A Conversation with Justice Sotomayor and Eva Longoria

New Series 'KCETLink Presents' debuts with exclusive 'Writers Bloc' production, February 4

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: February 1, 2013

A Conversation with Justice Sotomayor and Eva Longoria

From her humble beginnings in the Bronx housing projects to her rise as the first Hispanic--and third woman--to sit on the United States Supreme Court, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor sat down with actress/activist Eva Longoria at a recent Writers Bloc event for a candid discussion about her new book, "My Beloved World."

To bring this inspiring, once-in-a-lifetime engagement to a national audience, KCETLink has produced the event as a special which premieres on KCET Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 at 8 p.m. PST and on Link TV, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. PST/8:30 p.m. EST on DirecTV and DISH Networks.

The taped live event kicks off a new series, KCETLink Presents that will offer enlightening and unique specials to audiences on KCET and Link TV, co-produced with acclaimed organizations such as L.A. based Writers Bloc, a nonprofit literary series.

"We are thrilled to be able to partner with Writers Bloc to debut the KCETLink Presents series with such an exciting production," said Bohdan Zachary, vice president, Broadcast, Syndication & Program Development for newly formed KCETLink. "Extending the thoughtful and inspirational messages of influential leaders and role models such as Justice Sotomayor and Ms. Longoria is so important, and an integral part of our media mission."

During the sold-out Writers Bloc engagement at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills on Jan. 26, 2013, Justice Sotomayor spoke of her struggles to learn English and overcome financial hardships as well as her courageous choices and inspiring successes. She also encouraged audience members to "open up dialogue rather than confrontation" to help abolish stereotyping.

Justice Sotomayor, who often cites the classic television series, "Perry Mason" as a major inspiration for her desire to pursue a career in law, was surprised by a special guest in the audience, actress Barbara Hale, 90, who had starred in the show.

Longoria, whose tireless advocacy efforts help Latinas build better futures for themselves, was a perfect choice to moderate. In addition to establishing her own foundations, she works with leading minority rights organizations, such as MALDEF, to make a difference in the Latino community.

Following the riveting discussion with Longoria, Justice Sotomayor took questions from attendees, and then greeted the audience by shaking hands and offering words of encouragement. Not surprisingly, Hale was the first person she went to meet.

The executive producer for KCETLink Presents is Bohdan Zachary and this episode was co-produced by Writers Bloc founder Andrea Grossman, and in partnership with MALDEF, the nation's leading Latino legal civil rights organization.

KCET airdates:
- Monday, Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Midnight
- Friday, Feb. 8 at 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and
- Sunday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m.

Link TV airdates:
- Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 5:30 p.m. PST/8:30 p.m. EST and
- Friday Feb. 8 at 8:30 p.m.PST/11:30 p.m. EST

A special preview of the show will air during KCET's award-winning hardÔÇôhitting nightly news program, So Cal Connected on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 at 5:30 and 10 p.m.

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