Discovery Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month


Discovery Networks U.S. Hispanic Group will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with original fare on all three of its networks.

Discovery en Español will highlight the effort with the premiere of four-part documentary series Pioneros, which profiles “prominent leaders in the U.S. Hispanic community who are impacting today’s society,” the programmer said.

The four parts of Pioneros will be:

• Arts, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. (EST/PST), which will showcase exclusive interviews with music producer and entrepreneur Emilio Estéfan; Brokeback Mountain Oscar-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla; writer Isabel Allende; actress Michelle Rodriguez; and actors Edward James Olmos and Hector Elizondo;

• Science and Space, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m., featuring interviews with Franklin Chang Díaz, the first Hispanic astronaut; Mario Molina, the 1995 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry; José Szapocznik, a clinical psychologist and one of the nation's leading family therapists specializing in Hispanic families; Victor Penchaszadeth, director of the World Health Organization's Collaborating Center in Community Genetics and Education; and seismologist Inés Cifuentes;

• Politics and Public Affairs, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m., including discussions with Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.); Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union; María Elena Salinas, co-anchor of Noticiero Univision; Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.); and Antonia Novello, New York City health commissioner and former surgeon general of the United States; and

• Sports, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m., which features behind-the-scenes interviews with New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada; boxer José Torres; San Antonio Spurs forward Manuel Ginobili; Florida Marlins outfielder Miguel Cabrera; Venezuelan race-car driver Milka Duno; and soccer great Marcelo Balboa.

As for the programmer’s other services:

• Discovery Kids en Español will air a series of short original programs that feature the lives of four Latin American heroes: General Simón Bolívar (Venezuela), known as “El Libertador” and often referred to as the "George Washington of South America"; former Mexican President Benito Juárez; Francisco de Paula Santander (Colombia), former president, soldier and statesman who fought beside Bolívar in the war for South American independence; and José Martí (Cuba), a writer and poet known for his opposition to slavery and his dedication to freedom from colonial rule in Cuba.

• Discovery Travel & Living will air travel vignettes exploring important sites in the United States that hold a significant place in Hispanic-American history, including the California missions, the Freedom Tower in Miami and St. Augustine, Fla., the nation’s oldest city.