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Salon's guide to what to watch on Tuesday: P.O.V.'s "Made in L.A." explores the lives of three garment workers in Los Angeles.

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If you’ve ever been annoyed or inconvenienced by a picket line of illegal workers without empathizing with their plight, then you should really tune in for P.O.V.’s “Made in L.A.” (10 p.m. EDT on PBS, check local listings), a moving documentary that explores the lives of three garment workers in Los Angeles. Like so many sweatshop workers, these women spent years working under horrible conditions, worrying that they couldn’t complain, because they had no rights and they’d lose their jobs or, worse, get deported. With the help of the Garment Worker Center in L.A., the women took part in a protest and lawsuit against Forever 21, a store that subcontracted its work to L.A. sweatshops. As the fight waged on for three years, the women refused to back down: Maria, a full-time garment worker who raised her children with no help from her husband, still showed up for protests every Saturday. “I felt so humiliated,” another worker, Maura, explains through tears. “It’s like they throw your dignity to the floor.” But as Maria and Maura and the other women gain confidence and hope in the future, the power of activism becomes clearer, and next time instead of stepping around a picket line, you might just find the time to stop and listen.

Also…

Tennis fans will want to tune in for the men’s fourth rounds and women’s quarterfinals in the U.S. Open on USA at 7 p.m. EDT. And both “The Bill Engvall Show” (9 p.m. EDT on TBS) and “Flipping Out” (10 p.m. EDT on Bravo) wrap up their first seasons.



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Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EDT

Jerome Bettis, Daniel Radcliffe

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EDT

Danny DeVito

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

Former President Bill Clinton

Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings

Michael Gordon

Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EDT

Guest host Harvey Levin

Jon Stewart

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT

Alan Weisman (repeat)

Stephen Colbert

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Michael Shermer (repeat)

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Former President Bill Clinton, Patti Scialfa

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT

Dennis Miller, Rodrigo y Gabriela

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

Buzz Aldrin

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT

Kirk Douglas, Terrell Owens, Gogol Bordello

Conan O’Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT

David Duchovny, Tim Gunn

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Jason Priestley, Sherri Shepherd, Chris “Kid” Reid

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