KCET's Award-Winning 'SoCal Connected' Features an Unexpected Overpopulation Issue, The State of the Union Address & The Dream Act

Los Angeles, CA - February 11, 2013 - This week, SoCal Connected analyzes President Obama's State of the Union address with in-depth coverage including a panel discussion and live reporting from Washington D.C. The award-winning program also investigates how feral cats are overrunning the city of Los Angeles and takes a look at how the Dream Act is affecting Californians.

MONDAY, February 11

Animal lovers, with the help of pet and animal lobbyists, are trying to protect the population of feral cats in Los Angeles by feeding and funding the care of them. Correspondent Judy Muller takes a look at how the booming feral cat population is causing tensions between cat activists and homeowners, and examines its effect on public health and area wildlife.


TUESDAY, February 12  **Special Presentation**

Anchor Val Zavala and Madeleine Brand host a special edition of SoCal Connected, airing from 5:30-8 p.m. (with a repeat at 10 p.m. -12 a.m.), for the live Presidential State of the Union Address.  In the first half hour, Zavala and Brand will preview the Address with additional reporting from Aaron Blake of the Washington Post at the Capitol. After airing the full address live, Zavala and Brand are joined by a panel of experts including Raphael J. Sonenshein, Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at CSU Los Angeles, and Ange-Marie Hancock, Associate Professor of Political Science at USC, with additional commentary from Nate Cohn of the The New Republic live from Washington, D.C.


Link TV will simulcast the special nationally via satellite on DirecTV and DISH networks (9 p.m. EST)


The segments will also be streamed in their entirety on socalconnected.org.


WEDNESDAY, February 13

Correspondent Brian Rooney revisits Tuesday's State of the Union address as SoCal Connected continues to analyze its content and what it means for our nation.


Also, Brand speaks with Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin about the LA 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 14

California leads the nation in students who pursue U.S. residency through The DREAM Act, which was enacted by the Obama administration to grant residency to certain undocumented immigrants as long as they continue their schooling. Nearly 500,000 applications have been received to date. Laurel Erickson profiles two local students who have benefited from one arm of the legislation, Deferred Amnesty for Childhood Arrival (DACA), as well as some local residents who oppose the bill.


Then, Madeleine Brand speaks with filmmakers Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi about their Oscar nominated documentary "Five Broken Cameras."



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

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