Recycling center employees sorting through materials | Still from SoCal Connected episode, "Life in Plastic: California's Recycling Woes"

Drought Busters

Southern California has long had a rocky relationship with water: To stay alive in this semi-arid piece of the planet, Angelenos have stolen it, plundered it and wasted it for nearly a hundred years now.

We've thrived off that wasted water, but now it's time to get serious. We're smack in the middle of the worst drought in thirty years and Southern Californians are fighting back. In Long Beach, citizens have gone on neighborhood watch, taking to the streets with cameras and posting videos of overindulgent sprinklers and water-wasting neighbors on YouTube. They're replacing those green lawns with drought-tolerant plants and keeping an eye on their watering habits.

Now, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is gearing up to make Los Angeles the next poster-child for water conservation. Starting in April, the city will restrict watering to two days a week and implement a new pricing plan for water customers, meaning those long showers, manicured lawns and overwatered tropical gardens could cost you. Angie Crouch reports on how Southern Californians are changing how they think about water.

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Life In Plastic: California’s Recycling Woes

As California deals with the fallout of a global waste crisis, plastic manufacturers continue to spread misleading information about recycling, while spending big on lobbying efforts to keep their products on the shelves.

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Who Killed Josiah?

A Humboldt town is polarized over allegations of racism and police incompetence surrounding the death of college student Josiah Lawson. 

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The Fight to Know

An investigation into once secret files involving hundreds of police departments reveals decades of misconduct among California’s rank and file.

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Fire Station 9

Take a rare behind-the-scenes look inside the busiest fire station in the country, where firefighters act as both primary care providers and emergency responders for the nearly 5,000 people living on Skid Row.

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Born to Run

The Los Angeles Jets youth track and field club is one of the oldest and most established running teams in California. It was founded in South Los Angeles in 1973 by then West Vernon Elementary school teacher Ron Moore.  Five years later James Robertson and Booker Woods joined as coaches and the team became one of the largest co-ed running groups in the city.

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