KCET's SoCal Connected Reports on Sizzling SoCal Housing Market, Confronting the Concussion Epidemic, Three Strikes and an Update on Billboards

Connie Rice, Christopher Thornberg, Ronald C.

White and David Frankham 
Will be In Studio for Interviews 

Los Angeles, CA - November 12, 2012 - This week, the award-winning series SoCal

www.socalconnected.org), focuses on the housing market

boom and how Southern Californian residents looking to buy or sell will be

affected by changes in the economic landscape. 

Correspondent John Ridley takes a closer look at football season and

whether or not high schoolers are getting the protection they need to prevent

head injuries in this contact-heavy sport. 

And Connie Rice discusses her decades-long battle to end gang violence

in Los Angeles.

This week's episode highlights include:   

MONDAY, November 12

Due in part to record low interest rates and fewer foreclosed

properties, the housing market in the Southland is sizzling again.  Over the last year, housing prices in LA

County alone rose 9.7 percent, but as SoCal

correspondent Laurel Erickson questions, is now the best time to

buy?  And how does the typical family

compete with "flippers" and other investors who are able to purchase homes

above asking price with cash?

And, special contributor Madeleine Brand interviews Christopher

Thornberg, Founding Partner of Beacon Economics, LLC, widely considered to be

one of California's leading economists, to provide additional insight on the

future of Southern California's economy. 

TUESDAY, November 13

As the ultimate contact sport, it's not surprising that

football accounts for two out of every three sports-related concussions in high

school, but what is surprising is that most of them occur during practice.

Correspondent John Ridley reports on how one Southern California high school is

working on lowering the risk with gel caps and computerized tests.

Plus, in light of Steven Spielberg's highly anticipated Lincoln, Madeleine Brand interviews

historian and author Ronald C. White about America's enduring fascination with

Abraham Lincoln.

WEDNESDAY, November 14

On Election Day, Californian

voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 36, amending the state's Three Strikes

law mandating that a third strike, which carries a life sentence, be a serious

or violent crime.  SoCal Connected correspondent Jennifer London dissects the

reformation and how it will affect those currently serving harsh sentences as

well as future convicts.

Plus, Madeleine Brand speaks with

Connie Rice on her radical approach to ending gang violence as well as her new

Power Concedes Nothing: One

Woman's Quest for Social Justice in America, from the Courtroom to the Kill



Worth billions of dollars, the billboard

industry has found its home in Los Angeles, the billboard capital of the

nation.  Correspondent Vince Gonzales

provides viewers an important update on last season's "Billboard Confidential"

news story, looking into whether or not city officials are willing or able to

enforce their own ban of billboards, digital signs and so-called "super


Plus, Madeleine Brand interviews David Frankham,

Director of the new HBO series Witness: Juarez, a four-part documentary series

following combat photographers into conflict zones in Mexico, Libya, South

Sudan and Brazil.


SoCal Connected, winner of the Peabody and duPont-Columbia awards, 17 Emmy®

Awards, 19 Golden Mikes, 41 LA Press Club Awards, two Gracie Awards, and three

regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including Best News Documentary and Los

Magazine's "Best New Local TV Program" of 2009,
airs nightly at 7

p.m. with encores at 10:30 p.m. exclusively on KCET. For more information, to

view episodes online or to leave comments, please visit

SoCal Connected is made possible

through the generous support of
The Ahmanson Foundation serving the Los Angeles

community since 1952; Jim and Anne Rothenberg; the Maddocks Brown Foundation;

The John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation; The California Endowment;

and by UCLA. 


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Award-winning SoCal Connected, a

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