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'Latino Americans' premieres on AETN Sept. 17

"Latino Americans," a landmark three-part, six-hour documentary series narrated by actor Benjamin Bratt, will premiere Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN). The following episodes will air Tuesdays, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, beginning at 7 p.m. The series will also be broadcast nationally in Spanish on Vme, the Spanish-language channel.

"Latino Americans" is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos. Now numbering more than 50 million people and the largest minority group in the U.S., Latino Americans have helped shape the country for more than 500 years.

Led by Emmy Award-winning series producer Adriana Bosch, "Latino Americans" documents the evolution of a new "Latino American" identity from the 1500s to the present day. The series features interviews with nearly 100 Latinos from the realms of politics, business and pop culture – including Herman Badillo, Dolores Huerta, Gloria Estefan and Rita Moreno – as well as deeply personal portraits of lesser-known Latinos who were witnesses to key chapters in American history.

Documentaries featured in the series include the following:

A companion book by Ray Suarez, senior correspondent for "PBS NEWSHOUR," will be released to coincide with the series. The television broadcast will also be accompanied by a nationwide public engagement initiative and bilingual digital engagement and public education campaigns. Additional information is available at pbs.org/latino-americans.

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