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SoCal Connected Investigates Whether Your Zip Code Can Determine Your Health and How Walmart Is Moving In - All New Episode Airs Oct 7 at 8:30 PM

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LOS ANGELES, October 4 - This week on SoCal Connected, correspondent Angie Crouch takes a look at fat and skinny ZIP codes and the correlation between park space and overall health in "Park Poor," while correspondent Judy Muller investigates a new plan by Walmart, the nation's largest retailer to move into neighborhoods previously denied to them in "Big Box Invasion." The all-new episode airs Friday, October 7 at 8:30 p.m.


When it comes to green space, Los Angeles is one of the poorest major cities in the nation. Correspondent Angie Crouch delves into new research that shows a direct correlation between income, race, health and the availability of community park space. Activists have taken the lead as the city and county lag, but they often face a multitude of political road blocks. Tune in to find out which LA County cities are living fit and which are living large. The producer is Karen Foshay.


For years, Walmart has weathered protests, ballot measures, and resolutions designed specifically to keep big box chains out of LA County. With only a handful of stores spread throughout the densely populated area, the megastore may have found a way to open new stores in the wake of the recession and glut of commercial real estate on the market. Walmart's new strategy is centered on purchasing space left vacant by defunct retailers like Mervyns without public hearings, zoning permits, and environmental impact studies that have prevented the retailer from opening shop in the past.

While protesters are making noise, other city officials are happy to have Walmart as their neighbor, including the jobs they create and their low cost products and groceries.   Correspondent Judy Muller reports. The producer is Karen Foshay.


This week, satirist Brian Unger, brings his unique sense of humor to the issue of bank fees. What could be next on the list?

The all-new episode airs Friday, October 7 at 8:30 p.m.

The Executive Producer of SoCal Connected is Bret Marcus. Co-Executive Producer is Justine Schmidt. Anchor is Val Zavala.

About SoCal Connected

SoCal Connected, winner of the Peabody and duPont-Columbia awards, 14 Emmy® Awards, 15 Golden Mikes, 18 LA Press Club Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best News Documentary and Los Angeles Magazine's "Best New Local TV Program" of 2009, airs Fridays (8:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.), with encores Saturdays (6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.), Sundays (6:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.) and Mondays (10:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.) exclusively on KCET. For more information, to view episodes online or to post comments, please visit www.kcet.org/socalconnected.

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 Elizabeth Hofert-Dailey Trust; The John Randolph Haynes & Dora Haynes Foundation; The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, UCLA and U.S. Bank.

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Nick Jones or Liza Nedelman, MPRM Communications

323-933-3399; socal@mprm.com

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