PBS Explores the Diverse Lives and Heritage of Latino Americans During Hispanic Heritage Month

Aug 28, 2006, 01:00 ET from PBS

    ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- From Bolivian children working
 thousands of feet underground in a silver mine to the life of artist Frida
 Kahlo, PBS presents a number of programs about Latino lives and culture
 during Hispanic Heritage Month, traditionally celebrated from September 15
 -- October 15.
     Broadcast premieres include P.O.V. "Maquilapolis" ("City of
 Factories"), Tuesday, October 10, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET (check local
 listings), a program that uncovers the lives of Mexican sweatshop workers
 fighting the government and their employer for better working conditions.
 Also new in October are LETTERS FROM THE OTHER SIDE and MI MAMBO! (check
 local listings). LETTERS FROM THE OTHER SIDE explores the effects of
 immigration on four Mexican families, and MI MAMBO! charts the ups and
 downs of five street kids-turned-music- students for whom Latin music
 creates a lifeline.
     Reflecting the diversity of ethnicities, experiences and regions with a
 breadth that can't be found anywhere else, these compelling programs
 examine the rich history, cultural contributions and heritage of Latino
 Americans during Hispanic Heritage month on PBS.
     Review copies of programs available upon request. Artwork and
 additional information available on PBS PressRoom(R)
 (http://www.pbs.org/pressroom).
     BROADCAST PREMIERES:
     P.O.V. "Maquilapolis" (City of Factories)
     Tuesday, October 10, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET (check local listings)
     Just over the border in Mexico is an area peppered with maquiladoras:
 massive sweatshops often owned by the world's largest multinational
 corporations. Carmen and Lourdes work at maquiladoras in Tijuana, where
 each day they confront labor violations, environmental devastation and
 urban chaos. In this hard-hitting documentary, the women reach beyond the
 daily struggle for survival to organize for change, taking on the Mexican
 and U.S. governments and a major television manufacturer. An Official
 Selection of the Tribeca Film Festival. By Vicky Funari and Sergio De La
 Torre.
     LETTERS FROM THE OTHER SIDE
     October 2006 (check local listings)
     This documentary follows the lives of four Mexican women and their
 families, all of them affected by immigration in different ways. Filmed
 over two years in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico, the program interweaves
 their stories with cross-border video letters between loved ones and
 strangers. Eugenia Gonzalez' husband left some eight years ago and has
 never been back, and has stopped calling and sending money. As her sons
 have left for the U.S. one by one, Eugenia has tried to make a new life for
 herself and her two daughters by selling cactus products in local markets.
 Carmela Rico and Laura Masacruz both lost their husbands in the biggest
 immigrant smuggling case in U.S. history. In May 2003, 19 immigrants
 suffocated in the back of a truck while being smuggled into the U.S. Maria
 Yanez is a farmer in rural central Mexico. While she and her husband try to
 eke out a living from their small parcel of land, a son leaves for the U.S.
 each year, leaving them to worry that their land will be abandoned without
 anyone to inherit it, while Maria tries to earn a little extra money by
 embroidering pillows. Producers: KERA Dallas and ITVS.
     MI MAMBO!
     October 2006 (check local listings)
     Music meets the streets of East Harlem at the Harbor Conservatory,
 where Latin rhythms create a lifeline for street kids. The program steps
 inside the conservatory to reveal how it captures and feeds on the musical
 energies of the street. Accomplished students perform son, mambo and salsa
 alongside professionals, demonstrating that this music deserves the same
 respect accorded classical music and jazz. The film follows the ups and
 downs of five students as they learn to navigate what is, for them, an
 uneven playing field. Producers: WPBT Miami and ITVS.
     ENCORE PRESENTATIONS:
 
     September
 
     INDEPENDENT LENS "The Devil's Miner"
     September 2006 (check local listings)
     Living in poverty with their mother in the mountains of Bolivia,
 14-year- old Basilio and his 12-year-old brother, Bernardino, work long
 shifts in the Cerro Rico silver mines, braving deadly conditions to earn
 enough money to attend school. By Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani.
 Co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting
     INDEPENDENT LENS "Foto-Novelas 2: 'Junkyard Saints' and 'Broken Sky'"
     September 2006 (check local listings)
     Exploring the Latino experience through the prism of dreams, memories
 and reality, "Foto-Novelas 2" consists of two half-hour dramas: "Broken
 Sky," a fictionalized account based on the real-life 1948 plane crash that
 killed 28 Mexicans in Fresno, California, and "Junkyard Saints," a
 spiritual thriller set in a South Texas automotive graveyard.
     INDEPENDENT LENS "Los Angeles Now"
     September 2006 (check local listings)
     Once an empty, bucolic space, Los Angeles is now a disorienting
 megalopolis. Once the whitest city in America, Los Angeles is now the most
 multicultural city in the world. What is the future of this rapidly
 changing area? "Los Angeles Now" looks beyond "Baywatch" and Blade Runner
 to create a fresh, candid portrait of America's second-largest city. By
 Phillip Rodriguez.
     THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FRIDA KAHLO
     September 2006 (check local listings)
     Never before has the extraordinary life of the Mexican artist Frida
 Kahlo been framed in relation to the full spectrum of the historical and
 cultural influences that created her. THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FRIDA KAHLO
 explores the 20th-century icon who became an international sensation in the
 worlds of modern art and radical politics. Among those interviewed in the
 documentary are Carlos Fuentes and Carlos Monsivais. The film is narrated
 by Rita Moreno; Mexican singer Lila Downs is the voice of Frida Kahlo.
 Producer: Daylight Films.
     P.O.V. "90 Miles"
     September 2006 (check local listings)
     Probing and thoughtful, "90 Miles" is a personal memoir that offers a
 rare glimpse into Cuba, a country as mythologized to Americans as the
 United States is to the rest of the world. Cuban-born Juan Carlos Zaldivar
 recounts the strange fate that brought him as a teenage communist to exile
 in Miami in 1980 during the dramatic Mariel boatlift. Zaldivar uses news
 clips, family photos and home movies to depict the emotional journey of an
 immigrant father and son struggling to understand the historical and
 individual forces shaping their relationships and identities in a new
 country. By Juan Carlos Zaldivar.
     VISIONES: LATINO ART AND CULTURE
     September 2006 (check local listings)
     Latino artists across the United States take center stage in this
 groundbreaking six-part series. Viewers experience the world of Latino
 artistic expression as the series journeys throughout the country,
 capturing rich stories about theater, music, dance, spoken word and the
 visual arts. From New York City's hip-hop culture to mural painters in Los
 Angeles and Chicago to theater in Texas, the series offers a unique cross
 section of Latino artists working today. Producers: Galan Inc. and National
 Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC).
      Episode One -- The first episode features the Latino Mural Movement of
      the 1960s, Nuyorican spoken word and editorial cartoonist Lalo Lopez.
      Created in New York, the Nuyorican spoken word is a form of artistic
      expression that emerged from the tumultuous 1960s and continues to
      influence and inspire the American Puerto Rican community. The episode
      includes interviews with Nuyorican poets Pedro Pietri, Piri Thomas and
      Caridad (La Bruja).
 
      Episode Two -- Episode two features Miriam Colon and the Puerto Rican
      Traveling Theater Company (PRTT) of New York, Tejana musical artist
      Selena and the Santero art tradition of New Mexico. New Mexico artisans
      known as Santeros engage in an art form heavily steeped in history and
      tradition. Santeros present an interesting juxtaposition of imposed
      religion and Native-American culture. Santero artists Charlie Carillo and
      Nick Hernandez, and historians Sabine Ulibarri and Sylvia Rodriguez
      discuss their views.
 
      Episode Three -- The third episode features Luis Valdez and the legendary
      Teatro Campesino, a segment on San Antonio, the Texas Day of the Dead
      Celebration, the image of the Virgen de Guadalupe as a Latina icon,
      experimental border filmmaker Willie Varela and a profile of Chicago's
      soapbox artist Carlos Cortez.
 
      Episode Four -- This episode begins with New York's Latino hip-hop dance
      and culture, then travels to Miami and its unique Afro-Cuban sound, and
      ends in Los Angeles with modern dance pioneer Rudy Perez. The first
      segment documents the movement, history and culture of hip-hop and looks
      at the new wave of Latinos who took hip-hop and created a culture that
      revolutionized the genre. New York hip-hop dancing couple Rokafella and
      Kwikstep are featured. The second segment highlights the Miami Sound,
      music that is a blend of traditional Cuban music, explosive jazz and
      American pop. The featured artist is Willie Chirino. Rudy Perez, whose
      story is uncovered in the third segment, is a pioneer of the Post-Modern
      Dance Movement. Though legally blind, he continues to create and inspire
      as teacher. Perez also choreographs for his Los Angeles-based Modern
      Dance Company. The episode also highlights El Paso-based experimental
      filmmaker Willie Varela, whose independent personal films explore themes
      of urban and border life.
 
      Episode Five -- The fifth episode highlights the Taco Shop Poets of
      Southern California, early tent theater of the Southwest called Carpas
      and performance art in San Francisco. Featured performance artists
      include Guillermo Gomez-Pena, performance troupe ASCO and the performance
      art pioneers Royal Chicano Airforce. The San Diego-based Taco Shop Poets,
      Chicano poets who blend the spoken word with lively beats, strive to take
      their social and political poetry to where people are likely to
      congregate -- the Taco Shops.
 
      Episode Six -- The final episode features the history of salsa music and
      dance in Philadelphia, the first Mexican-American Prima Ballerina Evelyn
      Cisneros, Tejana music pioneer Lydia Mendoza and the father of Chicano
      music and National Medal of Arts recipient, Lalo Guerrero. The salsa
      segment includes commentary on renowned performers Celia Cruz and Tito
      Puente. Lydia Mendoza was part of the early emerging recording industry
      in the United States. At a time when Spanish language music was
      exclusively imported from Mexico and Latin America, she began recording
      the original music in Texas. She along with Lalo Guerrero made a mark in
      American music. Guerrero is best known for his musical parodies.
 
     MAYA AND MIGUEL
     (PBS KIDS GO!(SM))
     Monday-Friday, continuing series (check local listings)
     MAYA & MIGUEL presents culture and language learning as fun, relevant
 and rewarding for all children, with a special emphasis on the Latino
 population. Lively and colorful, MAYA & MIGUEL chronicles the adventures,
 and sometimes misadventures, of 10-year-old twins Maya and Miguel Santos
 and features their family, friends and a richly diverse neighborhood. This
 never-a-dull-moment situation comedy revolves around Maya's well-intended
 meddling in her family's and friend's lives, ultimately creating new
 quandaries to fix. While every episode takes humorous twists and turns, the
 underlying message is the importance of doing good for the family and
 community, and the philosophy that shared happiness is greater than
 personal gain. Sprinkled throughout the series are values of friendship,
 family and a positive, culturally rich portrayal of Latino family, language
 and cultures. Producer: Scholastic Productions.
     POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER
     (PBS KIDS GO!(SM))
     Monday-Thursday, continuing series (check local listings)
     POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER is a series spun off from the popular series
 ARTHUR. Arthur's friend Buster travels with his father, who is an airline
 pilot ferrying a Latino rock band, Los Viejeros, on tour around the country
 and the world. Buster takes along his video camera to send home video
 postcards to Arthur and his friends and family. POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER mixes
 animation with live-action shooting to present Buster's point of view, what
 he sees and who he meets through the lens of his video camera, and to show
 a vivid, multicultural portrait of America and the world. Producer: WGBH
 Boston.
     October
 
     GLOBALTRIBE "Mexico"
     Sunday, October 22, 10:30-11:00 p.m. ET; Rpts. Wednesday, October 25,
     10:30-11:00 p.m. ET
     (check local listings)
     In Mexico, host Amy Eldon introduces viewers to punk rockers who are
 doing their share to save the environment, activists working to save the
 winter home of the monarch butterflies and the efforts being made to save
 the Baha sea turtles.
     MAYA AND MIGUEL
     (PBS KIDS GO!(SM))
     Monday-Friday, continuing series (check local listings)
     MAYA & MIGUEL presents culture and language learning as fun, relevant
 and rewarding for all children, with a special emphasis on the Latino
 population. Lively and colorful, MAYA & MIGUEL chronicles the adventures,
 and sometimes misadventures, of 10-year-old twins Maya and Miguel Santos
 and features their family, friends and a richly diverse neighborhood. This
 never-a-dull-moment situation comedy revolves around Maya's well-intended
 meddling in her family's and friend's lives, ultimately creating new
 quandaries to fix. While every episode takes humorous twists and turns, the
 underlying message is the importance of doing good for the family and
 community, and the philosophy that shared happiness is greater than
 personal gain. Sprinkled throughout the series are values of friendship,
 family and a positive, culturally rich portrayal of Latino family, language
 and cultures. Producer: Scholastic Productions.
     POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER
     (PBS KIDS GO!(SM))
     Monday-Thursday, continuing series (check local listings)
     POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER is a series spun off from the popular series
 ARTHUR. Arthur's friend Buster travels with his father, who is an airline
 pilot ferrying a Latino rock band, Los Viejeros, on tour around the country
 and the world. Buster takes along his video camera to send home video
 postcards to Arthur and his friends and family. POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER mixes
 animation with live-action shooting to present Buster's point of view, what
 he sees and who he meets through the lens of his video camera, and to show
 a vivid, multicultural portrait of America and the world. Producer: WGBH
 Boston.
     About PBS
     PBS is a media enterprise that serves 354 public noncommercial
 television stations, reaching almost 90 million people each week through
 on-air and online content. Bringing diverse viewpoints to television and
 the Internet, PBS provides high-quality documentary and dramatic
 entertainment, and consistently dominates the most prestigious award
 competitions. More information about PBS is available at pbs.org, one of
 the leading dot-org Web sites on the Internet.
     CONTACT: Cara White, +1-843-881-1480, carapub@aol.com, for PBS.
 
 

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    ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- From Bolivian children working
 thousands of feet underground in a silver mine to the life of artist Frida
 Kahlo, PBS presents a number of programs about Latino lives and culture
 during Hispanic Heritage Month, traditionally celebrated from September 15
 -- October 15.
     Broadcast premieres include P.O.V. "Maquilapolis" ("City of
 Factories"), Tuesday, October 10, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET (check local
 listings), a program that uncovers the lives of Mexican sweatshop workers
 fighting the government and their employer for better working conditions.
 Also new in October are LETTERS FROM THE OTHER SIDE and MI MAMBO! (check
 local listings). LETTERS FROM THE OTHER SIDE explores the effects of
 immigration on four Mexican families, and MI MAMBO! charts the ups and
 downs of five street kids-turned-music- students for whom Latin music
 creates a lifeline.
     Reflecting the diversity of ethnicities, experiences and regions with a
 breadth that can't be found anywhere else, these compelling programs
 examine the rich history, cultural contributions and heritage of Latino
 Americans during Hispanic Heritage month on PBS.
     Review copies of programs available upon request. Artwork and
 additional information available on PBS PressRoom(R)
 (http://www.pbs.org/pressroom).
     BROADCAST PREMIERES:
     P.O.V. "Maquilapolis" (City of Factories)
     Tuesday, October 10, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET (check local listings)
     Just over the border in Mexico is an area peppered with maquiladoras:
 massive sweatshops often owned by the world's largest multinational
 corporations. Carmen and Lourdes work at maquiladoras in Tijuana, where
 each day they confront labor violations, environmental devastation and
 urban chaos. In this hard-hitting documentary, the women reach beyond the
 daily struggle for survival to organize for change, taking on the Mexican
 and U.S. governments and a major television manufacturer. An Official
 Selection of the Tribeca Film Festival. By Vicky Funari and Sergio De La
 Torre.
     LETTERS FROM THE OTHER SIDE
     October 2006 (check local listings)
     This documentary follows the lives of four Mexican women and their
 families, all of them affected by immigration in different ways. Filmed
 over two years in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico, the program interweaves
 their stories with cross-border video letters between loved ones and
 strangers. Eugenia Gonzalez' husband left some eight years ago and has
 never been back, and has stopped calling and sending money. As her sons
 have left for the U.S. one by one, Eugenia has tried to make a new life for
 herself and her two daughters by selling cactus products in local markets.
 Carmela Rico and Laura Masacruz both lost their husbands in the biggest
 immigrant smuggling case in U.S. history. In May 2003, 19 immigrants
 suffocated in the back of a truck while being smuggled into the U.S. Maria
 Yanez is a farmer in rural central Mexico. While she and her husband try to
 eke out a living from their small parcel of land, a son leaves for the U.S.
 each year, leaving them to worry that their land will be abandoned without
 anyone to inherit it, while Maria tries to earn a little extra money by
 embroidering pillows. Producers: KERA Dallas and ITVS.
     MI MAMBO!
     October 2006 (check local listings)
     Music meets the streets of East Harlem at the Harbor Conservatory,
 where Latin rhythms create a lifeline for street kids. The program steps
 inside the conservatory to reveal how it captures and feeds on the musical
 energies of the street. Accomplished students perform son, mambo and salsa
 alongside professionals, demonstrating that this music deserves the same
 respect accorded classical music and jazz. The film follows the ups and
 downs of five students as they learn to navigate what is, for them, an
 uneven playing field. Producers: WPBT Miami and ITVS.
     ENCORE PRESENTATIONS:
 
     September
 
     INDEPENDENT LENS "The Devil's Miner"
     September 2006 (check local listings)
     Living in poverty with their mother in the mountains of Bolivia,
 14-year- old Basilio and his 12-year-old brother, Bernardino, work long
 shifts in the Cerro Rico silver mines, braving deadly conditions to earn
 enough money to attend school. By Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani.
 Co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting
     INDEPENDENT LENS "Foto-Novelas 2: 'Junkyard Saints' and 'Broken Sky'"
     September 2006 (check local listings)
     Exploring the Latino experience through the prism of dreams, memories
 and reality, "Foto-Novelas 2" consists of two half-hour dramas: "Broken
 Sky," a fictionalized account based on the real-life 1948 plane crash that
 killed 28 Mexicans in Fresno, California, and "Junkyard Saints," a
 spiritual thriller set in a South Texas automotive graveyard.
     INDEPENDENT LENS "Los Angeles Now"
     September 2006 (check local listings)
     Once an empty, bucolic space, Los Angeles is now a disorienting
 megalopolis. Once the whitest city in America, Los Angeles is now the most
 multicultural city in the world. What is the future of this rapidly
 changing area? "Los Angeles Now" looks beyond "Baywatch" and Blade Runner
 to create a fresh, candid portrait of America's second-largest city. By
 Phillip Rodriguez.
     THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FRIDA KAHLO
     September 2006 (check local listings)
     Never before has the extraordinary life of the Mexican artist Frida
 Kahlo been framed in relation to the full spectrum of the historical and
 cultural influences that created her. THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FRIDA KAHLO
 explores the 20th-century icon who became an international sensation in the
 worlds of modern art and radical politics. Among those interviewed in the
 documentary are Carlos Fuentes and Carlos Monsivais. The film is narrated
 by Rita Moreno; Mexican singer Lila Downs is the voice of Frida Kahlo.
 Producer: Daylight Films.
     P.O.V. "90 Miles"
     September 2006 (check local listings)
     Probing and thoughtful, "90 Miles" is a personal memoir that offers a
 rare glimpse into Cuba, a country as mythologized to Americans as the
 United States is to the rest of the world. Cuban-born Juan Carlos Zaldivar
 recounts the strange fate that brought him as a teenage communist to exile
 in Miami in 1980 during the dramatic Mariel boatlift. Zaldivar uses news
 clips, family photos and home movies to depict the emotional journey of an
 immigrant father and son struggling to understand the historical and
 individual forces shaping their relationships and identities in a new
 country. By Juan Carlos Zaldivar.
     VISIONES: LATINO ART AND CULTURE
     September 2006 (check local listings)
     Latino artists across the United States take center stage in this
 groundbreaking six-part series. Viewers experience the world of Latino
 artistic expression as the series journeys throughout the country,
 capturing rich stories about theater, music, dance, spoken word and the
 visual arts. From New York City's hip-hop culture to mural painters in Los
 Angeles and Chicago to theater in Texas, the series offers a unique cross
 section of Latino artists working today. Producers: Galan Inc. and National
 Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC).
      Episode One -- The first episode features the Latino Mural Movement of
      the 1960s, Nuyorican spoken word and editorial cartoonist Lalo Lopez.
      Created in New York, the Nuyorican spoken word is a form of artistic
      expression that emerged from the tumultuous 1960s and continues to
      influence and inspire the American Puerto Rican community. The episode
      includes interviews with Nuyorican poets Pedro Pietri, Piri Thomas and
      Caridad (La Bruja).
 
      Episode Two -- Episode two features Miriam Colon and the Puerto Rican
      Traveling Theater Company (PRTT) of New York, Tejana musical artist
      Selena and the Santero art tradition of New Mexico. New Mexico artisans
      known as Santeros engage in an art form heavily steeped in history and
      tradition. Santeros present an interesting juxtaposition of imposed
      religion and Native-American culture. Santero artists Charlie Carillo and
      Nick Hernandez, and historians Sabine Ulibarri and Sylvia Rodriguez
      discuss their views.
 
      Episode Three -- The third episode features Luis Valdez and the legendary
      Teatro Campesino, a segment on San Antonio, the Texas Day of the Dead
      Celebration, the image of the Virgen de Guadalupe as a Latina icon,
      experimental border filmmaker Willie Varela and a profile of Chicago's
      soapbox artist Carlos Cortez.
 
      Episode Four -- This episode begins with New York's Latino hip-hop dance
      and culture, then travels to Miami and its unique Afro-Cuban sound, and
      ends in Los Angeles with modern dance pioneer Rudy Perez. The first
      segment documents the movement, history and culture of hip-hop and looks
      at the new wave of Latinos who took hip-hop and created a culture that
      revolutionized the genre. New York hip-hop dancing couple Rokafella and
      Kwikstep are featured. The second segment highlights the Miami Sound,
      music that is a blend of traditional Cuban music, explosive jazz and
      American pop. The featured artist is Willie Chirino. Rudy Perez, whose
      story is uncovered in the third segment, is a pioneer of the Post-Modern
      Dance Movement. Though legally blind, he continues to create and inspire
      as teacher. Perez also choreographs for his Los Angeles-based Modern
      Dance Company. The episode also highlights El Paso-based experimental
      filmmaker Willie Varela, whose independent personal films explore themes
      of urban and border life.
 
      Episode Five -- The fifth episode highlights the Taco Shop Poets of
      Southern California, early tent theater of the Southwest called Carpas
      and performance art in San Francisco. Featured performance artists
      include Guillermo Gomez-Pena, performance troupe ASCO and the performance
      art pioneers Royal Chicano Airforce. The San Diego-based Taco Shop Poets,
      Chicano poets who blend the spoken word with lively beats, strive to take
      their social and political poetry to where people are likely to
      congregate -- the Taco Shops.
 
      Episode Six -- The final episode features the history of salsa music and
      dance in Philadelphia, the first Mexican-American Prima Ballerina Evelyn
      Cisneros, Tejana music pioneer Lydia Mendoza and the father of Chicano
      music and National Medal of Arts recipient, Lalo Guerrero. The salsa
      segment includes commentary on renowned performers Celia Cruz and Tito
      Puente. Lydia Mendoza was part of the early emerging recording industry
      in the United States. At a time when Spanish language music was
      exclusively imported from Mexico and Latin America, she began recording
      the original music in Texas. She along with Lalo Guerrero made a mark in
      American music. Guerrero is best known for his musical parodies.
 
     MAYA AND MIGUEL
     (PBS KIDS GO!(SM))
     Monday-Friday, continuing series (check local listings)
     MAYA & MIGUEL presents culture and language learning as fun, relevant
 and rewarding for all children, with a special emphasis on the Latino
 population. Lively and colorful, MAYA & MIGUEL chronicles the adventures,
 and sometimes misadventures, of 10-year-old twins Maya and Miguel Santos
 and features their family, friends and a richly diverse neighborhood. This
 never-a-dull-moment situation comedy revolves around Maya's well-intended
 meddling in her family's and friend's lives, ultimately creating new
 quandaries to fix. While every episode takes humorous twists and turns, the
 underlying message is the importance of doing good for the family and
 community, and the philosophy that shared happiness is greater than
 personal gain. Sprinkled throughout the series are values of friendship,
 family and a positive, culturally rich portrayal of Latino family, language
 and cultures. Producer: Scholastic Productions.
     POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER
     (PBS KIDS GO!(SM))
     Monday-Thursday, continuing series (check local listings)
     POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER is a series spun off from the popular series
 ARTHUR. Arthur's friend Buster travels with his father, who is an airline
 pilot ferrying a Latino rock band, Los Viejeros, on tour around the country
 and the world. Buster takes along his video camera to send home video
 postcards to Arthur and his friends and family. POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER mixes
 animation with live-action shooting to present Buster's point of view, what
 he sees and who he meets through the lens of his video camera, and to show
 a vivid, multicultural portrait of America and the world. Producer: WGBH
 Boston.
     October
 
     GLOBALTRIBE "Mexico"
     Sunday, October 22, 10:30-11:00 p.m. ET; Rpts. Wednesday, October 25,
     10:30-11:00 p.m. ET
     (check local listings)
     In Mexico, host Amy Eldon introduces viewers to punk rockers who are
 doing their share to save the environment, activists working to save the
 winter home of the monarch butterflies and the efforts being made to save
 the Baha sea turtles.
     MAYA AND MIGUEL
     (PBS KIDS GO!(SM))
     Monday-Friday, continuing series (check local listings)
     MAYA & MIGUEL presents culture and language learning as fun, relevant
 and rewarding for all children, with a special emphasis on the Latino
 population. Lively and colorful, MAYA & MIGUEL chronicles the adventures,
 and sometimes misadventures, of 10-year-old twins Maya and Miguel Santos
 and features their family, friends and a richly diverse neighborhood. This
 never-a-dull-moment situation comedy revolves around Maya's well-intended
 meddling in her family's and friend's lives, ultimately creating new
 quandaries to fix. While every episode takes humorous twists and turns, the
 underlying message is the importance of doing good for the family and
 community, and the philosophy that shared happiness is greater than
 personal gain. Sprinkled throughout the series are values of friendship,
 family and a positive, culturally rich portrayal of Latino family, language
 and cultures. Producer: Scholastic Productions.
     POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER
     (PBS KIDS GO!(SM))
     Monday-Thursday, continuing series (check local listings)
     POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER is a series spun off from the popular series
 ARTHUR. Arthur's friend Buster travels with his father, who is an airline
 pilot ferrying a Latino rock band, Los Viejeros, on tour around the country
 and the world. Buster takes along his video camera to send home video
 postcards to Arthur and his friends and family. POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER mixes
 animation with live-action shooting to present Buster's point of view, what
 he sees and who he meets through the lens of his video camera, and to show
 a vivid, multicultural portrait of America and the world. Producer: WGBH
 Boston.
     About PBS
     PBS is a media enterprise that serves 354 public noncommercial
 television stations, reaching almost 90 million people each week through
 on-air and online content. Bringing diverse viewpoints to television and
 the Internet, PBS provides high-quality documentary and dramatic
 entertainment, and consistently dominates the most prestigious award
 competitions. More information about PBS is available at pbs.org, one of
 the leading dot-org Web sites on the Internet.
     CONTACT: Cara White, +1-843-881-1480, carapub@aol.com, for PBS.
 
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