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News & Community Collections

Get a glimpse of the nation's possible futures by following Southern California’s stories. Understand the complex issues that underlie the region’s multicultural neighborhoods. See how global becomes local, and local translates to global.
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Black Health and Wellness

While the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted health disparities in the Black community in recent years, racial inequalities in health and wellness have been an ongoing issue for centuries. Delve into stories that address these injustices and discover the work being done to reclaim power and create spaces of resiliency, healing and vitality.
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Black History Month 2022

This February, PBS SoCal and KCET invite you to explore and celebrate the central role Black Americans have played in shaping American history and their extraordinary contributions to culture and arts. Watch all month on broadcast, on the PBS SoCal and KCET websites, and streaming on the free PBS app.
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COVID-19

KCET bring you the latest on COVID-19 and perspectives on how life is changing in Southern California. Visit the CDC website for the latest information.
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Black in America

Reflect on the country’s history with racial injustice, the long shadow of slavery and what it means to be Black in America. Los Angeles also has a significant legacy of celebrating the Black experience through the arts. Learn more on Black Arts Matter.
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California's Wildfires

Wildfires have come to define the West Coast climate, with record-breaking fires each successive season. According to a CAL FIRE report, 4.2 million acres of California’s landscape burned in 2020 alone, shattering the record for most acres burned in a single year.See the wide-reaching impacts of California’s worsening wildfires and discover centuries-old Indigenous practices that may offer a path forward for living and working with fire.
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Hispanic Heritage

Southern California has a strong Hispanic history — dating back to 1781 when missionaries from Spain founded "El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles" ("The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels"), which was later ruled by a newly independent Mexico, and then ceded to the United States.
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LGBTQ+ Pride

Through collective stories, the LGBTQ+ community reveals a great diversity of perspectives and experiences that make it rich and inspiring. After decades of fighting for freedom to love, live and be, there are still challenges to individual expression and identity. And even though we still can’t gather, the LGBTQ+ experience also reveals a wide range of examples of progress, acceptance and reasons to celebrate Pride at home and around the world.
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Los Angeles River

The L.A. River was once the foundation of life in the area, long before there was a California or even a United States. Today, efforts are under way to return its role as a vital component of our city's landscape.
Lashay Mallory writes down the stages of labor as Christian Beckley watches over her. | Samanta Helou Hernandez
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Phenomenal Woman

Throughout history until today, women have been shaping our world and connecting the community with each other in essential ways. Explore their crucial work and their inspiring stories.
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Our AAPI Community

Throughout history, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have contributed to the growth and incredible diversity of this country; they have continually inspired generations with their resilience and creativity. Understand the long road and hurdles they've traversed to make a new life on foreign shores, and explore the many ways that Asian Americans have become integral parts of this nation's social fabric, from arts and culture to politics and governance.
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