KCET's "Socal Connected" to Feature Pre- and Post-Election Analysis from Nationally-Renowned Political Experts

The Award-Winning Series will Also Delve into

Local Issues Influencing the Election including Economic Disparities and

"Dirty" Campaigns


Los Angeles, CA - November 05, 2012 - SoCal Connected (www.socalconnected.org), continues its compelling coverage of the most important issues

affecting Southern Californian voters with insightful political discussions

both before and after the election hosted by special contributor Madeleine

Brand and anchor Val Zavala, respectively. 

Vince Gonzales also reports on an exclusive, hard-hitting SoCal Connected investigation of one of

Huntington Park's officials whose connections and influence are under fire with

the city and its residents.

This week's episode highlights include:   

MONDAY, November 5

Correspondent Vince Gonzales offers a tale of how the

stark differences in the economies of two Southern Californian cities may

affect the votes of their residents.  In

San Bernardino, bankruptcies and joblessness are on the minds of every early

voter interviewed in this once prosperous suburb, while in Long Beach, some

residents feel the tide is beginning to turn, which reported some of the

highest job growth in the country, according to the October federal jobs report.

Plus, special contributor Madeleine Brand, accompanied by leading

political analyst Dr. Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, and Bob Stern, President of the

Center for Governmental Studies, dissect the local and national candidates and

how this election will affect Americans and Californians alike.

TUESDAY, November 6

Election Day - Pre-empted by BBC

WEDNESDAY, November 7

SoCal Connected correspondent Judy Muller takes

viewers through the "time-honored tradition" of mud-slinging. She offers notable

examples of ugly campaigns dating back to the early1800's and why very little has

changed in "dirty" politics.

And, Patt Morrison of KPCC and the Los Angeles Times, SoCal

Connected contributor, screenwriter

and author John Ridley and Brian Doherty, Senior Editor at
Reason magazine, along with SoCal

anchor Val Zavala, analyze the most pressing and controversial outcomes

of the election and what the new measures and incumbents will mean for SoCal



Correspondent Vince Gonzales has an exclusive

investigation into charges of overcharging and conflict of interest by a key

city official in Huntington, Calif., a scrappy city bordering scandal plagued Vernon, Bell and Cudahy.

And Madeleine Brand interviews legendary author, Tom Wolfe

The Right Stuff and The Bonfire of the Vanities) about his

new novel
Back to Blood, a panoramic

story of the new America.

SoCal Connected airs nightly on Oct. 29, at 7

p.m. with an encore episode at 10:30 p.m. 

Bret Marcus is executive producer and Rebecca Haggerty is co-executive




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 MaddocksBrown Foundation;

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

and by UCLA. 



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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

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Award-winning SoCal Connected, a

hard-hitting prime-time nightly television news program that examines the

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