KCET's Award-Winning Weekly Series 'SOCAL CONNECTED' Delves Into the World of Comic Cons and Efforts to Keep Women in Costume Safe from Harassment

KCET's Award-Winning Weekly Series 'SOCAL CONNECTED' Delves Into the World of Comic Cons and Efforts to Keep Women in Costume Safe from Harassment


Burbank, CA - October 16, 2014 - SOCAL CONNECTED, KCET's Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning series goes inside the fascinating world of comic book conventions. The growing popularity of comic cons has also triggered cases of harassment of women dressed in comic book character costumes. Reporter Cara Santa Maria explores the culture and recent steps to prevent harassment, as well as the surprising changes in comic book characters themselves as more women artists and writers make their mark on the traditionally male-dominated world of superheroes. (Based on a story from Artbound)


The story airs on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 8 p.m. on KCET.


This week's SOCAL CONNECTED also features:


Putting on Ayers: The poignant story of Nathaniel Ayers, the homeless musician suffering from mental illness, was captured in a series of columns by L.A. Times writer Steve Lopez and the 2009 movie based on his book "The Soloist." What has happened since then? In this moving segment from 2010, Lopez finally succeeds in getting Nathaniel Ayers to play his violin at a special recording session.  


First Stop for Foreign Restaurants: What seems like a mom and pop restaurant to Southern Californians may actually be part of large and successful chain from Taiwan, Korea or Guatemala. Why is SoCal the next link in the chain for foreign restaurants looking to expand? Reporter Conor Knighton takes a "foreign food tour" of Southern California to find out. (Based on a story from KCET Food)


Inside the World of Muslim American Fashion: Some young Muslim women face a difficult choice. How can they express themselves and remain observant of their religion? Enter the hijabistas, a group of Muslim fashion designers who design headscarves that bring a colorful Southern California flair to the traditionally modest mode of dress. (From Artbound)


Broadcast Premiere Date:  Wednesday, October 22 at 8 p.m.

Repeated: Friday, October 24 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m.


SOCAL CONNECTED is anchored by 16-time Emmy®-Award winner, Val Zavala. Contributorsinclude 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 visit www.socalconnected.orgSOCAL CONNECTED is made possible through the generous support of The Ahmanson Foundation, Chapman University and theMaddocksBrown Foundation.



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