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"The Graduates" (PBS, Mondays). Almost more PSA than report, this two-part portrait of Latino youth at a crossroads is meant to be inspirational and inspiring, and is. Presented as part of the series "Independent Lens," it's both a pitch to kids to stay in school -- Latinos have a high dropout rate -- and a plea (indirect but unmistakable) to everyone else to support institutions that support kids, not just school but any outreach program that can make life less risky for those at risk. Part one focuses on three girls, part two on three boys, each representing a different city and challenge; covered ground includes immigration, sexual identity, gangs, teenage pregnancy and homelessness. Both segments feature educators and public figures speaking to the importance of learning and self-acceptance. All speak straight to the camera, which is to say, to you. The emphasis throughout is personal, and the subjects excellent company.