This Week on KCET's Award-Winning Weekly Series 'SOCAL CONNECTED': Is gentrification coming to Leimert Park on the rails of the new Metro line?

BURBANK, CA - June 5, 2014 - SOCAL CONNECTED, KCET's Emmy and Peabody award-winning series, examines the potential impact of the much-sought-after Metro stop at Leimert Park, the hub of African-American culture in Los Angeles.


Based on stories developed on, SOCAL CONNECTED reporter Nic Cha Kim talks with community leaders, business owners, homeowners and a rapper who say change is coming. Some fear the new Metro stop will lead to gentrification as more people discover Leimert Park, its affordable homes, charming streets, and convenient public transportation. Can the historic village finally prosper and still retain its ethnic character? Visit for Departures' year-long effort reporting on the neighborhood.


Broadcast Premiere Date:  Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Repeated: Friday, June 13 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m.

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The Kodachrome King - He's known as a '50s retro geek whose collection of 200,000 Kodachrome slides offer a colorful and hilarious glimpse of American family life in the 1950s and 60s. Anchor Val Zavala visits Charles Phoenix for a private trip down America's memory lane.


SOCAL CONNECTED is anchored by 15-time Emmy award-winner, Val Zavala. Contributors to SOCAL CONNECTED 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, Zach Behrens; and Linda Burns, senior producer.




SoCal Connected, winner of a Peabody and two duPont Awards, 20 Emmy® Awards, 24 Golden Mikes, 47 LA Press Club Awards, two Gracie Awards, and four regional 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. KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station serving Southern and Central California,



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