KCET's Award-Winning 'SoCal Connected' Celebrates Black History Month, Delves Into Climate Change and Reports on This Year's Academy Awards

Airing 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Nightly


Los Angeles, CA - February 19, 2013 - This week, SoCal Connected devotes an entire episode to climate change and features two days of special Oscar® coverage leading up to Oscar Weekend, plus a look at what's become a sizzling housing market in the Southland. On President's Day, a repeat MLK Day special will be aired in celebration of Black History Month.

MONDAY, February 18

In honor of Black History Month, SoCal Connected will re-air this year's MLK Day special episode. Expert panelists focus on what the reelection of President Barack Obama signifies in terms of the country's racial tolerance; the state of African American political power in light of the growing Latino population; the image of African Americans in the entertainment industry; and whether we are moving toward a post-racial society.


TUESDAY, February 19

A special "Climate Change" special kicks off with reporting on the politics of climate change, focusing on current events such as Obama's State of the Union and the scheduled February 17 Forward on Climate Rally in Washington, D.C.


Then, Madeleine Brand speaks with two environmental experts: Alex Hall, UCLA professor and environmental historian, and fellow UCLA professor and environmental scientist Jon Christensen. The interview will be followed by a repeat of Brand's interview with Jeff Orlowski, the filmmaker behind the climate change documentary Chasing Ice.


WEDNESDAY, February 20

Due in part to record low interest rates and fewer foreclosed properties, the housing market in the Southland is sizzling again.  Over the last year, housing prices in L.A. County alone rose 9.7 percent, but as correspondent Laurel Erickson questioned in the November 12 episode of SoCal Connected, is now the best time to buy?  And how does the typical family compete with "flippers" and other investors who are able to purchase homes above asking price with cash? An update is also provided.


Also, Madeleine Brand and Val Zavala speak with Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin about the L.A. that "could have been" if a few urban planning proposals had been successful at the beginning of the 20th century. "Never Built: Los Angeles" is a reflection of these proposals, and will be showing at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum.


THURSDAY, February 21

Every year, the Oscar race seems to get more intense. Jennifer London examines the high stakes involved in the 2013 Academy Awards campaign and examines how the Best Picture contenders are marketing their nominated films more aggressively than ever this year.




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 10:00 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. 



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.



Ariel Carpenter or Ayn Allen

KCET Communications Department

747-201-5243; acarpenter@kcet.org

747-201-5886; aallen@kcet.org


Michelle Marron or Liza Nedelman

MPRM Communications





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