This Week on KCET's Award-Winning Weekly Series 'SOCAL CONNECTED': Is gentrification coming to Leimert Park on the rails of the new Metro line?

BURBANK, CA - June 5, 2014 - SOCAL

, KCET's Emmy and Peabody award-winning series, examines

the potential impact of the much-sought-after Metro stop at Leimert Park, the

hub of African-American culture in Los Angeles.


Based on stories developed on KCET.org, SOCAL CONNECTED reporter Nic Cha Kim

talks with community leaders, business owners, homeowners and a rapper who say

change is coming. Some fear the new Metro stop will lead to gentrification as

more people discover Leimert Park, its affordable homes, charming streets, and

convenient public transportation.
Can the historic village

finally prosper and still retain its ethnic character? Visit

kcet.org/leimertpark for Departures' year-long effort reporting on the



Broadcast Premiere Date:  Wednesday, June

11, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Repeated: Friday, June 13 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 15

at 6:30 p.m.

All stories on the web at www.socalconnected.org


Also in this episode:


Rare Apes Find a Home in Santa Clarita - Dozens of endangered Gibbon apes are thriving a

half-a-world away from their native land. Reporter Nick Hardcastle takes us to

the Gibbon Conservation Center in Santa Clarita to see these fascinating

animals up close, learn how they are being protected and hear their famously

boisterous calls.


Going Underground in Style - Fear of an apocalyptic future is

driving survivalists underground, with some spending big money on

state-of-the-art subterranean shelters. Reporter Vince Gonzales goes inside a

high-end haven and discovers how doomsday preparation is big business.


The Kodachrome King - He's known as a '50s retro geek whose collection of

200,000 Kodachrome slides offer a colorful and hilarious glimpse of American

family life in the 1950s and 60s. Anchor Val Zavala visits Charles Phoenix for

a private trip down America's memory lane.


SOCAL CONNECTED is anchored by 15-time Emmy award-winner, Val Zavala. Contributors to SOCAL

include science journalist Cara Santa Maria, reporters Derrick

Shore and Jennifer Sabih, documentary filmmaker Nic Cha Kim and writer Nick



The television broadcast executive producer for SOCAL CONNECTED is

Val Zavala; digital executive producer, Zach Behrens; and Linda Burns, senior





SoCal Connected, winner of a Peabody and two duPont

Awards, 20 Emmy® Awards, 24 Golden Mikes, 47 LA Press Club Awards, two Gracie

Awards, and four regional 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.org

SoCal Connected is made possible through the generous support of The

Ahmanson Foundation, Chapman University and the MaddocksBrown Foundation.

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