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

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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

reports from Rome on the challenges

for the next Pope.



February 25


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.



February 26


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.



February 27


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.



February 28

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."





, 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


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. 




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