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KCET's Award-Winning Weekly Series 'SOCAL CONNECTED' Delves into the Feud Over Almonds. Do California's Lucrative Almond Orchards Use Too Much Water?

KCET's Award-Winning Weekly Series 'SOCAL CONNECTED' Delves into the Feud Over Almonds. Do California's Lucrative Almond Orchards Use Too Much Water?

BURBANK, CALIF - October 31, 2014 - SOCAL CONNECTED, KCET's Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning series explores tough questions surrounding California's almond industry. Almonds are among state's most thirsty crops. It takes more than a gallon of water to produce just one nut. Almond farmers say the demand for their crop and their contribution to our economy is formidable. However, conservationists say residential water users are being forced to conserve while almond farmers continue to grow a water-intensive product.SOCAL CONNECTED reporter Jennifer Sabih visits one of California's most successful almond farmers, and also talks with the Water Impact Network and asks who should have access to scarce water in drought-stricken California? Based on a story from KCET Food.

The story airs on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 8 p.m.

This week's SOCAL CONNECTED also features:

Filipinotown from a Jeepney - Aquilina Soriano-Versoza is working to raise the visibility of L.A.'s Filipinotown. She gives lively tours of her community in a Jeepney, a colorful, eclectic, retro-fitted American jeep that emerged in the Philippines after World War II. We climb into one of the few here in Los Angeles for a fun and informative tour of L.A.'s historic Filipinotown. Based on a story from KCET's Departures.  

Scars on Canvas - Every scar has a story. Artist Ted Meyer makes colorful works using imprints of scars from people who have endured illness or injury. From a dancer who broke her back to a veteran with a wounded leg, Meyer's works empower the scarred by sharing their experiences and making blemishes beautiful. Based on a story from KCET's Artbound.

Why She Loves Los Angeles - Independent filmmaker Dija Dowling captures the simple joys of L.A. life in a charming three-minute film, "L.A. in Bloom." It features her favorite locals: Rihad the bartender, Jack the cobbler, Minerva the waitress and Carmen at the record store.

Broadcast Premiere Date:  Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m.

Repeated: Friday, November 7 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m.

SOCAL CONNECTED is anchored by 16-time Emmy®-Award winner, Val Zavala. Contributors include science journalist Cara Santa Maria, reporters Derrick Shore, Jennifer Sabih, Conor Knighton, documentary filmmaker Nic Cha Kim and writer Nick Hardcastle.

The television broadcast executive producer for SOCAL CONNECTED is Val Zavala; digital executive producer is Zach Behrens; and Linda Burns is senior producer.


SOCAL CONNECTED, winner of a Peabody® and two duPont Awards, 23 Emmy® Awards, 24 Golden Mikes, 48 LA Press Club Awards, two Gracie Awards, and four regional and one national 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 visitwww.socalconnected.orgSOCAL CONNECTED is made possible through the generous support of The Ahmanson Foundation, Chapman University and the MaddocksBrown Foundation.


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