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Folklorico Nacional de Cuba percussionist during a rehearsal ("Weekend in Havana") (Credit: WTTW and Brian Canelles)

September marks the beginning of Latinx Heritage Month, and KQED is celebrating with a special TV and Radio programming lineup.

Premiere dates are listed below. Please click on each program for additional airdates and information.

KQED 88.5 FM

Sunday, 9/16
Straddling Borders (Making Contact)
Existing in two worlds can complicate your identity and complete it. Whether it's understanding your medicine man grandfather or deepening the concept of love through a different tongue, on this episode of Making Contact, these storytellers take us around the world from Colombia to Papua New Guinea as they seek definition and connections with presumably different cultures.

Sunday, 9/23
What Ever Happened to the Buena Vista Social Club? (Making Contact)
The "Buena Vista Social Club" CD and documentary film were hits, but may have created some myths about Cuba and the musicians themselves. Independent producer Reese Erlich spent years interviewing the musicians and separates fact from fiction on this edition of Making Contact.

Sunday, 9/30
Protecting People and Water in Mexico City (Making Contact)
Fresh water is one of our most precious natural resources. This week on Making Contact, contributor Maria Doerr looks at what's being done to protect the watersheds of Mexico City-- natural water systems that provide water to one of the largest metropolises in the world.


Thursday, 10/4
The Nonviolent Path of Cesar Chavez (Peace Talks Radio)
A conversational profile of Cesar Chavez featuring his United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta, Chavez scholar Jose-Antonio Orosco and Texas community organizer Juanita Valdez Cox. Together they tell Chavez' story and assess his influence to the causes of labor rights, civil rights and nonviolent conflict resolution.

Sunday, 10/7
La Llorona: An Evolving Myth (Making Contact)
On this edition of Making Contact, we hear the story of La Llorona (the weeping woman) -- a story that's been told since the time of the Spanish conquest, all over Mexico and the American Southwest. Today, wherever Mexicans and Mexican-Americans live, the myth continues.

Sunday, 10/14
Ya Basta (Making Contact)
Twenty years after the founding of The Zapatistas, the group’s influence has spread far beyond Mexico’s border through music and art. Making Contact Producer Alejandro Rosas explores how Zapatismo has influenced those in the U.S. -- including himself.


10am Mexico—One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless 
Explore Mexican cuisine with Rick Bayless as he takes you from the famous chorizo stalls in Toluca to the cliffs of Acalpulco to the bustling markets in Mexico City.

10am Pati’s Mexican Table 
Pati Jinich embarks upon an exciting and entertaining journey in each episode, where each dish serves as a point of departure into Mexico’s rich history and culture.

Monday, 9/3

POV: Voices of the Sea (Kim Hopkins)

10pm POV: Voices of the Sea (NEW) 
Follow a 30-something Cuban mother of four longing for a better life.

Saturday, 9/8
6pm Conexiones: A Mexican Cuban Connection (NEW)
This documentary chronicles the 2016 tour of Cuba by Mexican American roots group Los Cenzontles.

Saturday, 9/15
6pm Voces on PBS: Now En Espanol 
Explore the ups and downs of being a Latina actress in Hollywood through the lives of the five dynamic women who dub “Desperate Housewives” into Spanish for American audiences.

Monday, 9/17
8pm Antiques Roadshow: Celebrating Latino Heritage (NEW)   
Discover amazing items with connections to Latin American history and culture, including a treasure with an updated appraisel of as much as $2.2 million, now the highest-valued items in the entire “Roadshow” archive.

Saturday, 9/22
6pm Voces on PBS: El Poeta 
Meet renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who ignited an international movement for peace after the brutal murder of his 24-year old son – collateral damage in a drug war that’s left more than 70,000 dead since 2006.

Thursday, 9/27
10:30pm Major League Cuban 
This documentary traces the experiences of Cubans at the most accomplished levels of America’s national pastime – baseball – and explores their deep cultural and emotional connection to the game.

Friday, 9/28
10pm Hispanic Heritage Awards (NEW) 
The awards are considered among the highest honors for Latinos by Latinos and recognize notable Latinos who have had a positive impact on America and the world.

Saturday, 9/29

Willie Velasquez: Your Vote is Your Voice (Courtesy of George Velasquez)

6pm Willie Velasquez: Your Vote is Your Voice 
This is the story of how a young boy growing up in the poor barrio of San Antonio Texas grew up to become a young Latino statesman and how Latino millennials’ votes will affect the American political landscape.


Saturday, 9/1

Independent Lens: Dolores (Courtesy of Jon Lewis and LeRoy Chatfield)

9am Independent Lens: Dolores 
Meet the indomitable Dolores Huerta, one of the most defiant – and unheralded – feminist activists of the 20th century.

Sunday, 9/9
7pm Weekend in Havana 
Join Geoffrey Baer as he travels to Havana, meeting dancers, musicians, architects and writers who invite him to experience the city’s culture and history.

Saturday, 9/15
6am My Neighborhood: Pilsen 
This documentary is an intimate street-level look at what community engagement and activism has done for one Chicago neighborhood.

7am American Comandante: American Experience 
Meet William Morgan, the larger-than-life American who rose to power in Cuba during the revolution.

8am Latino Americans: Foreigners in Their Own Land 
Survey the history and people from 1565-1880, as the first Spanish explorers enter North America and the Mexican-American War strips Mexico of half its territories by 1848.

9am Latino Americans: Empire of Dreams 
See how the American population is reshaped by Latino immigration starting in 1880 and continuing into the 1940s.

10am Latino Americans: War and Peace 
Trace the World War II years and those that follow as Latino Americans serve their new country by the hundreds of thousands – yet still face discrimination and a fight for civil rights in the U.S.

Sunday, 9/16
6pm Art in the Twenty-First Century: Mexico City 
Featured are Damian Ortega, who makes sculptures from ordinary objects; Pedro Reyes, who designs solutions to social problems; Minerva Cuevas, who creates interventions in public space; and feature filmmaker Natalia Almada.

7pm Independent Lens: East of Salinas 
East of Salinas is a story about immigration, childhood and circumstance.

Saturday, 9/22
6am Oceans of Pink 
This documentary highlights the explosive growth of dragon boat racing among breast cancer survivors globally, and the growing participation in the sport among Hispanic women.

8am Latino Americans: The New Latinos 
Review the decades after World War II through the early 1960s as the swelling numbers of immigrants from Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic seek economic opportunities.

9am Latino Americans: Pride and Prejudice 
Witness the creation of the proud “Chicano” identity as labor leaders organize farm workers in California, and as activists push for better education opportunities for Latinos, the inclusion of Latino studies and empowerment in the political process.

10am Latino Americans: Peril and Promise 
Examine the past 30 years, as a second wave of Cubans and hundreds of thousands of Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and Guatemalans flee to the U.S, creating a debate over undocumented immigrants. Simultaneously, the Latino influence is booming in business, sports, media, politics and entertainment.


Sunday, 9/16
2pm Ivy League Rumba 
This documentary showcases today’s Latin rhythms, which fuse temporary grooves with the power of traditionally rooted sounds.

3pm Latin Music USA: Bridges/The Salsa Revolution
These episodes trace the rise of Latin Jazz, the Mambo and the Cha Cha Cha as they sweep the U.S. from East to West, as well as the invention of Salsa.

 5pm Latin Music USA: The Chicano Wave/Divas and Superstars 
Mexican-Americans in CA, TX and across the Southwest create their own distinct musical voices during the second half of the 20th century.

7pm Doc World: Towards the North/Los Comandos
Towards the North follows a mother and daughter in a tiny refugee shelter in Mexico who are fleeing extreme gang violence. Los Comandos follows two teens in the emergency medical unit “Los Comandos de Salvamento,” which stands up to the gangs’ violent reign of terror.

Monday, 9/17
6:30pm Stories from the Stage: Stand Up
Storytellers share those moments when they stood up, spoke out and changed everything.

Tuesday, 9/18
3pm Austin Revealed: El Despertar 
Explore the struggle of the Chicano movement as the Mexican-American community in Austin, TX unites to fight for quality education, equal representation, and respect for their diverse culture.

America Reframed: We Like It Like That

5pm America Reframed: We Like it Like That 
We Like It Like That explores a pivotal moment in 1960’s music history when blues, funk and traditional Caribbean rhythms were fused to define a new generation of urban Latinos.

6:30pm Salsa! The Dance Sensation 
This documentary delves into the dance as an art form, as a bonding agent, and as a chronicler of history and family tradition.

Sunday, 9/23
7pm Tocando La Luz    
This film weaves together the lives of three women who are blind and trying to survive in a rapidly changing Cuba.

8:30pm Compadre Huashayo 
Grammy-winning Western classical composer Gabriela Frank decided to recreate a traditional Western composition using only South America’s native instruments. This documentary follows the story of the resulting piece.

Monday, 9/24
6pm Local USA: Crossing the Divide
This film is a cross-country reporting road trip from WGBH and The GroundTruth Project. Five journalists travel together from east to west to explore and report on the issues that divide us and stories that unite us.


KQED 9 is available over the air on DT9.1, 54.2 and 25.1 and via most cable systems on Channel 9. It is on XFINITY cable from Comcast (Channels 9 SD and 709 HD) and on Wave (Channels 9 SD and 164 HD). It can also be found on DIRECTV and DISH satellite systems (Channels 9 SD and HD).

KQED Plus is available over the air on Channels 54, DT54.1, 9.2 and 25.2, and via many cable and satellite systems on either channel 10 or 54. It is on XFINITY cable from Comcast (Channels 10 SD, and 710 HD) and on DIRECTV (Channel 54 SD and HD) and DISH (Channel 54, SD only) satellite systems.

This schedule also lists programs airing on KQED World (XFINITY 190, Channel 9.3 & 54.5).