Rico, Discada owners Xose Velasco and Anthony Pratto, and Cuantos Tacos owner Luis ‘Beto’ Robledo as they introduce their parents, discuss their childhood experience as children of immigrants, and explore the paths that led them to becoming celebrated small business owners and local heroes in the Austin community.

Friday, October 13

8 p.m. Austin Opera Presents: Bella Noche De Música

Enjoy a unique blend of opera, mariachi, classical, and ranchera music performed by Austin Opera Curator for Hispanic and Latinx Programming Claudia Chapa, artists from the Opera de Bellas Artes, classical guitarist Arnold Yzaguirre, Trio Chapultepec, and the Austin Opera Orchestra, led by Austin Opera's Sarah and Ernest Butler Music Director Timothy Myers. Recorded live at the Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park in Austin, Texas.

9 p.m. Next at the Kennedy Center | Ballet Hispanico's: Doña Perón

Ballet Hispanico, in collaboration with choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, explores Evita Perón's diverging legacies in this invigorating new work set to live music by Peter Salem. Even as she rose up the ranks from dancehall performer to Argentina's First Lady, Evita concealed a secret past. In her rags-to-riches life that ended suddenly at 33, was she a voice for the people or a deceitful actress?Ballet Hispanico explores her life and legacy through a galvanizing performance in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater.

Saturday, October 14

1 p.m. Pati's Mexican Table: Ode to the Egg

Pati arrives in Motul, a town in the history books for Yucatan's once thriving henequen industry and for the egg dish Huevos Motulenos. Pati meets Dona Evelia, who put Motul back on the map with her world-famous recipe. She also experiences the legacy of henequen at Hacienda Tamchen and encounters another egg dish in the kitchen, where chef Julio Dominguez makes Abuela's Buttoned Eggs.