‘Rosie’s Rules’ in Effect This Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15, 2022
The PBS KIDS series ‘Rosie’s Rules’ features 5-year-old Rosie Fuentes and her multicultural, blended family in Texas.
An animated series starring a Mexican American 5-year-old discovering how communities work makes its PBS KIDS debut on October 3, highlighting public media programming during Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15.
Rosie’s Rules stars Rosie Fuentes, a bilingual girl growing up in a blended, multicultural family in suburban Texas. The preschool series, launched with CPB support, follows Rosie as she figures out how things work, from the mail service to extended families, and how she fits into society. The series, available in English and Spanish, will be accompanied by interactive games on pbskids.org and the free PBS KIDS Games app, along with learning and parent resources on PBS KIDS for Parents and PBS LearningMedia.
Public media programming -- locally, nationally, on air and online – showcases wide-ranging stories of the Hispanic experience through October.
A slate of new and encore programs will air on PBS (times may vary; check local listings) and stream on PBS.org and the PBS Video app for Hispanic Heritage Month and through October. In addition, PBS KIDS has developed a Hispanic Heritage Month playlist on YouTube, featuring videos from “Alma’s Way,” “Oh Noah!” and other favorites. Premieres include:
The Last Out, a documentary following three Cuban baseball players trying to make it in the U.S., premieres on POV at 10 ET/9 CT on October 3. The film, co-presented by Latino Public Broadcasting, is the second half of a Latino baseball doubleheader, following an encore presentation of Roberto Clemente on American Experience at 9 pm ET/8CT.
Los Lobos will receive the Hispanic Heritage Arts Award at the 35th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards, 9 pm ET/8 CT on September 30. The program by and for Latinos also honors Daddy Yankee with the Legend Award; Marvel Studios’ Victoria Alonso with the Vision Award; Alejandro Velez and Mikil Arora of Back to the Roots with the Entrepreneurship Award; and first Latina U.S. Air Force pilot Olga Custodio with the STEM Award.
¡Dia de los Muertos! A Subterranean Celebration, a concert celebrating the Mexican Day of the Dead, premieres at 9 pm ET/8 CT on October 28. Taped before a live audience in The Caverns, a subterranean amphitheater in Middle Tennessee, the concert features Los Lobos, the salsa-rap-reggae-funk of Ozomatli and the all-female mariachi band Flor de Toloache. The special also includes short vignettes explaining the meaning, origins, and importance of this holiday. ¡Dia de los Muertos! is a Todd Jarrell Production in association with PBS and Latino Public Broadcasting.
On WORLD Channel
WORLD Channel, the CPB-supported public television multicast channel airing in more than 70% of TV households, offers a viewers’ guide of Hispanic Heritage Month programming, including rebroadcasts of the documentaries Five Years North and The Unafraid on America ReFramed and streaming films such as Comida Pa Los Pobres, a short film about food insecurity in Puerto Rico, produced as part of the CPB-supported “Hindsight” collaborative project in 2021. New programs include:
La Manplesa: An Uprising Remembered, looks back at the 1991 protests in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, D.C., after police shot a young Salvadoran man. The documentary airs on America ReFramed October 6.
Stories From the Stage: Growing Up Latina, features stories by three Latinas navigating identity and intersectionality, on October 3.
For a second year, Latinx artists headline a month of Tiny Desk Concerts on NPR.org. The "El Tiny" takeover features Omar Apollo, Carin León, Girl Ultra, Trueno, Jessie Reyez, Susana Baca, Tokischa, Carla Morrison and Farruko. The nine concerts – six held on Bob Boilen’s famed desk at NPR and three Tiny Desk (home) concerts, were curated by NPR Music’s alt.Latino co-hosts Anamariea Sayre and Felix Contreras.
Other Highlights and Ongoing Programs
The American Archive of Public Broadcasting has launched an online exhibit, Latino Empowerment through Public Broadcasting, a five-section exhibit created by two interns in the Library of Congress’ Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities National Internship Program. The AAPB also recently made available online more than 8,000 broadcasts of Linea Abierta, the Spanish-language public radio call-in show by Radio Bilingüe, the National Latino Public Radio Network.
Radio Bilingüe, along with Futuro Media’s Latino USA, NPR’s Alt.Latino and Radio Ambulante feature Latino stories all year long. The Spanish language podcast Radio Ambulante, in fact, kicks off its 12th season (and seventh as part of NPR) on September 20 with Listening Clubs, both in person and virtual, across Latin America.
And across the country, more than 77 public radio and television stations in 30 states and Puerto Rico produce local programming available in Spanish to meet the informational, educational, and cultural needs of their communities. For example, Minneapolis public radio jazz station KBEM airs the Sunday afternoon Paraiso Musical with Graciela Mendez, a bilingual program of Latin American news and music. And earlier this month, WRFA, a low-power community radio station in Jamestown, New York, launched WRFA News en Español, a Spanish-language local newscast airing each Sunday.
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