KCET's Award-Winning 'SoCal Connected' Takes Another Look at L.A.'s "Drop" Initiative and an Innovative Program Dealing with Postpartum Depression; Plus the First Pope to Retire in Centuries | KCET
KCET's Award-Winning 'SoCal Connected' Takes Another Look at L.A.'s "Drop" Initiative and an Innovative Program Dealing with Postpartum Depression; Plus the First Pope to Retire in Centuries
Airing 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Nightly
Los Angeles, CA -
February 25, 2013 - This week, SoCal Connected investigates a
controversial program that was designed to keep cops and firemen on the job,
but may in fact be costing the cash-strapped
city a lot of money. The DROP program allows some city employees to
"double dip" by receiving a salary and a pension at the same time.
Judy Muller reports there are now some city employees earning over a million
dollars. Next, Vince Gonzales investigates postpartum depression and finds that
suicide is now the leading cause of death among young mothers. Finally, as the
Pope prepares to step down at the end of the month, SoCal Connected will
present reports from Rome on the challenges
for the next Pope.
Judy Muller investigates LA's "DROP" (Deferred Retirement Option Plan) program
for LAPD and LA City Fire Personnel. The program, enacted a few years ago,
effectively allows members of both organizations to 'double dip' the system,
receiving both a salary and their pension at the same time for the last five
years on the job. Muller examines how over 3,000 officers have been able to use
DROP - and how many LA citizens are unaware of this pricey so-called "Retire for a Day" loophole.
Then, Madeleine Brand speaks to Washington Post reporter Aaron Blake
about the sequester that is set to take effect on March 1st.
Angeles is the first city in the US to offer a program for low-income and
minority women suffering from postpartum depression. Correspondent Vince
Gonzales examines why women of certain demographics and socio-economic
backgrounds are at a higher risk for the disorder and how Los Angeles is at the
forefront of pioneering programs to help them.
Also, Madeleine Brand interviews Raphael Sonenshein, Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute at California State University, Los Angeles, about the city elections
set to take place at the beginning of March.
the success of the ethno-archaeological book "Life at Home in the Twenty-First
Century," SoCal Connected anchor 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.'
Madeleine Brand interviews "Enlightened" screenwriter Mike White about his
thoughts on the prevalence of violence in Hollywood - and who he thinks should
take the blame.
In honor of Pope Benedict XVI's retirement, SoCal takes a look at the legacy
he will leave behind.
Madeleine Brand interviews Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright about
his new book on Scientology, "Going Clear."
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
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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
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