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KCET's Award-Winning Weekly Series 'SOCAL CONNECTED' Looks at How Climate Change is Forcing a Small Ski Area to Adapt to the New Reality



Susan C. Mills or Ayn Allen

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KCET's Award-Winning Weekly Series 'SOCAL CONNECTED' Looks at How Climate Change is Forcing a Small Ski Area to Adapt to the New Reality

BURBANK, Calif. - January 23, 2015 - SOCAL CONNECTED, KCET's Emmy® and Peabody®Award-winning series looks at how climate change is moving from predictions to reality. Reporter Derrick Shore visits one Southern California ski area forced to change its business model for lack of snow. For the past three years, family-owned Mt. Waterman has not had enough snow to open during the winters. With the help of new federal regulations, it now offers summer sports as an alternative. But will it be enough to keep Mt. Waterman in business? Will climate change force other businesses to make drastic changes? This segment is based on stories from KCET's SoCal Wanderer and Redefine

The story airs on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 8 p.m.

This week's SOCAL CONNECTED also features:

An Obsession Becomes a Collection: In the 1900s, adventurer

Antonia Frederick Futterer traveled the world looking for the Ark of the Ten Commandments, a journey some say inspired the Indiana Jones film. Over several decades, he acquired hundreds of artifacts which he sent back to his home in Silver Lake. Reporter Nick Hardcastle visits Futterer's former residence, now called the Holyland Exhibition, and meets the two women who have dedicated their lives to keeping his collection and memory alive. This segment is based on a story from KCET'sArtbound.

Don't Throw Out that Steak Dinner: From banquet halls to caterers, thousands of plates of good food are being thrown out every day in Southern California. It ends up in landfills while thousands of people go hungry. Why can't this prepared food get to those who need it? As Anchor Val Zavala discovered, saving cooked food is complicated, but that hasn't stopped some from taking on the task.  

Retiring from the Murder BeatLA's police chief has called the Southeast Division the toughest place in America to be a homicide detective. That's where Sal LaBarbera has spent the last 27 years, helping to investigate more than 6,000 murders and leading the enquiries into 200. What is it like dealing with death almost daily? A profile of LaBarbera, who is retiring at the end of January, reveals the man behind the detective.

Broadcast Premiere Date:  Wednesday, January 28 at 8 p.m.

Repeated: Friday, January 30 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 1 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, 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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