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KCET's Award-Winning Weekly Series 'SOCAL CONNECTED' Looks at the Potential of Rain Water Capture During California's Historic Drought

KCET's Award-Winning Weekly Series 'SOCAL CONNECTED' Looks at the Potential of Rain Water Capture During California's Historic Drought 

BURBANK, Calf. - January 8, 2015 - The best kind of water is free, yet Southern California allows millions of gallons of rain water to flow down storm drains and into the ocean while spending millions to import expensive water. SOCAL CONNECTED, KCET's Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning series explores the possibility of rain water capture as Californians continue to cope with a historic drought. Anchor Val Zavala visits one Altadena resident who uses rain barrels and other techniques to capture 90 percent of all the rain that falls on her property. Zavala also visits TreePeople's Andy Lipkis, who points to a residential street in Sun Valley that is a model for rain capture and smart water management. But is this enough to impact Southern California's water needs?

The story airs on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 8 p.m.

This week's SOCAL CONNECTED also features:

Luring Movie Goers with Another "D" - Movie theaters hoped that 3D would lift sagging ticket sales, but 2014 had the lowest ticket sales in 20 years. Now, they are hoping that "4DX" will lure moviegoers into theaters with moving seats, smells and sensations that accompany action and animated films. Reporter Conor Knighton goes to the country's only 4DX theater, located at L.A. Live, to size up the pros and cons of this new technology.

Bad News for Oyster Lovers - Higher carbon dioxide levels don't only affect our atmosphere, they affect our oceans by raising acid levels. Ocean acidification impacts the survival rate of young oysters.SOCAL CONNECTED looks at how this trend is challenging oyster farming and seafood restaurants.

Food as Art - Our food culture puts the spotlight not only on cooking and taste, but on how a dish looks. This is called "plating." This fascinating segment reveals the techniques of master chef Niki Nakayama as she plates an exquisite multi-course meal with the precision of a Japanese brush painter.

Broadcast Premiere Date: Wednesday, January 14 at 8 p.m.

Repeated: Friday, January 16 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, January 18 at 5:30 p.m.

*Please Note: Sunday airing is a new show time.

Online: All segments are available on www.socalconnected.org.

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.

ABOUT SOCAL CONNECTED

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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On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its 50-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org. KCET is a service of KCETLink.

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