KCET's Award-Winning Weekly Series 'SOCAL CONNECTED' Looks at New Efforts to Prevent Whale and Ship Collisions Off the Southern California Coast

BURBANK, CA - August 14, 2014 - Whales are the biggest creatures in the world. But dozens of Blue, Fin and Humpback whales have been killed by collisions with huge cargo ships traveling between Santa Barbara and Long Beach. SOCAL CONNECTED, KCET's Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning series, examines what happens when whales and ships collide. According to marine biologists, the whales usually die, but now new research and measures are being adopted to prevent these gruesome collisions. Anchor Val Zavala updates our story on whale fatalities and what's being done to save these giants in danger.


The story airs on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 8 p.m.


This week's SOCAL CONNECTED also features:


Micro-loans Come to Los Angeles - The idea started in developing countries; individuals make small loans to an entrepreneur who wants to start a business. A non-profit group saw how well the model worked in needy countries and decided to try it here. Reporter Jennifer London looks at how spending a little bit of money in the right place can make a big difference for enterprising people.


Bottle Tree Ranch - Along a stretch of Route 66 is an unforgettable place created by 67-year-old eccentric, Elmer Long. He has hung thousands of glass bottles on metal "trees", creating a whimsical grove of light, color and sound that is open to the public to enjoy and explore. Reporter Nic Cha Kim visits Long's "Bottle Tree Ranch" to discover the person behind this unique oasis in the desert. This story is based on a piece from KCET's Artbound.


The Final Run - For three generations, the Colby Poster Printing Company spread the word about concerts, rodeos and local festivals one telephone pole at a time. Now this family-run business has made its final poster and shut down the presses. In this story, originally produced for MOCAtv, C.R. Stecyk III pays one last visit to the place that's provided a touch of Day-Glo on the Los Angeles landscape.


Broadcast Premiere Date:  Wednesday, August 20 at 8 p.m.

Repeated: Friday, August 22 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 24 at 6:30 p.m.


SOCAL CONNECTED is anchored by 16-time Emmy®-Award winner, Val Zavala. Contributors include science journalist Cara Santa Maria, reporters Derrick Shore and Jennifer Sabih, documentary filmmaker Nic Cha Kim and writer Nick Hardcastle.


The television broadcast executive producer for SOCAL CONNECTED is Val Zavala; digital executive producer is Zach Behrens; and Linda Burns is senior producer.



SOCAL CONNECTED, winner of a Peabody® and two duPont Awards, 23 Emmy® Awards, 24 Golden Mikes, 48 LA Press Club Awards, two Gracie Awards, and four regional and one national Edward R. Murrow Awards, including Best News Documentary and Los Angeles Magazine's "Best New Local TV Program" of 2009, airs exclusively on KCET. For more information, to view episodes online or to leave comments, please visit www.socalconnected.orgSOCAL CONNECTED is made possible through the generous support of The Ahmanson Foundation, Chapman University and the MaddocksBrown Foundation.



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