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AAPB Releases Resources to Honor Hispanic Heritage

New material includes more than 8,000 broadcasts from the nation’s only Spanish-language, public radio call-in show

To honor Hispanic Heritage Month, the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) is releasing a selection of documentaries, interviews and other archival material for stations to air.

The resources highlight the AAPB’s archive of Latinx, Hispanic and Spanish-language programs created by public radio broadcasters for radio and television. The material includes more than 8,000 newly added broadcasts from Línea Abierta, the only nationally-aired, Spanish-language, public radio call-in show.

The program, which began broadcasting 1994, originated from the Radio Bilingue studios in Oakland and Fresno, Calif., with a weekly broadcast from Mexico. The Línea Abierta collection includes interviews with a variety of guests — such as labor and civil rights leaders, officials and politicians in Mexico and Radio Bilingue co-founder Hugo Morales — who discuss farmworker issues, health, race, bilingual education and Mexican culture. 

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Other archival resources include the Latino Empowerment through Public Broadcasting exhibit, which explores the ways in which public media has provided Latinos with broadcasting time to honor Latin cultures, histories and concerns.

Stations are able to access and share the more than 50,000 AAPB public radio and television programs on their own social media, websites, blogs or online publications.

The AAPB is a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the Boston-based public broadcasting service GBH.