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KMOS PBS honors and celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with new programs and specials, including the premiere of ROSIE’S RULES from PBS KIDS, THE 35th HISPANIC HERITAGE AWARDS, and the musical celebration DIA DE LOS MUERTOS. Additional new and encore titles will be available on PBS and stream on PBS.org and the PBS Video app throughout the duration of Hispanic Heritage Month and beyond.

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35th HISPANIC HERITAGE AWARDS*NEW*

Friday, September 30, 8:00-9:00 p.m. 

Celebrate the recipients of the 35th annual Hispanic Heritage Awards with performances and appearances by some of the country's most celebrated Hispanic artists and visionaries. This historic program, created by the White House to commemorate the establishment of Hispanic Heritage Month in America, is among the highest honors by Latinos for Latinos and supported by 40 national Hispanic-serving institutions. This year's honorees include Los Lobos, Ariana DeBose, Daddy Yankee, Victoria Alonso, Olga Custodio, Alejandro Velez, Nikhil Arora and more.

PBS KIDS ROSIE'S RULES*NEW*

Streaming free Monday, October 3 

Starring 5-year-old Rosie Fuentes, a bilingual Mexican American girl from suburban Texas who is just beginning to learn about how the great, big, fascinating world around her works. Featuring an engaging social studies curriculum, a dynamic cast of characters, catchy music and hilarious stories, the new series aims to show kids ages 3-6 how they, as individuals, fit into their own community, as well as broader society.

PBS KIDS ALMA'S WAY

New Episodes Streaming Free Monday - Thursday, October 10-13

The engaging modern-day series stars 6-year-old Alma Rivera, a proud, confident Puerto Rican girl who lives in the Bronx with her parents and younger brother, Junior, as well as a diverse group of close-knit and loving friends, family and community members. ALMA’S WAY gives children ages 4-6 the power to find their own answers to their problems, express what they think and feel, and recognize and respect the unique perspective of others.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS  *NEW* 

Friday, October 28, 8:00–9:00 p.m. 

Taped before a live audience in the “underworld” of The Caverns subterranean amphitheater, DIA DE LOS MUERTOS is a musical celebration of this much anticipated and highly celebrated fiesta by people of Mexican heritage everywhere. Special guests include Latino rock greats, Los Lobos, and the salsa-rap-reggae-funk group Ozomatli — both Los Angeles-based — as well as the all-female mariachi band Flor de Tolache from New York City. Between performances, short vignettes explore the traditions deeply rooted in this holiday and the meaning, origins and significance of these two important days on the Latinx calendar. DIA DE LOS MUERTOS is a cultural celebration — a high energy, eye-catching offering to lift up a wonderful, ancient tradition. DIA DE LOS MUERTOS is a Todd Jarrell Production in association with PBS and Latino Public Broadcasting.

GREAT PERFORMANCES “Roots of Latin Jazz” (Encore)

Friday, September 30, 9:00-10:00 p.m. 

Produced by two-time Latin Grammy-winning producer Tony Succar, GREAT PERFORMANCES “Roots of Latin Jazz” reveals the unity between jazz music and Latin culture. Showcasing original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards, such as “Eye of the Hurricane” by Herbie Hancock and “Mas que Nada” by Jorge Ben, the film features Grammy-winning artists Richard Bona and Anaadi, among others. Location sequences capture the vibrancy of cities in the U.S., Peru, Spain, Brazil and Cuba.

FINDING YOUR ROOTS “Forgotten Journeys” (Encore)

Tuesday, October 18, 7:00–8:00 p.m. 

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps John Leguizamo and Lena Waithe retrace the paths of their ancestors, uncovering crucial pieces of their own identities that were lost on the journey to America.

Streaming on the PBS Video App

RELISH “Tamales” 

RELISH shares stories of cultural heritage in Twin Cities communities through the universal language of food. In each episode, host Yia Vang of Union Hmong Kitchen takes viewers inside the home kitchens of local chefs as they serve up an ingredient or dish that has personal and cultural meaning to them. In this episode, Chef Gustavo Romero takes you from start-to-finish with tamales, from grinding the corn to steaming the tamales. Chef Romero uses heirloom varieties of corn to preserve Mexico's heritage and food culture.

LATINOS ARE ESSENTIAL

LATINOS ARE ESSENTIAL is a collection of unique and insightful short portraits and stories about Latinos who are serving as essential workers in a wide variety of jobs and/or services across the United States, even as the COVID 19 pandemic continues to disproportionately impact Latino and other communities of color.

ORIGIN OF EVERYTHING “Why Do We Say Latino?”

ORIGIN OF EVERYTHING is a show about under-told history and culture hosted by history nerd Danielle Bainbridge, Ph.D., that challenges our everyday assumptions. This episode dives into the origin of the word “Latino.” The first thing to pop into your mind when you hear "Latino" is probably people from Latin America — places like Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, etc. But where exactly did the history of that word come from, and has it always meant Central America and South America as well as the Caribbean? Danielle traces the origin of the term "Latino" and the debates that still surround it as well as the term "Hispanic" and "Latinx."

PBS SHORT DOCS “Folk Frontera”

Far West Texas is a place where local folklore looms as large as the landscape. Two fronteriza women — one a public radio music show host, the other a Mariachi and folklórico dancer — live in two cultures at the same time, struggling to find their place in the vast Chihuahuan Desert. Touches of magical realism infuse this portrait of life along the U.S.- Mexico border.

SOUND FIELD “Bachata: Why You're Hearing This Dominican Rhythm Everywhere”

SOUND FIELD is a music education series that explores the music theory, production, history and culture behind our favorite songs and musical styles. Hosted by accomplished musicians and music teachers, each episode is a unique combination of musical performance and video essay explainers. This episode visits the Mexican American band La Santa Cecilia to learn how they mix Latin genres with pop and rock. They told host Nahre Sol about a Latin American music genre called Bachata that provides the rhythm for their new single “Winning.” Bachata was first recorded in 1960s Dominican Republic, but, thanks to newer acts like Romeo Santos and Aventura, it has blown up internationally. Join Nahre in learning about this distinctly Latin rhythm as she attempts to create her own Bachata fusion song.

SOUND FIELD “Understanding Bomba: Puerto Rican Music of Resistance”

Bomba is an ancient genre of resistance music from Puerto Rico created by enslaved people on the island over 400 years ago. Recently, Bomba music has been a staple of Black Lives Matter protests. Together, SOUND FIELD hosts Linda Diaz and Arthur “LA” Buckner break down the musical and cultural elements that make Bomba, Bomba. Ivelisse Diaz of Bomba con Buya teaches Linda about Bomba singing, and LA learns Bomba drum rhythms.

ART21 “Mexico City”

ART21 produces features focusing exclusively on contemporary visual art and artists throughout the world. Intimate footage allows the viewer to observe the artists at work and watch their process as they transform inspiration into art. In this episode, artists exit their homes and studios to use the growing megalopolis as their canvas. The artists present everyday materials as artworks, mine recognizable images for their poetic potential and take their art to the streets. Featuring artists Natalia Almada, Minerva Cuevas, Damián Ortega and Pedro Reyes.