KCET Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month 2014

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In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, KCET will air special programming from September 15 to October 15 celebrating Hispanic culture. These shows, which cover topics ranging from identity and history to politics and law, highlight the histories and legacies of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Here's this month's slate of programming:

California Missions

Sunday, Sept. 14 through Friday, Sept 26 @ 7:30 p.m.

Huell Howser traces the establishment of all 21 California Missions, stretching from San Diego in the south to San Francisco in the north. The 10-part miniseries features three missions in each 30-minute episode as well as profiles of the Pala Indian Reservation, mission gardens, and mission art. This series details not only the individual missions and their unique architecture, but also the religious and political motivation of the Spanish missionaries who built the churches during the 18th and 19th centuries for the indigenous people along El Camino Real.


Cuba's Secret Side, Parts 1 & 2

Saturday, Sept. 20 @ 7 p.m.

This two-part documentary, presented back-to-back, journeys into the soul of Cuba. Adventure filmmaker and author Karin Muller hitchhiked around Cuba for three months, living with fisherman and farmers, Santeria priestesses and country doctors. She was arrested over a dozen times, but managed to get beyond the propaganda and rhetoric to capture the true character of the Cuban people. "Cuba's Secret Side" is an entertaining, insightful, and often humorous look at a side of Cuba that few foreigners get to see.


Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice

Saturday, Sept. 20 @ 10 p.m.

This special paints a portrait of a man touched by injustice as a child who dedicated his life to fighting discrimination and inequality as a lawyer, judge, and teacher. The compelling biography, told through a combination of archival footage and interviews, charts Cruz Reynoso's humble origins, his appointment to the California Supreme Court (the first Latino justice to serve in the state's highest court), and more recently, his leadership role on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.


Immigrant Nation: The Battle for the Dream

Saturday, Sept. 20 @ 11 p.m.

This feature documentary about the modern immigrant rights movement highlights the struggle of Elvira Arellano, a single mother from Chicago who fought her deportation. The film also interweaves the stories of individuals, organizations, activists, and community leaders united by a concern for justice. This film illustrates the opposition to the controversial HR4437 immigration bill, as well as the ongoing struggle and demand for comprehensive immigration reform.


Johnny "Chano" Martinez: El Padrino Salsero

Friday, Sept. 26 @ 8:30 p.m.

Johnny Martinez was known as the Godfather of Salsa in Los Angeles, but his influence spanned worldwide. Martinez started playing bass in the 1940s and worked with the great bands of Perez Prado, Chuy Reyes, Celia Cruz, Noro Morales, Tito Rodriguez, Carmen Cavallero, and Migalito Valdez. Martinez's orchestra recorded albums for Capitol Records, RCA, Liberty, Columbia, Decca, Tropicana, Fiesta, and Musimex/Sono Tropic. Martinez recalls the pivotal moments of his career and how much he loved watching people dance to his music.


Linda Ronstadt: In Conversation

Monday, Sept. 29 @ 9 p.m.

Climbing to the top of the music industry is a feat for any artist, especially if you're a woman in the male-dominated music world. Linda Ronstadt is one of the few female rock icons who not only broke through the glass ceiling, but remains one of the most adored performers of our era. Award-winning journalist and radio personality Patt Morrison interviews the legendary singer about her latest memoir, "Simple Dreams." Ronstadt reveals the long and difficult road to becoming the most successful rock star of the '70s, and her inability to ever sing again due to Parkinson's disease.


Cubamerican

Monday, October 6 @ 9 p.m.

"Cubamerican" is the stirring story of how the Cuban Revolution shattered the Cuban family. The film, which spans the past 60 years of Cuban history, evokes this tragedy and its universal themes of loss, freedom, assimilation, struggle, and triumph through the stories of Cuban exiles who have achieved acclaim in diverse fields in the U.S., rendering a mosaic of bittersweet exile experiences. The pro-immigrant story grapples with the agony of displacement, ruminates on the future of Cuba, and highlights the importance of exercising human rights.


ABC Colombia

Wednesday, Oct. 8 @ 9 p.m.

Seen from the perspective of two young boys, this moving film explores the experiences of children growing up in an area of major conflict near Colombia's Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (a region controlled by one of the country's illegal armed groups) where violence can erupt at any time.


Stranded: The Andes Plane Crash Survivors

Wednesday, Oct. 15 @ 9 p.m.

"Stranded" is the tale of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, which crash-landed in a desolate glacial valley high in the Andes mountains. Fifteen people died, including the pilot, five were severely injured, and 29 miraculously lived. Over three decades after the crash, 16 survivors revive long-buried emotions and intimate memories. They take viewers, moment by agonizing moment, through their suffering as their hope turned into despair and as hours stretched into weeks. With death by starvation drawing ever nearer, the survivors realized that in order to live, they had to eat their teammates who died alongside them.

Huell Howser's 'California Missions,' 'Prime Suspect' Marathons Begin Sunday

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Nothing says quintessential KCET programming quite like a Huell Howser show and a British police procedural. So it's only fitting that we're cerebrating our 50th anniversary with marathons of Huell's "California Missions" and the critically-acclaimed (on both sides of the Atlantic) Helen Mirren drama "Prime Suspect," among other programs.

KCET begins its semicentennial commemoration on Sunday at 7 p.m. with 10 episodes of "Missions." The eps will re-air Monday, September 15 through Friday, September 26 in the regular Huell weeknight timeslot at 7:30 p.m.

Huell visited all 21 missions, stretching from San Diego in the south to San Francisco in the north, to share California's rich history and cultural heritage. The 10-part miniseries features three missions in each 30-minute episode as well as profiles of the Pala Indian Reservation, mission gardens, and mission art.

This series details not only the individual missions and their unique architecture, but also the religious and political motivation of the Spanish missionaries who built the churches for the indigenous people along El Camino Real.

"Prime Suspect" (the original series, not the NBC reboot) will also pay homage to the station's historic past from Monday, September 15 at 8 p.m. through Sunday, September 21.

The award-winning show, which originally ran on ITV from 1991 to 2006, earned Mirren two Emmys for her iconic role as Jane Tennison, one of the first female Detective Chief Inspectors in London's Metropolitan Police Service. The drama follows the no-nonsense detective as she battles to prove herself in a male-dominated profession.

The show, which was featured on KCET after the station's split from PBS, not only blazed new trails for the portrayal of women in detective series, as KCET forged a new independent path in public media, but redefined the crime genre.

KCET Launches Wednesday Night Documentary Block

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The Wednesday hump just got easier to climb.

KCET is launching a new Wednesday night documentary block, beginning September 3 at 9:30 p.m. PT, that will jump-start your mid-week grind. The fall slate includes groundbreaking films that explore human rights, the environment, politics, and other global issues.

The series debuts with "The Hungry Tide," which profiles NGO worker Maria Tiimon's fight to help pass a treaty that would mitigate the negative impact of climate change in the Pacific.

Select films (including the three below) will be streamed online after their airdates. You can view all upcoming KCET shows on our schedule page.

Here's the schedule for September:

The Hungry Tide

Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 9:30 p.m. PT

Originally from the Kiribati Islands, NGO worker Maria Tiimon fights to pass a global treaty that would mitigate the negative impact of climate change in the Pacific. The film exposes the stark global inequalities driving the global warming phenomenon. Only decisive action will save Kiribati from disappearing.

The Hungry Tide

Coal Rush

Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 9:30 p.m. PT

When a rural Appalachian community in West Virginia realizes that severe illnesses may not be an act of God, but of environmental wrongdoing, locals take on coal company Massey Energy over contaminated water that may be the cause of widespread sickness. The film brings to light one of the worst yet least publicized U.S. industrial contamination disasters, and a community's effort to defend the human right to clean water.

Coal Rush

Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle

Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 9:30 p.m. PT

This film explores the tragicomic tale of the 10-year battle over America's largest proposed clean energy project -- and a microcosm of the obstacles the country faces in the larger struggle to move towards more sustainable forms of energy. When energy entrepreneur Jim Gordon first proposed Cape Wind, a project to put 130 wind turbines in fabled Nantucket Sound, he had no idea that a huge firestorm of opposition would erupt. "Cape Spin!" reveals how America's first proposed offshore wind farm triggered an unexpected schism in this idyllic coastal region. Neighbor was pitted against neighbor, environmentalist against environmentalist, and unexpected alliances were forged -- including Kennedys and Kochs on the same side.

Cape Spin!

Where's Huell -- Fosselman's Ice Cream and Ferndale Road Trip

Find out what classic episodes of "Visiting" and "California's Gold with Huell Howser" are airing on KCET this week! Read more about KCET's Huell-centric programming here and share your memories of Huell with other fans here.

Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Movie Beach"

Huell meets up with Harry Medved, author of "Hollywood Escapes" -- a book about popular movie locations in California. Harry tells Huell all about the long history of Leo Carrillo State Beach and why it's probably the most filmed beach in the world.

Legendary filmmaker Roger Corman then joins Huell to discuss some of the films he's shot at this location, including one of his earliest "Attack of the Crab Monsters."

Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Art City"

Huell visits a special gallery in Ventura, which provides sculptors with raw materials, a place to work, and a supportive place to show their art.

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Where's Huell -- Hearst Castle and the Upside Down House

Find out what classic episodes of "Visiting" and "California's Gold with Huell Howser" are airing on KCET this week! Read more about KCET's Huell-centric programming here and share your memories of Huell with other fans here.

Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Pear Fair"

Huell travels to the Sacramento Delta to learn about California pears. We start our adventure with a family who has been farming in the Delta for five generations. The soil and climate have made the area a perfect place to grow agriculture since the Gold Rush. Huell ends up at the 26th annual Pear Fair in Courtland, where he eats everything from pear ice cream to pear vinegar.

Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Wooden Boats"

They come in all shapes and sizes and many date back to the early part of this century. All have been lovingly restored by their owners and are meticulously maintained. In short, they're some of the most beautiful wooden boats ever made.

Host Huell Howser gets a close look at these boats as he attends the 24th annual Concours d' Elegance dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the wooden vessels that have graced Lake Tahoe since the 1920s. He not only talks with the owners about the rich history of their boats, but joins them for a ride on the historic lake.

Where's Huell -- Koi and Big Fish

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Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Green Chiles"

Huell meets up with green chile aficionados at an annual event where hundreds line up for fresh roasted New Mexico green chiles.

Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Trinity County Fair"

Huell visits the Quilt Show, the Homestead Exhibit, and the Hayfork Mule Show.

Where's Huell -- Nevada County Fair and Fern Dell

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Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Panorama Update"

Huell starts this update with clips from the original episode, then heads to the new home of the panorama to see what's changed and what you can expect if you choose to visit.

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Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Nevada County Fair"

Huell travels to Grass Valley California to visit the Nevada County Fair, which is consistently referred to as "California's Most Beautiful Fairgrounds." This fair is all about the food! Various non-profit organizations cook up some of the most delicious eats imaginable to present a culinary smorgasbord.

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Where's Huell -- Amador County Fair and Lemon Lily Festival

Find out what classic episodes of "Visiting" and "California's Gold with Huell Howser" are airing on KCET this week! Read more about KCET's Huell-centric programming here and share your memories of Huell with other fans here.

Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Summer Ice"

Huell samples some tasty frozen specialties imported from Mexico and Singapore.

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Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Amador County Fair"

Huell travels to Plymouth California to visit the Amador County Fair. This fair has all the great food, rides, and entertainment you'd expect so what sets it apart is its incredible living history displays. There is a wheelwright shop, steam powered sawmill, and even a Miwok village where you can visit with members of the tribe and learn about their beliefs and traditions. Another fun event is the daily tractor parade filled with antique farm equipment chugging down the main street.

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This Week on 'California's Gold with Huell Howser' -- Desert Tower and Farallon Islands

Find out what classic episodes of "Visiting" are airing on KCET this week! Read more about KCET's Huell-centric programming here and share your memories of Huell with other fans here.

Wednesday @ 7:30PM -- "A Tale of Two Cities"

Visit Allensworth, California's only community founded, financed, and governed by African Americans during the early 1900s. Huell tours old and new Kernville and goes whitewater rafting down the scenic Kern River -- one of the nation's fastest flowing rivers.

Thursday @ 7:30PM -- "Desert Tower"

The Desert View Tower stands 3,000 feet above sea level, three miles east of Jacumba in the Imperial Valley. The four-story, cut-stone structure was built in the 1920s by Bert Vaughn, who owned the town of Jacumba. The pre-highway trek to the Pacific Coast was arduous so Vaughn commemorated the pioneers who struggled across the arid desert. Join Huell as he climbs to the top of the tower to see the spectacular views of the desert below.

This Week on 'California's Gold with Huell Howser' -- Hearst Castle and Getty Garden

Find out what classic episodes of "Visiting" are airing on KCET this week! Read more about KCET's Huell-centric programming here and share your memories of Huell with other fans here.

Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Neptune Pool"

Huell gets a behind-the-scenes tour and takes the "swim of a lifetime" in the Neptune pool at Hearst Castle, which is arguably one of the most spectacular pools in the world. It is fed by mountain water and is surrounded by ancient Roman columns and statues. Designed by architect Julia Morgan, the Neptune pool was constructed in 1924 and finally completed after several redesigns in 1936.

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Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Getty Garden"

The Central Garden, created by renowned artist Robert Irwin, lies at the heart of the Getty Center. The 134,000-square-foot design features a natural ravine and a tree-lined walkway that leads the visitor through an extraordinary experience of sights, sounds, and scents. Huell gets a special tour from Jim Duggan, the Central Garden's curatorial advisor and the gardeners who keep this living sculpture alive for everyone to enjoy.

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