KCETLink's Award-Winning SoCal Connected Expands its Investigation into Sexual Abuse Misconduct in the Los Angeles Archdiocese and Explores the Possibility of a LACMA-MOCA Merger and its Effect on the City's Art Scene

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 8, 2013 - Coming up this week on SoCal Connected, the award-winning news program extends its investigation into the handling of sexual misconduct by priests in L.A.'s Archdiocese. Also, the show considers the consequences of a potential acquisition of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) by The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). And, as part of KCETLink's commitment to Women's History Month, SoCal Connected talks to the director of a new documentary about inspiring young women.    

Additional details are as follows:

Monday, March 11
Following the success of the ethno-archaeological book "Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century," Val Zavala profiles what the lives of those featured in the book look like and examines how the authors took an archaeological approach to modern 'material culture.'

Next, Madeleine Brand talks with Los Angeles Times' arts reporter, Jori Finkel, about the cultural implications of LACMA's possible acquisition of MOCA in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, March 12
With the world's Catholic leaders convening in Rome to elect a new Pope, CNN's Ben Wedeman examines the latest developments as the conclave gets underway at the Vatican.

Also, Madeleine Brand speaks to Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times' architecture critic, about fundamental improvements needed for the city's civic architecture and what steps the next mayor should take.  

Then, Val Zavala and Madeleine Brand interview Richard E. Robbins, director of the new documentary, "Girl Rising," which features nine girls from around the world who battle various obstacles, including arranged marriages and child slavery, in pursuit of an education.

Wednesday, March 13
Val Zavala discusses Wall Street's record-breaking streak and how it may affect the state's economy with Chris Thornberg, founding partner of Beacon Economics, LLC and one of California's leading economists.

And, Madeleine Brand interviews Aaron Kushner, publisher of the Orange County Register, about his efforts to revitalize the long-standing newspaper while continuing to make it profitable, in a time when more and more people are finding their news online.

Thursday, March 14
Based on audiotapes of recently-released depositions, Vince Gonzales explores how more than 100 priests were reassigned throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles after being accused of sexual misconduct in the 1990s.

Next, SoCal Connected's web team introduces a new online tool to track exactly where those priests were moved.

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

Programming Note 
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; and The California Endowment.  

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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