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Junot Diaz

Junot Diaz

Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One

Dominican-born novelist Junot Diaz is the author of the national bestseller Drown and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize.

30 min.

Salsa Legend Willie Colon

Salsa Legend Willie Colon

Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One

Musician, composer, trombonist Willie Colon.  

Journalist Alfredo Corchado

Journalist Alfredo Corchado

Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One

Alfredo Corchado, the Mexican bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News, discusses the violent drug war in Mexico.

30 min.

Mercedes Doretti

Mercedes Doretti

Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One

Mercedes Doretti is a world leader in using forensic anthropology and archeology to investigate human rights violations.

Franklin Chang Diaz

Franklin Chang Diaz

Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One

Former NASA astronaut and rocket scientist Franklin Chang Diaz.

26 min.

Chef and restauranteur Ming Tsai

Chef and restauranteur Ming Tsai

Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One

Chef and restaurateur Ming Tsai is the host of public television’s Emmy-nominated series Simply Ming.

30 min.


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Award-winning poet, writer, and educator, Sapphire is the author of Push, the novel which inspired the film Precious. In this interview with Maria Hinojosa, Sapphire talks about the making of Precious, what Push is really about, and her next novel.

María on her interview with Sapphire:

"I met Sapphire at the Miami Book Fair where she was presenting her novel Push and I was on my book tour for Raising Raul. I still remember the day she and I met...and I must say I never forgot Precious Jones, the illiterate 16 year-old young woman Sapphire portrays in her novel. Later I moved to Harlem, the place where Push takes place. When I jog around my neighborhood I pass Hotel Theresa and the image of Precious flashes into my mind. I was deeply touched when Push became the major motion picture Precious and was nominated for an Academy Award for best picture. This season I had the privilege of interviewing Sapphire on One-on-One. In this intimate (and rare) interview, Sapphire opens her heart and life story to our viewers.” 

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