Hispanic Heritage Month 2023

Every year since 1988, Congress has recognized Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month, highlighting the diverse cultures and experiences of Hispanic and Latino/a/e/x Americans, as well as their significant contributions to our nation.

Join us in celebrating this special month with some great TV and radio programming, engaging content, streamings, kids activities, and more!

POV: Bulls and Saints

Watch Monday, Sept. 18 at 10 p.m. on WCNY-TV

After 20 years of living in the U.S., an undocumented family decides to return home, only to discover that it will be the most challenging journey of their lives.

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Independent Lens_Sansón and MeIndependent Lens: Sansón and Me

Watch Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 10:30 p.m. on WCNY-TV

When authorities deny filmmaker Rodrigo Reyes’ request to document a young, incarcerated immigrant, Sanson’s story is conveyed through dramatic reenactments.

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POV_Uýra—The Rising ForestPOV: Uýra—The Rising Forest

Watch Monday, Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. on WCNY-TV

Through dance, poetry, and stunning characterization, Uýra confronts historical racism, transphobia, and environmental destruction.

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36th Hispanic Heritage Awards36th Hispanic Heritage Awards

Watch Friday, Sept. 29 at 10 p.m. on WCNY-TV

Celebrate the 36th Hispanic Heritage Awards with performances and appearances by some of the country’s most celebrated Hispanic artists and visionaries.

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Making It in AmericaMaking It in America

Watch Monday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. on WCNY-TV

Discover the important contributions being made by immigrant entrepreneurs to the economy of Florida and beyond, across multiple fields.

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Oceans of PinkOceans of Pink

Watch Monday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. on WCNY-TV

An inspiring documentary highlighting the explosive growth of dragon boat racing among breast cancer survivors and Hispanic women.

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The Last MamboThe Last Mambo

Watch Saturday, Oct. 14 at 8:30 p.m. on WCNY-TV

San Francisco Bay Area’s diverse Latin music community preserves culture through history, shaping Afro-Latin music’s future via education and outreach.

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American Masters_A Song for CesarAmerican Masters: A Song for Cesar

Watch Friday, Sept. 29 at 11 p.m. on WCNY-TV

Trace the life and legacy of labor activist Cesar Chavez, highlighting how music and the arts were instrumental to the success of the social movement he helped found.

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American Masters:Lights, Camera, AcciónAmerican Masters: Lights, Camera, Acción

Trace the life and legacy of labor activist Cesar Chavez, highlighting how music and the arts were instrumental to the success of the social movement he helped found.


American Masters:Lights, Camera, AcciónAmerica Reframed: La Manplesa—An Uprising Remembered

On May 5th, 1991, people took to the streets of Washington D.C.’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood to protest the police shooting of a young Salvadoran man, Daniel Gomez. Through testimony, song, poetry, and street theater, “La Manplesa: An Uprising Remembered” weaves together the collective memory of one of D.C.’s first barrios and dives into the roots of the ’91 rebellion.


American Masters:Lights, Camera, AcciónChilly and Milly

Chilly, William’s father, is a diabetic with kidney failure, whose illness detrimentally affects his and his family’s lives. Milly sees her sole purpose in life as to taking care of her loved ones. While watching the documentary, Chilly and Milly discuss their life together, and their successes and setbacks in life. When Chilly passes away during the pandemic, Milly comes to terms with her loss.


American Masters:Lights, Camera, AcciónAmerican Experience: Roberto Clemente

Born in Puerto Rico, Clemente was an exceptional baseball player and humanitarian whose career sheds light on larger issues of immigration, civil rights, and cultural change. He would die in a tragic plane crash in 1972.


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Ayer, Hoy y Mañana (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow)

This one-hour special celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a journey to Mexico, spanning the centuries. It’s a showcase of classical music by Mexican composers from the 18th century through today. Host Diane Jones tells the stories behind familiar works by Manuel Ponce and Carlos Chavez, and as well as unfamiliar music by Juan Pablo Contreras (recent recipient of the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Music).

Listen Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. on Classic FM!

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Think it Through with Alma’s Way (Grades Pre-K-2)

This sub-collection from “Relish” includes episodes that feature dishes inspired by Latin American heritage, including recipes from Guatemala, Yucatán, and Mexico.

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Learn the Origins of Hispanic American Heritage Month (Grades 3-12)

There are about 54 million Hispanics and Latinos in the United States. That’s a lot of people to celebrate! Across the country, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated with festivals and community events recognizing the contributions of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States.

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Learn About Civil Rights Activist Jovita Idar (Grades 6-12)

Learn about the struggles and successes Rita Moreno and other Latino actors encountered in Hollywood, and explore concepts of representation, stereotypes, and appropriation in media.

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Explore Latinx Contributions to the National Parks (Grades 6-12)

George Melendez Wright, a pioneer in wildlife preservation, and Juan Lujan, a member of the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), contributed to a long and meaningful legacy of latinx leaders in national parks. Melendez Wright spoke out about the human treatment of animals in nature, while Lujan found meaning and identity in his work in national parks via the CCC.

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