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KCET's Award-Winning Weekly Series 'SOCAL CONNECTED' Explores the Little-Known Connection Between Southern California Water Needs and a Group of Killer Whales

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KCET's Award-Winning Weekly Series 'SOCAL CONNECTED' Explores the Little-Known Connection Between Southern California Water Needs and

a Group of Killer Whales

BURBANK, Calif. - March 26, 2015 - SOCAL CONNECTED, KCET's Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning series reveals how water needs in Southern California are negatively affecting a particular group of orcas in the Bay Area called the "Southern Residents". The killer whales rely on salmon as a major food source; the salmon depend on ample water from the Bay Delta to maintain their population and keep it healthy. But demand on Bay Delta water for Southern California's cities and farms is straining the food system. Reporter Conor Knighton looks at this unexpected connection between water shipped south and the health of orcas. Based on a story from's Redefine.

The story airs on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 8 p.m.

This week's SOCAL CONNECTED also features:

Oasis in a Food Desert - Can an urban farm make a difference in a community labeled a "food desert"? SOCAL CONNECTED goes to South El Monte where Earthworks, an urban farm, is changing the diets of families and children. Reporter Cara Santa Maria profiles the Morales family, who has found that being a member of Earthworks is a way to return to its roots. Based on a story from's Departures.

Hollyhock House Splendor Restored - Built in 1921, Hollyhock House was the first home Frank Lloyd Wright built in Los Angeles. But over the decades, the iconic landmark suffered water damage and deterioration. Now after a $4.4 million restoration, the elegant structure is back to its original beauty. Reporter Nic Cha Kim takes a tour of this stunning residence at Barnsdall Art Park, now open to the public. Based on a story from Artbound.

Surf's Up for Muslim Women - They are a small, but dedicated group of Muslim women who love the waves, but also want to dress modestly at the beach. Reporter Dija Dowling finds out how these young women surfers and a Muslim swimwear designer make water sports easier for observant Muslim women.

Broadcast Premiere Date: Wednesday, April 1 at 8 p.m.

Repeated: Friday, April 3 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 5 at 5:30 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, Dija Dowling, 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 the MaddocksBrown Foundation.


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