Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Eva Longoria on KCETLink Presents Debut

Program captures last week’s live sold-out Saban Theater event where Justice Sotomayordiscussed with Eva Longoria her new memoir “My Beloved World” and her astonishing path to the Supreme Court.

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Burbank, CA — From her humble beginnings in the Bronx housing projects to her rise as the first Latina–and third woman–to sit on the United States Supreme Court, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor sat down with actrevist Eva Longoria at a recent Writers Bloc event for a candid discussion about her new book, My Beloved World. If you missed  once-in-a-lifetime engagement (or are not an L.A. native) KCETLink has taped this special event and will premiere it nationally 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.

This program 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.

“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,” said Bohdan Zachary, vice president, Broadcast, Syndication & Program Development for newly formed KCETLink

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 hard–hitting nightly news program, So Cal Connected on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 at 5:30 and 10 p.m.