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KCET's Award-Winning Weekly Series 'SOCAL CONNECTED' Explores the Controversy of Transporting Millions of Tons of Treated L.A. Sewage to a Farm Near Bakersfield

KCET's Award-Winning Weekly Series 'SOCAL CONNECTED' Explores the Controversy of Transporting Millions of Tons of Treated L.A. Sewage to a Farm Near Bakersfield

BURBANK, CALIF - November 6, 2014 - SOCAL CONNECTED, KCET's Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning series investigates the little known practice of trucking tons of treated human waste and turning it into crop fertilizer. Reporter Derrick Shore explains how for more than 10 years the treated sewage from four million L.A. residents has been transported more than 100 miles from the Hyperion treatment plant to a farm in Bakersfield in Kern County. "Green Acres" is a 5,000 acre farm owned by the City of Los Angeles. These "biosolids" brought there are used to fertilize a variety of feed and grain crops like alfalfa and milo. For the residents of Kern County, however, the use of L.A.'s biosolids in their backyards has sparked a controversy, as well as a ballot measure and Assembly bill, attempting to ban the practice. L.A. Bureau of Sanitation officials insist the process and final product meet EPA standards. SOCAL CONNECTED looks at both sides of this sewage to fertilizer story.

The story airs on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 8 p.m.

This week's SOCAL CONNECTED also features:

Robotic Skeleton Helps Paralyzed Vet - As a Marine Special Operations Team Commander paralyzed from the chest down while serving in Afghanistan, Captain Derek Herrera was told he would never walk again. But that prognosis was wrong. Reporter Jennifer Sabih looks at how a remarkable technology called exo-skeleton allows Herrera to walk, and holds similar promise for tens of thousands of others confined to wheelchairs.

A Visit with Herbie Hancock - The legendary jazz musician and composer talks with reporter Michael Okwu about his extraordinary career and the creative process. Okwu gains unprecedented access to the "Ambassador of Jazz" at home in his private studio and on stage.

Saved by a Small Town - A young man living in Bakersfield was headed in the wrong direction until his mother decided to move the family and her son to a little-known small town in the Mojave Desert called Trona.

Broadcast Premiere Date:  Wednesday, November 12 at 8 p.m.

Repeated: Friday, November 14 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 16 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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