Hispanic Programing on NET Television

News Release Date: 
August 29, 2013

For Immediate Release

Hispanic Programming Featured on NET Television

LINCOLN, Neb. (Aug. 28, 2013) -- Programs exploring Hispanic history, heritage and culture will be featured on NET Television’s NET1 and NET-HD channels during September.

On “In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina,” airing Friday, Sept. 13, at 9 p.m., President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a White House concert with Marc Anthony, Jimmy Smits, Pete Escovedo, Gloria Estefan, José Feliciano, George Lopez, Thalía, Tito “El Bambino” and the Chicano rock band Los Lobos, with Sheila E. leading the house band.

Following at 10 p.m. on Sept. 13 is “Mariachi High.” In a part of America that rarely makes headlines, there is a small town with a group of teenagers who will inspire, surprise and bring you to your feet with their astonishing musical virtuosity and the music they make. “Mariachi High” spends a year in the life of the champion mariachi ensemble of Zapata High School on the Rio Grande in south Texas.

“Latino Americans” is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have for the past 500-plus years helped shape what is today the United States and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S. The three-part series airs on consecutive Tuesdays at 8 p.m., beginning Sept. 17.

The premiere program’s first hour surveys the history and people from 1565-1880, as the first Spanish explorers enter North America, the U.S. expands into territories in the Southwest that had been home to Native Americans and English and Spanish colonies, and as the Mexican-American War strips Mexico of half its territories by 1848. During the second hour, see how the American population is reshaped by Latino immigration starting in 1880 and continuing into the 1940s: Cubans, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans begin arriving in the U.S. and start to build communities in South Florida, Los Angeles and New York.

The Sept. 24 “Latino Americans” program traces 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 United States.  The episodes also review the decades after World War II through the early 1960s, as swelling numbers of immigrants from Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic seek economic opportunities.

“Hispanic Farmers on Broken Ground,” airing Friday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m., repeating Sunday, Sept. 22, at 12:30 p.m., explores the barriers Hispanic farmers face in starting and expanding farming operations in the United States, including the lingering effects of past government discrimination, current marketing and use of information, and their own agricultural traditions.  The documentary features Nebraska Hispanic farm owners; the author of a report on the current state of Hispanic farm ownership in the state; Hispanic students involved in a youth farming organization; and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. “Hispanic Farmers on Broken Ground” is a co-production of NET News and Harvest Public Media.

All program times are listed in Central Daylight Time.

Special Hispanic heritage programming will continue on NET Television during October.

NET1 and NET-HD are part of NET Television.  NET Television is a service of NET.  For a complete program schedule, visit NET's Web site (netNebraska.org/television).

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RELEASE WRITTEN BY:  Larry L. Kubert, 402-472-9333, ext. 389, or e-mail at lkubert@netNebraska.org

NET Television:

NET1is Nebraska's first public television broadcast service and includes PBS and award-winning, locally produced public television programming; NET2 World offers live coverage of the Nebraska Unicameral, and other news and public affairs programming; NET3 Create is a 24-hour channel featuring the most popular how-to, travel and lifestyle series; and NET-HD presents high-definition digital broadcast programming displayed in a wide-screen format.