KCETLink's Award-Winning SoCal Connected Examines the Proliferation of Illegal Massage Parlors, Identifies Los Angeles' Most Dangerous Intersections and Launches an Investigation Into Another Southern California City Allegedly Mismanaging Funds

Airing Monday, Tuesdays and Friday at 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Special Airtime in March: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Los Angeles, Calif., March 22, 2013 - Coming up this week on SoCal Connected, the award-winning news program looks into the increase in massage parlors throughout Southern California, some of which are dispensing more than just back rubs. Also, the show locates the most perilous intersections in Los Angeles and explores what the city is doing about them. And, SoCal Connected investigates if the possible misuse of city funds will make Compton the next Bell.

Additional details are as follows:

Monday, March 25
Val Zavala investigates illicit massage parlors and the 2009 state law that has allowed them to proliferate throughout Southern California.

Next, Madeleine Brand gets an amusing perspective on March Madness from comedians Randy and Jason Sklar.

And, in an update to last week's segment on the Los Angeles' Electronic Communications unit, Laura Ling reports on additional raids on local parties supplying illegal drugs and serving under-aged users.

Tuesday, March 26
Who's winning the war on the road? Dina Demetrius examines friction between L.A.'s cyclists and motorists as the City Council considers implementing its extensive bikeway plan.

Also, Madeleine Brand talks with Andrew Lih, associate professor and director of New Media at USC, about the latest battle in the smartphone wars and how it will affect Apple, the leading brand.

Finally, Val Zavala and Madeleine Brand respond to viewers' comments. 

Wednesday, March 27
As the Bell corruption trial comes to a close, correspondent Laurel Erickson investigates the alleged mismanagement of funds by the City of Compton.

Next, Madeleine Brand speaks with media critic and author, Eric Deggans, about his new book, Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation.

Thursday, March 28
Correspondent Laura Ling explores the growing controversial practice of birth tourism, in which foreign mothers travel to Southern California to deliver children who are U.S. citizens.

Then, Madeleine Brand interviews Lucy Jones, seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, on the earthquake early detection system and its effectiveness in sensing the state's most recent trembler.
 
Also, in the wake of a meteor crash landing in Russia last month, CNN's Chris Lawrence reports on discussions between Congress and America's top scientists about how to anticipate future threats from space.   

Friday, March 29
With more than 70,000 people being injured by moving vehicles each year, Vince Gonzales looks into the most dangerous crosswalks in Los Angeles and what the city's Department of Transportation is doing to improve pedestrian safety. 

Next, Madeleine Brand speaks with Aaron Kushner, publisher of the Orange County Register, about rumors he wants to buy the Los Angeles Times and his efforts to revitalize the OC's long-standing newspaper.
 
Programming Notes 
For the month of March only, SoCal Connected will air at 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The regular schedule of 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. will remain for Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.  


About SoCal Connected
SoCal Connected, winner of a Peabody and two duPont Awards, 17 Emmy® Awards, 19 Golden Mikes, 41 LA Press Club Awards, two Gracie Awards, and three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including Best News Documentary and Los Angeles Magazine's "Best New Local TV Program" of 2009, airs nightly at 5:30 p.m. with encores at 10 p.m. exclusively on KCET. For more information, to view episodes online or to leave comments, please visit www.socalconnected.org.

SoCal Connected is made possible through the generous support of The Ahmanson Foundation serving the Los Angeles community since 1952; Jim and Anne Rothenberg; the Maddocks Brown Foundation; The John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation; The California Endowment and UCLA.  

About KCET
On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time nightly television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 48-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org.


CONTACT:
Susan C. Mills
Public Relations
KCETLink/SoCal Connected
Email: smills@kcet.org
Phone: 747-201-5416 

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